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December 29, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The trial of Playboy Indonesia's editor in chief was closed to the public Thursday, angering dozens of Islamic hard-liners who threatened to break down the Jakarta courtroom doors if they are not granted access to the proceedings. Erwin Arnada went on trial three weeks ago on indecency charges and could face 32 months in prison if convicted. Under Indonesian law, indecency trials are closed when witness testimony is being heard to avoid obscene material or discussions being made public.
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.
March 4, 2006 | From Associated Press
Jessica Alba is demanding that Playboy pull its March issue, saying she didn't agree to be on the cover and that the image may mislead readers into thinking she appears nude or partially nude in the magazine. The cover shows the 24-year-old actress in a bikini, next to the headline "25 Sexiest Celebrities." Besides demanding that Playboy stop distributing the March issue, Alba is asking for a "monetary settlement" for damage to her reputation and career.
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.
March 13, 2005 | Amy Wallace, Amy Wallace is an editor in The Times' Business section.
Marilyn Grabowski, Playboy magazine's West Coast photography editor, stands in a bright studio in Santa Monica and takes the measure of Miss September. The young woman, a slender redhead, is perched on a narrow chaise, naked but for a chartreuse crinoline, lavender thigh-highs and lime-green stilettos.
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