Arlington Morning News (Part I)

Today's weather
Measured civility, chance of scattered drivel

Mostly fluffy, chance of

That was close
Unabomber captured northwest of Arlington

The eyes of babes
Arlington youths draw the Unabomber

Hey Ross, over here
To entice Mavericks, Arlington must bend over further than Ron Kirk

Vatican III: why not in Arlington?
Jacobson: Landing a papal summit would help Arlington attract Nordstrom

Editorial: All other department stores, and faiths, are also welcome

Feds raid Disney sweat shop in Arlington

Dead body
Just 7 1/2 years ago, a 41-year-old woman was found dead by the side of Jacksboro Highway. The case remains unsolved.

A. H. Belo here to rescue Arlington

By April M. Washington
Staff Writer of the Arlington Morning News

The Arlington Morning News, Arlington's own almost-daily newspaper, begins publication today, serving Arlington, the 56th largest city in the United States of America, five out of seven days a week.

"For years, citizens of our city have waited restively for news of the outside world to reach us," says Arlington Mayor Richard Greene. "Did Dewey defeat Truman? Was nuclear power too cheap to meter? Did God make little green apples? Finally, the answers are at hand, Wednesdays through Sundays."

Arlington's new hometown newspaper belongs to Dallas-based A.H. Belo Corporation, and is a stepchild of The Dallas Morning News. The new paper will be printed in Plano. Arlington Morning News Editor and Publisher Gary Jacobson plans to move to Arlington when he can find a suitable house.

"For advertisers in a city as large and prosperous as Arlington to not have their own newspaper is a mockery of all that A.H. Belo believes in," says Burl Osborne, president of Belo's publishing division. "No single aggregation of car dealerships, shopping malls, and clothing stores in the nation has been as underserved as Arlington."

Because Arlingtonians may not be accustomed to prolonged bouts of reading, the new Arlington Morning News will initially publish just five days a week, Osborne says. Eventually Arlington, like Dallas, may be ready for a paper every day. "We don't want to make their heads hurt," he says.

Despite its Dallas ties, the Arlington Morning News is an independent operation, with its own typewriters and local telephone numbers--and a fervent commitment to cover Arlington.

"The philosophy is, we're covering Arlington," says Jacobson, the bearded, often retiring overseer of the new zone operation. "Covering the hell out of it. Every damn thing that moves. Arlington. Big A, little r, little l...C'mon, all together."

Initially, the Arlington Morning News will face minor competition from the flagging Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which still distributes some papers in the area, Jacobson says. But Belo hopes to make short work of what some are calling a "newspaper war."

"Wars? We know of wars, and of mice and men," says Osborne. "We'll do to Arlington what we did to Dallas. But until then, our advertising and subscription rates will be very competitive."

In new-car showrooms and at miniature-golf courses across Arlington, the arrival of the Arlington Morning News was hailed by business and community leaders. "It's always been the big question: If news ever happens in Arlington, will anyone read it?" asked one local business leader. "Now we'll find out."

From now on, Jacobson says, Arlingtonians can expect thorough, exhausting, and unrelentingly local coverage. "If the pope farts, we'll find an Arlington angle," he says. "War in Bosnia? What's it mean down at the Whataburger? You know what I mean?"

Please see Self-Indulgence on Page 2A

Astronomers have stumbled across new evidence suggesting that Arlington--and the rest of the solar system--was formed after a cataclysmic explosion often called the Big Bang. For more information on Arlington's

cosmic origins, please
see page 2A.
READER'S GUIDE FOR YOUR BRAND-NEW ARLINGTON MORNING NEWS Welcome to the Arlington Morning News. Your new newspaper will be nothing if not user-friendly. Arlington has a special charm, and we pledge to do our best chronicling the lives of our new neighbors and friends. To make it easier for our readers, we've prepared this helpful guide, which you might want to clip and save. (Take care with those scissors!)

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David Pasztor

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