• The Long Run: What recently happened in the Lubbock County judge runoff race does not happen very often. In the GOP primary (there is not a Democrat running in the upcoming general election), Curtis Parrish won with 5,563 votes - 54.24 percent. Back in March, Parrish was a distant second to Gary Boren. Boren got 10,138 votes (46.81) percent to Parrish with 6,777 votes (31.29 percent.) However, Parrish prevailed in the runoff. In the runoff, Boren's vote total dropped by 5,445 votes. Runoffs can be weird - because voter turnout is usually low for a runoff. However, this runoff is unique  - and has to be considered an mild upset considering the vote totals from March.

• Power Play: I don't know if the allegations that came out this week regarding sexual harassment and Morgan Freeman are accurate, but there is an old adage that comes to mind. If you want to know who or what a person really is, give this person power - either through fame or wealth or both - and see how this person uses this power. This will tell you just about all you need to know about who a person really is. Speaking of Freeman, he apologized - sort of. He apologized for "anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected" by his behavior. Makes you wonder - if Freeman was not doing anything wrong, why is he apologizing?

• Social Media Fumble Of The Week: This weekly distinction goes to the most interesting (or sometimes wrong) social media comment related to Lubbock Avalanche-Journal content. Here is the inaugural honoree (and a comment with which I happen to agree) - a Facebook comment from a recent AJ editorial (Editorial: NFL restores respect for national anthem, May 24, www.lubbockonline.com) by Katie Scarlett O'Beagle: "Many businesses have a code of conduct they expect employees to follow while ON THE JOB. No one complains about it; they just go to work and do their job. The NFL decides to do the same thing, and it's discrimination and a violation of players' rights. Give me a break. These guys are paid to play football. The NFL has every right to demand players follow a certain code of conduct while on the field." Well said.

• Phone Call Of The Week: This weekly distinction goes to - as the name says - the phone call of the week. The inaugural honoree was a man concerned that the AJ had stopped running syndicated columnist Walter Williams. This is not the case. I assured the caller Williams was still being published in the AJ - and his column had appeared the very day I received this call. "I will go get the paper," the caller said.