Every so often we pull together some recommended stories from other alternative news media. Here are eight for your weekend reading pleasure.
The Indy isn't the only alt weekly to publish a cover story about alleged police department issues. City Pages (Minneapolis/St. Paul) has this haunting story of a sheriff deputy's suicide. Here's the story's teaser:
A sheriff's deputy kills himself and leaves behind a box of files with a reporter's name on it: mine.
Boise Weekly does with a cover story on how Idaho has legitimized small-scale raw-milk producers.
Oil and Water
Gambit Weekly (New Orleans) writes about a new graphic novel that recounts the Gulf oil disaster. It's illustrated by the guy who does "Too Much Coffee Man" and written by a columnist for the Oregonian. Wait, Oregonian? How's that work? It's about a group from Portland that travels to the Gulf to help with the cleanup and, according to the article, "weaves those stories into the Portland group, the social justice-minded PDX 2 Gulf Coast, struggling with its naive approach to the disaster, and waking up to the realities of its neighbors down South."
Speaking of new things to read, I'm a sucker for book lists, especially during the gift-giving season. The Memphis Flyer staff compiled a collection of cool books for winter.
The other campus
The Erie Reader is not a member of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, but we're linking to its cover story on the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky scandal anyway. Why? It's written by former Missoula writer and Indy contributor Jay Stevens, and covers a side of the story most other media hasn't touched: reaction from Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, where Sandusky ran his summer camp.
Don't drink the water
Also not from an alt weekly, but worth a read: Spot.us, which does community funded reporting, published a long article by Rachel Cernansky titled, "The Power of Coal: Why People in Colstrip, MT Can't Drink the Water."
Now hear this
A little dark holiday humor (and heartfelt family memories) comes in this list of seven songs to get you through winter, courtesy of The Stranger. 'Tis the season.