New Times writers swept the Newspaper Restaurant Review or Critique category of the 2003 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards with Jason Sheehan of Westword winning, while Jill Posey-Smith of Riverfront Times and Robb Walsh of Houston Press were finalists. Mark Stuertz of the Dallas Observer was the winner in the Newspaper, Magazine or Internet Reporting on Consumer Issues, Nutrition and/or Health category for his article “Green Giant." Dara Moskowitz, City Pages (Twin Cities) and Walsh were finalists in the newspaper series category.

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Tom Finkel, editor of City Pages (Twin Cities) until mid-2002, returns to his hometown of St. Louis and to New Times as the new editor of Riverfront Times. He replaces Jim Nesbitt. Before taking the position to Minneapolis, Finkel was managing editor of Miami New Times. "I'm thrilled to be able to move back to my hometown and be a part of the Riverfront Times," Finkel says. He starts March 3.

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After only a year on the job, Jim Nesbitt steps down as editor of Riverfront Times, the St. Louis Business Journal reports. The business journal also reports other changes in staffing at the New Times paper in St. Louis, including canceling the column "Short Cuts" and making Associate Editor Randall Roberts a staff writer.

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"I think we've all had enough of me," Riverfront Times founder Ray Hartmann says as he bids adieu to the paper after 25 years and one million words. "Through the years, we have fought a lot of fights, told a lot of stories. We challenged the elitist, closed Father-knows-best decision-making process of Civic Progress," Hartmann writes in his valedictory column. "We challenged their siphoning of millions of dollars in tourism funds to something called the VP Fair. There were environmental issues, race issues, social issues. Most recently, there was a five-year battle against the late, great stadium scam, arguably my favorite issue ever." Hartmann says the RFT flourished because it reflected "the real St. Louis."

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Ken Stocker comes from Denver's Westword to the Riverfront Times, on a mission to raise public awareness of the alt-weekly and thereby boost sales. The 12-year New Times veteran has a green sales staff, but he's convinced the paper is "poised and ready to make a big push." He replaces Terry Coe, who resigned from the Riverfront Times after 17 years.

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Jim Nesbitt, a veteran of 23 years at daily newspapers, has been named editor of the Riverfront Times in St. Louis. He replaces Safir Ahmed, who is leaving the paper "to pursue other professional interests," a New Times news release says.

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Julie Lobbia, a writer for The Village Voice, died of ovarian cancer Thanksgiving Day. She also worked for Riverfront Times, rising to managing editor there before going to the Voice. The diminuitive columnist, who routinely biked 100 miles a week, crusaded to save the city's rent laws, which she maintained preserve New York's rich diversity. "Injustice set her on fire," says Voice Editor in Chief Don Forst, calling her "a giant unyielding in her pursuit of the truth."

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Attorney General John Ashcroft now demands the very federal powers he opposed as a Missouri senator, Ray Hartmann points out in the Riverfront Times. "As for today's Ashcroft, whatever happened to the Fourth Amendment and the 'indivisible American value' it contains? To borrow a phrase (his), 'apparently innocent citizens are expected to trust the bureaucracy not to abuse them.'" For Ashcroft, that was then, Hartmann writes.

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