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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Obama: Denying college access to illegal immigrants is un-American

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 3:41 PM

On a recent interview with WUNC, Barack Obama was asked to weigh in on the N.C. Community College System's decision to extend its ban on illegal immigrants attending degree-granting programs. Here's what he had to say, after the jump:...

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Obama eclipses McCain, Hagan leaps ahead in latest PPP poll

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 12:36 PM

In the latest North Carolina poll from Raleigh-based Public Policy Polling, Barack Obama has taken a 2-point lead over John McCain, within the 3-point margin of error. Meanwhile, Kay Hagan has leaped ahead of Elizabeth Dole, 46-38. Last week, Rasmussen also placed Obama ahead, 49-47. In last week's N.C. poll, PPP had Obama and McCain tied, and Hagan with a 5-point lead. Apparently, the financial crisis is contributing to the shift toward Obama and Hagan: PPP found that both candidates lead among voters who listed the economy as their top concern. (Among these voters, Obama has a 55-38 advantage over...

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Creative Loafing files for bankruptcy

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 3:07 PM

A troubling sign that the advertising slump causing daily newspapers' financial problems is hitting alt weeklies, too: Creative Loafing filed for bankruptcy protection today. The company has more than $40 million in debt, following its purchase last year of the Chicago Reader and Washington City Paper. A statement from the CEO says the move will result in "reorganization" of the company's finances, not a halt to business nor a liquidation. For a look at how this crisis is affecting the City Paper, see this deep read in The Georgetown Voice, a student weekly. Editor Erik Wemple explains that new financial...

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Whatever happened to Wachovia?

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 2:54 PM

Bloomberg explains what happened overnight. Excepts: Wachovia will be left with its retail brokerage and Evergreen asset management units. The brokerage has about 14,600 financial advisers and more than $1 trillion under management, making it third in the U.S. behind Merrill Lynch & Co. and Citigroup's Smith Barney unit. and: The transaction is likely to hurt Charlotte, where Wachovia is the largest private employer with about 20,000 workers, said Michael Nix, portfolio manager at Greenwood Capital Associates LLC in Greenwood, South Carolina. The bank said today in a statement that the corporate headquarters will stay in Charlotte....

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Brad Miller on the bailout bill that isn't -- so far

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 2:45 PM

U.S. Rep. Miller, the Raleigh Democrat, voted yes on the bailout bill, swallowing hard. He's out with a statement; it's attached below. The bill failed in the House a few minutes ago, sending the stock market into conniptions....

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Linker: Hagan's health care plan better than Dole's

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 11:31 AM

Adam Linker of N.C. Policy Watch presents this analysis of Kay Hagan's health care reform plan. "As with much of her campaign, Hagan takes a cautious approach to health care reform, not proposing anything that might rock the boat. That having been said: her proposals are much better than the alternative," Linker says. "Our current Senator's greatest accomplishment was siding with the insurance industry to block the expansion of children's health insurance."...

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Durham People's Alliance endorses meals tax

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 10:37 AM

The Durham People's Alliance, a progressive grassroots citizens' group, announced last week that its political action committee voted to support a ballot referendum to impose a 1 percent sales-tax surcharge on restaurant meals in the city order to fund a minor league baseball museum and other cultural amenities. "embers of the organization engaged in a spirited discussion over the wisdom and desirability of the proposed one percent prepared meals tax," the release said. "During the discussion, PA members sharpened their understanding of the balance between the impact of the tax on ordinary citizens and the local governments’ need for a...

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Chapel Hill Town Councilman Bill Thorpe dies

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 10:12 AM

Local news radio station WCHL reports that Chapel Hill Town Councilman Bill Thorpe passed away Saturday night at his home at the age of 67. Thorpe was a well known local civil rights leader. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="155" caption="Bill Thorpe"][/caption] Thorpe had announced earlier this month that he was taking a medical leave of absence to deal with matters related to his heart condition. A memorial service is being planned for later this week. Meanwhile, Orange Politics has this discussion going, with local leaders posting remembrances of Thorpe....

