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October 30, 2006 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Michelle Urry, who was the cartoon editor for Playboy magazine by day and a regular at women's liberation meetings by night in the early 1970s, has died. She was 66. Urry died Oct. 15 of cancer of the eye at her home in New York City, her son, Caleb, said. She remained the magazine's cartoon editor until her death. In her youth, Urry was passionate about comic books and had a vast collection by the time she was a teenager, but comics and cartoons were a sidelight.
August 14, 2006 | Diane Werts, Newsday
Look up "cool" in the way-back dictionary, and this is what you get: "Playboy After Dark" -- Kennedy-era magazine magnate and bachelor icon Hugh Hefner hosting a "sophisticated weekly get-together of the people that we dig and who dig us." It's only an aspirational, suburban cool -- not whatever the real thing might be. Playboy's centerfold nudes are, after all, carefully airbrushed representations of the Girl Next Door. And their TV host is actually less urbane role-model than dorky neighbor.
June 30, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A Playboy editor and a centerfold model who appeared in the magazine's first edition in Indonesia were named by police as suspects in an indecency case. The magazine launched a toned-down Indonesian version in April, sans nudity, to protests from conservatives. Police said Kartika Gunawan, who posed in lingerie, and Editor Erwin Arnada were suspected of violating anti-indecency laws that carry sentences of up to nearly three years.
April 14, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Jakarta police asked Playboy magazine Thursday to stop publishing its Indonesian edition out of fears it could enrage Muslims. No laws ban the magazine, which does not feature any nudity and is no more risque than other local and foreign publications sold in the world's most populous Muslim nation. Ponti Carolus, the director of Playboy's publishing company, said the magazine would think about the request by police.
August 25, 2005 | From Reuters
Playboy magazine, losing money in the face of depressed advertising, will go digital later this year in hopes of winning new subscribers and advertisers. The first digital magazine, which will mirror the print version, will be available in September after months of testing the technology, Playboy Enterprises Inc. said Wednesday.
July 29, 2004 | From Reuters
Playboy magazine named a longtime staffer with a literary bent as its new editorial director Wednesday, three months after the editorial chief hired to rejuvenate the 50-year-old men's monthly stepped aside. Executive Editor Christopher Napolitano, a 16-year veteran of the magazine who has been a features editor and head of its fiction department, will take over the key editorial post immediately, Playboy Enterprises Inc. said.
March 17, 2004 | Richard Cromelin
Rapper 50 Cent, whose benefactor and mentor Eminem weathered similar accusations earlier in his career, is taking heat for comments about gays that appear in the April issue of Playboy magazine. After using a common pejorative for gays, 50 Cent adds, "I don't like gay people around me, because I'm not comfortable with what their thoughts are. I'm not prejudiced. I just don't go with gay people and kick it -- we don't have that much in common."
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