Seven media companies, including sometimes-partners MediaNews Group and Stephens Media, have made the swing through San Diego to take a look at the Union-Tribune, which is up for sale.
This isn't the first report that MediaNews owner Dean Singleton has shown an interest in the Union-Tribune.
The other visitors include Platinum Equity, Ron Burkle's Yucaipa Cos., Sam Zell's Tribune Co., local TV station KUSI and Canadian publisher Black Press.
*UPDATE: Make that eight potential suitors - The New York Times Co. has also sent representatives to look at the U-T. Editor & Publisher rightly throws cold water on the notion that the NYT would buy in California after dumping the Santa Barbara News-Press and picks Singleton and the likely buyer. If Singleton does do the deed, I'd bet he does so with a partner or two.