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The Rhinoceros Times ® Vol. XXIII No. 4 © Copyright 2013 The Rhinoceros Times Greensboro, North Carolina Thursday, January 24, 2013 Music Hall Stalled By Alex Jakubsen Staff Writer The Greensboro Performing Arts Center (GPAC) Task Force is scheduled to give another “final” presentation at the Feb. 5 Greensboro City Council meeting, despite the fact that major questions about the funding of the project still seem to be unanswered. A presentation on how the GPAC – estimated at $60 million to build – would be financed had been scheduled for the Tuesday, Dec. 18 meeting of the City Council, but that was postponed to Tuesday, Jan. 15, and now to Tuesday, Feb. 5. (Continued on page 24) Photo by Elaine Hammer The Smith High School Marching Band was one of the many in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Greensboro on Monday. Rhino County Pays $500K for Jail Death Rumors by Scott D. Yost county editor From staff and wire reports I know it’s silly, but I love snow days. Snow days don’t mean you get a day off in the newspaper business; it just means it’s harder to get to work and there is usually more work (Continued on page 6) Guilford County has just paid out what is thought to be the largest amount the county has ever paid to settle a legal liability claim. A half-million dollar payment went to the family of a deceased former jail inmate to settle a wrongful death suit for the inmate who collapsed in the county jail and died after being confined to a restraining chair for an extended period of time. Christopher Mason Armstrong – a 21-year-old mentally ill black male inmate – died on Monday, Dec. 27, 2010 while in the custody of the former Guilford County jail. Armstrong collapsed after being bound in a restraining chair for extended periods of time over three days during and after Christmas Day, 2010. The exact amount of time Armstrong spent strapped in the chair is unknown Friday morning was a great time to be out in Greensboro with a sled. These kids and some older folks enjoyed the hill for as long as possible, but by afternoon, it was time to hang the sled up for a while. (Continued on page 26) Grimsley Pool Tossed Lifeline by paul C. clark Staff Writer Photo by John Hammer because, according to several county officials with knowledge of the incident, jail staff did not A new report by S&ME Inc. environmental engineers of Raleigh shows that the indoor pool at Grimsley High School could be repaired cheaply and put back into service quickly, according to the pool’s supporters. The S&ME report contradicts an earlier city-sponsored analysis of the structure by Sutton-Kennerly & Associates, which reported to the City of Greensboro, which owns the pool, that the entire structure of the pool and surrounding building is compromised by ongoing subsidence, or sinking, due to poor quality soil under the foundation. The indoor pool was closed on the afternoon of Dec. 7, 2011, after a windstorm sheared off part of the metal roof of the pool building – but the pool was maintained and useable, although (Continued on page 25) Inside this issue High Point News............ 6 Entertainment Guide.....11 Uncle Orson Reviews... 12 Puzzles............ 12, 24, 26 Yost Column................ 13 Scott’s Night Out.......... 14 Rhino Real Estate........ 15 Letters to the Editor..... 23 Editorial Cartoon.......... 34 under the hammer....... 35


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