You can semi-decisively scratch Paul Allen off the rumor list of possible P-I saviors: He's dismayed by the death march of news papers, but invest in one? Not now, and likely never again, says his spokesperson David Postman, in a belated response to today's story. "We have been asked by people if Vulcan [Allen's company] was interested in investing in local newspapers," says Postman, a former Seattle Times political writer. "At this point, we're not looking to make any investments in the papers, whether to buy, or transform, as you put it. "
Allen and sister Jody Patton, says Postman, "care about newspapers a great deal, and hate to see papers struggling, here and across the country. And of course there is concern for the workers who could soon be out of a job. But Vulcan is keeping its focus on South Lake Union, technology innovation and the owners' philanthropic efforts and we will not be getting into the newspaper business in any way."