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We knew our June 2009 “Failure.” cover featuring Mayor Villaraigosa struck a chord simply by the number of e-mails and letters we received about the story last summer. Now it has been named as a finalist for “Most Controversial Magazine Cover of the Year” by the American Society of Magazine Editors. See the winner and other finalists here—plus those in other categories (“Best Vampire,” anyone?).

Read Dear Mr. Mayor.