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Thursday, July 28, 2005 07:11 pm

What’s new?

You can’t tell Mike Pittman not to sweat the small stuff. It’s just one letter — an S — that mysteriously disappeared between the board he sent to the printer and the product that returned, but it matters to Pittman because it messes up the tagline of his new venture, Capital City Courier.

A 24-page tabloid to be published every other Friday starting in September, the premier edition of the Courier rolled off the press Tuesday. The publication features “News, views & the other side of the story” according to its cover. Or, rather, “New, views & the other side of the story.”

“Why does there have to be a typo right there?” Pittman grumbles.

Although he is best known as a former pro baseball player turned real estate tycoon, Pittman has been planning this newspaper for months. The cover story in the first issue features interviews with eight of Springfield’s “most influential blacks.” (The second part of the cover story is scheduled to appear in the next Courier.) Inside, there’s news, commentary, book reviews, and a business profile. Joyce Jackson is the editor; Letitia Dewith-Anderson will become a contributing editor beginning with the next issue.

The Courier is available free at Barnes & Noble, Boyd’s New Generation Restaurant, Shop ’n Save, Cub Foods, and other locations.

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