Note to readers

June 20, 2006

With today's edition, we're introducing changes to the Business section and the weather page to provide you with more distinctive news and information that will be useful to your daily life.

In the Business section, we're introducing new themed pages Tuesday through Friday on topics of high interest to readers, including personal finance, consumer technology and residential real estate. In Wednesday's paper, we will shift most of the news and features in the Working section to a themed Business-section page.

To make room for these themed pages, we are cutting stock and mutual fund listings from two pages to one. This reduction comes as many major newspapers - including The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and The Boston Globe - are cutting or even eliminating daily financial data that are easily accessible on the Internet. We will continue to publish a detailed weekly roundup of stock and mutual fund prices in Saturday's paper, and stock quotes are always available at baltimoresun.com.

Today, we also are introducing a free telephone service so readers can get stock quotes over the phone. These changes are explained in greater detail in today's Business section.

In addition, we are offering an interactive feature on our weather page today. Sun reporter Frank Roylance, who blogs on The Sun's weather Web site, marylandweather.com, will carry on a daily conversation with readers about local weather and answer your questions. Roylance's feature will replace the daily question-and-answer from meteorologists at our television partner, WBAL-TV.

We also are redesigning the comics pages to make the panels easier to read. No comics or puzzles are being added or subtracted.

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