Longtime ad director Nancy E. Spittle is leaving the Weekly after seven years "to pursue new professional adventures," according to a press release. Her position will not be filled -- instead, the Weekly has hired two additional account executives. "Even though Boise Weekly still has positive revenue growth over last year, the economy requires all companies to tighten ship and work hard to increase revenue and improve performance in sales," the press release notes.

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Nancy Brands Ward, who had been with the California alt-weekly since September, left the paper last week, the Sacramento Bee reports. According to publisher Jeff vonKaenel, Melinda Welsh will again serve as interim editor, a post she held for 13 months before Brands Ward was hired.

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The Nashville Scene relates how its former reporter faced a barrage of mistakes on the Feb. 13 episode of Nancy Grace. Stern, who now teaches journalism, was invited on the show to discuss an old murder case that he reported on in 1997. According to Scene Editor Liz Garrigan (and Stern's brother, who wrote about the show on his blog), Grace forgot details of the case, mixed up Southern states and cities, and referred to Stern as one of their reporters, which he hasn't been for several years. ("Not that we wouldn't love to claim him," Garrigan writes.) Garrigan also notes that CNN misspelled Stern's name as "Willie" in the show's transcript.

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Bingo and Sally Barnes bought Boise Weekly in August 2001, and the paper's business plummeted a few weeks later in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. By October of that year, when Gannett announced the launch of its Boise faux-alt, Thr!ve, the Barneses were petrified. But their fears were unfounded. After revamping the paper and forging closer ties with the community, they have soundly trounced the faux alt in the three-plus years since its debut.

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