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July 27, 2008 | 12:05 pm

We didn't ask for it, and no one's pretending to like it, but the new owner of the Tribune Co. has demanded deep cuts to this newspaper, and here come some more. Last week, it was the biggest layoffs in the company's history. Now it's changes to the newspaper itself.

The basics: Book review gets folded into Calendar; Opinion gets folded into main news; Real Estate, a stand-alone section since 1901, moves into the Home section, which moves to Saturday; Dan Neil's "Rumble Seat" column moves to Business.

Here's an editor's note to readers from Russ Stanton, which subscribers to the print edition found wrapped around today's newspaper. Though skeptics will likely see it as little more than spin, there's actually a kernel of good news in there. Details and more specifics about the changes are here.

Don't give up on us. We journalists will never give up on you.

-- Veronique de Turenne