Walter Mencken 2 p.m., Aug. 22
U-T Gets New Sales VP from Paper It Once Owned
The Union-Tribune has hired Mark Ficarra to be vice president of sales and marketing, according to an article in the Daily Breeze of Torrance. Ficarra had been publisher of the Daily Breeze and allied papers in the Los Angeles area. The U-T owned the Daily Breeze for years and sold it in 2006. It is now controlled by William Dean Singleton, the Denver press baron whose empire has financial difficulties. The new publisher of the U-T also came from a Singleton paper. Singleton is known as an aggressive head-chopper.