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DETROIT FREE PRESS TO GO ONLINE WITH COMPUSERVE

 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Detroit Free Press, the nation's ninth largest newspaper, has agreed to join CompuServe, the leading online information service, to provide auto industry updates and Michigan news in a forum accessible to nearly 1.5 million CompuServe members worldwide.
 "We are excited that the Detroit Free Press will be taking advantage of CompuServe's interactive capabilities to allow them to observe and participate in discussions with their readers," said Kevin Knott, director, product marketing, for CompuServe. "We also think they bring interesting content, particularly with their coverage of the auto industry."
 Online versions can provide more detail and background information than the newspaper has space to run. Late-breaking news also can be put into CompuServe after the newspaper's deadlines.
 "Our new relationship with CompuServe has exciting possibilities," said Detroit Free Press Executive Editor Heath Meriwether. "Through CompuServe, the Free Press will learn a lot about new ways to share information among readers, our staff and people around the world."
 Like other CompuServe news forums, the Detroit Free Press Forum will include a message area, a library and a live conferencing capability. Sections within the message area and library will contain articles, background information and digitized photographic images (including new car premieres) that members can view online or download to their computers for later viewing. Many news areas will be covered, including business, politics, entertainment and sports.
 The Detroit Free Press will join Florida Today, 12 suburban New York newspapers published by Gannett, US News and World Report, Entrepreneur Magazine, and book publishers such as Prentice Hall and Time Warner which are also working with CompuServe.
 CompuServe members pay $8.95 per month for unlimited connect-time access to 48 basic services. In addition, more than 1,700 extended services are available for $8 per hour when accessing CompuServe with a 1200 or 2400 bits per second modem and $16 per hour at 9.6 or 14.4 kilobits per second. For additional information, please call 800-848-8199.
 The Detroit Free Press, Michigan's largest newspaper, has won eight Pulitzers and numerous other awards for its automotive, business and political coverage. With more than 550,000 weekday subscribers, it's one of the largest papers owned by Knight-Ridder Inc. In combined editions with the Detroit News, Free Press circulation exceeds 870,000 on Saturdays and 1.18 million on Sundays.
 Established in 1979, the CompuServe Information Service, an H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) company, provides its worldwide membership of nearly 1.5 million -- including more than 30,000 in Michigan-- with databases and services to meet both business and personal interests. CompuServe can be accessed by any modem-equipped personal computer utilizing general communications software. In addition to the CompuServe Information Service, CompuServe Incorporated provides frame relay, wide and local area networking services, business information services and software to major corporations and government agencies worldwide.
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 /CONTACT: Rick Ratliff, 313-222-8772, or John Smyntek, 313-222-5169, both of the Detroit Free Press, CompuServe Mail 76620,3040, or David Kishler, 614-538-4571, or Debra Young, 614-538-4553, both of CompuServe Incorporated, CompuServe Mail 70003,2154/
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