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Bars raised in Raleigh, lowered in Charlotte

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 9:22 AM

From New Raleigh, word that the old Greenshields pub in City Market will be turned into Cobblestone Hall, a place for your wedding reception or bidness blowout. And at 213 Fayetteville Street, the Foundation will be another great place to forget that you ever owned Wachovia stock. Charlotte, you are now HQ to one mega-bank. The second one was rustled away to New York City....

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Dole's "velvet touch" and such

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 8:46 AM

The N&O loves Elizabeth Dole. It loves her not....

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Probation office needs more help, say Durham officials

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2008 at 6:45 PM

The News & Observer reports that Durham city and county officials are asking the state for help in light of news that Durham probation officers have lost track of 861 of the 4,161 probationers assigned to their office. In a letter sent to earlier this week to the state Department of Correction, Ellen Reckhow, chair of the Durham County Board of Commissioners and Howard Clement of the Durham City Council ask that a significant portion of the $2.5 million recently added to probation system's budget be allocated for Durham. "We are the poster child for what is wrong in probation"...

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Farewell, What's Up

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2008 at 2:21 PM

Today's issue of The News & Observer's pullout weekend preview section is the last. Beginning next week, its content -- movie, music, and TV coverage, as well as Greg Cox's restaurant reviews -- will be folded into a Weekend section. The farewell What's Up cover is a collection of 15 covers from the section's 15 years. (Unfortunately, the cover image does not seem to be available on the newspaper's web site.) Inside there is a look back at the film, TV and music hits from its inaugural week in 1993, as well as a comparison of dining options from then...

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"Worst crisis since WWII" is over, so McCain will debate

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2008 at 12:23 PM

McCain suspended his campaign, and called for tonight's debate with Obama to be postponed, because he was needed in Washington to solve the worst crisis since World War II. Whew! Crisis averted, because McCain's debatin' after all. Even though there's no deal yet ... and if there's "significant progress" toward one, as McCain just said, it's gotta be pretty much the same deal McCain and the House Republicans walked away from last night. Have to say, I thought McCain was setting himself up to: 1) oppose "this $700 billion giveaway" of taxpayer money, and 2) skip the debate on grounds...

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PPP: Dems up in Wake County

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2008 at 11:46 AM

Public Policy Polling finds the three Democratic candidates ahead by 10-15 points over their Republican opponents in the Wake County Commissioners race. The one Democrat who's a challenger, Stan Norwalk, leads incumbent Republican Kenn Gardner by 10 -- and by 23 among the minority of voters aware of Gardner's swimming pool issues. In the big-league races, Democrats Obama, Hagan and Perdue lead in Wake by 17, 19 and 9 points, respectively, PPP finds. Remember, Bush carried Wake County in '04....

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McCain to the rescue

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2008 at 10:25 AM

John McCain and House Republicans combined to blow up a tentative deal on the Wall Street bailout. The White House, Senate and House Democrats, and Senate Republicans were in, apparently -- for better or worse. As was Barack Obama. Think Wall Street (and your favorite big bank) desperately needs liquidity? Then McCain's playing with a four-alarm fire. (Not to mention your pension.) Think it's all hokum and taxpayer money down the drain? Then McCain's your hero. But remember what progressive economist Dean Baker said in Raleigh Tuesday: Done correctly, the $700 billion "bailout" shouldn't cost the taxpayers a dime in...

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

CRL says: Bailout must also stop foreclosures

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 4:42 PM

From the Center for Responsible Lending, a primer on what the $700 billion bailout should include about actual housing loans and the people who've got 'em. In addition, of course, to bailing out the banks that bought the securitized pieces of those very same loans....

