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Longtime LA Times pop music editor Robert Hilburn has taken the Tribune company's buyout package and will be leaving the paper, LA Observed reports. It was kind of nice to have a stiffening baby boomer still going out to concerts and writing about new musical acts like they were as relevant to his generation as, say, visiting LACMA or seeing Garrison Keillor at the Hollywood Bowl.

Recent changes at the paper, including the current buyout/layoff drama that's unfolding in the weeks before Christmas, indicate the 2006 LA Times will look pretty different from the Times that came before. We're guessing thinner.

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