The Press: Peppo, Zippo & Zoomo

It was just 13 years ago that the fatcat Republican Los Angeles Times moved into a handsome new six-story building. To protect the inlaid city-room floor, reporters were forbidden to smoke. Last week, directly behind this modern plant, another building was nearing completion —a ten-story white shaft with sea-green windows and an affluent look. Times reporters, who long ago broke down the no-smoking rule, were under fresh orders from the management: anybody who entered the new building would be fired on the spot.

The mysterious annex housed huge new presses, a topnotch photo lab, a complete city room—facilities to turn out another...

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