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City rejects officer’s request to ban Rhino

Greensboro interim City Manager Bob Morgan responded in writing to a request by police Lt. James Hinson to remove copies of The Rhinoceros Times from city facilities in an Aug. 10 letter. Hinson’s pastor, the Rev. Cardes Brown, is the president of the Greensboro branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Brown said several black officers have expressed concerns about the conservative newspaper’s reporting of ongoing controversy in the police department. “It disturbs them,” Brown said. “It’s not factual. It’s discrediting. It’s dehumanizing. It’s demoralizing. Who would not be concerned?” Morgan said the city’s legal department drafted the letter, citing the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech, and the Fourteenth Amendment, which guarantees equal protection under the law. Morgan added that The Rhinoceros Times is placed in some buildings, but not others. Other publications are also distributed in the buildings, along with fliers and advertisements that employees post on bulletin boards. — JG

Fashion magazines trim the fat

The fall issues of fashion magazines are usually packed full with designer advertisements displaying their newest collection for the upcoming season. This year magazines like Vogue, Elle, InStyle and Harper’s Bazaar are losing some fall weight. The magazines lost about a third of their sizes in ad-revenue drops on the September issues that are making their way to newsstands. Vogue’s September issue will only contain 429 pages, a huge cut from its record-breaking 840-page September issue that was set just two years ago. Advertisers are cutting back on magazine ads to invest in sites like Twitter, YouTube and fashion websites that appeal more to their readers. As of July 21 every major fashion magazine has had a loss of at least 20 percent in ad sales according to the Publishers Information Bureau. In response to the huge drop, magazines are making revisions to their websites. Condé Nast has added an e-commerce initiative on its website Style.com by adding a feature that allows users to buy trends they see on the runway online. Nine West, Neiman Marcus and New York & Co. have picked up advertising when the feature launches. Several others have picked up YouTube channels and Twitter feeds to try to attract bigger audiences and more advertising dollars. — LC

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