The Boston Herald's media reporter calls it "(a) big loss." A local TV guy says it's "an unwelcome blow to this city’s precious supply of sarcasm and creative loathing." All of this wailing and gnashing of teeth is for Joe Keohane, the Weekly Dig editor who announced yesterday that he was leaving the paper next month. "Singlehandedly, he has transformed a once-lousy altweekly into a lousy altweekly with a brilliant editorial (by himself) and a handful of other great features ... that spoke truth to power," says a Boston Globe blogger. Meanwhile, Dig president Jeff Lawrence wonders what all the fuss is about. After all, he tells the Herald, the Dig doesn’t encourage editorial employees to stick around for more than five years.

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Joe Keohane will be stepping down as editor next month and will be replaced by current music/food/commerce editor Michael Brodeur, the Dig announced today. "Running this zoo has been enormously fun," says Keohane, "but I've always said that turnover is key to keeping an alt-weekly fresh, and Brodeur's the guy for the job." The Dig also announced that staff writer Paul McMorrow will be promoted to news and features editor; Jim Stanton has been hired "to rehabilitate the paper's disastrously bad website;" and writer Cintra Wilson will soon begin contributing a semimonthly celebrity column.

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Mike Lacey, VVM and a host of other alternative papers have been sucked into the Byzantine persecution complex of perennial libertarian presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche. A column blasting a number of alt-weeklies for their anti-Larouchian tendencies appeared last week in something called the Executive Intelligence Report and has been circulating in the blogosphere. Lissa Harris, a blogger for Boston's Weekly Dig, among those papers named, gamely attempts to respond with a straight face.

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A humble sales guy for Boston's Weekly Dig by day, by night Alan Levesque plays bass and sings for The Radio Knives, a "primal garage rock" band. "It's the kind of thing that makes cave men jump up and down," Levesque tells The Boston Herald, which gives the trio props.

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