Register, Press Enterprise Sale: Out of the Tribune pot and into the Digital First fire

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Another dismal chapter in the tragic farce of Southern California newspaper journalism appears nearly over, as U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Mark Wallace Monday ruled that Freedom Communications—belly up for the second time in seven years—can sell the Orange County Register and Riverside Press Enterprise to Digital First Media. Tribune Publishing, which owns the Los Angeles Times and San Diego’s UT, was the high bidder in the auction for the two papers, but it ignored the Department of Justice’s warnings that its acquisition of the Freedom titles would create an illegal monopoly in violation of federal anti-trust laws. Last week, Federal District ...