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Baltimore Sun Co. to acquire Patuxent Publishing

June 10, 1997

BALTIMORE (AP) _ The Baltimore Sun Co. announced Tuesday the acquisition of Patuxent Publishing Co., the publisher of 13 community weeklies in the Baltimore area.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

The Patuxent publications, which also include seven telephone directories and two magazines, will be folded into The Baltimore Sun Community Newspapers division, the company said.

``The Baltimore Sun Company is continually looking for opportunities to strengthen its key franchises in local information and marketing services,″ said Mary Junck, publisher and CEO of The Baltimore Sun Co. ``We believe the Patuxent papers are a natural complement.″

John Patinella, president and CEO of community newspapers division, will oversee the expanded operations. The division publishes The Aegis, The Aegis Weekenders, The Record and The APG News in Harford County.

Zeke Orlinsky, president and publisher of the Patuxent Group, will remain in his position through this year to help with the transition, and will stay on as a consultant in the first year after the acquisition.

Patuxent’s weeklies are the Arbutus Times, Baltimore Messenger, Catonsville Times, Columbia Flier, Howard County Times, The Jeffersonian, Laurel Leader, North County News, Northeast Times Booster, Northeast Times Reporter, Owings Mills Times, Sound-off!, and Towson Times.

The company also publishes Columbia Magazine and Guide to Howard County and directories for Bowie, Carroll County, Catonsville, Columbia/Howard County, Crofton, Laurel and Olney.

The Baltimore Sun Co. is owned by Times-Mirror, a Los Angeles-based company that publishes the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and other newspapers, magazines, books and other educational products.

The deal still must be approved by federal antitrust regulators.

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