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New Media buys 2 California dailies, 4 weeklies

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- The Victorville Daily Press, Barstow Desert Dispatch and four Southern California weeklies have been purchased by New Media Investment Group, one of the largest owners of newspapers in the country.

New Media bought the papers from Freedom Communications Inc. The sale was announced in the Daily Press on Sunday (http://bit.ly/MIwvzM).

Besides the two papers, New Media bought the Lucerne Valley Leader, Hesperia Star, Apple Valley Review and El Mojave.

The Victor Press printed its first weekly paper in October 1937. It grew, changed its name and added Sunday editions through the years. It has a circulation today just over 18,000.

The Barstow paper has a circulation of just over 2,000.

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