Like hundreds of other papers, BW used to run a syndicated column called The Advice Goddess. And we got tired of it. Wanted more local material. So we asked our readers if they cared if we canned it, and almost nobody said yes. So, late last year, we got rid of The Advice Goddess. And didn't think much of it. Then we went to the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies conference in Portland, and who do you think was there, selling her column ideas? Amy Alkon, the fiery redhead who writes the column. She was also pigeonholing any newspaper editor she saw and all but bullying them into carrying her column. So imagine BW's Shea Andersen and Amy Atkins trying very, very hard to blend into the hotel wallpaper whenever she came by, her eyes scanning nametags looking for the miscreants who dared to cancel her column.
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