I just got a copy of the letter that P-I Publisher Roger Oglesby sent to the state formally announcing that Hearst is planning to shut down the P-I and that 181 employess at the paper are on the verge of losing their jobs. This formal notification has been reported here, but seeing the letter in its entirety, with its dry, antiseptic laguage, really drives home (at least for me) both the magnitude of the P-I shut down and the pain it will cause.

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Oglesby writes that the P-I will stop printing sometime between March 18 and April 1, and that "it is anticipated that all position and jobs at the P-I will be eliminated, affecting 181 employess. The facility closing and loss of employment will be permanent..." Hearst does hold out the possibility that "certain employees" may be offered jobs at a web only version of the P-I, but overall the tone of the letter is grim, grim, grim. Read it for yourself.
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