The Press: The P-D Takes Over

Managing Editor Norman Isaacs of the St. Louis Star-Times hurried down to his office ahead of nearly everyone else one morning last week. As his staffers drifted in, he called them into his office to break the surprising news he had heard only the afternoon before. Then he sat down and wrote the news for Page One, took the story to the composing room himself. Composing Room Superintendent Earl Barker read it and gasped: the Star-Times had been sold to the rival Post-Dispatch (circ. 290,052), would publish no more after that afternoon's press run....

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