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Bridge to somewhere

called Charlotte

It was a no-brainer for the Greensboro City Council to pass a resolution requesting the replacement of the Interstate 85 bridge over the Yadkin River near Salisbury — the structure is part of a major roadway that connects the Triad to Charlotte, and it holds an unfortunate reputation for decrepitude. Thanks, then, to the Raleigh News & Observer, which has dubbed the bridge “the opposite of the Bridge to Nowhere,” for lending its editorial voice to the cause. “The DOT has plans for a replacement all drawn up, but the cost — $335 million for the bridge and associated road widening — has been prohibitive,” the N&O’s Monday editorial relates. “Now the state is angling for part of a big pot of federal stimulus money that’s intended for significant construction projects nationwide…. Here’s hoping the recession has a silver lining in the form of funds for a long-lasting span.” — JG

The way it works

It’s tough to get ahead in journalism, especially these days as the entire industry seems to be circling the drain. But the path of least resistance to (relative) fame and success remains the same: Land a plum internship at a big-time media organization and you are well on your way. However, internships at the biggest and best publications are not as simple as, say, obtaining one at YES! Weekly. Rolling Stone’s editorial intern last year was Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love. The son of deceased television lion Tim Russert, Luke, got his first internship at ESPN. He, of course, went on to sign a huge contract with NBC when his father passed and he was the only journo to interview Bill Clinton after his speech at the DNC in 2008 — after which Russert seems to have disappeared from the airwaves. But this spring, Harper’s Bazaar hired Tallulah Willis, the 15-year-old daughter of Bruce Wilis and Demi Moore, as their editorial intern despite the fact that she has no degree (not even a high school one, by my calculations), no relevant experience (save for being shadowed by the paparazzi) and, of course, is ineligible to work under New York state law. Because she’s 15. You ever think that maybe journalism deserves to die? — BC

A breach in the wall

The LA Times published its Friday paper with a full page advertisement for “True Blood,” an HBO TV show, under its masthead. The ad featured a black-and-white close-up of actor Stephen Moyer with blood dripping from his mouth. There were no other stories or ads printed on the front page. The vampire image was all that was visible in news boxes on Friday. Once opening the paper readers found that the cover was actually a four-page advertisement of the show’s season premiere and a regular front page format was beneath the ad. This is the first time LA Times has put its masthead above an advertisement. The paper has not released how much it charged for the ad. — LC