Your editor has been in Puerto Rico for the past week, a vacation that happened to coincide with the publication of the last issue of the San Juan Star. Puerto Rico’s only English-language paper shut down after almost 50 years, blaming the union for not agreeing to pay cuts that would have kept it afloat. Union officials said the closure surprised them, since management had most recently led them to believe that frequency would be scaled back to five days a week.
The Star won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in 1961 and once turned down Hunter S. Thompson’s application to become its sports editor. Thompson later created a fictionalized version of the paper setting for his novel, The Rum Diary.
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