The Press: Not So Free Press

The lot of underground newspapers anywhere in the U.S. is a hard one, inasmuch as the papers often reflect a zest for rebellion and four-letter words. But the case of the Street Journal & San Diego Free Press is something special. Intelligible and far from salacious, it manages to denounce pollution and corruption without invoking Mao Tse-tung. It even recommended the family movie Oliver! to its readers while suggesting earplugs for the "pretentious dialogue" of drug-oriented Easy Rider.

But if the Street Journal is no average underground paper, neither is San Diego an average U.S. city. Largely a Navy town with...

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