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Official Friend of Bill, Enemy of Jared, Models & Bottles Aficionado, Supermarket Magnate and Radar Teaser Ron Burkle (pictured, straight-teethedly, at right) has submitted a bid to buy the Tribune Company, according to a story in the Tribune-owned Los Angeles Times. According to the LAT, Burkle's in cahoots with "billionaire philanthropist" Eli Broad, who's known for—besides his billions and his philanthropy—buying a $2.5 million Roy Lichtenstein painting at auction in 1994 with his American Express card. Maybe the Tribune Co. takes Amex, too.

L.A. Investors Bid on Tribune Co. [LAT]