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Metro Times Joins Suit for Disclosure of Voter Informationnew

The ACLU of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit in Detroit today on behalf of Metro Times, three political parties, and a political consulting firm, to overturn a law that enables only the Democratic and Republican parties to obtain lists of people who will vote on Tuesday's presidential primary, the Detroit Free Press reports. The law, passed last August, doesn't require voters to register by party, so the ACLU is arguing that the party in which residents will cast votes is valuable to political parties, candidates, journalists and citizen groups.
The Detroit Free Press  |  01-11-2008  2:20 pm  |  Legal News

Metro Times Gets Awkward Shout-out from Jay Leno

The Detroit alt-weekly appeared in The Tonight Show's famous "Headlines" segment this week -- not for an egregious typo or funny double entendre, but for hot primate-on-primate action. The Carl Oxley illustration on the cover of the paper's summer guide featured a variety of monkeys enjoying summertime in their own ways -- grilling, picnicking, sunbathing, and, yes, having sex behind a bush. If only Leno or his staff had done a little more research, perhaps this alt-weekly cover copulation wouldn't have been so shocking. Instead, the show found it funny because, as Leno says, "I guess it's a thing for kids."
NBC via YouTube  |  08-09-2007  11:17 am  |  Industry News

Metro Times Takes Home Eight SPJ Awardsnew

In the Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists' annual awards, the alt-weekly finished first in three categories (criticism; cover design; spread design). The paper also took home two second-place (cover design; editorial page design) and three third-place (investigative reporting; feature news reporting; news columnist) awards in the competition.
Metro Times  |  06-27-2007  8:32 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Metro Times' Blowout Celebrates 10th Yearnew

The Detroit alt-weekly's annual music festival, which begins tonight, "is the area's biggest annual celebration of local music," featuring "more than 250 bands over four nights at 20 venues," the Detroit Free Press reports. During the past decade, the festival has featured Detroit acts like Eminem and the White Stripes before they became international stars.
The Detroit Free Press  |  03-07-2007  5:00 pm  |  Industry News

Metro Times Columnist Wants to 'Shape the Minds of Budding Journalists'new

Jack Lessenberry, who has been with the Motor City alt-weekly for over 25 years, tells the Student Operated Press that he enjoys teaching journalism, but that his students at Wayne State University don't know much about history. The profile traces the highlights of Lessenberry's long career, including his Emmy for a 1995 Frontline documentary on Jack Kevorkian. "I want to create intelligent dialogue about the problems we face today," he says. "I think we need to think about and talk about who we are as a country and who we are as people."
The Student Operated Press  |  02-21-2007  11:59 am  |  Industry News

Metro Times' Local Music Festival Breaks Recordsnew

More than 250 performances -- "an all-time high for the event," reports the Detroit Free Press -- will highlight the Motor City alt-weekly's 10th annual Blowout music festival March 7-10. The Detroit News says Blowout is "considered by local artists to be the most important local music event of the year."
Detroit News | Detroit Free Press  |  02-02-2007  10:46 am  |  Industry News

Metro Times Culture Editor 'Can't Hold Out Any Longer' in Detroitnew

After writing about Detroit's cultural underground for seven years, Sarah Klein has developed a "hate-hate" relationship with the city and has decided to flee it for the sunny climes of California. "People are leaving Detroit -- in droves," she says, driven away by crime, lack of city services and a bad economy. Although she loves the Motor City and its "incredible people," she has had enough: "I'm tired of struggling, and I'm exhausted -- emotionally and physically. I'm ready to go."
Metro Times  |  12-08-2006  1:23 pm  |  Industry News

'Deb Kaplan Was One Tough Reporter'new

So says Metro Times founder Ron Williams, recalling the recently deceased journalist "who made an important contribution to the newspaper in its formative years." Kaplan was the Detroit alt-weeklies' news editor from 1989 to 1991, when "she wrote about urban issues with ... gritty detail," according to the paper. The 53-year-old writer and University of Washington assistant professor died last month of an apparent heart attack.
Metro Times  |  12-08-2006  12:42 pm  |  Industry News

Metro Times Wins Three SPJ Awards

Metro Times Press Release  |  07-06-2006  10:07 am  |  Press Releases

W. Kim Heron Tapped as Metro Times Editornew

Heron (pictured) was promoted from his position as managing editor to replace Ric Bohy, who left the paper two weeks ago. "Kim has had a huge hand in keeping our editorial staff together through many changes over the past few years. He has demonstrated unwavering integrity and has a truly honest work ethic," says Publisher Lisa Rudy in the Metro Times story announcing the change. Heron has been with Metro Times for nine years; he previously worked at the Detroit Free Press from 1979 to 1995. He is also known for "The Kim Heron Program," an FM jazz show that has had a 17-year run.
Metro Times  |  03-29-2006  8:03 am  |  Industry News

New Editor for Metro Times

W. Kim Heron takes top perch at Detroit's weekly alternative (FULL STORY)
03-29-2006  9:04 am  |  Press Releases

Ann Mullen: Righting a Wrongful Conviction

A young man was serving a life sentence for second-degree murder, and a forensic psychologist who worked on the case didn't believe the teenager had done it. So he turned to Ann Mullen, then a writer at Detroit's Metro Times. She dug around and wrote an in-depth story on the flaws in the Detroit Police Department's investigation. Six months later, the young man was freed. This is the 13th in a "How I Got That Story" series highlighting the AltWeekly Awards' first-place winners. (FULL STORY)
Erika Beras  |  11-10-2005  6:58 pm  |  Association News