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Ventura Star Managing Editor Resigns

May 25, 2006

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) _ The managing editor of the Ventura County Star resigned after he was disciplined for accepting press passes to college basketball games.

Richard Luna turned in a letter of resignation Tuesday, Editor Joe Howry said Wednesday. Luna wrote that he was resigning in the best interest of the newspaper and himself.

The head of human resources for the Star’s parent company, E.W. Scripps Co., conducted an investigation that ``found no other violations that merited further punishment or discipline,″ Howry said.

Luna, who became managing editor in 2004, did not return messages left on his cell phone Tuesday and Wednesday.

Earlier this month, the newspaper said a sports reporter was pressured by midlevel editors to get Luna access to a Pac-10 game and NCAA tournament games in San Diego. Luna acknowledged that he crossed an ethical line and shouldn’t have let editors request press passes for him, Publisher Tim Gallagher has said.

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