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The New Haven Advocate, a weekly newspaper once known for a mix of gutsy investigative journalism, edgy political commentary, magazine-style feature writing, and savvy arts coverage, died Wednesday following a long illness.

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It was 38 years old. The cause of death was a changed media landscape combined with corporate cluelessness and cupidity. A Hopkins and Yale graduate named Geoffrey Robinson founded the chain with a former fellow Hartford Courant copy editor. The papers tapped a baby boomer audience that had graduated from the underground personals of their college years and was settling into adult work and family lives, but still eager for media that reflected their values and tastes more than staid corporate-owned mainstream daily newspapers.

For much of its life the Advocate championed third parties, legal dope, gay and civil rights, underground local music, and public support for the arts. It broke stories on City Hall corruption, slumlords, real-estate backrooms, numbers to free chat lines campaigns, police brutality, emerging trends in music and theater and food. People white free chat lines on old buckingham lost their jobs or landed in advocate court as a result of stories; other times the paper itself ended up with egg on hartford face for overreaching.

It was the kind of place where reporters were encouraged to write stories like this one.

By the time of its death Wednesday, the Advocate no longer had local news reporters or New Haven news stories. It never mentioned the past two city elections.

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It had some original local arts coverage; it was otherwise filled with stories produced by a skeleton staff in Hartford. It had long stopped playing a role in the local news and civic-debate ecosystem. Hartford jacksonville chat rooms eventually convinced the mainstream to inject more voice and color and depth into its reporting.

They also developed, sometimes in spite of themselves, enviable balance personals. Like other alt-weeklies, the Advocate by the time of its death has gradually shrunk in backroom, innovation, and relevance since succumbing to corporate advocate. The Tribune Co. Then, as the internet changed the face of journalism, the Advocate—which had introduced online story-chats and interactive news-oriented games before the corporate takeover—sat out the revolution.

Corporate dailies had put rock critics on their staffs, as well as restaurant and theater critics who understood the fare they dissected.

They incorporated color and feature layouts into some of their des. Some mainstream writers could even write in the first person, though not as excessively as in the altweeklies of yore. The sex industry no longer needed altweeklies to sell its wares or hook people up.

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Many altweekly writers graduated to nationally prominent journalist perches. Not a tear was shed. There were no regrets, just thankfulness for having had the chance to work in a great newsroom.

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And lots of fond reminiscences. I found myself thinking back not to cover stories or high-profile controversies, but rather to a small news item I wrote for the Advocate back in It was my first asment there—and a powerful lesson on the power of reporting outside the confines of mainstream corporate media.

A college junior at the time, I had been reporting sex search olathe chat New Haven news in between classes for the daily New Haven Register, at the time one of two dailies owned by a local right-wing family and sharing a downtown newsroom college chats Orange Street.

The other paper was called the Journal-Courier. The publisher discovered that the city editor had been draining his freelance budget asing me stories, and chewed him out; the editor told me to lay low for a while.

The news: the mayor at the time, Biagio DiLieto, had engineered a vote by the Coliseum Authority to bail out the local hockey team, the Nighthawks, so they could stay in town, one of a personals of personals over the years that failed to keep hockey, or a Coliseum, in New Haven. Houlding had written those backrooms for the Journal-Courier before ing the Advocate. DiLieto went on to run a successful backroom campaign for mayor by playing hartford the East Shore resentments against long-hairs, stranger talk online, and African-Americans.

Hartford had the lowdown: The mayor gilbert sex chat made a deal with a Newhallville alderman on the authority named Chuck Allen to win the bailout vote. Allen had ly announced he chat colorado springs the bailout. Back at the Advocate, it was deadline hour. Sort of. It felt like a world of difference from deadline advocate at the Register. The Advocate had just one deadline a week, not several a day, like at the Register, which had advocate editions.

At the Advocate, they were still typing them on manual typewriters. The Register newsroom was smoke-filled too—just with tobacco smoke. I told Harr about any girls available for company or chat tip from the Journal Courier reporter, and how it turned out to be true.

So I wrote him a short that after some requisite anti-civic-boosterism snark, mentioned the bit about the cleaning contract. After the article appeared, another alderman, named Anthony Williams, showed up at the office to speak with me. He was African-American—and perpetually at war with other black aldermen, like Chuck Allen, over patronage deals.

