Three years ago, when Activate Good first began coordinating volunteer activities to commemorate the anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the administrators hoped for a couple of hundred... [...]
"Grab a beer, find a seat, and make room for new friends." There are worse directions one could follow.The thirst-quenching, connection-making, inspiration-sparking beer-garden-in-a-box known... [...]
As the Veterans Affairs scandal continues to taint President Barack Obama's administration, he knew he had a point to prove to an audience of veterans in a Tuesday speech in Charlotte. [...]
by Bill Massey, retired teacher and principal, published in News and Observer, August 30, 2014.
The latest federally orchestrated attempt to close the achievement gap between public school students from low-income families and those from middle- or upper-class homes mandates that all school districts submit to the Department of Education, by May, plans outlining how their best teachers will be assigned to schools with the highest percentages of low-income students. The most daunting of the many challenges associated with such plans will be establishing an accurate and equitable means of identifying the “best” teachers.
How are we doing that now?
Short answer: We don’t.
Some contend that the classroom success of all teachers is heavily dependent upon their years of teaching experience, their track record of year-end standardized test scores and the number of degrees or related professional certifications they hold: master’s degrees, Ph.Ds, National Board Certifications. While th [...]
by John Hood, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, published in Greenville Daily Reflector, August 30, 2014.
Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan has been running hard for re-election for more than a year. Republican nominee Thom Tillis, the speaker of the North Carolina House, has been campaigning against Hagan for nearly as long. Republicans, Democrats and independent-expenditure groups have already begun their battle over control of the state legislature.
So far, there isn’t much evidence that any of these actions and expenditures have made much of an impression on the intended audience — the North Carolinians likely to vote this fall.
Until recently, nearly all of the publicly available surveys in North Carolina have produced samples of registered voters, not the subset of voters who will actually participate in the general election. The opinions of non-voters aren’t irrelevant. If they live in North Carolina, they are subject to its laws and affected by its public [...]
Midtown Park opened in April but it has already become an icon for an upscale area of Midtown in and around North Hills. There is always something going on at the park, be it bluegrass concerts... [...]
Gay rights advocacy groups have been fighting the state's ban on gay marriage in court since it was passed two years ago, and now they're demanding that Gov. Pat McCrory stops fighting them back. [...]
“Intrepid is the kind of place that makes Durham, Durham. We can’t afford to lose it.”
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After returning home from war as a Marine Scout/Sniper, I spent 10 years searching for a place to call home; where I could use my skills and experiences to make the world a better place. After finishing training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, I decided to start Intrepid Life Coffee & Spirits with a mission to enrich, enlighten, and empower not only others, but myself as well.
I chose Durham because of its socio-economic diversity, its embrace of grit and determination mixed with intellect and compassion, and the community’s resolve to stand behind those who risk it all to follow their dreams.
While business was expanding rapidly during the spring, it stagnated to such a degree during the summer that my landlords have given me until September 7 to pay past rent or close the business. [...]
Topics: School Vouchers, Election Laws, The Three Judge Panel, Balance of Power, Gay Marriage and #TellUsSomethingWeDontKnow
Rufus Edminsten, Former Secretary of State
Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch
John Hood, President, The John Locke Foundation
Bob Orr, Former Supreme Court Justice
Tom Campbell, Moderator [...]
The community is invited to the 2014 Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance. The awards will be presented on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at the Contemporary Art Museum, 409 W. Martin St. Jess... [...]
Wednesday, August 27, 10am-3pm:R-LINE Detour - From Wilmington St. left on Martin, right on McDowell, right on Jones to left on Wilmington and resume route.NOTICE: Expect delays in and around... [...]
Waste Industries will not pickup garbage or recycling on Monday, September 1st since the Wake County Landfill is closed in observance of Labor Day.
As a result, solid waste and recycling collection will be delayed by one day during the week of Labor Day. [...]
Long before American Tobacco Campus built a reputation as a premiere live-work-play destination, it was one of the world’s most prosperous factories. On Saturday, Sept. 6, from 9:45am-1:30pm, more than 150 former factory workers will return to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the campus’ remarkable reboot.
These very special guests — many of whom choked up or bubbled over with stories upon hearing of the reunion — will enjoy lunch together as well as tours of one-time factory spaces now transformed into the sleek headquarters of cutting edge companies such as McKinney and Bronto.
At lunch, Jim Goodmon, the head of Capitol Broadcasting Company, which owns the campus and led its transformation, will offer a tribute to the former workers. Press is welcome to join Saturday’s festivities, which will run as follows:
9:45 am- Guests arrive near Burt’s Bees
10:00-11:30. Tours start (including the American Underground, the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham, Bronto, [...]
by Anne Blythe, News and Observer, August 26, 2014.
Advocates of the North Carolina school voucher program did not wait for a judge to write his order declaring public taxpayer assistance for private schools unconstitutional before trying to halt the effects of his ruling.
On Friday, they asked the N.C. Court of Appeals to issue an emergency ruling to allow disbursement of taxpayer funds to children whose families had accepted the so-called “Opportunity Scholarships” this year.
A three-judge appeals court panel rejected that request on Monday, saying it was premature to offer such a ruling without a written order from Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood.
Instead of waiting for that order, which is expected in a few days, attorneys representing legislative leaders Phil Berger and Thom Tillis and several families pushed ahead to the N.C. Supreme Court.
Voucher critics immediately tried to halt the requested intervention, saying a departure from the typical appeals process is not warr [...]
On this NC Spin Perspective, Acting President Patrick Woodie of North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center, Inc. shares where the Rural Center stands today. [...]
Many properties in Raleigh are located in flood plains, or are subject to damage from other high-water incidents. The city of Raleigh has used grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s... [...]
The community is invited to the 2014 Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance. The awards will be presented on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at the Contemporary Art Museum, 409 W. Martin Street.The... [...]
Speaker of the N.C. House and U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis’s first general election campaign ad aired this week as attention intensifies on an election that may determine which political party controls the upper chamber. [...]
To celebrate our tenth anniversary, we’re asking our friends and family to share what American Tobacco Campus means to them in the form of a photo or other piece of original art: https://americantobaccocampus.com/news/91
Prizes include a weekend stay at the coming Aloft Durham Downtown hotel and much more. Please help us spread the word! And don’t forget still more upcoming anniversary fun:
The rousing finale of the 2014 Back Porch Music on the Lawn series, featuring the ever-popular Chatham County Line on Thursday, Sept. 4, 6-8pm. (Public)
A tenant appreciation party with bands and picnics on the fabled American Tobacco lawn on Friday, Sept. 5, 3-5pm. (Private)
A BBQ lunch for former American Tobacco factory workers and people involved in the campus’ renovation on Saturday, Sept. 6, including tours of intriguing campus spaces, including private businesses not always open to visitors. (Private — but press welcome)
A public festival on Blackwel [...]
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Editorial by Wilmington Star-News, August 18, 2014.
Tourism in North Carolina is a $20 billion-a-year industry, and that’s only counting what visitors – traveling for recreation or on business – actually spend here. That total does not take into account the total impact as employees and businesses that make a living in tourism pump the money back into the economy.
The $20 billion spent by visitors in 2013 was a record, and more than $1 billion of that total was spent in the Cape Fear region. If there were any doubt about the importance of tourism to this region – and the importance of policies that keep people wanting to come here – that figure should dispel it.
At the state level, the Department of Commerce estimates that 200,000 jobs owe their existence directly to the tourism industry. Why do people come to North Carolina? We have it all – mountains and beaches, bustling cities and rural charm, golf courses and a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities.
As impo [...]