Maybe some late April Folls joke? From the LF list;

"I called Kodak to verify this information. Yes, they are discontinuing
their black-and-white papers. They say that this is part of their global
digital stratigy. Paper sales are shrinking by 25 percent per year.
Anyway, they say that they are going to continue to make film."

Some have surmised that it is a misunderstandign and that Kodak was goign tostop making it's own paper base and outsoource that. But my understanding is that it's been a good long time since Kodak actually made, much of it's own paper base?