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The New York Daily News has the support of its parent company to continue publishing despite a debilitating strike by nine of the tabloid's unions, Publisher James F. Hoge said Tuesday after meeting with Tribune Co. directors.

Hoge said he told them the Daily News increased net paid circulation to 580,000 through a network of news dealers and hawkers, which now total almost half the pre-strike number of 12,000 outlets.

The Tribune Co. board did discuss but tabled such options as selling the tabloid, closing it or waiting out the strike, Hoge said. About 100 pickets from the Chicago Federation of Labor, led by Newspaper Guild representatives from the Daily News local, marched outside the Tribune Tower meeting in support of the striking unions.

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