Archive: Feb 2009

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    Power of Pull

    The war of the words continues. A columnist from the local daily is taking sides with the mayor and vice mayor of Asheville for apologizing to the legislators for their colleague Carl Mumpower’s harsh words leveled against them for enacting the Sullivan acts. For those who don’t know, the…
    Leslee Kulba, February 28, 2009
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    State Health Plan: Making the case for transparency

    The Raleigh News & Observer this morning reported Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina costs the state $10 for each claim it processes in the State Health Plan, but most details of the contract are under wraps thanks to a law sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand…
    Locker Room contributor, February 28, 2009
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    Peppers to….the Pats? Awww…

    …crap. That is the speculation in Boston after the Pats send Matt Cassell and Mike Vrabel to Kansas City. The theory is that the move clears the way for the Pats to send the #23 pick to Carolina in exchange for Peppers and be content with the #34…
    Jeff Taylor, February 28, 2009
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    The Man Who Would Own McClatchy?

    Meet John Rogers. Arms of his Ariel Investments control 26 percent of all outstanding MNI stock. Why? Rogers cannot possibly think that MNI will reverse course and move north. I have to think that Rogers plans on being at the table when MNI declares bankruptcy and/or is…
    Jeff Taylor, February 28, 2009
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    Obama rocks….

    …says today’s N&O lead editorial: At last, a president has come forward who attempts to expand the government’s vision beyond the next year or the next, and seeks to help a much broader range of Americans. Budgets aren’t just about policy, or numbers. They are about people. Pee-yew.
    Sam Hieb, February 28, 2009
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    About That Big "Gang" Arrest.

    Important thing about that big federal "gang" investigation that was supposedly in the works for six months: Several of the 15 suspects rounded up Wednesday morning had recently been turned loose by the state of North Carolina. Not pending state charges mind you, there are plenty more of those. We are just talking about existing sentences for felony convictions which released them from custody -- or never imprisoned them at all. Let's start with Marco Wigfall. Wigfall, 23, has felony convictions dating back to 2003. Of particular interest is a robbery with a dangerous weapon conviction in September 2005 which carried a sentence of up to 65 months in prison. However, Wigfall was paroled on January 3rd after serving a little over three years and was to remain on parole through September, according to state records. Two weeks after his release CMPD arrested Wigfall on a felony cocaine charge. He was bonded out. Two weeks after that he was arrested again by CMPD and charged with three more felonies, including running a crack house. He stayed in the MeckCo Jail until February 22nd -- last Sunday -- on those charges. Yet within 36 hours of release Wigfall was in federal custody, part of the showy round-up of gang-members in West Charlotte. Next, Tavarus Sturdivant, 27, with felony convictions dating to 2000. In October 2008 Sturdivant received a 36 month suspended sentence for a felony cocaine trafficking charge. In other words, he was on probation when the feds swooped in on Wednesday. But wait, Sturdivant was also on probation back on January 29th -- one month ago -- when CMPD arrested him and charged him with four felonies, all involving trafficking heroin and cocaine. Yet he was bonded out.
    Jeff Taylor, February 28, 2009
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    Working or Not?

    People seem to think Asheville is doing a good job with its Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness. Today, experts estimate Asheville has 555 homeless people, 115 of whom are chronic. At the outset, the bizarre plot of point-in-time counts printed in the plan indicated an average of about 555…
    Leslee Kulba, February 27, 2009
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    Seem Familiar?

    Locker Room contributor, February 27, 2009