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Wellesley, Massachusetts businessman Aaron Kushner and a group of investors have purchased the Orange County Register and six other papers from Freedom Communications, according to the Boston Globe and the Los Angeles Times. "Papa Doug" Manchester, owner of the UT San Diego, had earlier said he was interested in buying the Register. Newspaper veterans believed there might be a combination of the UT and the Register that would ultimately include other Southern California papers.

Kushner was joined by the 2100 Trust, a group including former newspaper executives. The price was undisclosed. The California papers purchased in the deal were Barstow's Desert Dispatch, the Appeal-Democrat in Marysville, the Daily Press in Victorville, and the Porterville Record in Porterville. Also, the group bought the Gazette in Colorado Springs and the Yuma Sun of Yuma, Arizona.

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Don Bauder June 11, 2012 @ 1:33 p.m.

I understand that sentiment is being uttered in the Orange County Register newsroom right now. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder June 11, 2012 @ 2:34 p.m.

UT Editor Jeff Light, a former Register editor, surrounded himself with former Register colleagues after he arrived. They would probably have thrived had Manchester bought the Register. Now, I would guess, their dobbers are down -- just like everybody else's on the staff. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh June 11, 2012 @ 6 p.m.

I hope for all who are interested in this that it doesn't turn out to be a "devil you know vs. the devil you don't know" situation. The new owner may be even worse for journalism than Dougie (if that's possible.) Let's all suppose that this group with its former newspaper execs really makes an effort to run real papers, and not propaganda mills, then what? Can anyone get those papers back on track?

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Don Bauder June 11, 2012 @ 7:17 p.m.

Well, Visduh, there is a consensus in the newspaper industry that ink-and-paper metro dailies have a generation or so to go; rural dailies and weeklies that have less online competition have a better future in all probability, but will also be stressed. That newspaper that is tossed on your porch each morning is probably doomed. It's just a matter of time. Best, Don Bauder

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