July 30, 2012 |
You could say Backpage.com is a page nearly everyone wants to rip out of the Internet, crumple up and throw away. Last week, two legal cases out of Washington state illustrated how the popular website, known for its promotion of adult escort services, has to cling by its nails to the generosity of American law to survive. On Friday, three girls - two 13 and one 15 at the time they ran away from home - filed suit in Pierce County Superior Court against Backpage.com, alleging it allowed them to be bought and sold over the site for sex by the pimps who captured them.
November 29, 2005 |
In a move uniting two major alternative newspaper chains, government antitrust regulators have cleared the pending merger of New Times Media with Village Voice Media Inc., the owner of LA Weekly, OC Weekly and New York's Village Voice. The Federal Trade Commission posted a notice on its website that it had ended its investigation of the merger. New York-based Village Voice Media owns six weekly urban newspapers, while New Times of Phoenix owns 11.
January 28, 2003 |
Alternative newsweekly chains NT Media and Village Voice Media have reached a tentative agreement with the Justice Department that would settle charges that they violated antitrust laws when they agreed to close competing newspapers in Los Angeles and Cleveland. As part of the settlement, the publishers agreed to sell the assets of their shuttered papers within 30 days to new owners, which would revive them. The sales would be monitored by the Justice Department.
December 21, 2002 |
PROSECUTORS investigating whether the nation's two largest alternative newspaper chains violated federal and state antitrust laws when they closed competing publications in Los Angeles and Cleveland will begin taking sworn testimony in Southern California during the first week of January, according to law enforcement officials and witnesses whose depositions already have been scheduled.
October 25, 2005 |
Three years after packing up and leaving town, New Times announced Monday that it was returning to Los Angeles, buying former rival LA Weekly as part of a deal that would create the nation's largest chain of alternative newspapers. New Times said it was buying Village Voice Media Inc., which also owns New York's celebrated Village Voice, OC Weekly and sister papers in three other markets. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
June 30, 2009 |
Drex Heikes, a former editor at the Los Angeles Times and most recently an editor in Las Vegas, has been named the next editor of LA Weekly. Heikes will replace Laurie Ochoa, who was forced to resign earlier this month by executives of Village Voice Media, which publishes the alternative newspaper. Heikes spent 18 years at The Times, including seven as an editor of the Los Angeles Times magazine. In 2005, he joined the Las Vegas Sun as the No. 2 editor. Most recently he assigned and edited the Sun's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of the deaths of construction workers.