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Gladiator Games?



Recently I interviewed a former prisoner from the Washington County Detention Center, who made the claim that at one guard was encouraging prisoners to beat up accused sex offenders. Chief Deputy Jay Cantrell told me that the matter would be turned over the Office of Professional Conduct.

I’ve known the prisoner who told me the story for several years now; though the crime he committed was beneath contempt, I believe him in this particular instance.

I emailed the story to a Washington County JP, but heard nothing back. I wonder why?

From the Iconoclast: Legacy Building Blues

Brash Brandon Barber, who tried to push through the Divinity eyesore on Dickson Street and later distinguished himself by taking out several mailboxes while driving on Deane Street, is not quite as confident as when he told parochial locals that there was a new developer in town.

Barber did complete construction of the Legacy Building on Watson Street and reportedly has been able to sell seven of the 37 upscale condos. Subcontractors who performed work o n the Legacy filed liens or foreclosures totaling around $1.1 million last month, and condo sales have come to a halt. Lasco Acoustic & Drywall of Dallas filed a lien for
$473,752 on September 6; Harness Roofing of Harrison filed a lien for $121,734 on September 7; and EWI Inc. and RGC Glass filed a lien foreclosure action for $124,604 on September 21. Kimbel Mechanical Inc. filed three foreclosures totaling $100,709 against other Barber properties. There might be other actions yet to come.

The Legacy building is rather attractive and not a bad addition to the Dickson Street area. Its main aesthetic contribution is that it blocks the view of the ugly University Baptist Church when traveling north on School Street. We should all be glad that Barber bailed on the Divinity project when he did. Otherwise, Fayetteville might have had yet another big hole in the ground instead of a promised hotel.


At a time when so many on-air news anchors seem to be increasingly empty headed, it was a pleasure to reread  Bob Losure's account of his career, "Five Seconds to Air: Broadcast Journalism Behind the Scenes." Losure takes the reader from his days as a green kid working for Oklahoma stations to the early days of CNN. Check your library or used book store. It's well worth immersing yourself in.

I spent an enjoyable day in Bob Losure's company a few years ago, and he is every bit as entertaining in person as he is in the book.

Actually, he agreed to speak at C.A.T.’s 20th year anniversary celebration.  Part of the agreement was that we (meaning me)  would tape his various talks at the university that day - plus he agreed to sit down for an interview with me. So after two talks at the UA, one interview at C.A.T., and the keynote speech, I had heard the same stories - in pretty much the same order - four times that day.

Too much, even for me. It’s a great book, though.

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