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Post newspapers end 126-year run in Ohio

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The last editions of the Cincinnati Post are bundled for delivery; the final Kentucky Posts followed about an hour later.

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CINCINNATI - The Post newspapers printed their final editions yesterday, ending a 126-year run.

The front-page headline in the last Kentucky Post proclaimed "-30-," a symbol used by journalists, printers, and telegraphers to signal the end of a dispatch.

It rolled off the presses about an hour after its sister Cincinnati Post ended publication.

The two papers, which were published in the afternoon, have been struggling for decades, part of a national trend.

E.W. Scripps Co., of Cincinnati, owner of the two papers, decided in July to close them when a joint operating agreement with Gannett Co. expired at the end of 2007.

The newsroom was down to about 50 people at the end, and daily circulation of was less than a tenth of the 270,000-plus it had in 1960.

Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio's two larger cities, lost their afternoon papers decades ago.

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