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12:10 AM ET, June 18, 2018

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Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Tronc's sale of Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune to Patrick Soon-Shiong will close on Monday after long negotiations over service agreements  —  Biotech billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong on Monday will take control of the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune …
Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
Blockchain-based media startup Civil funds an effort by five former Denver Post reporters and three editors to launch The Colorado Sun by the end of 2018  —  They left The Denver Post amid newsroom layoffs and interference in the editorial process by the newspaper's hedge-fund owners.
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Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Startup reallyread.it hopes to foster dialogue among commenters via a plugin that tracks how much of the article has been read and a homepage for debate  —  The battle against the uncivil comments section is also a battle against high bounce rates for reallyread.it.
Jackie Strause / Hollywood Reporter:
AMC pulls Chris Hardwick's talk show and appearances on panels at San Diego Comic-Con after abuse allegations from ex-girlfriend  —  The decision comes one day after Hardwick's ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, claimed he sexually assaulted her.  —  AMC has pulled Chris Hardwick's talk show …
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Ryan Parker / Hollywood Reporter:
Legendary Entertainment's site the Nerdist removes references to founder and former podcast host Chris Hardwick after his ex-girlfriend's unnamed abuse claims
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Quoting and stating false claims as facts inadvertently lends them credibility and helps spread Trump's narrative and lies  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  One of the most important but overlooked lessons in the bombshell report on the handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation is that bad-faith …
Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times:
Boston Globe has suspended columnist Kevin Cullen for 3 months without pay after review found fabrications in public remarks he had made about marathon bombing  —  The Boston Globe suspended its columnist Kevin Cullen for three months without pay on Friday after a review found fabricated details …
Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at NGOs' journalistic work, how it is impacting partnerships with traditional media, and issues with blurring the lines between advocacy and reporting  —  It was an impressive display of journalism: An in-depth look at Amazon's marketing of a controversial facial recognition software product to US law enforcement.
Anna Marum / Columbia Journalism Review:
For Oregon government coverage, smaller newsrooms mean more reliance on AP, fewer daily updates on bills, and less frequent but more in-depth original reporting  —  The Oregon State Capitol, in Salem.  Photo via Oregon Department of Transportation/Flickr.  —  SAUL HUBBARD WAS AN INTERN …
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Roseanne Barr has agreed in principle to waive her rights to “Roseanne” clearing a major hurdle for the proposed spin-off of the show  —  Should a new take on the successful revival move forward, the WGA has made it clear any series will retain the comedian's credit.
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Cynthia Mitchell / Poynter:
How The Cannabist went from near profitable cannabis media darling to aggregation site with no full-time staff and how The Cannifornian may avoid the same fate  —  Ricardo Baca was at his desk in the heart of The Denver Post's (then) downtown newsroom on Nov. 7, 2016, plotting strategy for what he called …
 
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