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SUBMIT FOR 'GREAT IDEAS' BOOK BY JULY 31!

Your media organization has until July 31 to submit its work for APME’s 2012 "Great Ideas” book.

What's a great idea? It can be a new concept for print, broadcast or digital, or a major improvement to something we do every day. This is a chance for your media organization to show off your work in the U.S. and Canada and help fellow managers by providing ideas that might work in their markets.

APME is again focusing on watchdog stories -- big and small -- because of the difference they can make in the community, but other ideas will be accepted as well.

It’s easy to submit and takes only a few minutes for you to do it.

Our "Great Ideas" form allows you to submit entries and upload images that accompanies the "Great Idea.”

If you have questions, contact David Arkin, GateHouse Media vice president of content & audience, at darkin@gatehousemedia.com.

Work already submitted to the monthly "Great Ideas" and "Innovator" awards will be considered for the book.

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APME’s NASHVILLE CONFERENCE, Sept. 19-21
Register in July and Get a FREE Conference T-Shirt

Why should you join the Associated Press Media Editors in Nashville Sept. 19-21?

Register in July and receive a FREE conference T-shirt.
Simply put, you’ll get more takeaways for your newsroom in just three days at our conference than perhaps any other type of event.

You need social media help? You’ll be at the right place when we present Social Media Friday at the John Seigenthaler Center on the campus of Vanderbilt University.

Need to refocus on watchdog reporting? Several sessions, including one from NewsTrain Phoenix by Pulitzer winner Michael Berens of The Seattle Times, are on our agenda.

Stick in a rut? Find out about innovations going in newspapers big and small, broadcast outlets and colleges.

Concerned about increasing government secrecy and wondering about the presidential race? Don’t miss out panels that update you on what’s actually happening.

Enjoy country music? Well you need some fun and you’ll be in the right place on Sept. 20, as we celebrate country music at our night out at Margaritaville in downtown Nashville.

We can go on, and we will in Nashville. Visit www.apme.com and register now for an affordable conference with takeaways that will help your newsroom.

And as a bonus … register in July and receive a Nashville conference T-shirt free. You’ll be in style in Music City.

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We're seeking great items for APME's September Foundation auction

The Associated Press Media Editors Foundation needs your help to make our auctions successful.

The silent and live auctions will be held at the opening night reception at the annual conference in Nashville. We'll party at the Frist Center for Visual Arts on Wednesday, Sept. 19. As always, auction proceeds will go to support the APME Foundation and valuable programs, such as NewsTrain.

In August, we will feature some of the great items on the slate in September and allow folks to place an opening bid. We'll also have some online-only items, such as tickets to activities in Nashville, as well as an APME memberships conference registrations. This is a great way to give tickets to events or travel either before or after the conference

Right now we need donors – editors and friends of APME who can contribute items for the online, silent and live auctions. We're looking for anything newspaper or Web-related such as award-winning photos, umbrellas, signed comics and autographed books. Jewelry, art, wine and other libations are always popular sellers. Sports tickets and trips are big-ticket items that bring in the cash. A round of golf at a great course or a weekend stay at a resort hotel would be wonderful donations.

You can indicate the auction to which you wish to donate – maybe you will choose both – on the pledge form. We’ll need donations for the silent and live auctions at the conference by Aug. 31.

Follow this link to the pledge form, which should be sent to Kim Meader of the Arizona Republic, NM19, 200 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ 85004 or e-mail kim.meader@arizonarepublic.com.

Once you've made a pledge, we will coordinate with you about where to mail the donation.

Your donation is tax-deductible and much appreciated by APME and its foundation.

Please be creative and generous.

Thank you, Hollis Towns, APME Foundation president.

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Deadline approaching to get your Great Ideas in this year's book!

Your media organization has until July 31 to submit its work for APME’s 2012 "Great Ideas” book.

What's a great idea? It can be a new concept for print, broadcast or digital, or a major improvement to something we do every day. This is a chance for your media organization to show off your work in the U.S. and Canada and help fellow managers by providing ideas that might work in their markets.

APME is again focusing on watchdog stories -- big and small -- because of the difference they can make in the community, but other ideas will be accepted as well.

It’s easy to submit and takes only a few minutes for you to do it.

Our "Great Ideas" form allows you to submit entries and upload images that accompanies the "Great Idea.”

If you have questions, contact David Arkin, GateHouse Media vice president of content & audience, at darkin@gatehousemedia.com.

