Afternoon report

* USA Today is debuting its new look — including a redesigned logo — on Sept. 14. (That’s the current look on the left.) “The redesign marks the first substantive reinvention of the USA Today brand in the paper’s 30-year history,” notes Dylan Byers. ( | (

More links:
* Bismarck Tribune: “Effective immediately, commenting will no longer be available on the majority of the stories posted on our website.” (
* Billionaire Philip Anschutz said to be interested in Colorado Springs Gazette, now owned by Aaron Kushner. (Denver Business Journal)
* Association of Food Journalists announces its 2012 contest winners. (
* Walter Payton biographer blasts journalists who wrote about his book without reading it. (
* Will MediaNews Group follow Journal Register into bankruptcy court? ( | (
* Things are looking up at the once-troubled Star Tribune in Minneapolis. (
* Patch exec: “We don’t go after audience at the expense of excellence.” (
* Hamilton Nolan on the futility of speaking to spokespersons from political parties. (
* Wisconsin weekly closes its office and has reporters work from home. (
* Sun-Times reporters criticized for asking if a woman can have a family and hold public office too. (
* How to stop fake book reviews online. (
* Washington Post’s John Kelly gets a column out of his paper’s technical problems. (
* NYT’s Jill Abramson is #10 on Vanity Fair’s “Powers That Be” list. (