The Press: No Place to Go but Up

On newsstands now inundated with naughties, nudies and assorted onetime no-noes, the bestselling hard-sex publication is Screw, the tabloid that has inspired imitation by more than a dozen equally raunchy rivals.

Screw's rags-to-riches story has been one of continuous legal troubles, but until now none of them had forced any change in format. Last month a three-judge panel in New York City's Criminal Court found it obscene, and Screw is taming itself a trifle in a sort of legal lobotomy.

The judges' objections went beyond the newspaper's editorial content—typically, unretouched photos of men and...

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