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Digest

Now you can ask for smokeless mags

By TIMES WIRES
Published February 6, 2007


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Attention, all magazine readers who want to quit smoking or avoid cigarette-related advertising: Newsweek may have a special offer for you. Magazines don't typically look to remove advertising from their pages. But that is what Newsweek promises with an advertisement for "tobacco ad-free" editions that was published in the New York Times. The ad, however, wasn't placed by Newsweek, but by antismoking organizations Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island and NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City. Newsweek has been offering schools a version of its magazine without tobacco advertising, but isn't advertising the alternative versions to the public. A spokeswoman, however, said the magazine will send copies to individual subscribers who request them.

Pesky trial won't get in Black's way

A court date is not the only thing marked on the spring calendar of Conrad Black, the former chairman of Hollinger International. At the same time that he is scheduled to be in court facing charges of criminal fraud and money laundering in Chicago, Black will be promoting his new biography of Richard Nixon, The Invincible Quest: The Life of Richard Milhous Nixon, to be published in May. Because he will be in Chicago for the trial, Black will promote the book in Canada and Britain through radio and television appearances. "Interviewing can be done in any number of venues, and it is not as restrictive as it once was when the author had to go on a 40-city tour," said Michael Levine, Black's literary agent. "Obviously in an ideal world, the author would travel extensively, but in this case there are distractions that may limit travel."

Book American onExpedia again

Reversing a decision made three weeks ago, American Airlines has said it would resume selling international and domestic first- and business-class tickets on Expedia.com. The companies gave no explanation for the about-face. American, the nation's biggest airline, said Jan. 12 that it was halting the sale of the high-end seats on Expedia, although it continued to sell domestic coach tickets through the Web site. The companies sparred over which side had pulled out of the arrangement first.

[Last modified February 5, 2007, 22:55:07]


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