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  • 2014 - Southern California Journalism Awards/LA Press Club, published September 10, 2013

    "Becoming Riff Raff"

  • 2012 - Southern California Journalism Awards/LA Press Club, published December 1, 2011

    "Bud Bundy, Original Gangsta"

  • 2007 - Salute to Excellence Awards/National Association of Black Journalists

    "Ace of Spaides"

  • 2006 - Salute to Excellence Awards/National Association of Black Journalists, published September 14, 2005

    "Rap vs. Rapture"

2004 Stories by Ben Westhoff

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  • Stripping Bush

    published June 2, 2004

    To hear Diamond Cabaret stripper "Dakota" tell it, George W. Bush is hell-bent on eradicating public displays of the part of the female anatomy... More >>

  • Sing Uncle

    published June 2, 2004

    When I first heard that a Wilco song ("War on War") was featured in a new commercial for Illinois tourism, I was so pissed that I shotgunned a can... More >>

  • Mason Jennings

    published June 2, 2004

    High school dropout Mason Jennings likes to do things his own way, whether you like it or not. Usually you do, such as when he sold... More >>

  • Get Poked, Get Paid

    published May 12, 2004

    People participate in medical studies at Gateway Medical Center for different reasons. Alecia Hoyt does it for the cash. The 25-year-old social... More >>

  • Potato Peeled

    published May 5, 2004

    What do Land O'Lakes margarine, Swiss Miss hot cocoa mix, Reese's peanut butter cups and Little Debbie snacks have in common (besides contributing... More >>

  • Accounting to Thurtene

    published April 14, 2004

    At one time in its 97-year history, Washington University's Thurtene Carnival was a circus. Later it was staged as a vaudeville show. World War II... More >>

  • Making Traks

    published April 7, 2004

    Johnny Mathis' version of "Three Times a Lady" plays at Muzak level in the entryway of a recording studio somewhere north of Los Angeles. Where... More >>

  • Food Fights

    published March 31, 2004

    Crazy Bowls & Wraps had a winning, healthy menu format that for ten years bucked the over-frying, super-sizing trends in fast food. But late last... More >>

  • Underdog Underground

    published March 24, 2004

    MCs scatter as I let myself in, unannounced, to Julian Venegas' U. City recording studio, which also functions as his apartment. After a few... More >>

  • T & A and You

    published March 17, 2004

    Risqué enough to get your blood flowing but respectable enough for those God-fearing types from the pre-Janet's-breast era, Playboy Clubs... More >>

  • We Want EFX, Y'all

    published February 18, 2004

    Ain't no party like a grown folks party, 'cuz a grown folks party don't stop (at least not until 3 a.m. Friday nights at the Living Room, 1014... More >>

  • Peer-to-Peer Pressure

    published February 11, 2004

    Freshmen at Washington University are perennially into each other's business. Herded onto coeducational floors, most share rooms that aren't much... More >>

  • What Are You Laughing At?

    published February 4, 2004

    Arvin Mitchell is onstage in front of 300 white people at a club called Déjà Vu in Columbia, Missouri. The black comic, clad in a... More >>

  • Hey Desi, I'm Home

    published January 28, 2004

    FRI 1/30 It's only natural for the expatriates of any country to bond in closely knit communities in a new land. The Hill, Dogtown and... More >>

  • Dancing Fools

    published January 7, 2004

    It all started with some Brylcreem and a little bit of Butch Wax. Seventeen-year-old Terry Strahan primped himself thoroughly before heading... More >>

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