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I'd never seen or heard "marquis" used that way, but ... "marquee". Can anyone say where there is an applicable definition?

(MWCD11, OED, and Encarta)

Thanks. I feel a little foolish for having failed to look in those first two places. (I didn't know Encarta existed as an online dictionary rather than as an encyclopedia*. Thanks.) I started with the unabridged dictionaries, Webster's Third New International , Random House Webster's Unabridged , and the New Shorter Oxford , then I went to onelook.com.
The "marquee" entry in the online Oxford English
Dictionary is tagged "Draft Revision Dec. 2000", and the "earlier" version (presumably the second edition) doesn't have the relevant definition, even though the first citation is dated 1978, well before the second edition was released.

Interesting to see, both the 11th Collegiate and Encarta have "marquee" as an adjective under it's own heading, while the online Oxford English Dictionary has the relevant definition under "marquee" as a noun but tagged as an attributive use.
That bears on discussions I've had in Usenet in which I've maintained that when a word that was previously a noun is used as an adjective, it should be called an adjective with no reference to its having been previously a noun. (That is, in the phrase "cow barn", "cow" should be called an adjective, not a noun used attributively.) There was once a heated series of exchanges between me and a certain poster in alt.english.usage on that topic. I never could get him to see that I was right. Emotion: smile
Also, it's noteworthy that those dictionaries don't have "marquis" defined with the relevant meaning, so Richard seems to have been right in questioning the use of "marquis" rather than "marquee" in the PBS article.
* But now I see the Encarta dictionary is in Donna's Intro B.
So which are the British "serious" newspapers, if not the tabloids like the Times and the Guardian?

Guardian? Guardian? Has somebody tabloidised the Guardian and not told me? I'm sure I had a full size one a couple of weeks ago.
The Independent got there first. So what's left now? The Telegraph and the Financial Times?

The pejorative term is now "red top". Papers are either "quality" or "red top". There is no middle ground, but I reckon that the Manchester Evening News and The Scotsman are completely outside this ranking system.

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The British, on the other hand, seem to have a ... the American ones in circulation despite having a muchsmaller population.

So which are the British "serious" newspapers, if not the tabloids like the Times and the Guardian?

Is the Guardian a tabloid?
One could also discuss whether Fox News with their alternative interpretation of the terms "fair and unbiased" is really a news channel or not.

Take another look. Some of their interviews are top of the mark, and one often finds views from their commentators on both sides of the aisle. It is...what?...around ten times more interesting and informative than EuroNews, a news service as shallow as shallow gets.
In any case I think a great many Europeans have much better access to foreign channels than most USAmericans.

Totally correct. For that and a zillion other reasons, all intelligent men and women should live in Europe. I do think the 'No' vote was right and proper, however. A 'dead duck', as the British parliament has been joking about these past couple of days. Monty Pythonish, indeed.
Americans rarely read! Conjecture, yes, but what else could explain this? I don't think it can be blamed on the penetration of the internet,

That's 'Internet', dear.
as those nations top of the list, such as South Korea, Japan, and EU's, are ahead of the US in internet availability, and especially so as a percentage of their population.

Wrong, my love.
What's interesting though is that the above are nations with high literacy rates, and, rather tellingly, when considering a nation ... the first newspaper on the list is one from Kerala, which is the Indian state with the highest literacy rate.

That's 'India', and I must say you appear to be ever so slightly full of *** on the various points you're trying to make.
The British, on the other hand, seem to have a big appetite for the tabloids, but still, their more serious newspapers equal the American ones in circulation despite having a muchsmaller population.

Page Three does the trick.
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If you looked at sales of popular paperback fiction (crime ... one that can safely be drawn from this research alone.

If the charge is true, it makes me wonder why there are so many mega-bookstores being opened all of the place here. There's a Book-A-Million, two Borders, and one Barnes & Noble within five miles of my house.

We were talking about TV a minute ago, so in all fairness to TCE, I'll say I was wrong to have poo-pooed Tivo recently, AmE for a similar box offered by BrE Sky. I was so impressed by Sky+, as they call Tivo, I upgraded, at considerable cost quite unreasonable considering today's hard disk prices, to Sky 160. Yes, Coop, I know Tivo boxes store more than 160 hours of films and such, but we're not caught up quite yet to all the US and Japanese advances in technology. ***, I feel lucky when the lights stay on for several months in a row.
I find that site interesting in a number of ways. ... Tribune, the owner of the Los Angeles Times, has 673,508.

I don't know the situation in LA, but Chicago has two major newspapers: the Tribune and the Sun-Times.

Someone gives a flying rat's ass? Chicago can take a major walk for most, if not all, of us.
In some cases, one company owns the two 'competing' newspapers for a locality isn't that the case in Detroit? ... where you have two "competing" newspapers that are run, businesswise, by a joint enterprise formed by the two competing companies.

In defense of nearby B'ham, that town has the best local paper I've ever seen, although there is no Page Three in the BrE and Hibernian-English sense. It's free, anyway.
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The British, on the other hand, seem to have a ... the American ones in circulation despite having a muchsmaller population.

Page Three does the trick.

Page Three is a feature only of the "Sun" newspaper. The only other UK newspaper which runs pictures of bare-breasted women is the "Daily Star", which can hardly be called a newspaper, it is given over almost entirely to "celebrity" gossip, sex stories, and sport. The "Daily Mirror" dropped its page three over twenty years ago, the mid-market tabloids ("Daily Mail" and "Express") have never run such a thing.

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