GateHouse Buys Nine Papers

GateHouse Media Inc. (NYSE: GHS) has agreed to acquire nine publications from The Copley Press Inc. for $380 million. The pubs include seven daily and two weekly newspapers in the < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />Springfield, Ill., Peoria, Ill and Canton, Ohio markets. Their combined circulation is around 275,000. GateHouse was acquired by Fortress Investment Partners in 2005 from Leonard Green, and then went public last year. Fortress still holds a majority ownership position. www.gatehousemedia.com