Archive: Tue Jul 2007

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    Correction of the week

    I guess we should appreciate Yes Weekly’s strive for accuracy in its reporting. But there’s an interesting correction in this week’s issue: In the June 20 issue, a story about the 10-year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness, “Barriers to ending homelessness seen from street,” misidentified a homeless…
    Sam Hieb, July 17, 2007
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    Rhino in the crosshairs

    Someone wants Jerry Bledsoe and John Hammer dead. Via ConAlt. Update: N&R follow-up. Can’t help but notice that the Fox 8 story focused on Bledsoe, while the N&R story focuses on Hammer. I don’t know why I find that interesting. Update II: OK, I carefully re-read…
    Sam Hieb, July 17, 2007
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    Says who?

    The latest winners of my semi-regular “Says who?” prize are Evan Thomas and Eve Conant of Newsweek, who give us their opinions about the Iraq War in an article disguised as news coverage: How do you manage the process of losing a war? Americans don’t…
    Locker Room contributor, July 17, 2007
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    AJR grades Duke lacrosse coverage

    The American Journalism Review has published a lengthy post mortem on the news coverage of the Duke lacrosse case. It’s not flattering to any of the mainstream media,least of all The Herald-Sun of Durham and The New York Times. The News & Observer, which committed some of the most…
    Locker Room contributor, July 17, 2007
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    Gasoline consumption is good

    Why are gas prices high? Ask Trilby Lundberg — publisher of the authoritative report on gas prices, the Lundberg Survey — and you will get a multifaceted answer, including: I’m hoping that consumers will see through the rhetoric about consuming less, demanding less, as…
    Locker Room contributor, July 17, 2007
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    “Oh yeah, that guy…”

    Almost a generation ago, John Kasarda got North Carolina to create the Global TransPark in Kinston, and yet people keep listening to him. In 1998, FedEx chose the Piedmont airport (PTI) for its cargo hub over GTP and Raleigh-Durham. In 2005, Kasarda convinced Kansas City to…
    Locker Room contributor, July 17, 2007
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    Jim Black and eminent domain

    No, I don’t have any juicy tidbits about the former House speaker and government takings. Those were the two primary topics of the legislative Republican leaders’ regularly scheduled Tuesday news conference. Senate Minority Leader Phil Berger explains here why he and other Republicans want to learn details…
    Locker Room contributor, July 17, 2007
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    UNC-Charlotte operates transit study in secret

    The Charlotte Observer jumped into the ongoing controversy regarding a UNC-Charlotte Center for Transportation Policy Studies that was seen as favorable to the Charlotte Area Transit System. The controversy is centered on UNC-Charlotte’s relationship with the Charlotte Chamber and if taxpayer funds were used to help the private…
    Locker Room contributor, July 17, 2007