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Posts Tagged ‘Sam Allen’

Colleague Recalls Advocate Founder Aristide Laurent’s Strangest LA Moment

There’s a wonderful obituary today at for Aristide Laurent, the gay rights advocate who co-founded the Los Angeles Advocate in 1967. He passed away October 26 after a long illness.

It’s not easy summarizing a life as colorful and eventful as this, but writer Toby Grace does so in a style befitting his last name. Along with inspiring mention of how Aristide refused to surrender to a U.S. Air Force investigation that pressured him to identify fellow gay enlistees, there is this look at the hilarious (in retrospect) LAPD raid of the Mark IV Bathouse:

The charity “slave auction,” intended to raise money for the Gay Community Services Center, was utterly misunderstood by the unimaginative straights in the LAPD Vice Squad. They actually thought people were going to be sold into real, down-on-the-plantation slavery! They deployed over 100 cops at a cost of more than $150,000 and came in like gang busters, arresting 40 people including Aristide and charged them with slavery. It was a major public relations disaster for the Los Angeles police, left them looking absolutely ridiculous and stirred up the gay community’s wrath like a stick in a hornet’s nest. All charges were dropped, of course.

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Public Agency Crows About LA Times Corrections

In the online world, which is where the LA Times today is of course firmly anchored, article corrections are even easier to miss. Such amendments may be noted at the bottom of a story or sit in a separate little area, but the bottom line is that within the expanding web even more so than dwindling print, you really have to look for these notations.

So it’s no surprise that to highlight this week’s fixes by the paper of a September 14 story by Sam Allen, the Central Basin Municipal Water District has issued a big, fat press release. The agency is taking no chances here and, quite honestly, if they had not done this, FishbowlLA probably would not be writing about it. Per the release:

The Times corrected a headline that accused the District of financing a website to create promotional stories. Additionally, the Times addressed factual errors that had the District paying$200,000 for online media, when in reality the agency paid $70,000 for outreach services, an industry standard. Finally, the Times admitted that Central Basin had no contract with and that the website had not been created by Central Basin’s consultant to tout the water agency, as previously reported.

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