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Dept. of Nonsense: 'Obsession' backers not trying to influence election

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 4:21 PM

The folks who brought you the Obsession DVD--I mean besides The News & Observer-- told Talking Points Memo that the shameless distribution of their propaganda--the week of 9/11, during a heated election season, in swing states-- was not intended to influence voters. See the Indy's coverage here. No, the cloak-and-dagger, uber-right Clarion Fund paid big bucks to put the rabidly anti-Muslim flick as ad content in newspapers (and released it via other avenues) as part of an "educational campaign" and to get reporters' attention. Uh yeah, to gain the attention of reporters. That's why  Allah, God or (insert your favorite...

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Mall restricts minors

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 3:41 PM

Fallout from the July brawl at the Triangle Town Center continued this week as officials announced that the Raleigh mall will restrict unaccompanied minors on Fridays and Saturdays after 5p.m., reports the News & Observer....

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Dead deer dumped in Moeser's yard; his job to get'em to the curb

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 3:37 PM

Two deer that had apparently been shot to death were dumped in the yard of former UNC Chancellor James Moeser, reports the Daily Tar Heel. While it's open season to hunt deer with a bow and arrow--happening now in Duke Forest--it is illegal to hunt deer with guns at this time of year, To Moeser's disappointment, the Town of Chapel Hill picks up dead animals only from the curb, so he had to hire a private firm to remove them....

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Financial crisis preventing Durham and Wake from selling bonds

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 2:21 PM

Today, the N&O reports on Durham County's recent failure to sell $30 million in bonds, and Wake County's decision to delay the sale of over $450 million in bonds, due to a lack of faith in the credit market. Durham County Manager Mike Ruffin is quoted as saying he plans to split up the sale of $130 million in bonds, which the county is seeking to replace the downtown courthouse with a justice center. The $30 million bond failed to attract a single bid, despite Durham County's high credit rating. Looking for a silver lining? From the N&O: On the...

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Steve Bizzell must be thrilled

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 2:18 PM

Estimates released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that North Carolina is among the top three destinations for native and non-native citizens gained from other states, reports the USA Today. "Both groups also are moving in substantial numbers to Sun Belt counties in smaller metropolitan areas," says the report. The top five states with the highest foreign born resident increases from 2006-2007, according to the USA Today's analysis: Texas: 39,000; Georgia : 12,000; North Carolina: 11,000; Nevada 11,000; Washington: 10,000. Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4...

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New Annuals Video premieres on MTV2

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 1:55 PM

Click here for the "Confessor" video, the opening track and lead single from the band's second album, Such Fun, due Oct. 7 on Sony imprint, Canvasback. Drop below the break for some thoughts from director Daniel Auber:...

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Judge blocks DHHS plan for moving Dix patients to Butner

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 1:01 PM

Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour sides with Disability Rights NC, issues a restraining order to block Dix-to-Butner move for 170 adult patients until he can hear testimony about whether the new Butner Hospital is patient-ready....

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PPP: Suburban indy voters pro-Obama & Hagan; not pro-Bev

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 12:39 PM

You can read all about it here. Public Policy Polling finds Obama ahead of McCain with suburban independents in NC; ditto Kay Hagan over Sen. Dole. But in the Gov's race, Pat McCrory and Bev Perdue are tied with this swing demographic -- a key reason Perdue's running even at best in most statewide polls. The Suburbindys, PPP finds, also like Janet Cowell in the state Treasurer's race, and by lesser margins Mary Fant Donnan for labor commissioner and Wayne Goodwin for insurance commissioner  -- all Democrats. Oh, and for the first time Rasmussen has Obama slightly ahead of McCain...

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Marine veteran from Durham blasts McCain

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Jonathan Kuniholm, a Marine from Durham who lost an arm in the Iraq War, has posted this YouTube video addressing Sen. John McCain in response to another video addressing Sen. Obama: "You say you want victory," Kuniholm says. "I'm sorry, sir, but America doesn't need another victory that's just a 'Mission Accomplished' banner that ignores the facts on the ground." Kuniholm spoke in support of Obama during the Democratic National Convention, and was profiled recently in the New Yorker. He is an engineer and designer working on a project to improve the design of prosthetics....

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