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Court to rule on Examiner distribution

The Examiner’s method of distribution — throwing newspapers on driveways and hoping somebody picks them up — has resulted in a lawsuit from a lawyer in Baltimore. The Baltimore Sun reports that attorney Joel L. Levin is seeking a temporary restraining order to stop deliveries of the conservative paper.

The Examiner launched in Baltimore in April. It is one of three Examiners owned by billionaire oilman Phil Anschutz (pictured) of Denver. Like the Examiners in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., the Baltimore edition is free and is thrown on the driveways of people who haven’t asked for the paper.

Levin said he has called The Examiner repeatedly to stop the paper from being thrown on his driveway. “There’s no way to get through to these people,” Levin said. “The girl who answers the phone says it’ll be taken care of, and it doesn’t work. Then they don’t call back.”

“It’s not just me,” Levin told the Sun. “A lot of people around me are very frustrated. There’s some irritation that we can’t control the paper.” In Baltimore’s Federal Hill neighborhood, residents have put signs in windows warning carriers to stop leaving The Examiner, according to both the Baltimore Sun and the alt-weekly City Paper (which printed the photos above showing the signs people have put out in Baltimore attempting to stop the Examiner). “We have enough battles keeping our streets clean,” Keith Losoya, former president of the neighborhood association and a candidate for state Senate, told the Sun. “This periodical gets blown around and just adds to our trash issues.” [PPC, Sept. 30: Stopping Examiner delivery isn’t easy]

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