Friday, September 30, 2011

Rick Perry, Vegas, Nirvana (and other alternative news links)

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Every so often we pull together some recommended stories from other alternative news media. Here are eight for your weekend reading pleasure.

Rick Perry, the early years
Here's the lead to a Texas Observer feature by Saul Elbein about how the Texas governor's upbringing shaped his politics: "If you want to clear a room in Haskell, this is how you do it. You walk in. You sit down. You say, 'I’m a reporter, and I’d like to talk to you about Rick Perry.'”


Why we love The Stranger
I'm not going to spoil this for you, but that graphic to the left accompanies a heartfelt look back.

The end of DADT
Two perspectives here. One from Gambit Weekly in New Orleans takes a look at what comes next. The Colorado Springs Independent profiles service members who, as the headline says, are "Treading Lightly." The first line: "They still won't give their last names."

From the front steps of the Supreme Court
A native Georgian reports for Washington City Paper on the night Troy Davis was executed. It's as much about social media as a failure of the justice system.

The making of "What happens here, stays here."
Las Vegas Weekly looks back at the creation of Sin City's successful marketing campaign. One thing I'd forgotten: a lot of the early buzz for the slogan came after the NFL refused to air any Vegas commercials, like the one below, during the Super Bowl. God forbid the NFL interrupt its slew of beer and erectile dysfunction ads to let a gambling town like Vegas get the word out.

Heavy metal
Eugene Weekly, in the second part of a series, wonders about the effects of uranium mining in Oregon.

Didn't like The Stranger link?
Fine. Here's a true look back from the San Antonio Current.

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