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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

T he use of lead as an ingredient in paint in the United States was officially banned in 1978, but because housing built before that ban still exists, as many as 1 million children may have an unsafe concentration of lead in their blood.

All over the country, people are lining up by the millions to experience the sensation of having their teeth clatter, their hearts lurch, and their eyeballs smack the back of their skulls.

In passing tribute to the nation's birthday, The Boston Phoenix passes out its annual Muzzle Awards, to those who trample on the First Amendment rights of others, and Captain Opinion holds forth on the necessity of free speech.

Not to mention Bill Bradley, Buford Pusser, midget wrestling, standing up to pee, and more.


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Cure the Disease: Speak Freely [8]
Celebrate the First Amendment by using it for its intended purpose: to protect unpopular views.
— Cap'n O, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Cross Currents [9]
There is no way the desperate drive of these people for a better life is going to be denied.
— Jeff Smith, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
By Dawn's Early Light [10]
Mornings suck. And pre-mornings suck geometrically.
— Tom Danehy, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Stand Up, Sit Down [11]
More toilet tips from Walter Jowers.
— Walter Jowers, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Fear and Loathing in the Garage [12]
Why I'm this close to selling my car and walking everywhere.
— Eileen Loh-Harrist, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Higher Tech [13]
New technogear brings 007-like accessories to everyday life.
— James Hanback Jr., NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Home Wrecker [14]
Mercedes-Benz's new 2000-model S430.
— Marc Stengel, NASHVILLE SCENE
 

Volume III, Issue 2
July 5 - July 12, 1999  
 
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The Element of Danger [2]
More than two decades after lead was banned in paint, it continues to poison children, especially in inner-city homes.
— Phil Campbell, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Fear of Flying [3]
New England's one high-tech roller coaster is nasty, brutish, and short. But you wouldn't exactly call it scary.
— Chris Wright, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Mat Rats [4]
Great local pro-wrestling is more than just a battle of words and wits. There are also the costumes.
— James DiGiovanna, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Blood and Thunder [5]
Twenty-five years after his death, the legend of Buford Pusser lives on.
— Chris Davis, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
The Boston Phoenix's Second Annual Muzzle Awards [6]
A once-a-year tribute to those dirty bastards who undermine our freedom of speech.
— Dan Kennedy, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Underdog's Day [7]
During a press conference with his three supporters, Bradley sidestepped an opportunity to talk specifics.
— Jim Nintzel, TUCSON WEEKLY
 

Teeny Tidbits
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Odds and Ends [15]
Timed-release news capsules from the flipside.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Mr. Smarty Pants [16]
Our resident know-it-all unearths the latest trivia.
— R.U. Steinberg, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Now What? [17]
Can't get enough news? You're in luck -- more news is created every day. Our Now What? page offers a plethora of recommended links to help keep you living in the present.
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