The Rhinoceros Times ® Vol. XXIII No. 6 © Copyright 2013 The Rhinoceros Times Greensboro, North Carolina www.rhinotimes.com Thursday, February 7, 2013 Jail log tells of lengthy ordeal by Scott D. Yost county editor Photo by Elaine Hammer Photo by Elaine Hammer The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is performing at the Greensboro Coliseum through Sunday, Feb. 10. Monday night there was a free show for those willing to stand out in the cold to watch the elephants march by. Council Delays Outlawing Bars By Alex Jakubsen Staff Writer The Greensboro City Council put off voting on an ordinance that would require property owners in the Central Business District to take bars off of windows and doors, replace cracked windows and peelings paint or face fines of up to $500 a day. Greensboro Mayor Robbie City v. First Amendment by john hammer editor The level of arrogance and incompetence recently displayed by the Greensboro city staff is difficult to convey. On Wednesday, Jan. 30, Greensboro Police Attorney Jim Clark applied for a temporary restraining order asking the court to stop Yes! Weekly from printing and distributing its publication. This is called “prior restraint,” High Point News............ 8 or censorship, and if it is ever Entertainment Guide.....11 granted and upheld many believe it would end freedom of the press Uncle Orson Reviews... 12 Yost Column................ 15 in this country. Imagine if the City of Scott’s Night Out.......... 16 Greensboro were granted the Rhino Real Estate........ 17 right to censor newspapers Puzzles............ 14, 22, 43 because it disagreed with or Letters to the Editor..... 45 didn’t like the content. Editorial Cartoon.......... 58 The incredible arrogance and under the hammer....... 59 ignorance of thinking that the publishing of some police files, which were released through gross incompetence, was worthy of a legal action that has never (Continued on page 56) Perkins – who recently relocated his real estate office out of the downtown for cost-saving reasons and more convenient parking – has been a proponent of the ordinance, which was discussed at the Tuesday, Feb. 5 City Council meeting in the council chambers at city hall. Assistant City Attorney Tom Carruthers said the “Good Repair Ordinance” would offer landlords “proper encouragement” to maintain the aesthetic appeal of their buildings by mandating that they fix or replace all boarded, broken or barred windows and deteriorated or damaged walls adjacent to public streets. “We will be the first city to adopt this kind of an ordinance,” Carruthers said when asked by Perkins. Some city councilmembers expressed concern about the proposed legislation. Councilmember Zack Matheny said that he wasn’t sure that the city planning department should (Continued on page 46) Logbooks from the old Guilford County jail in downtown Greensboro show that Christopher Mason Armstrong, the inmate who died in December 2010 after being held in a restraint chair for the better part of three days, was checked on frequently by detention officers. However, (Continued on page 52) Rhino Rumors From staff and wire reports We’d like to welcome Ham’s to downtown Greensboro. Hams will be renovating and moving into the old Bin 33 location at 324 S. Elm St. Rocky Scarfone, (Continued on page 10) Inside this issue Photo by Sandy Groover Woody the Groundhog at the Natural Science Center on Lawndale Drive saw his shadow on Groundhog Day and predicted six more weeks of winter. If he means more of those 70 degree winter days, we’re all for it.