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PITTSBURGH PRESS COMPANY TO SUSPEND PUBLICATION

 PITTSBURGH PRESS COMPANY TO SUSPEND PUBLICATION
 PITTSBURGH, July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pittsburgh Press Company


said today it will suspend publication of The Pittsburgh Press and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette until further notice because of escalating violence in the community.
 "The bottom line is we don't want to further endanger the public" said Jimmy E. Manis, vice president and general manager of the Pittsburgh Press Company.
 The company printed and distributed Monday's and Tuesday's editions of the two newspapers despite a strike by circulation and transportation employees, represented by Teamsters Union Local 211.
 The company had petitioned for preliminary injunctive relief to prevent further violence and limit the number of pickets at the entrances of its facilities. Faced with rising violence, the company decided to suspend publishing even before the judge issued a ruling.
 Over the last 24 hours company vehicles and their drivers were the targets of widespread vandalism including the smashing of a truck window that left one woman injured. At least three other people were injured in separate incidents and property damage was mounting.
 "We published the newspapers to serve the community, which had been without its papers for 72 days," said Manis. "But because of our growing concern for the safety of our employees, the people who have been delivering the papers and the general public, the readers will again have to wait while we make an all-out effort to negotiate contracts with all of our unions."
 Suspension of publication does not alter the company's goals in its contract negotiations with the Teamsters and all other unions.
 "We remain committed to modernizing our distribution system so we can have the flexibility we need to meet the demands of readers and advertisers, both today and in the future," Manis said. "We are still dedicated to reaching settlements that are fair and equitable to both sides," Manis said.
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 /CONTACT: Randall P. Notter of Pittsburgh Press Company, 412-263-1766/ CO: Pittsburgh Press Company ST: Pennsylvania IN: PUB SU:


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