Daily Archives: January 14, 2009

Judge Rules Fatal Airbornes Cross State Lines

Three coal-fired TVA plants in Tennessee and one in Alabama must install pollution controls after a federal judge ruled in favor of North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper’s claims that the facilities were discharging pollutants responsible for up to 1400 deaths a year in the region. Before the trial started, the TVA said it hadContinue Reading

Does Anybody Like the Downtown Master Plan?

The public meeting to discuss Asheville’s Downtown Master Plan will be held tomorrow. Persons are expressing opposition, though part of the plan was supposed to involve ambassadors for drumming up support. Activist Steve Rasmussen has written a critique denouncing the plan – not because planning penalties are the last thing Asheville needs in a wiltingContinue Reading

Mayor Pat McPanther?

I’m sorry, no one can hate the Stillers more than a born-and-bred-and-abandoned Browns fan like me, but Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl changing his name to “Steelerstahl” in advance of the Stiller AFC title tilt with the Ravens is pretty damn hardcore. Pat, meanwhile, still owes a Seattle radio station for a bet on the 2005Continue Reading

Don’t Mess with Cats or the Ecosystem

Cross-posted on EnvironmentNC.com. The following is a lesson in why you don?t mess with cats, and also why trying to manage ecosystems is usually a bad idea. From the article: It seemed like a good idea at the time: Remove all the feral cats from a famous Australian island to save the native seabirds. ButContinue Reading

Construction on W-S stadium at a complete stop?

Sources tell me construction on Winston-Salem’s taxpayer-funded downtown baseball stadium has ground to a complete stop. Stay tuned.

Least Surprising Lawsuit. Ever.

Gloria Pace King has filed her lawsuit against the United Way. Finally. Ah, sit back and enjoy the fireworks.

Ricardo Montalban, RIP

Yes, all the headlines say Fantasy Island, but we know better. Much better. That Khan Noonien Singh could come back as a memorable character 25 years after Montalban first portrayed him is a lasting tribute to the man and his craft. The campy, fun aspects only mean that he’ll live on forever.

Zoning and Annexation

The Enquirer Journal (Monroe and Union County) ran an article today explaining that the Mineral Springs Town Council is mad at the League because it is recommending that towns must be able to provide two of the following four services: police, fire, street maintenance, or solid waste prior to being able to forcibly annex.  SeeContinue Reading