Friday, November 4, 2011

Brawls, arrests, and Deadwood (plus other alternative news links)

Posted By on Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Every so often we link to a handful of stories from other alternative news media. Here are eight for your weekend reading pleasure.

Reporter arrested for doing his job (with video)
Nashville Scene reporter Jonathan Meador was arrested while covering Occupy Nashville, and caught the whole thing on tape. Despite his repeated pleas of "I'm with the media," Meador was slammed to the concrete and cuffed. He was later hit with a specious charge of public intoxication, of which there is no evidence in the video.

In other Occupation news
Every alt weekly is covering some protest somewhere. (No, really. Here's the list.) But a few stand out: Occupy Wall Street is starting wear thin on those who actually live near Wall Street (Village Voice), things are crazy in Oakland (East Bay Express), one writer embedded himself at Occupy Portland (Willamette Week), and rubber bullets fly at Occupy Denver (Westword).

Nov. 8 is Election Day
Have you voted yet? Well, do it, silly. Otherwise, you could end up on a list like this one from The Stranger. They reviewed public voting records to find out how often celebrities and those in power actually voted in local elections. Example: Jeff Bezos, "Amazon mogul and libertarian douchebag," has only voted in five of 11 general elections since 2000, and not in a single primary.

Raids on growers and dispensaries actually increased under Obama
Phoenix New Times takes a look at the president's "strange about-face" as he "tries to hack medical marijuana off at the knees." The feature focuses on two recent developments in California that are having far-reaching effects on the industry, and the political implications.

"I wanted to bite that fat fucker's face. And then the lights went out."
Seattle Weekly profiles award-winning newspaper columnist and author Pete Dexter in this thorough feature story. You probably know Dexter as the author of Deadwood, which was later adapted for an HBO series, or maybe Paris Trout. He's now at work on his eighth novel. But this story's best moments come when Dexter looks back at his earlier days as a writer for the Philadelphia Daily News, including an extended anecdote in the lede that involves a brutal beating over a column he wrote, and, unexpectedly, a former heavyweight boxing contender.

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