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Best AltWeekly Writing and
Design 2005 collects the 40 first-place winners of the 2005 AltWeekly
Awards contest. It showcases the best writing, reporting, cartooning and
design work found in the 126 newsweeklies that belong to the Association
of Alternative Newsweeklies.
Nigel Jaquiss of Willamette Week
reveals that Oregon’s former governor, Neil Goldschmidt, sexually abused
a 14-year-old babysitter three decades ago, when he was mayor of
Portland. Jaquiss’s exposé was also awarded the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in
Mara Shalhoup of Creative Loafing
(Atlanta) gives a vivid account of the circumstances that led
18-year-old prostitute Falicia Blakely to become a serial killer,
murdering three men in one night.
Steve Bogira of the Chicago Reader
gets Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner to explain
what motivates his relentless interruption of lawyers presenting oral
Donna Ladd of Jackson Free Press
describes a Catholic family that struggled to keep its faith after all
three sons disclosed that a priest had sexually abused them.
Harvey A. Silverglate, a columnist
for The Boston Phoenix, decries how easy it is for an innocent
person to be erroneously convicted under the American justice system.
Ayana Taylor of Jackson Free Press
writes of the stir created when a white supremacist was granted
permission to have a booth soliciting support for an accused Klansman at
the Mississippi State Fair.
Ann Mullen describes in Metro Times the
methods Detroit police used to pressure a 13-year-old to confess that he
and his 18-year-old friend had killed the boy’s mother, an admission the
boy later recanted.
Melissa Maerz, writing for City
Pages (Twin Cities), takes readers on an ego-bruising road tour with
the Minnesota band Friends Like These.
Photojournalism student Nick Goodenough braves the jostling crowd to capture the music-club scene for
the Ventura County Reporter.
Other finalists’ entries and
supplementary material can be found on the Association of Alternative
Newsweeklies’ Web site at
See review under Reviewer's Choice in
the Midwest Book Review at