Newspapers get boost from Chicago billionaire

EMI, David Gregory, and Omni Hotels

EMI, David Gregory, and Omni Hotels

Ups

Sam Zell, a Chicago billionaire, gives the newspaper industry a vote of confidence by winning an extended auction for the Tribune Co. He is paying more than $300 million personally

EMI strikes a deal with Apple to offer most of its music catalogue on iTunes without the troubling copyright-protections software that consumers have decried

Palestinian journalists boycott their government's proceedings to get it to do more to help free the BBC's Alan Johnston, who was abducted in the Gaza Strip last month

Downs

NBC White House reporter David Gregory somehow finds himself as a backup dancer to a foolish Karl Rove skit at one of DC's craven media-politico dinner events

Judge Larry Seidlin, who drew speculation that he was angling for a TV show while presiding over the Anna Nicole Smith burial case, is in fact meeting with networks

Omni Hotels seeks to influence consumers with scents by placing blackberry-smelling stickers on morning papers urging them to hit Starbucks for coffee and a muffin

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