“Sacramento Union” Newspaper Dead at 143

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- An attempt to revive a storied Sacramento newspaper as a conservative weekly has failed.

The Sacramento Union announced Thursday that it was folding after more than 2½ years of publication. The paper's editor and publisher, James Dutra, said it could not weather the economic difficulties brought on by the recession.

Among the newspaper's original reporters was author Samuel Clemens, better known to later generations by his pseudonym, Mark Twain. The newspaper went out of business in 1994 after nearly 143 years of publication, mostly as a daily.

In July 2006, it began publication as a weekly tabloid that appeared on Fridays.

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