import-piedmont-publius (page 7)

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    NYT analyzes Gboro traffic stops

    Big NYT story analyzing police traffic stops in Greensboro. The Times’ conclusion? You guessed it—“wide racial differences in measure after measure of police conduct.” The Times analyzed tens of thousands of traffic stops made by hundreds of officers since 2010. Although blacks made up 39 percent of Greensboro’s driving-age…
    Sam Hieb, October 24, 2015
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    Gboro: “Most politically incestuous city in the USA”

    Looks as though the Downtown Greensboro Inc. board is ready to move on, announcing that CEO Zack Matheny —who was arrested for DWI last Friday morning—will remain in that position “for the foreseeable future.” Rhino’s John Hammer speculates whether or not Matheny had sobered up by the…
    Sam Hieb, October 23, 2015
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    Bad news for megasite boosters….

    ..From none other than N.C. Commerce Secretary John Skvarla, who spoke at the Better Business Bureau of Central North Carolina’s annual meeting here in Gboro: One audience member asked Skvarla whether a car maker might one day come to the region. Skvarla tempered his enthusiasm, reminding the group that…
    Sam Hieb, October 22, 2015
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    Marty Kotis and the UNC BOG

    Yea I crack on the N&R quite a bit, but they’re doing a pretty good job covering the chaos surrounding the impending selection of a new UNC system president who will replace outgoing president Tom Ross. Right now speculation is Ross’ successor will be former U.S. Education Secretary Margaret…
    Sam Hieb, October 21, 2015
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    Say Yes to Education update

    Lots going on with Guilford County’s Say Yes to Education initiative. For starters, very interesting choice for executive director —-Greensboro Assistant City Manager Mary Vigue, whose work experience is primarily in (you guessed it) city government, not education: What stood out most about Vigue was “her appreciation for…
    Sam Hieb, October 20, 2015
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    N&R and the late Jackie Manzi

    Yet another letter to the editor complaining about the N&R’s obit on former Guilford Commissioner Jackie Manzi, who died last week at age 86. I wasn’t paying attention to local politics at the time, so while I knew the name I didn’t what kind of politics Manzi practiced.
    Sam Hieb, October 16, 2015
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    Zack Matheny charged with DWI

    N&R reports Downtown Greensboro Inc. CEO and former City Council member Zack Matheny was cited for DWI Friday morning: “I made a mistake,” Matheny said in an interview Friday. “I had gone out to a couple of community functions, I had gone to dinner with some friends. I went…
    Sam Hieb, October 16, 2015
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    Guilford County cracking down on spouse health insurance

    Rhino reports many Guilford County employees are “crying foul” because “their spouses will be kicked off the county’s health and dental insurance plans at the end of the year.” The plan, devised by County Manager Marty Lawing and the Board of Commissioners will no longer cover spouses of…
    Sam Hieb, October 15, 2015