Friday, May 25, 2012

New bands, old baseball, nude pictures (and other alternative news links)

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Every so often we pull together some recommended stories from other alternative news media. Here are six — plus a whole lot of bonus links — for your weekend reading pleasure.

Beware "Gary Jones"
Village Voice does some excellent reporting on a creepy revenge website that would post nude pictures of unsuspecting men and women, and link them to the people's personal Facebook pages. The scumbag responsible for the site, Hunter Moore, always claimed he was within the law because "users" submitted the material. The VV finds that may not have been the case, with a hacker by the name of "Gary Jones" linked to many who ended up shamed on the site. The FBI is now involved and the site has been taken down, but that comes too late to save many reputations. Moore, by the way, threatened to burn down the Voice's offices when he heard about this story.

Old-school baseball
As in, really old-school baseball. Houston Press reports on a group of geezers who gather to play the national pastime circa 1860. The rules are different, the ball is bigger, there are no gloves or batting helmets, and the uniforms are amazing.

"I had to find this out by Twitter"
The New Orleans Times-Picayune has been around for 175 years, surviving both the Civil War and Katrina. But it may not survive the digital media revolution. Gambit Weekly follows up on the story broken by David Carr (a former alt weekly writer) and the New York Times about the NOLA daily ceasing daily publication and moving to an online format. From Gambit:

The level of disrespect for T-P employees by upper management was the main topic of conversation tonight. All employees with whom Gambit spoke — even longtime senior writers and editors — said they learned of their fates from The New York Times report.

"My supervisor didn't even fucking know," said one reporter. "My supervisor."

"I had to find this out by Twitter," said another. "Do I go in to the office tomorrow? Do I even have a job to go in to tomorrow? I don't know. No one has called me. No one has said anything."

Here's how the T-P announced the news to readers this morning.

Coming to the Top Hat or Palace soon
A couple weeks ago Willamette Week put out its annual Best New Band feature, which does more than just crown one skinny jeans-wearing winner. Read about all 10 finalists, listen to audio clips, watch music videos or live concert footage, and discover who will surely be touring our way sometime soon. If history is any indication, 2012 winner Radiation City ("Jetsons-era doo-wop") is bound for big things.

Ready for anything
If you believe in the coming apocalypse, chances are you're not nearly as prepared as Paul Range and Gloria Haswell. San Antonio Current goes deep into the couple's compound.

There's a lot of good writing from alternative weeklies, and every year AAN honors the best of the best. This year's finalists were just announced and we're proud to say the Indy received two nods: one for Jamie Rogers' feature on a man convicted of drunk driving, and Matthew Frank's story on Montana coal getting shipped to China. Both of those are great, but you can find tons of other weekend reads by perusing the whole list of finalists.

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