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Work by three Times reporters honored

The work of three Times staff writers has been honored in separate journalism competitions.

"The Patient Pipeline," a series by Carol Marbin and Jeff Testerman about people steered into unnecessary substance abuse and psychiatric treatment, won first place in investigative reporting in the Southern Journalism Awards.

David Barstow's "The Death of John Brundage," about a man who died while in Sheriff's Office custody, was awarded honorable mention in the same category.

The Southern Journalism Awards competition covers 13 southern states from Texas to West Virginia. It is sponsored by the Institute of Southern Studies, a non-profit research and education organization in Durham, N.C.

Barstow also won second place in a national feature writing contest for "Florida's Sweetest Camp," about a week in the lives of juvenile offenders at Indian River Correctional Institution. The award was given by the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors at their convention in Seattle earlier this month.