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All the news you wish you didn't need to know
by Andrew Barbano
Jan 16, 2014 | 898 views | 1 1 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Not only has local Fox affiliate KRXI-11 been shucking us, they've spread the sickness to KRNV-4. The NBC affiliate has been re-running Fox-11 news feeds.

Since corporate octopus Sinclair bought Channel 4 last month, they've merged news departments. Sinclair announced cancellation of Fox-11's popular 10 O'Clock News from KTVU-Oakland and may soon kill their local 11:00 p.m. newscast. Which isn't really local. The show originates from Iowa with Nevada inserts. Is a sin of omission a backdoor lie?

Insiders are betting that Jon Ralston's 6:30 p.m. political program will be the first TV-4 show axed. Sam Shad's Nevada Newsmakers at 12:30 p.m. will probably stay because daytime isn't a priority and Shad pays for the slot.

LIPSTICK ON A PIG. In a shuck worthy of Fox News, Washoe school boss Pedro Martinez tried to put positive spin on Nevada's latest disastrous report card. He accused Education Week of using old(?) data from 2012 ranking us 51st among the 50 states and DC.

In 2011-12, Pedro's predecessor, Heath Morrison, and the school board won national acclaim for a shocking spike in the graduation rate. Pedro, who left Reno-Sparks for Gomorrah South, did ditto down there. Pedro now contradicts all of the above. He's right for once. The books were cooked and only the Barbwire printed the truth. See "We Don't Need No Education" at

ADIÓS. This Saturday, Nevada says goodbye to two great public servants. Educator and Assemblyman Bernie Anderson, D-Sparks, died on Jan. 10. He will be laid to rest with a 10:00 a.m. funeral mass at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2900 N. McCarran in Sparks. At 2:00 p.m., a memorial celebration for one of Bernie's longtime colleagues will take place at Washoe Democratic HQ, 1465 Terminal Way in Reno. Registered nurse and Assemblymember Vivian Freeman, D-Reno, died on Dec. 5. Requiescant in pace.

LONG TIME GONE. January 16 marks the 55th birthday of Debra Donlevy (Carson High '77) and Donna Cline. Both were severely injured in a rollover accident near Gabbs in 1978. Debbie, my late wife's daughter, died as a result of malpractice at Hawthorne's Mt. Grant Hospital. Donna was left paraplegic and went on to become a major market news anchor, Miss Wheelchair Nevada and Miss Wheelchair America. She died in Texas in 1999. The dangers of rural Nevada healthcare have not changed in 36 years. (See the Barbwire web edition at Requiescant in pace.

NAGPAC RULES! This week, the U.S. Supreme Court left intact Nevada's "none of these candidates" ballot option. Ignore the inaccurate press reports. The 1975 law sponsored by Assemblyman Don Mello, D-Sparks, resulted from Mello's dislike of Nevada Chief Justice Al Gunderson who was up for re-election in 1976.

Time for return of my 1982 None of the Above for Governor Political Action Committee? Stay tuned.

Be well. Raise hell. Esté bien. Haga infierno.
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Madonna Long
January 20, 2014
So miss Donna and her friendship to me changed who I am. I met Donna at the Ms Wheelchair Nevada Pageant. She won and I received the honor of runner up. A Donna and Madonna Duo.

We remained great friends as all chicks in chairs do. AT the Signing of the ADA in DC I surprised her, she screamed when she seen me there. WE laughed and had a great night. She said to me you changed how I wore high heels in my wheelchair. I said really how? She said I now cross my leg and take off the foot pedal.

Both Donna Cline and I lost our best friends in our accidents at a young age and become paralyzed. I will never forget her. She helped me so much.

Madonna Long
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