It was suggested more than once in this thread that sims shouldn't drop newspaper if their next interaction is with the same paper. I've made the mod that lets sims hold the paper between actions. And the same for the phone handset that sims used to put back on base station after every call. As a bonus, cell phone interactions don't disappear on sims, if they are already talking, so we can queue up next call (bugged me as hell).
If there's anyone who doesn't have all the EPs (especially the last ones) wants to test it out, you are welcome to PM me.