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Michael Bushnell

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In 1998 — eight years after Michael Bushnell and his wife, Chris, bought their home in the Historic Northeast — the former executive director of the Northeast Chamber of Commerce and lifelong rabble-rouser realized that he wanted more of a voice in his culturally changing community. So he bought a newspaper, a weekly shopper called Northeast News, to advocate for the ethnically diverse area's residents whom he feels are ignored by the city's big media. He isn't afraid of making enemies, mocking absentee landlords, publishing mug shots of the neighborhood's "Most Wanted" criminals, and lavishing praise on the developers willing to invest in the Northeast. Not everyone likes Bushnell's take-no-prisoners approach. "Yes, I get a lot of flack from some people, but I see flack as a positive thing," he says. "We're all about getting everything out in the open."

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