The CLEVELAND FREE TIMES emerged shortly after the demise of the CLEVELAND EDITION to become Cleveland's principal alternative newspaper. The weekly tabloid was launched on 30 Sept. 1992 by activist lawyer RICHARD H. SIEGEL. Edited originally by Ken Myers, the Free Times inherited many of the Edition's writers as well as its anti-establishment political stance. Staff members have included Cindy Barber, who followed Myers as editor; Eric Broder, Roldo Bartimole (see POINT OF VIEW), Amy Sparks, Jeff Hedrich, and cartoonist John Backderf. Following Siegel's death on the eve of the paper's first anniversary, the Free Times remained under the ownership of Hummingbird Press, Inc., a private corporation. In 1995 it moved its editorial offices from the McCullough Bldg. of the CLEVELAND INSTITUTE OF ART to the COVENTRY VILLAGE BUSINESS DISTRICT. Distributed free of charge, its circulation was about 45,000 in 1995.

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