Prison Cover-Up

Prison Breakdown

Comment by Mary

Appalling: This should be appalling to everyone and should be put in a national spotlight. A government that covers up a wrong is not what we are about. When we hear of it, we should pay very close attention and prevent it from happening again. Otherwise, it may become the norm.

Comment by R. Winkelman

Honor Rolls

The Houston Press and its staffers have been named finalists in four categories of the regional Maggies competition, an annual magazine-writing contest sponsored by the Western Publishing Association. Three staffers also were named finalists in the statewide First Amendment Awards competition sponsored by the Fort Worth Society of Professional Journalists.

Finalists spots for the Maggies are:

Best Consumer Tabloid — the Press.

Best Interview or Profile: Music Editor John Nova Lomax for "Doug Supernaw," a profile of the former country music star.

Best Public Service Series or Article: Staff Writer Todd Spivak for "Toxic Town," an in-depth look at a small town in Texas and the industrial plant that may be poisoning its residents. Also: Editor Margaret Downing for "Killing Fences," about South Texas residents protesting the proposed border fencing that they say will cause irreparable ecological damage.

Finalists for the First Amendment Awards are:

Staff writer Chris Vogel in the Opening the Books category for "Weekend Warriors," which examined what led to the death of a man who went on a self-help weekend with a clandestine organization that would supposedly make him a better man.

Spivak in the Use of Public Records: Investigative category for "Toxic Town."

Downing in the Defending the Disadvantaged category for "Death in a Box," which exposed the responsibilities of a mental health facility in the death of a patient there.

Both contests will announce first-place winners later this spring.

Clarification

The February 21 Hair Balls column [by Richard Connelly] referred to Mauri Barefoot, a "Green Sex" entrepreneur, as a massage therapist. Although she has been a massage therapist in the past, she does not work as one in her current business.

The Houston Press regrets the ­confusion.

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