Work already submitted to the monthly "Great Ideas" and "Innovator" awards will be considered for the book.

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Toronto NewsTrain Planned for September

NewsTrain will be in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Sept. 13-14 for a two-day workshop. NewsTrain is sponsored by APME and this workshop is hosted by Metroland Media Group and Newspapers Canada, with representatives from Canadian Press, Ontario Community Newspapers Association, The Toronto Star, and Ryerson University serving on the planning committee.

Location & times: Toronto Star Press Centre, 1 Century Place, Woodbridge, ON, L4L 8R2. Sept. 13-14, 2012.

Registration: Registration is $50. Register on the APME web site at via this link. Deadline is Sept. 5.

Questions? Contact:

Michael Roberts, NewsTrain Project Director, mroberts.newstrain@gmail.com.

Tina Ongkeko, Newspapers Canada, tongkeko@newspaperscanada.ca; 1-877-305-2262 ext. 325.

WORKSHOP

Planning & Coaching Content for Multiple Platforms: How staff and managers can develop clear standards and SOPs to produce a consistent – and growing – body of quality content across platforms. The focus is on building a strong set of online tools for covering your community and how to enable everyone on staff – reporters, editors, online producers, visual journalists -- to use the tools effectively.

Continuous Coverage: Once your set of online tools is in place, how to plan and manage continuous news coverage across digital and print platforms, and create content specifically for the web and print. This program offers a model for developing a story online and then using print to offer more.

Smart Phones for Journalists: A program on many basic (and free) tools reporters and other mobile journalists with smart phones can use to capture and post news and images from the field. Includes gear, apps, free software, reference materials, and easy-to-use web platforms. Bring your smart phones for demos and practice.

Social Media: Creating Brands: How to use social media to engage readers, bring them to your web site, and along the way create strong news-oriented brands for individuals and your newsroom as a whole.

Social Media: Tap Into the Crowd: How reporters and editors can use social media as a reporting tool when faced with breaking news or enterprise projects. Includes how to use social media to locate sources, for "crowdsourcing,” how to use advanced search features on major social media sites , and how to curate social media content to augment your own content.

The Seven Habits of Effective FOI Filers: How to develop regular, systematic filings of FOI requests to hold governments and officials to account -- and to produce exclusive, investigative stories. Includes advice on framing effective FOI requests.

Impact Stories: In the constant stream of instant news, readers still want stories that explain the impact of the news on them. Increasingly, impact stories are the primary role of the daily newspaper. This program for reporters and editors examines the difference between a breaking news story and an impact story, how to frame an impact story, then report, write, and edit so "impact” is the primary focus, even across different types of stories.

Video 1: Effective Shooting: Shooting effectively and efficiently makes it much easier to quickly edit and post high-quality video. This session offers a model for anticipating and capturing the visuals and sound needed for good video. Includes simple standards for framing, lighting, and sound, whether using a video camera or point-and-shoot / Flip-style camera, and the use of a "shot list” for planning and coaching.

Video 2: Video Story Forms: Many newsrooms start out shooting video that resembles the basic TV news segment. But there are more video story forms that can be used to deliver different kinds of video, including video that will have a much longer shelf life on your web site. Examples of video story forms, standards for each, and how each newsroom can and should develop its own set of forms to improve planning, communication, and execution of video.

FACULTY

Mandy Jenkins is Digital Projects Editor for Digital First Media. Her new duties involve work with papers on special projects, digital strategy and breaking news strategies. Previously she was the Washington D.C. Social News Editor for the Huffington Post; Social Media Editor for the startup TBD.com; Digital Content Editor / Social Media & Projects at the Cincinnati Enquirer; Social Media Editor and Online Special Projects Editor, Cincinnati Enquirer; and an online news producer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She also writes the Zombie Journalism blog on digital media.

Kathy Kieliszewski, Deputy Director of Photo and Video for the Detroit Free Press, is a four-time National Emmy Award winning video producer. Most recently, she and her staff were also awarded a National Edward R. Murrow Award, a Salute to Excellence Award from the National Association of Black Journalists and a National Headliners Awards in Online Videography for the 40-minute documentary "Living with Murder.” At the Detroit Free Press, Kathy oversees daily video production and larger video projects for the newspaper’s website freep.com. Previously she served as the newspaper's picture editor, and as editor for the paper's 13 weekly community sections. In 2004, she was named Michigan Picture Editor of the Year. Prior to that, Kieliszewski worked as a staff photographer at the Lansing State Journal and The Grand Rapids Press. She is a journalism graduate of Michigan State University.

