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INVESTOR BAILS OUT, MCCLATCHY INSISTS LOSS WON'T SINK DEAL

     Metals dealer William Snyder backed out of Kevin McClatchy's
consortium to buy the Pirates Friday, but McClatchy said
withdrawal of the $5M investment would not kill the deal.
McClatchy's group had raised $M in equity, but now must raise
another $5M before a February 15 deadline. McClatchy:  "I don't
think it's a crushing blow to raise $5 million in two weeks.
We've been faced with bigger equity challenges than this."
Snyder's demand to be involved in day-to-day operations was
"unacceptable" to MLB, which requires McClatchy, as managing
general partner, to be solely responsible for daily decision-
making (Halvonik & Belko, PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 2/3).
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