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L.A. Times' Friday delivery delayed by production problems

June 18, 2010 |  8:55 am

Los Angeles Times Olympic printing plant.

A "large number" of Los Angeles Times subscribers will receive their newspapers late Friday morning because of production problems at the plant where the newspaper is printed.

Carole Stein, the Times' director of customer service, said newspapers are now being delivered -- and will continue to be delivered into the early afternoon. It is not necessary for home delivery subscribers to call in to report problems in order to get a paper.

Because of the delays, the newspapers were not delivered to their distribution centers on time, Stein said.

She could not say how many subscribers did not receive their papers on time but she said most of the delays occurred in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Some readers in Long Beach, Lakewood and South Pasadena said they got papers; some in northeast L.A. and Echo Park, among other places, said they did not.

Stein said the production problems were unrelated to the Lakers' NBA championship win and the subsequent violence by some fans. However, extra newspapers were printed for street sales at convenience stores, newspaper racks and other sites, she said.

-- Amanda Covarrubias

Photo: Los Angeles Times Olympic printing plant. Credit: Los Angeles Times