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F ormer students of Tucson's Dunbar School, which served the African-American population during segregation, gather once a year to remember the bad old days, to see how far they've come, and how much further there is to go.

No one has found a way to silence a person alone in a stall with a pen. Graffiti might seem like a harmless, minor act of vandalism, but the profane scrawls across our public walls can be seen as more than surface deep.

Everyone in Hollywood is chasing some dream, hoping that big break is right around the corner. Meanwhile, everyone is doing something else to pay the rent. Even the most unrealistic wanna-bes acknowledge the need for interim jobs before their star turns.

Plus, the meaning of Chanukah, genetically-enhanced food in American shopping baskets, questions about journalistic integrity, and more!

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Advice for the Troubled [8]
The Captain answers questions from readers.
— Captain Opinion, WEEKLY ALIBI
Death of a Catbox [9]
It's back to scooping now that the electronic catbox went kaput.
— Walter Jowers, NASHVILLE SCENE
Master Stroke [10]
2000 Volkswagen New Beetle.

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Odds and Ends [11]
Time-released news capsules from the flipside.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
Mr. Smarty Pants [12]
Impressionistic poultry patching and a proclivity for plynths.
— Mr. Smarty Pants, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Volume III, Issue 24
December 6 - December 13, 1999  

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Color Bind [2]
The black alumni of Dunbar School gather in a reunion to remember the days when they weren't considered good enough to attend school with white kids.
Writing on the Walls [3]
Does bathroom graffiti say something about who we are?
— Mark Jordan, MEMPHIS FLYER
Hollywood Square [4]
Bottom-rung Hollywood production assistants in Hollywood rub elbows with the stars -- and fetch the director's lip balm.
Festival of Lite [5]
Robi Polgar finds the true meaning of Chanukah, if not the true spelling.
Role Reversal [6]
Americans are guinea pigs for bioengineered foods.
— Donella H. Meadows, MEMPHIS FLYER
Exactly how far can a reporter go to get a story? [7]
News is often not about truth or journalistic integrity. It's sometimes about money.
— Erica Ford, WEEKLY ALIBI
Now What? [13]
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