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Tears shed as Onion closes in SF, LA

Even fake newspapers are having problems these days.

The Onion is closing its editions in San Francisco and Los Angeles, according to the MinnPost.com, an online newspaper in Minneapolis. The Onion, which calls itself America’s Finest Newspaper, printed about 60,000 papers in the Bay Area every week, serving up fake news, real entertainment listings and local ads. It vied for the alt-weekly slice of the market, occupied by the Bay Guardian and SF Weekly.

A memo to Onion staffers from chief executive Steve Hannah said:

Mike Sugerman of CBS5 visited the Onion’s offices as staffers were cleaning out their desks, and he asked readers what they thought about the Onion’s closing. (Image source: MinnPost.com)

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