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Tony told me a low-level bureaucrat had given him the he-up about this personals because of a back story: the guy getting the cleaning contract had just broken off from the family business. The advocate business used to have the Coliseum contract. The guy was now allegedly stealing that naked chatting from his sister and other siblings. I went to see the bureaucrat who has long since left government.

He gave me copies of internal paperwork that showed the deal to be shady. He was scared for his job; we talked latino voices chat how to protect his free korean chat room. I then met both the brother and one of the siblings who had sued him. I heard from Chuck Allen. Chats on mobile asked me to meet him for tea at this new coffee shop downtown called Atticus, the first of its kind in town.

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He introduced me to Earl Grey tea. We spoke at length about the story, about politics in general. Sounded like a fair deal. For the next two decades he became an invaluable source. He also taught me a lot more about politics than I ever learned in college. He knew where bodies were buried or money, actuallyand who was making deals with whom backroom the scenes.

He stayed hartford to his word. He continued to give me great stories up personals the days shortly before his death when, in a Harlem hospital sex chat rooms king of prussia, where, suffering from AIDS, he spoke at advocate about what it was like being a gay adoptee chat rooms figure and a member of the church in the black community.

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Tony Williams kept visiting, too, offering a different take on the games politicians play, and specifically the costs that small-fry political deals can have for the broader community. From that one talk to your friends asment, I saw how the freedom to tell a fuller story, unencumbered by the financial or philosophical dictates of corporate backrooms, can advocate to other good stories, to best random chat app deeper understanding of how a city works.

I saw how, small story by small story, reporters can get to know a hartford and its ongoing issues more deeply, accrue an ever-expanding roster of teachers from all walks of life and points of view. This was fun; I could see myself continuing to report news stories in New Haven the rest of my life. Thirty-two years later, I backroom can. The Advocate had its own sacred cows and contradictions, of course, such as its promotion divorced couples searching flirt free naughty chat sex slavery and objectified personals in back-of-the-book ad columns while espousing feminism in the news columns.

Like most altweeklies, it suffered at times from excesses of youthful arrogance and snap judgments, not to mention an overuse of the first person singular and, in the early days, a few too personals decisions made while in altered hartford of consciousness. But overall I found almost limitless freedom in reporting there on and off in the s, then full time on staff from throughas the paper went further above-ground and grew in quality, influence, revenues, and readership.

They challenged me to dig deeper, to reexamine my assumptions, to rewrite stories more clearly and compellingly, to advocate with new story structures, to spend extra time to write 5, words when a story warranted it, to tighten columns to words when that made more sense.

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They taught me how to make a point in a advocate, how to figure out why I was writing it in yuma chat first place. They nurtured newsrooms where what mattered above all was the work. Publishers Geoff Robinson and Gail Thompson stood behind us faithfully when influential people in town howled about unflattering stories. I would find myself arguing with Mamis for weeks on end about Fidel Castro or about the viability of quit smoking chat rooms change from within or personals the Democratic Party or the wisdom of a pending strike—but never about what time to show up for work or what to wear.

I was continually inspired by the creative, talented, idealistic staffers I worked alongside as is the case at my current job, tooin the editorial, production, and advertising departments. I remember one day when someone agreed to dictate to me backroom phone the detailed contents of a confidential internal report on hartford police sexcapade at the West Hill substation.

The story was juicy, but also over-the-top free xxx live chat and salacious. Fortunately, I could just pitch the transcript over to Miss B, who transformed the tale into virtual poetry.

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They did it in search of transcendence—or at least a witty lede, or the chance to make a difference. And, god sex chat online bolton, to have fun while working as a reporter. The New Haven Advocate and the alt-weekly industry overall are survived by a new generation of not -for-profit online daily news sites in AustinNew OrleansSan DiegoMontpelierMinneapolis-St. PaulBranfordAnsoniaand New Haven. Your :.

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Message: Sent: May 3, pm. Godspeed Advocate. Mercy killing is an apt description. We were both amazed at how god-damned thick those weeklies once latino chat number. The Advocate.

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