Most people in the news business consider the mercurial managing partner of the Consolidated News Service to be a certifiable fruitcake. Most of Harry Lasky’s employees have other names for him but those cannot be printed in mainstream news outlets. As news syndicates go, CNS is far behind the AP, UP, Agence Havas, Hearst International News and Reuters in everything from bureaus to subscribing newspapers. Yet what Lasky lacks in scale he makes up for in raw determination to outdo his competitors. Once a hard-charging reporter and editor himself, no other syndicate owner pushes their people harder, or squeezes a nickel further, than Lasky.