9 Facts About Tribune

1. On March 15, 2012, the Tribune laid off 15 editorial staffers, including security guard Wendell Smothers.

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2. In September 2008, the Tribune considered hiring controversial sports columnist Jay Mariotti, shortly after his abrupt resignation from Tribune archrival Chicago Sun-Times.

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3. In 2004, the Tribune endorsed President George W Bush for re-election, a decision consistent with its longstanding support for the Republican Party.

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4. On November 20, 2013, the Tribune laid off another 12 or so editorial staffers.

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5. In May 2004, the Tribune revealed that freelance reporter Mark Falanga was unable to verify some facts that he inserted in a lifestyle-related column that ran on April 18, 2004, about an expensive lunch at a Chicago restaurant—namely, that the restaurant charged $15 for a bottle of water and $35 for a pasta entree.

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6. On September 2, 1997, the Tribune promoted longtime City Hall reporter John Kass to take Royko's place as the paper's principal Page Two news columnist.

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7. In 1997, the Tribune celebrated its 150th anniversary in part by tapping longtime reporter Stevenson Swanson to edit the book Chicago Days: 150 Defining Moments in the Life of a Great City.

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8. In November 1982, Tribune managing editor William H "Bill" Jones, who had won a Pulitzer Prize in 1971, died at age 43 of cardiac arrest as a result of complications from a long battle with leukemia.

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9. In March 1978, the Tribune announced that it hired columnist Bob Greene from the Chicago Sun-Times.

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