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Re: “Wake schools to come apart? Will the new school board fire Del Burns?

I live in one of the suburban districts. From talking to neighbors and coworkers, I can tell you that the school board had lost support and that many parents felt that the school board was not listening when it made decisions on issues like year round school and even such mundane issues like the new Wednesday early release policy implemented this year.

Posted by gercohen on 10/07/2009 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Janet Cowell; Sen. Jon Kyl; Chatham County Commissioners

I of course meant "sourcing" the Charlotte Observer, not "souring"

Posted by gercohen on 06/07/2007 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Janet Cowell; Sen. Jon Kyl; Chatham County Commissioners

You give Senator Janet Cowell a dunce cap partly with this information, souring the Charlotte Observer: "But few thought that would come at the hand of Wake County's Democratic state senator, Janet Cowell, whom environmentalists consider an ally. Last week, the Charlotte Observer reported that Cowell is one of the driving forces behind a move to dissolve the SEO and absorb its functions into other agencies. The office would be eliminated and six of the 16 positions cut. The change would save the state a whopping $5." You relied on the CharO story without fact checking. It should have been obvious that eliminating a half dozen positions would not save just $5. the CharO story said: "The savings from transferring salaries and cutting the positions would be only $5, according to state documents, causing some to scratch their heads.", that story error resulted in their desk writing the headline "$5 in savings". I know the reporter is not responsible for the head, but that certainly was the big news from the story, and his story did say the move saved only $5. the poor CharO reporter apparently went to the Senate budget report page 93-94, and saw Eliminate State Energy Office -5.0 -5.0 and thought this was the $ savings. Sorry, that is the number of JOBS eliminated. We use a $ sign to show $ savings. I can understand how he may have misunderstood, however. Now, if the Indy lays off staff, do you save $1 per reporter?"

Posted by gercohen on 06/07/2007 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Touch-screen machines get a big 'No' vote

"Dellinger and his buddies did a lot of two-wheeling downtown and liked Cohen's plans for bike paths." It's been so long I can't even remember what my plans for bike paths were. I assume I was in favor of them! (Actually, I do remember, my main project was on West Cameron Avenue where we got parking inbound only after 10 am and outbound only until 3 pm so that during peak hours there were bike paths where the parking would be other times in the day. I think that is no longer the case)

Posted by gercohen on 12/06/2006 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Imagine Dix

I did some research a year or two on the history of the railroad line that runs across the Dix campus. While it now ties downtown Raleigh to Fayetteville, it was originally built in 1891 as a spur line from what is now the Governor Morehead School, eventually crossing what is now Lake Wheeler Road. Later in the 1890s, the spur line became the main line to Fayetteville, as it was extented from Lake Wheeler Road South, and from just above the soccer filed across what is now Western Blvd to downtown. What had been the Western end of the spur, a grade level crossing of Western Boulevard, was taken up in the 1920s. What of the industry that the spur had been built for? Just across Lake Wheeler Road from the Dix Hospital property, in 1891 the line served the new Caraleigh Phosphate and Fertilizer Warehouse. That was short lived. As noted at entry from 1892: "Caraleigh Phosphate and Fertilizer Warehouse southwest of Raleigh burns. Discovered just after dark in the acid chambers, a "mammoth structure" measuring 250 feet long and 60 feet high, the blaze originates in a burner room used for making sulfuric acid. Several fire department members respond and assist, but are unable to take their apparatus outside of the city limits. The company, located on the later-named Rhamkette Road, has a $5,000 water system with seven hydrants and a pump, which is used until it is disabled. Then the 10,000-gallon tank on top of the manufacturing mill is utilized. By 9:30 p.m., the entire structure is in ruins. The entire building and its contents are destroyed, with an estimated $25,000 damage. Sulfuric acid soaks into the water table and both the company and the city pledge to repair the damage. No action is taken over decades and in 1985, a North Carolina State researcher tests the city's drinking water by filling a pool, placing Experiment Station fish in it, and observing them promptly going "belly up." Each time it rains, sulfuric acid leaches into the city water supply, and produces "enough acid to kill fish." The News & Observer also writes [in 1892] "whether it will hurt the populace that drinks the water is an open question." (August 19, 1892) Just this April (108 years after the explosion) the EPA announced plans for a "removal action" at the Caraleigh plant site "A removal action is a short-term cleanup intended to stabilize a site that poses an imminent and substantial threat to human health or the environment."

Posted by gercohen on 11/29/2006 at 5:54 PM

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