Dean Beeby has been a frequent user of freedom-of-information laws since the early 1980s. He has a master’s degree in modern history from the University of Toronto, and joined The Canadian Press news agency in 1983, where he has worked in Toronto, Halifax and currently Ottawa as deputy bureau chief. He has been an FOI speaker, panelist and workshop leader at many venues, including the Canadian High Commission in London, the CBC, the Canadian Association of Journalists, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, Newspapers Canada and the Canadian Access and Privacy Association. He was also a member of the external advisory committee for the federal Access to Information Review Task Force in 2001-2002. He has published four non-fiction books, all of which have drawn heavily on freedom-of-information requests.

Michael Roberts is a newsroom trainer and consultant and Project Director for NewsTrain. Previously, Michael was Deputy Managing Editor Staff Development at The Arizona Republic (2003-2010), responsible for all newsroom training, served as writing coach, and edited major projects. Outside his own newsrooms, Roberts helped create and launch NewsTrain, designed and taught the American Press Institute’s first online seminar for copy editors, and has presented programs for the Poynter Institute, American Press Institute, the Maynard Institute, Freedom Forum, and various National Writers Workshops. Before the Republic, Roberts was Features Editor, AME/Features-Business, and then for 10 years the Training Editor/Writing Coach at The Cincinnati Enquirer. He also worked as a writer and editor at the Midland (MI) Daily News, the Detroit Free Press, and as a senior editor at two magazines. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and holds a masters degree in training and human resource development from Xavier University, Cincinnati.

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WATCHDOG REPORTING: SUMMARY OF RECENT IMPACT JOURNALISM

AP IMPACT: Gas line safety valves resisted
Bergen Record: N.J. prescription database a powerful but flawed weapon in drug war
Arizona Daily Star: Weapons stashes share dark purpose
Columbus Dispatch: 2.8 million school absences erased
The Portland Oregonian: Pension pay gets padded by benefit boosters
The Post-Crescent (WI): Companies insulated from stiff penalties in worker deaths

Read about these and more by clicking here

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BEAT OF THE WEEK: Ed Andrieski, Alicia Caldwell, Barry Gutierrez, Eileen Sullivan

The horrifying news began to trickle in to AP in the middle of the New York night. A lone gunman, armed to the teeth and wearing body armor, walked calmly to the front of a suburban Denver movie theater and opened fire, killing 12 and injuring dozens more at a midnight showing of the new Batman film. The AP moved quickly to cover the worst mass shooting in the country since Fort Hood in 2009.

Denver staff photographer Ed Andrieski answered the early morning call from the New York headquarters photo desk and raced to the scene. He got that call because AP Radio supervisor Mike Hempen in Washington heard an unconfirmed report of shootings and deaths at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., and alerted the Nerve Center, which called the West Desk in Phoenix and all platforms.

Andrieski was beginning to make photos as the police were closing the area around the theater when he spotted a Denver Post photographer he’d known for a long time. He persuaded the photographer to send his photos directly from his car to the AP Photo Desk in New York. Those first photos, along with Andrieski’s own images, beat all competition to the wire by more than three hours. The Chicago Sun-Times said that AP’s first photos reached their system at 4:37 am CDT. The first photos from any AP competitor, a Getty Images shot of the daylight exterior of the theatre, reached the member at 7:58 a.m.

With the scene now closed off, Andrieski decided to go to the suspect’s apartment. While driving there, he looked in his rearview mirror and saw what he described as about 100 police cars with lights and sirens swelling up behind him. He pulled over, let a few pass, and then decided to slip back into the caravan, essentially getting a police escort to the apartment.

Andrieski continued to ensure AP’s dominance, directing freelance photographer Barry Gutierrez to nearby Gateway High School, where police set up a staging area for families and witnesses. Gutierrez provided heart-wrenching images of survivors and family members, including the now-iconic photo of the grieving father holding two relatives. The same man also waved photos of his son, screaming for anyone who might have seen him. "His voice rattled my bones. It shattered me and I started crying immediately,” said Gutierrez, who had covered the 1999 Columbine school massacre for the Rocky Mountain News. The image of the father with relatives made a staggering 97 fronts. Gutierrez followed up the next morning with impressive images of mourners outside the theater at dawn.

