Daily Archives: July 17, 2007

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 man named Lee as a former aircraft mechanic.Continue Reading

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 the N&R article and it appears, based on federalContinue Reading

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 like the word “defeat”; certainly, President George W. Bush won’tContinue Reading

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 heinous journalistic offenses early on, getsContinue Reading

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 faulty. It is not a given that consuming less will beContinue Reading

“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 transform its airport into an “aerotropolis” as well asContinue Reading

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 of the $500,000 loan made from an as-yet-unidentifiedContinue Reading

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 organization. The report details email communications betweenContinue Reading