any a Monopoly player has learned to fear the words "Go
to jail, go directly to jail, do not pass Go, do not collect $200."
Even at play, we dread the no-man's land that is prison. Yet for
some people, the real terror isn't prison itself -- it's getting
his week's cover stories reveal that the worst part of a prison
sentence isn't the terror of being there, it's the difficult return
to reality once you've served your time. An editorial presents
two perspectives: one, that of a writing teacher who visited a
Tennessee prison over the course of several years; the other,
that of a 15-year convict who has only barely been able to stay
afloat financially, morally, and emotionally since his release.
Both stories show that the adage "it's a jungle out there"
has never been more true than when you're on parole.
peaking of jungle behavior, the last few weeks have seen a furor
over the alcohol-poisoning deaths of two Louisiana university
students, allegedly as a result of fraternity hazing rituals.
This article follows up on the story, asking whether stricter
regulations for young people's access to "hooch" are
in order. You heard me right: "hooch."
n other pet phrases, here's a classic example of the NIMBY,
or Not In My Back Yard, syndrome. A residential neighborhood has
gone to war against a developer that wants to build low-cost (and
low-grade) houses nearby. The neighbors worry that their property
values, as well as their overall quality of life, will plummet.
The developer claims it's providing good houses at a reasonable
price. The battle is happening in Austin, but it could be anywhere
-- your back yard, even. Beware!
nd while you're at it, beware of those crrrrazy Montessori teachers
-- whoops, I mean "guides." This story explains the
philosophy of the well-known grade schools: how it focuses on
letting children learn naturally, at their own rates. Such techniques
have even caught on at private schools. But critics have serious
complaints about Montessori's feel-good methodology.
oving right along...here's a Weekly Wire first: an article
from one of our member papers about one of our
other member papers. Apparently somebody on the Nashville Scene's staff offered a gubernatorial candidate a joint, he
smoked it, and another reporter mentioned the incident in a story.
Was it entrapment? Was it a case of the pot-smoker calling the
kettle black? Read here for answers, and check out this editorial
about the legalization of marijuana while you're at it.
lso this week: Captain Opinion says he'd rather massacre tweety
birds than give up his right to eat steak; Jeff Smith says General
Custer was a weenie who deserved to be massacred; and a writer
fears that Web site self-rating systems may end up massacring
freedom of speech. It's a veritable slaughter here at Weekly
Wire, but I'll be damned if we're going to prison for it --
we've got a Get of Jail Free card.
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Volume I, Issue 17
September 29 - October 6, 1997
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It's Not Easy Being Free
A Paroled Prisoner's Struggle to Survive. 
Outsider on the Inside
Former prison writing teacher Steven Womack on prison life. 
Man From Mars
Ex-con Woody Eargle on prison life. 
Unenforceable drinking laws drive underage drinking off-campus -- and underground. 
Allen Johnson Jr.
Tales Out of School
The pros and cons of Montessori education. 
Who's the Boss?
Kaufman & Broad is yet another developer to learn that, in Austin, neighborhood activists are not to be taken lightly. 
Where There's Smoke, There's Fog
Did he or didn't he? Cohen's alleged marijuana use raises a whole cloud of questions. 
High Time for a Decision
The recent controversy surrounding State Senator Steve Cohen's use of marijuana again raises questions about the contrary signals sent out by current drug policy. 
Kill the Birds
Puttin' the "Opinion" in Cap'n O! 
Fool On The Hill
Thoughts on the massacre of the ultimate 19th-century white boy. 
Shut Your Mouth
Casting a watchful eye on the high-tech world. 
David O. Dabney
Odds & Ends
Timed-release news capsules from the flipside. 
Devin D. O'Leary
Mr. Smarty Pants
Our resident know-it-all unearths the latest trivia. 
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Clash of the Titans
The night the Killer visted Graceland. [08-11-97]
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