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N.C. Alt-Weekly Hit with Mass Theft of Copies

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

N.C. Alt-Weekly Hit with Mass Theft of Copies

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Someone went to a lot of trouble to keep people in downtown Greensboro, N.C., from reading this week's edition of the alternative newspaper Yes! Weekly, publisher Charles Womack says.

In an interview Friday, Womack said he's pretty sure he knows who is behind the theft between late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning of every single copy of the newspaper -- some 6,000 papers -- from the racks along Greensboro's Elm Street bar and entertainment strip.

Womack adds he's very sure why the papers were taken -- to keep a cover story headlined "Downtown Babylon" out of the hands of readers. The story by Jordan Green has a subhed, "Greed and iniquity in Greensboro's nightlife industry," that pretty much sums up the article about the tangled business and litigation relationships of some of the principal owners of Elm Street night spots.

"It's pretty easy to tell the papers were all deliberately taken out because of the story we wrote," Womack said. …

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