The Times has been running this notice for the last week:
Starting Monday [August 6, 2007], The Times will reduce the width of its pages by an inch and a half, to the national newspaper 12-inch standard. The move will cut newsprint expenses, and, in some printing press locations, will make special configurations unnecessary. Slight modifications in design will preserve the look and texture of The Times, with all existing features and sections and somewhat fewer words per page.That's a lot of "standard" and "national" and "unnecessary" and "somewhat", and just a tiny mention of "cut... expenses".
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