News-Press Mess: from 2006 to 2010

The Endless Stunner

News-Press strife goes way past overtime. Read story.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Santa Barbara News-Press Body Slammed in NLRB Decision

Judge rules against daily on all but one point. Read story.

Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year's to Fired News-Press Reporters

Pending appeal, they get jobs back and more. Read story.

Monday, December 31, 2007

Judge Says News-Press Violated Federal Labor Laws

Sweeping decision orders re-hiring of fired reporters, back pay, and more. Read story.

Monday, December 31, 2007

More News-Press Drama

GREASING THE SKIDS: Months before Santa Barbara News-Press editor Jerry Roberts resigned in July 2006, owner Wendy McCaw was trying to replace him-so why did she sue him for $25 million after he quit? She was rid of him, wasn't she? Read story.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

News-Press Election Upheld, Again

The News-Press lost another bid to decertify the union elections. Read story.

Originally published 6:40 p.m., December 14, 2007
Updated 12:22 p.m., December 17, 2007

A Double Loss to the News-Press Copy Desk

One staffer's resignation results in an additional casualty. Read story.

Friday, December 7, 2007

That Dog's All Wet

The Poodle himself, Nick Welsh, reveals the real facts behind the News-Press' lawsuit against The Independent. Read story.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

A Home for the Holidays

I Never Expected to be Homeless: Who does? But that's the situation Barbara (not her real name) found herself in. "I never thought I'd be in a shelter," she said, with her four young children and just the clothes on their backs. Read story.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Win, Losses for News-Press in Case Against Independent

Most of the federal case is dismissed, but the copyright claims will go to trial after Monday's ruling. Read story.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Where's the Money?

Who took the money raised to save the Sisters of Bethany? Barney finds out. Read story.

Friday, November 9, 2007

PEN Awards

The Pen Is Mightier than the Sword: Former News-Press editor Jerry Roberts, who in July 2006 told owner Wendy McCaw "I'm outta here," was honored by PEN, the international writers' group, at a star-studded Beverly Hills Hotel dinner on Tuesday night. Read story.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Jerry Roberts Lauded for Journalistic Ethics

Accepts the 2007 PEN First Amendment Award. Read story.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Who's Got the Money?

A financial cheat sheet on upcoming council elections. Read story.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Screams of the Dog Whisperer

THE REAL McCAW: This being America, we've all become addicted to neat and tidy endings, ideally scrunched into a 30-minute format. This being Santa Barbara-where our civic melodramas have no beginning, no end, and only sprawling middles that yawn on forever-we can forget it. Read story.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Write or Wrong

Annie Bardach speaks her mind, Angelina Jolie confirmed as 2008 Santa Barbara Film Fest honoree Read story.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The News-Press Waiting Game

Barney ponders which will come first: the decision about Wendy McCaw's fired reporters or a Dodger playoff win. Read story.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Wendy McCaw Takes the Stand

News-Press owner tells her side of the story as NLRB hearing nears the end. Read story.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Wendy McCaw Enters Bankruptcy Court

Some speculate that she could testify today in the News-Press/NLRB hearing. Read story.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Bias, Legality Once Again Debated at News-Press Hearing

Testimony from editorial page editor Travis Armstrong continued. Read story.

Monday, September 24, 2007

News-Press's Special Expert Witness Not Special Enough

Starshine Roshell and Travis Armstrong graces the stand today, the last day of testimony for more than a week. Read story.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Steepleton, Apodaca Return to the Witness Stand

News-Press attorney Barry Cappello outlines his side of the ongoing NLRB trial. Read story.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Heart-and Humor-of the News-Press Matter

Tuesday's testimony of Colby Frazier, Starshine Roshell, and Melissa Evans also included crucial arguments. Read story.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Starshine's Cancellation Questioned

Former News-Press Life section editor Andrea Huebner and former crimes and court reporter Dawn Hobbs took the stand on Friday, September 7 as the National Labor Relations Board hearing continued. Read story.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Hobbs Takes the Stand

Dawn Hobbs, former crime and courts reporter for the News-Press, bantered with Ampersand Publishing attorney Barry Cappello as she took the stand Friday, September 7, to testify as a government witness against the daily newspaper, which is accused of illegal interference with union organizing. Read story.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Fired Davison Faces News-Press Attorney

Cappello attempted to show that poor job performance, not union support, got her fired. Read story.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Battle of the Bias

Anna Davison disputed charges of biased reporting in the first half of today's proceedings at the News-Press-NLRB trial. Read story.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Cappello Seeks Sanctions Against Teamsters

He claimed today that NLRB attorneys failed to provide a critical piece of e-mail evidence. Read story.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Houses Rocked, Wires Crossed, and Emails Hidden

Sarah Sinclair, Tom Schultz, Barney McManigal, and Anna Davison take center stage. Read story.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

News-Press Trial Enters Third Week

It was the moment former Santa Barbara News-Press reporter Melinda Burns had been dreading for months-facing cross-examination from attorney A. Barry Cappello, Santa Barbara's renowned courtroom barracuda representing News-Press owner and co-publisher Wendy P. McCaw, whom Burns and her union campaign have been battling the past 14 months. Read story.

Thursday, September 6, 2007
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