As the story began to gel, reporters across the AP worked their sources. In Washington, Homeland Security reporter Alicia A. Caldwell and counterterrorism reporter Eileen Sullivan used their numerous contacts inside federal law enforcement and the Obama administration to generate scoops. Caldwell was sitting in a D.C. bar on Saturday night, ready to go home, when she got word that a good source might show up. She stayed, and it paid off. She was the first to report that the gunman’s semi-automatic rifle jammed during the attack, forcing him to switch to another weapon and probably limiting the death toll. She was the first to report the specific types of weapons used in the attack, including the high-capacity magazine for the assault weapon. She was first with details about how the attack was carried out, discovering that the gunman bought a movie ticket, then propped open the theater exit door where he had left his weapons. She also passed to the West regional desk a tip that James Holmes, the suspect, had been a student at the University of Colorado, a fact then confirmed by West reporters.

Sullivan, relying on U.S. officials, confirmed the suspect’s name and what he was wearing when arrested, and she was first with an FBI bulletin acknowledging that police hadn’t found a motive for the attack.

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EDITORS IN THE NEWS

Roessner named editor of Hearst Connecticut papers

Hearst Newspapers has named Barbara Roessner as executive editor of the company's newspaper group in Connecticut.

Roessner succeeds David McCumber, who was named Washington bureau chief for Hearst.

Roessner will oversee four Hearst dailies: the Connecticut Post in Bridgeport, The News-Times in Danbury, The Advocate in Stamford and the Greenwich Time. She's also in charge of seven weekly newspapers in Fairfield County.

Roessner was managing editor of the Hartford Courant from 2006 to 2009. She started working at the Courant in 1978 and was part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News in 1999 for coverage of workplace killings at state lottery headquarters.

Roessner worked most recently as a communications consultant for educational and nonprofit institutions.

Staff changes announced at Scottsboro newspaper

DeWayne Patterson, a staff writer for The Scottsboro Daily Sentinel for the past five years, has been named the newspaper's managing editor.

The Sentinel reported that Ken Bonner, who has been managing editor since 2006, will become marketing director.

Patterson has been in the newspaper business for 22 years. Prior to joining the Sentinel, he worked in numerous positions at The Weekly Post in Rainsville for 17 years, including managing editor and sports editor.

The changes were announced by publisher Brad Shurett, who said the moves should help improve the newspaper's products.

Bonner will continue to cover local news and provide commentary and opinion pieces for The Sentinel. He will also be responsible for the newspaper's specialty publications and new products planned for the future.

Kitkowski named EagleHerald editor

Dan Kitkowski has been named editor of the EagleHerald of Menominee, Mich. and Marinette, Wis.

The former regional editor of the daily newspaper located in Marinette replaces Terri Lescelius, who is retiring after 37 years.

The EagleHerald says Kitkowski has been with the paper since 1991. He previously served as a reporter before becoming a staff editor in 1995.

Kitkowski has covered and edited local stories including Marinette County government, police and circuit court. He also works as a local page designer and lead editor.

General Manager Dan White says Kitkowski is "very committed to strong local coverage."

Kitkowski said he's excited to deliver coverage that "readers can't get anywhere else."

Kitkowski is a Marinette High School graduate and holds a journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

• Sun Media, Bangor Daily News, to share news
• Detroit newspapers offer buyouts to older staff
• ND newspaper mulls same-sex wedding announcements
• Lexington Herald-Leader making more cuts
• Newspaper to comply with anonymous comment ruling
• Murdoch resigns from boards of UK newspapers

Read about these items and more by clicking here

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IN MEMORIAM

Brad Swenson, former Bemidji editor, dies at 57

Brad Swenson, former political editor of The Pioneer of Bemidji, died over the weekend. He was 57.

The newspaper reports that a friend found Swenson dead in his home. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Swenson, who started working in The Pioneer's editorial department in 1980, retired last July for medical reasons.

Swenson worked for the newspaper as a reporter, managing editor, political editor, editorial writer and columnist. He earned numerous awards, including three Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Awards and the Ag Communicator of the Year Award from the Minnesota Farm Bureau.

The Cease Family Funeral Home says his memorial service will be at 1 p.m., Monday, July 30 at First Lutheran Church in Bemidji with burial at Lakeview Cemetery in Two Harbors.

