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Aw, poor Pat Purcell. The owner of the Herald complains the Globe and its corporate overlords down in Steinbrennerville would be getting all anti-trust in his face by buying a 49% share of the Metro. It'd be just terrible to live in a one-newspaper town. Just ask the residents of Newton and Framingham - and pretty much every other Boston suburb - where Purcell happens to own all the newspapers. Meanwhile, Dan notes that the Metro's actual circulation is 180,000, not the 300,000 cited in the Paper of Record:
The 300,000 figure reported by the Times is the number of actual readers the Metro claims to reach. Apparently the company has people who stand on subways with little calculators watching for commuters who pick up abandoned copies and start leafing through them.