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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Elizabeth Edwards is returned to Raleigh, hailed as a hero

Posted By on Sat, Dec 11, 2010 at 10:00 PM

photos by Jenny WarburgHundreds in Raleigh gathered to honor Elizabeth Edwards Elizabeth Edwards was laid to rest today at Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, alongside her beloved son Wade, after a moving memorial service at the Edenton Street United Methodist Church. Edwards, who died at age 61 after a very public six-year battle with cancer, was remembered as compassionate, smart, determined, brave and completely committed to her family and an extended family that came to include millions of Americans. "Every single thing she would do," her daughter Cate Edwards said, "she did to the fullest possible extent." "She grabbed on to...

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Elizabeth Edwards memorial Saturday in Raleigh: Folks planning to protect it against anti-gay pickets

Posted By on Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 2:28 PM

The memorial service for Elizabeth Edwards is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh. Anti-gay people from Kansas (a church, supposedly) who make it their custom to picket the funerals of prominent people who supported gay rights have announced they'll be outside from 12:15 to 1. A Facebook group is forming to get there first and protect the church and the Edwards service from these zealots. Good idea. The Facebook group writes: The Westboro Baptist Church plans to protest for 45 minutes before the funeral set for 1 p.m. at Edenton...

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White House White Board: Obama for Dummies

Posted By on Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 1:26 PM

For those of you not on the White House press distribution list (and I don't think it's any mean trick to get on it), the Obama Administration has taken a digital page from Ross Perot in its efforts to sell the tax-cut cave-in — make that compromise with the Republicans — that has Democrats everywhere holding their noses. Just for my own self, I don't like the compromise. I do understand that Obama, having failed for two years to get rid of the Bush tax cuts for the rich, was pretty much stuck with them once the Republicans beat...

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Dix Hospital's fate and the future of mental health in NC

Posted By on Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 1:05 PM

photo by Bob GearyView from the front of Dix Hospital I went up to Dix Hill the other day to remind myself what this old and venerable place looks like, and feels like, now that the psychiatric hospital that was its reason for existence is in the process of closing and its sole use is as a campus for the state agency that's doing the closing. Dorothea Dix Hospital, named for the crusader who talked the North Carolina legislature into creating a hospital asylum for the "insane" in 1848, will be closed by the Department of Health and Human Services...

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Elizabeth Edwards is dead at age 61

Posted By on Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Lisa Pepin/The Arts Center of CarrboroElizabeth Edwards in May, 2010 We see the very sad news that Elizabeth Edwards, the wife of former Sen. John Edwards, died today. She was 61. She was reported yesterday to be gravely ill, but her passing came more quickly than was anticipated. Samiha Khanna wrote about Mrs. Edwards in May when she took a turn at The Monti, the story-telling event in Carrboro. It's a nice piece about narratives and what we choose to remember or forget. That night, Mrs. Edwards remembered her parents and her father's fidelity. Now, we remember hers. [For other...

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Monday, December 6, 2010

GOP Wake Commissioners in control: Will pay for school resegregation, but not employees' elective abortions

Posted By on Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Paul CobleThe Wake Board of Commissioners just wrapped up a 5 1/2-hour public session and went into closed session. The new 4-3 Republican majority elected Paul Coble as their chair for a year, and soon voted 4-3 to rescind resolutions adopted last year (when Democrats were in the majority) opposing school resegregation and affirming that the county's employee health insurance should cover elective abortions. The four Republican commissioners — Coble, Joe Bryan, Tony Gurley and new addition Phil Matthews — ignored Democratic efforts to find a middle ground on the school assignment issue. This is the resolution they rescinded. They...

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Reports: Elizabeth Edwards is gravely ill

Posted By on Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former Sen. John Edwards, is gravely ill, according to the Associated Press and other reports. She may have just weeks to live. John Edwards is among those who are at her side, the AP says. Mrs. Edwards was diagnosed with cancer as the 2004 presidential campaign was ending. John Edwards was the Democratic candidate for vice president that year....

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Big setback for Alcoa in battle for the Yadkin River

Posted By on Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 6:38 PM

photo by Bob GearyOne of Aloca's hydropower dams It's a long way from over, but if you were making odds in the battle between Alcoa and the Perdue Administration, Alcoa's got a lot worse yesterday and Gov. Bev Perdue's odds would look pretty good except for the fact that if she gets what she wants from Washington and the state is allowed to recapture (the legal term) Alcoa's water rights on the Yadkin River, North Carolina will have to compensate Alcoa for what its dams are worth — and the state presently has no money, honey. That said, Alcoa's road...

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