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    Asheboro’s ‘big city’ problems

    Courier-Tribune series on Asheboro’s “big city” problems. First up—‘hanging out’ in Bicentennial Park: Claudia Ainsworth, who manages Morings, the Randolph Arts Guild gift shop on Sunset Avenue, has seen comings and goings in the park for years. She walks her dog in Bicentennial Park three or four times on…
    Sam Hieb, September 25, 2017
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    “The Poor Are Carrying the Cost of Today’s Climate Change Policies”

    That’s the title of a recent piece by Matt Ridley, in which he castigates the left for its immoral approach to climate change. He starts by saying: Here is a simple fact about the world today:? • climate change is doing more good than harm.? Here is…
    Jon Guze, September 24, 2017
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    Guilford commissioners table High Point baseball stadium

    At last night’s meeting, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners took the third option— voting to table a decision on the High Point’s tax increment financing plan for a downtown stadium for 60-90 days. If I took one thing out of last night’s meeting, it was that commissioners…
    Sam Hieb, September 22, 2017
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    How will Guilford commissioners vote on High Point stadium?

    For starters, the N&R’s Doug Clark reports (big deal) the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce has endorsed High Point’s proposed tax-increment financing plan for a downtown baseball stadium: It’s notable that Greensboro business leaders recognize that the county gains by High Point’s success. The project, centered on a city-owned ballpark,…
    Sam Hieb, September 21, 2017
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    Is Google Abusing Its Monopoly Power?

    In a lawsuit filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, social media upstart Gab AI accuses Google of illegal restraint of trade under the Clayton and Sherman antitrust acts. The news site Medium has the story: The lawsuit stems from…
    Jon Guze, September 19, 2017
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    Million-dollar golf cart paths

    The lede this Winston-Salem Journal story is enough — Winston-Salem explores new bond referendum …Especially when you get to the part where city leaders say the $139 million passed a mere three years ago was –as the Journal puts it—“a drop in the bucket.” But keep reading—in “other action,”…
    Sam Hieb, September 19, 2017
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    ‘Finish the Downtown Greenway in my lifetime’

    Rhino Times editor John Hammer on the progress of Greensboro’s downtown greenway: I won’t promise it but I will consider endorsing any City Council candidate who will sign an affidavit promising to finish the Downtown greenway in my lifetime. I’m 63 and seem to be in good health, so…
    Sam Hieb, September 18, 2017
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    Selling Winston-Salem’s Bowman Gray Stadium…..

    Winston-Salem Journal updates on the proposed sale of Bowman Gray Stadium from the City of Winston-Salem to Winston Salem State University. The city approved a resolution of intent to sell the stadium to WSSU in 2013, with a December 2018 timetable for the deal to be finalized. Two issues…
    Sam Hieb, September 15, 2017