Raul O. Garces, AP correspondent, dies in Uruguay

Raul O. Garces, a veteran Associated Press correspondent who defied military censors and leftist guerrillas as he covered many of the tumultuous events of South America for more than a half-century, died on last week from a massive heart attack. He was 73.

Garces died at the city's Spanish Hospital, where he had gone for a checkup, his son-in-law said.

For nearly 56 years, Garces covered the top stories in Uruguay and Argentina, where he was forced into an unhappy exile after his determination to report the facts clashed with military censors during Uruguay's 1973-1985 dictatorship. He also had faced death threats from the country's leftist Tupamaro guerrillas, and after six arrests, the military told AP managers they would not guarantee his safety.

"When they interrogated me for many hours they tried to get me mixed up in some situation, but I could always demonstrate it wasn't so, because it wasn't so: My only guide was my obligation to inform," Garces said. "I was never an activist of any kind; I didn't belong to any cause. I went to jail because of my news coverage ... for my refusal to agree to censorship."

With AP's help, Garces fled in 1977 to Buenos Aires, where he continued to write for the agency until the Montevideo correspondency reopened and he moved back home in 1991.

Raul Omar Garces Cabrera was born in Montevideo on May 7, 1939, and joined AP as a 17-year-old office boy in 1956, picking up journalism skills along the way. He also kept up side jobs writing for the Uruguayan newspapers El Diario, Sport, Busqueda and La Manana before focusing his work on AP.

Garces reported on countless presidential visits, beginning with France's Charles de Gaulle and Cuba's Fidel Castro, and developed sources throughout Uruguay. When Ernesto "Che" Guevara came to town, rather than wait in a packed stadium for his speech, Garces knew the real news would happen at the airport, where he talked his way onto the tarmac and witnessed police hustling the Argentine revolutionary out of town.

He also covered the fall of Argentine President Arturo Frondizi and in one of many scoops, beat the competition by six hours with his report that Uruguayan President Juan Maria Bordaberry would be toppled by his own military. Later, when Paraguayan dictator Alfredo Stroessner blocked telex cables, Garces went out of his way to take dictation in Buenos Aires from his colleagues in Asuncion.

Garces served as correspondent until April of this year when his position was eliminated as part of a restructuring.

"I would like to be remembered as someone who always tried to do the best for the AP," Garces said in 2009 when he was asked about his career. "Despite the passage of so many years, I still keep at it with the same enthusiasm."

His survivors include his mother Carmen Cabrera, wife Maria Teresa Nunez, daughter Maria del Carmen Garces, son-in-law Marcelo Viscarret; and three grandchildren: Tania, Yamila and Imanol Viscarret Garces.

Alexander Cockburn, columnist for the Nation and Wall Street Journal, dies at 71

Alexander Cockburn, the radical and acerbic journalist who had written columns in both the conservative Wall Street Journal and the leftist Nation, died last week in Germany. He was 71.

Cockburn had cancer, according to his editor, Katrina vanden Heuvel.

Unlike another prominent writer, Christopher Hitchens, with whom he had often been compared, Cockburn did not share the story of his illness. It was a rare quiet move in a career characterized by a thirst for public debate.

For 28 years, Cockburn wrote the Beat the Devil column in the Nation. His last column for the publication will appear July 30.

"Alexander reveled in being a troublemaker, and his provocative, polemical, elegant style usually engaged us and his reporting and analysis opened windows onto under-unreported news,” Vanden Heuvel, the Nation’s editor and publisher, said in an e-mail to the Los Angeles Times. "I often felt I wasn’t doing my job right if we didn’t get a dozen or so subscription cancellations as a result of some Cockburn column.”

Cockburn was born June 6, 1941, in Scotland, the son of writer Claud Cockburn. He was raised in Ireland and graduated from Oxford University in 1963 with a degree in English literature and language. He began his journalism career in England before moving to the U.S. in 1973.

He settled in New York, where he began writing a ground-breaking column for the Village Voice critiquing mainstream media.

"His legacy was his commitment to truth, his disgust at the pretense of objectivity, his belief that every piece of writing had an ideological slant, and that you had to admit it,” Amy Wilentz, a contributing editor at the Nation, told The Times in an email.

Cockburn, who had been critical of Israel’s policies, was fired from the Village Voice in 1984 after it was learned that he had accepted $10,000 from a group described as pro-Arab. Cockburn said the money was for a book deal.

