Saturday, September 03, 2005

Kayne West Raps Bush 

... (A) heartfelt and dignified benefit (for Hurricane Katrina victims) aired on NBC and other networks Friday night, took an unexpected turn thanks to the outspoken rapper Kanye West.

Appearing two-thirds through the program, he claimed " George Bush doesn't care about black people" and said America is set up "to help the poor, the black people, the less well-off as slow as possible." ...

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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Scumbag Mike Lacey and Capitalist Cronies Set for Merger 

Bay Guardian, Aug 31:

The nation's two largest alternative newspaper publishers have been in intense negotiations over a merger that would create a 17-paper chain controlled to a significant extent by venture capitalists, new documents obtained by the Bay Guardian show.

The documents, which appear to be valid, include a May 27, 2005, draft of a merger agreement between Village Voice Media and New Times. They were provided by a source close to the negotiations.

The draft calls for the creation of a new company controlled by a nine-member board. Five of the members would come from Phoenix-based New Times and its primary venture-capital firm, the Boston-based Alta Communications.

New Times, which owns 11 newspapers, including the SF Weekly, would have 62 percent of the equity in the new venture, and VVM, which owns the Village Voice and 5 other papers, would have 38 percent. ...

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