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If you didn't get a chance to meet Michael Parnell before he left town, you missed out on meeting a great guy, not to mention one helluva journalist. He did an amazing job steering the Tucson Weekly through some choppy waters during the last year.

He followed his heart, leaving Tucson for personal reasons, and managed to find a great gig where his heart led him. He starts as the managing editor of the Fernandina Beach News-Leader in Florida on Feb. 19, and we wish him nothing but the best.

And with his departure, that leaves me in his place.

I won't go into too many details about my background--they've already been printed in this very space. But I will say this: I love journalism, and I love alternative newsweeklies. I look forward to the coming weeks, months and years here at the Tucson Weekly.

It's a damn fine newspaper, and the goal of myself and the rest of us on board is to make it even better. Within a few weeks, we'll start tweaking things in the paper--adding some new features and reorganizing things in an effort to freshen things up. We hope to make the paper a little edgier, funnier, newsier and better-looking. We're also going to make sure that our emphasis is completely on Tucson, and the stories that unfold here every day.

Let us know how we're doing. See my e-mail address below? Use it.

Here's to the future.

jimmyb@tucsonweekly.com

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