The embattled Washington Times announced it would shrink dramatically Wednesday, cutting two sections entirely. Employees were gathered and told by publisher Jonathan Slevin to collect packets that would privately reveal whether they had been laid off, kicking off a wave of cuts that the paper's executives warned earlier this month would include about 40 percent of all staff. The paper's managing editor, David Jones, was among those let go, along with managing editor for digital operations, Jeffrey Birnbaum. Metro and Sports will no longer exist as standalone sections beginning after Friday. "Our market-based, forward-looking plan is both a response to the recessionary economy, continued downward financial pressures on the news industry and our transition into a 21st-century multimedia enterprise," Slevin said in a statement.