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Sixteen area newspapers have bitten the dust, and 21 reporters and editors are out of jobs.

Employees of the Journal Register Co. received that pre-Christmas surprise late Thursday afternoon at a meeting at the main New Haven Register plant on Sargent Drive in New Haven.

General Manager John Slater informed those assembled that the company is immediately shutting down the eight weeklies in the company’s Shoreline divisions and the eight in its Elm City chain, according to employees.

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