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S lovenia has been trying to distance itself from its troubled former Yugoslavian countrymen. Its message to the West is simple: Balkans? What Balkans? This is Central Europe.

With the industry dominated by a few large corporations that keep a close eye on profit margins and advertising revenue, the news Americans get on their doorsteps each morning tends to be bland and standardized.

Think George W. Bush was sitting at home one night when the idea of compassionate conservatism popped into his head? Themes are carefully crafted, and this one was likely the result of a long process involving aides and pollsters.

Plus, a SWAT raid gone bad, a mining town faces the future, copying ideas, and more.



Features
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Our Man in Slovenia [2]
Slovenia is the most ignored region of the old Yugoslavia. But it's the punk-rock capital of the Balkans.
— Wes Eichenwald, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Below the Fold [3]
The News-Sentinel is the main source of information for many Knoxvillians, but as part of the E.W. Scripps media empire, its priorities don't always seem to be focused on creating the best editorial product it can.
— Joe Tarr, METRO PULSE
 
Unjust Bust [4]
Following a painful SWAT raid, an elderly Native American couple sues the City of Tucson.
— Tim Vanderpool, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Underground Upheaval [5]
The people who tend to be able to cope with the situation are the ones who have reserves of all types.
— Dave Irwin, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Now What? [14]
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.
WEEKLY WIRE
 

Volume III, Issue 4
July 19 - July 26, 1999  
 
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Columns
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Self-Improving Summer [6]
I resolve to wait till summer to resolve not keeping my resolutions.
— Margaret Moser, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Hot Fun in the Summertime [7]
And ode to the sweaty season.
— Marion Winik, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
The Right to Copy [8]
When it comes to copying ideas, what comes around goes around.
— James Hanback Jr., NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Compassionate Conservatism Examined [9]
George W. Bush's theme of "compassionate conservatism" offers an interesting case study in how a message is developed and used by campaigns.
— Jack Moczinski, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
The Thrill Is Gone [10]
If one wants to retain full responsibility for one's own actions, one better stay out of the armed forces.
— Harry Willson, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Foreign Relations [11]
Chrysler 300M and Saab 9-5 SE V6.
— Marc K. Stengel, NASHVILLE SCENE
 

Teeny Tidbits
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Odds & Ends [12]
Timed-release news capsules from the flipside.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Mr. Smarty Pants [13]
Our resident know-it-all unearths the latest trivia.
— R.U. Steinberg, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

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