Employees report closing of Philly's Bulletin

June 2, 2009 4:18:24 AM PDT
Employees of a Philadelphia newspaper founded in 2004 with a reputation as a conservative voice say the paper is closing. Employees of The Bulletin say they were informed Monday afternoon by Publisher Thomas Rice that the paper couldn't afford to operate any longer. Rice told The Philadelphia Inquirer by e-mail Monday night that he didn' t want to comment. Attempts by The Associated Press to reach Rice by phone and by e-mail were not immediately successful.

Another paper called the Bulletin had long been Philadelphia's dominant newspaper but shut down in 1982. Rice got permission from the family that published that paper to use its name.

Meredith Cunningham, who handled page layouts for the sports section, told the Inquirer that employees hadn't been paid on time for several months.

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