NPR has settled the union case brought against it in the David D’Arcy affair. At the 11th hour, before a scheduled July 7 arbitration hearing, NPR agreed to compensate staff editor Tom Cole, a member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, whose pay had been docked as a disciplinary measure without due process, in what AFTRA had charged was a violation of the union contract. NPR execs also agreed that AFTRA would have a say in future disciplinary actions against editorial staffers. No action was taken to reverse D’Arcy’s firing. He is a freelancer and not a union member, and thus had no standing in the case. “I’m not even roadkill,” he says. My bet, however, is that NPR hasn’t heard the last of him. Network execs have said nasty things about D’Arcy, which may be seen as damaging to his reputation, and which they may yet be forced to regret.