Sunday, July 12, 2009

The largest and oldest African American-owned publication in New England is suspending publication after 44 years.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino said while he didn’t always agree with the paper’s stance on issues, the Banner’s closing is “a loss of the “voice of the community.” Losing that voice is not helpful,’’ Menino said. “It’s a fabric of the community that people look forward to every week not just because of the news stories but . . . all the stories that are covered by the Banner . . . not covered by other folks.’’

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