A federal judge gave Digital First Media the green light today to purchase the Orange County Register and the Riverside Press Enterprise. It follows a tumultuous few days that saw the owner of the LA Times win an auction for the parent company of the two papers. Tribune bid $56 million for Freedom Communications, but that deal was blocked by the US Justice Department. What does it all mean for the Southern California media landscape? LA Observed's Kevin Roderick has more.
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