I don't think the Strib has ever really known what they had in Lileks. The man is a pop culture savant, radio host, essayist, and all-around Cool Dude. He could have become a one-man fount of new media for the Strib and made its website nationally famous, but under the current (and previous) owners, he was regarded as another weirdo specialized columnist like Al Sicherman. So much the worse for the Strib. Personally, I don't read their paper and seldom check their website, but I hit the Bleat every day. That won't change. I do wonder, though, how many local readers are going to note the passing of the Quirk and decide that enough's enough; no point in spending half a buck a day to get the same news you can find for nothing on Drudge or the Examiner.
Other reactions by Hugh Hewitt, Don Surber (whose Charleston WV Daily Mail went the other way), Powerline, and Captain Ed. Except for Hewitt and Surber, I didn't bother linking the other out-of-towners because they really didn't have anything unique to add, but there's a lot of folks talking about this.