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    Posted: Nov 16 2012 at 11:49am
I am honestly stumped.
The new logo for Main Street Monroe above states "News of, for and by the people of Monroe, Ohio." I always thought that it would need to be properly punctuated as such "News of, for, and by the people of Monroe, Ohio." 

So I used my Google-fu to research it and I'm still at a loss.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_comma
http://www.protrainco.com/essays/serial-comma.htm

Anybody know the correct answer?
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From what I understand (which isn't much) the serial comma is typically used in American English but for some reason NOT in American Journalism. Not sure why. Either way, I don't think there is a bright line rule on the serial comma.
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The correct answer is that serial commas are proper, per both ALA and MLA writing guidelines. I am less familiar with the Journalism guidelines, but I do believe that it is accepted to omit the final comma. Finally! That major in English and minor in Journalism have paid off!
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Thanks! I've learned something today.
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