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Gram Ponante Has Lunch With Daily News Reporter Brent Hopkins

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Hopkins and I met at Porn Valley’s Lamplighter Restaurant. The question of why the Daily News didn’t interview me for the series hung like a thick cloud over the conversation. Sometimes we had to dispel the cloud with our forks.

“We completed the series in February,” he said, “but the paper kept putting off releasing it. We didn’t want to put it out on Mother’s Day, we didn’t want to put it out at Easter…”

The Daily News web team is building a special interactive module for the series, and Hopkins says that the paper will gauge the viability of future special web sections by how well the porn features go.

“We did a big story on drugs in L.A. recently,” he said, “and, after porn, we’ll just need to get rock and roll in there.”

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