Tim Keck, publisher of The Stranger in Seattle, has a cash infusion from the Chicago Reader to turn up the heat on his competition. The Reader is now a minority shareholder in Index Newspapers LLC, a company formed early yesterday that now owns and operates The Stranger and The Portland Mercury in Portland, Ore. Keck’s first goal: increase circulation in both markets. “We’ve been bootstrapping it for 10 years,” Keck tells AAN News. “Now we are going to be aggressively growing the business.”

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The Creative Loafing chain is consolidating its entire layout, design and production operation in Atlanta. The move assures consistency of appearance and quality of design, and also will save the chain’s five papers as much as $22 per page, says CL’s CEO Ben Eason. Eight or nine jobs were eliminated but all affected employees were offered jobs in Atlanta, where the production staff will number about 24.

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Debbie Eason, founder of the Creative Loafing chain of alternative newsweeklies, is planning a new venture after selling the chain to her children. She intends to launch a new paper, either weekly or biweekly, covering intown western Atlanta, appropriately called West Side Story, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. She tells the daily her new paper won't compete with Creative Loafing-Atlanta.

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Ben Eason, president of Creative Loafing Inc., has sold Creative Loafing of Greenville, S.C. , a non-AAN alt pub, to his mother, Debby Eason, founder of the chain; Lori Coon, publisher of the Greenville paper; and Kyle Sims, publisher of the Savannah, Ga., edition of Creative Loafing. Ben Eason says his mother now owns 51 percent of the Greenville paper and that he wants to concentrate on bigger markets. Also, former Loafing writer Greg Land joins Time magazine as an Atlanta correspondent.

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