Like Hitchens, Cockburn began his career as a public intellectual as a radical leftist, then drifted. Both found that the pursuit of independent thought led to points of view that ran counter to those held by their allies. In Cockburn’s case, a major issue that rankled leftists was his denial of global warming, which brought him a measure of public attention in 2007.

In recent years, Cockburn had receded from his previously prominent place in the public forum. "He had the intellectual firepower to do anything he wanted,” said writer Marc Cooper, a former colleague who had a falling out with Cockburn. "He forfeited becoming a very influential writer in favor of becoming a mud-throwing polemicist.”

In 1994, Cockburn helped found Counterpunch, a newsletter and website, which spoke to those who shared his beliefs. Some, like Cooper, saw this as a rhetorical and intellectual dead end. Cockburn continued to co-edit Counterpunch with Jeffrey St. Clair.

Cockburn was the author of several books, including "Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs and the Press” (1998, with St. Clair) and "A Short History of Fear” (2009).

He is survived by a daughter, Daisy.

Times book critic David L. Ulin contributed to this report.

Founder of Suburban Journals chain dies

Frank C. Bick, a suburban newspaper pioneer in the St. Louis area, has died.

Bick was 85 and died last week at his home in the St. Louis suburb of Ladue, according to the Kriegshauser Mortuary-West Chapel, which is handling his funeral arrangements. A cause of death was not given, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that he recently suffered a stroke.

Bick began his newspaper career in 1945 at the South Side Journal, a weekly founded by his father. He became publisher in 1960 after his father's death, and over the next decade founded or purchased 10 additional publications, creating the St. Louis Suburban Newspapers.

The chain was purchased in 1984 by Ingersoll Publications, owned by Ralph Ingersoll II of New Jersey, and became part of the Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis. In 1989, Ingersoll started a short-lived daily newspaper in St. Louis, the Sun, causing him to go into debt, and he forfeited the suburban newspaper chain to Warburg Pincus, an investment company.

In 2000, Pulitzer Inc., which owned the Post-Dispatch at the time, purchased the Suburban Journals. By then, the chain had grown to one of the largest suburban newspaper chains in the United States. Lee Enterprises of Davenport, Iowa, purchased Pulitzer, and with it the Journals, in 2005.

In addition to the newspapers, Bick also founded a chain of nine rural radio stations and owned a sports marketing company. He sold the radio stations in 2006.

Bick was a Navy veteran and served in World War II.

Bick, twice widowed, was married to Patricia Dunavant. Other survivors include four stepsons, one stepdaughter, one sister, one brother and 13 step-grandchildren.

Visitation was held last week at Kriegshauser Mortuary-West Chapel in Olivette. Funeral services were over last weekend at Ste. Genevieve du Bois Catholic Church in Warson Woods. Burial is at Resurrection Mausoleum in St. Louis.

Daughter succeeds Lincoln News owner and publisher after unexpected death

The Lincoln News has a new owner and publisher, will hire a new reporter and broaden its reach on the Internet following, its new general manager said last week.

Colby Tenggren succeeds her father, Kevin Tenggren, as owner and publisher of the weekly Katahdin and Lincoln Lakes region newspaper and reporter Chris DeBeck is the newspaper’s acting editor, said David Whalen, the newspaper’s general manager.

The changes should not have much immediate impact on the newspaper’s appearance, Whalen said.

The body of Tenggren, 46, was found at his home in Lincoln on June 17. He apparently suffered some kind of internal bleeding, Whalen has said.

Tenggren had run the newspaper, which has a circulation of 6,300, since 2005. He succeeded his mother, Sheila Tenggren, who acquired the Lincoln News in 1981 after the death of her fiance.

The News grew under Tenggren’s tenure. Tenggren was an award-winning journalist, capturing a first-place award from the Maine Press Association for his coverage of a downtown fire. He oversaw an editorial staff of three reporters, typically laying out most of the newspaper by himself and writing stories.

The newspaper is looking to hire a reporter, partly to help take some of the workload from DeBeck, the newspaper’s primary news and sports reporter and photographer, Whalen said.

The News will also go beyond its present website, which advertises the newspaper and its full-service printing and design facility, Lincoln News Print Services, but Whalen declined to say exactly how that would happen.

"That’s further down the road,” Whalen said.

The managerial changes occurred in the last few weeks, Whalen said.

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