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Missing in Missouri : Student, and Paper, Disappear amid Controversy

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Missing in Missouri : Student, and Paper, Disappear amid Controversy

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About 6,000 copies of the University of Missouri-Columbia student newspaper were stolen over Labor Day weekend, apparently by people upset over an article about the disappearance of a black campus and fraternity leader.

The theft amounted to about half of the entire press run of The Maneater, published twice weekly.

Editor in chief Jake Wagman says he doesn't know who stole the papers, but he has a pretty good idea why.

The issue's front-page article reported on the disappearance for the last six months of Damon T. Rucker White, the former president of the university's Legion of Black Collegians and of the campus chapter of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity. According to family members quoted in the article, White is a homosexual who is hiv-positive. His family, the article said, believes an unnamed man they identify as White's 'ex-boyfriend' blames White for infecting him with the aids virus. They believe the man is linked to White's disappearance.

'A lot of people weren't happy' that the newspaper reported that White is gay, Wagman said. 'People did have a problem with that. …

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