The Press: Fired for Valor

Under Managing Editor Herbert Edward Hames Jr., Illinois' Ottawa Republican-Times has earned a reputation as one of the Midwest's spunkiest small dailies (circ. 13,225). In six years on the job, outspoken Editor Hames tromped on many high-placed toes. Yet, when word got out last week that Herb Hames was being fired, Ottawa's church and community leaders spontaneously banded together to protest the Hames dismissal.

Honored. A wartime Navyman with a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, handsome, whippet-trim '(5 ft. 10 in., 140 lbs.) Herb Hames, 35, helped close down Ottawa's wide-open gambling joints with stories that played up their owners'...

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