Archive: Wed Jul 2007

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    Another airline comes to town…

    There was a time when airlines shunned Charlotte. US Airways was the big dog in town, and no one wanted to fight them for market share in a, well, not that big a market. Those days are over. And the list of airlines that fly here prove: the 6 legacies.
    Michael Lowrey, July 11, 2007
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    Tara Blows Roof Off Chambergate

    That's a wrap. We're done here. WBT's Tara Servatius has definitively shown -- as if there were much doubt -- that the UNCC "study" of CATS released in May was an official Uptown production merely laundered through Charlotte's top public research institution. On top of that, there are rumors afoot that the UNC system has at least wondered about asking UNCC for a clearer account of how the Center for Transportation Policy Studies came to do a study "for the Chamber." For the Chamber. That is not a Tara or Meck Deck description. That is Mr. Ron Tober in an April 9th email Servatius unearthed. Study author Edd Hauser was seeking data on CATS' revenue and Tober described the effort as, "This is for a study that the folks at UNCC are doing for the Chamber." Other emails show that CATS staff was closely involved in producing data for Hauser, even doing extra work to answer his questions.
    Jeff Taylor, July 11, 2007
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    Some things just look bad

    Capital Beat digs up shenanigans at UNCG involving an energy savings contract. Here’s the short version: RFP calls for three finalists, three are chosen, then the Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities decides to expand the finalists to five. Guess what? One of the two added finalists gets the…
    Sam Hieb, July 11, 2007
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    So long, Lady Bird

    Lady Bird Johnson has died. The former First Lady who urged us all to plant trees and shrubs to keep America beautiful was, like Mamie Eisenhower, a smiling and likeable presence alongside her presidential husband. She also took the time to send me a letter once. On the spur…
    Locker Room contributor, July 11, 2007
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    Reaction to Jim Black’s 63-month sentence

    “Today’s the end of the line for Jim Black and his corruption.” Those were the first words of U.S. Attorney George Holding’s statement after this morning’s sentencing hearing. Listen to his entire statement here. FBI Special Agent Nate Gray offered these comments. Democratic political consultant…
    Locker Room contributor, July 11, 2007
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    Arbitrary & Capricious Pseudoscience

    Asheville City Council has been grappling for months with how to define parameters for a pending steep slopes ordinance. A three-year-old initiative to streamline the UDO to make Asheville more development-friendly went south under the direction of Asheville’s new Progressive leadership. City planners are now working to strengthen and broaden…
    Leslee Kulba, July 11, 2007
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    Oh, Give Me a Home!

    Asheville is becoming a mecca for the homeless. Since city council adopted the Ten-Year-Plan to End Homelessness two years ago, people have noted increases in vagrancies. A man who works for the homeless in Marion confirmed rumors that other municipalities are busing the homeless to Asheville. He said often when…
    Leslee Kulba, July 11, 2007
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    Speaking with One Voice Against Diversity

    One of the hottest topics in Asheville is the partisan/nonpartisan election debate. Council voted June 12 to change the city charter to make elections partisan. This would give those who asked for and supported the change a major statistical advantage, as registered Democrats (58%) outnumber Republicans (20%) in Asheville. Even…
    Leslee Kulba, July 11, 2007