Lacey and Larkin of Phoenix New Times Still Haunt Arpaio

Michael Lacey and John Larkin co-founded the Phoenix New Times in 1970. Dropouts of Arizona State University, the two created the alternative news source in response to the current conservative media on campus.

It was a time of war and unrest, people were protesting Vietnam, and the first amendment gained more traction than ever. Years later, they are still the voice of unrest speaking out against establishment.

The New Times is just one of many alternative newsweeklies that span the breadth of the U.S. It remains a free paper, paid for by numerous advertisements, committed to the sanctity of the First Amendment. Lacey started the paper and joined forces with Larkin in 1972.

Larkin served as the head of advertising before moving into the role of CEO. His ability as a businessman not only kept the rag afloat, but led to its acquisition of Westword in 1983. Westword was Denver’s version of the New Times, and the duo’s expansion to two weeklies soon turned into a multi-million dollar conglomerate of 17. The conglomerate, which they named Village Voice Media Holdings, was sold to fellow executives back in 2012.

Under Lacey’s leadership as editor, the Phoenix New Times tackled many social issues. Eventually the duo’s stewardship of the paper ran parallel to the six terms of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Read more: Jim Larkin | and Jim Larkin | LinkedIn

Arpaio’s tenure as Sheriff is one of much controversy, repeatedly called on the carpet for scandalous things. His most significant lowlights are; botched investigations, poor treatment of inmates, diversion of $100 million dollars in prison funds, and his questionable treatment of the Latino community in the wake of illegal immigration.

Lacey and Larkin used the New Times to hound Arpaio, exposing many scandals, and calling out corruption. They became advocates of the Latin community, giving them a voice. Their constant criticism of Arpaio even led to the duo’s arrest in 2007.

Following a story in the Phoenix New Times that disclosed the contents of a subpoena targeting the paper, which threatened prosecution should said contents be revealed, the co-founders were arrested. They were freed 24-hours later. In 2013 the duo received a settlement of $3.75 million dollars from Maricopa County, whom they sued for wrongful imprisonment. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

In 2014, they created a fund to assist the Latin community in Arizona. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund distributes the money from their settlement. It is a crowning achievement in the saga of their fued with Joe Arpaio. A saga that now has a new chapter.

In 2017, Joe Arpaio received a pardon from President Donald Trump. The move, that many see as political pandering, was long expected and none too surprising.

Lacey and Larkin were on hand to provide their opinions, calling the move an act of corruption, a misuse of power, and a failure of the system. The duo are set to return to the world of journalism with website called Front Page Confidential. Together they plan to make Arpaio, and Trump rue this decision.

Brazil’s Popular Roberto Santiago Manaira Shopping Center

Roberto Santiago is the founder and owner of both the Manaira Shopping and the Mangeira Shopping Mall located in the heart of Joao Pessoa, Paraiba, Brazil. The astute businessman and entrepreneur was born on July 16, 1958 in Joao Pessoa. He studied at the Pio X-Marist College in Brazil and received his master’s degree, he later received an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University Center of Joao Pessoa. Roberto Santiago always dreamed of buying a large plot of land so he could develop a lively place for his hometown. When the Manaira Shopping Mall his envisioned was finally finished in 1989, the economic aspects and social activities of the city of Joao Pessoa was boosted to a great extent.


It took two years for Roberto’s shopping center to be fully constructed. He believes that the shopping center must always adapt with the times to stay relevant and successful, so with that thought kept in mind, he is always open for future expansions. During the early 90s, the Manaira Shopping Mall used to have the largest jewelry base in the whole country. The Roberto Santiago Manaira Shopping Mall itself currently has a base with an area that is well over 135,000 square meters. The parking lot boasts of a space that can hold up to 3,200 vehicles.


The location of the Manaira Shopping Mall is perfect, it overlooks the beautiful Jacare Beach that is very popular for their exquisite sunsets. The mall is jam-packed all of the essential and more. It has 11 movie theaters, three innovative 3D theaters where the audience can interact with the technology, an electric bowling alley, huge kid zones, spas, salons, gardens and gaming areas. The theme of the popular food court is all about gourmet cuisines from around the world. This food court attracts thousands of tourist from all over each year, the Capital Steak House is among one of their favorites to dine at. Back in 2009, the Manaira Shopping Mall introduced a huge concert hall named the Domus Hall. This new addition was located on the rooftop and has the capacity of about 8,000 people. It has full air conditioning and it is both a favorite for local and international performance artists and musicians alike.


Talk Fusion’s CEO Bob Reina and the new HuffPost Join Initiatives

Bob Reina, CEO and founder of Talk Fusion, has been invited to write several innovative articles since August 2016 for Huffington Post. Reina offers a broad perspective of marketing and video technology trends and adds skillful selling and self-development techniques. In the latest article dated Apr 26, 2017, Reina commented that he is extremely pleased to see culture and fulfillment are taking precedence in the news. Learn more:


HuffPost, the newly named Huffington Post, has almost 200 million readers as of August 2017. Strictly coincidently, Reina placed his last article with Huffington Post a day before they announced the name change. HuffPost stated that they look forward to a partnership with Reina, and Chief Editor Lydia Polgreen commented that since the news source aims “to tell the stories of people who have been left out of the main conversation.” The two companies seem to share the same initiatives, and both parties are eager to continue the relationship. Learn more:


Bob Reina has excelled as a leader and a philanthropist. He says that it has been his goal to help people succeed whether they are employees, customers or people in other nations. Through Talk Fusion, Reina has contributed to orphanages, tsunami relief in the Middle East, offering a 30-day free trial of the successful All-in-One Solution package to anyone with an email address and donating the All-in-One to numerous non-profit organizations. Learn more:


His philanthropic attitude proves to be an inspiration to the entrepreneur community, and he enjoys sharing his methods to success. HuffPost has announced that they look forward to more insightful articles in their newly founded connection.


Bob Reina is gifted in reaching the online business population. He has been heard to say more than once that as a believer in the art of innovation in this world of technology, a brand’s growth is never finished.


Talk Fusion is now one of the leading video-communication companies in the world. In a decade, Reina has designed ideal video products that are sold person-to-person in over 140 countries. The company has been honored with several awards for their top video products while Bob Reina consistently uses new technology in the existing package.