Warnings of a "killer" flu strain that led Americans to be inoculated in record numbers last fall were overblown hype, Tara Servatius reports in Creative Loafing Charlotte. The experts who drove the story "either worked directly for the flu vaccine companies or served on the boards of special interest groups whose activities those companies funded," she writes. Not only was there no remarkable epidemic, but studies show the sought-after vaccine was only 14 percent effective in preventing the illness.
Six AAN member papers in the Southeast picked up 61 percent of the awards in SPJ's Green Eyeshade Awards' print (weekly/monthly) division. SPJ has announced the finalists for the awards, and the order of finish will be announced at the Green Eyeshade Banquet April 5. Creative Loafing Atlanta and New Times Broward-Palm Beach picked up six each, while Miami New Times snagged four. Memphis Flyer has two nominations, and Mountain Xpress and Creative Loafing Charlotte came in with one each.
Jerry Klein, a columnist for Creative Loafing Charlotte, writes his last column, laying bare his search for spiritual solace after having been "basically leveled, flattened" by fate. He’s moving on after exactly 365 columns and hopes it will be a Great Adventure.