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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Oaks & Spokes: Our 10-day Raleigh bicycle fest starts with First Friday events

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 1:52 PM

March comes in tomorrow. March means spring. Spring means, apparently, $4 a gallon gasoline. And that means, time to put some air in our bicycle tires and crank up our own personal combustion engines. And just in time, we have Oaks and Spokes upon us, a 10-day Raleigh bicycle festival with something for riders of every sort and age. It runs from March 1-10. Click on the website for a complete list of events. The kick-off event is Friday night, 7 p.m. at the NCSU Bell Tower. It's "Bike First Friday with Oaks and Spokes," which means simply that you...

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Hey, Pat McCrory! You're national (bad) news for sticking it to the jobless.

Posted By on Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Gov. McCrory signed the bill slashing unemployment benefits in North Carolina, a measure which also makes North Carolinians the only folks in America who, if they lose their jobs, will not be eligible for federal emergency benefits as of July 1. Think Progress, the voice of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, found this outrageous ... in a story I just tweeted: So not proud: N.C. Governor Signs ‘Unprecedented’ Gutting Of Unemployment Insurance via @thinkprogress— Bob Geary (@rjgeary) February 19, 2013...

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

In referendum, 77% of UNC-CH students call on university to divest from coal.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 13, 2013 at 10:54 AM

UNC-Chapel Hill students are part of a national movement to put college and university endowments where their values should be when it comes to climate change. In short, get their money out of coal and fossil-fuel stocks and send a message to the investment world that it's wrong to finance companies whose products threaten to wreck the planet. We've had a couple of columns about the UNC campaign previously — in November and in December. The latter noted UNC-CH Chancellor Holden Thorp's view that doing the right thing would get in the way of his $2 billion endowment buying the...

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Voller to Dems: March with me at HKonJ-7 in Raleigh on Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 3:57 PM

At his first press conference since being elected state Democratic Party chair, Pittsboro Mayor Randy Voller called on Democrats to take a stand against the Republican-led "radical, reactionary legislature" by joining in the 7th annual HK on J march and rally Saturday in Raleigh. from WRAL.comDemocratic Chair Randy VollerThe HKonJ website has details. The march, organized by the state NAACP and many other groups, starts at Shaw University at 10:30, heading for a rally in front of the General Assembly building on West Jones St. HKonJ is short for historic thousands on Jones — and thousands do march. Voller was...

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Should Wake County vote on transit funding in 2013?

Posted By on Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Capital Area Friends of Transit is an alliance of groups working for better bus and — eventually — light-rail transit offerings for Wake County. They've launched a petition drive in an effort to pressure/convince the Wake County Board of Commissioners to allow a public referendum on the 1/2-cent sales tax for transit which was authorized by the General Assembly four years ago — and which the Wake Commissioners, under Republican control, have blocked ever since. If you think Wake County voters have a right to decide this question, you'll want to sign the petition. Follow this link. The 1/2-cent tax...

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

"Bad zoning case" at Falls Lake prompts a (good) lawsuit

Posted By on Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Remember "the mother of all bad zoning cases" out at Falls Lake? It's headed for court: "The mother of bad zoning cases" is back! Wake commissioners sued over Falls Lake watershed development— Bob Geary (@rjgeary) February 6, 2013 When the quality of your drinking water supply is impaired, as it is at Falls Lake, zoning changes are supposed to restrict pollution, not invite more of it. Is kind of a general principle we could all live by. I think it's even the law — but the judge will tell us that....

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Crack-up: Duke Energy says good-bye to a nuclear plant in Florida, leaving customers with the bill

Posted By on Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Perhaps this will cause Duke Energy to reconsider building more nuclear power plants? MT: Duke Energy to retire idle Florida nuclear plant. Duke customers pay, not Duke shareholders.… via @newsobserver— Bob Geary (@rjgeary) February 5, 2013 Seems like there are cheaper, more reliable ways to generate electricity. ** The N.C. Utilities Commission holds a public hearing on this very question Feb. 11 in Raleigh....

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