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T his week we've got a definite mixed bag for your perusal. Leading off we have a look at the Bill Clinton we all missed with the help of a very misty-eyed media. Sam Smith examines Clinton's work as Governor of Arkansas and how the national media decided not to look too hard at his job there. He was a smooth candidate and that's all they needed to see. Ahh....how things have changed, huh?

Last week, Washington, D.C. hosted the national convention for the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. Two articles take very different views on how this industry is doing. Are the Alternative 'weeklies doing a good job? Christopher Hitchens, Vanity Fair Contributing Editor and columnist for the Nation gives a technicolor thumbs down. Are they profitable? Nashville Scene's Henry Walker reports on his paper's doing pretty well both fiscally and AAN award-wise. His attitude about the (daily)Nashville Tennessean is a little less sunny.

National AIDS consciousness--and fiscal support--is in decline. Knoxville's Betty Bean tells us about one man's struggle against shrinking community support. This disease has not just gone away and Bean's article shows us what's happening --or not happening--in Knoxville. Is your city doing better? We'd guess probably not and if this story's any indication of how things are nationally, we'd better wake up.

Now that all the tributes and accolades have been heaped on Arizona's late Senator Barry Goldwater, Tim Vanderpool gives us a view of the sleazier associations Goldwater and his brother, Bob had. Whether you loved Goldwater or hated him, this article will surprise you.

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Mr. Smarty Pants [10]
Our resident know-it-all unearths the latest trivia.
Odds & Ends [11]
Timed-release news capsules from the flipside.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
Swamped [12]
Walter Jowers gives a thumbs-up to positive drain.
— Walter Jowers, NASHVILLE SCENE

Volume I, Issue 55
June 22 - June 29, 1998  
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White House Whitewash [2]
For six, long sorry years, the national media have simply missed the real story behind Bill Clinton's scandalous presidency.
Judging the Alternative Press [3]
Christopher Hitchens sizes up the nation's newsweeklies and finds them lacking.
— Dennis Freeland, MEMPHIS FLYER
Desperately Seeking the News [4]
Yeah, those alternative-newsweekly robber barons are resting their feet on the backs of the worker.
Point of No Return [5]
A unique program gives ex-cons the tools they need to stay out of prison.
— Allen Johnson, Jr., GAMBIT WEEKLY
A Good Fella [6]
Remembering Barry Goldwater's old Mob ties.
— Tim Vanderpool, TUCSON WEEKLY
On the Sidelines [7]
Memphis' annual gay pride parade tries to represent the gay community, but many people -- and groups -- don't fall in.
— Dominic Jesse, MEMPHIS FLYER
The Enduring Epidemic [8]
As far as the general public is concerned, the AIDS crisis is all but over due to new treatments. Nonetheless, AIDS care organizations face dwindling support while still barely able to supply needed services.
— Betty Bean, METRO PULSE
Black Lungs [9]
Tobacco is so ingrained into black life that few African-American leaders express appropriate concern, said one critic.
— Salim Muwakkil, GAMBIT WEEKLY
Now What? [13]
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