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    Charlotte greenway comes up $77 million short. Council members are stunned….

    Outraged…..embarrassed…disappointed. Charlotte Observer reports the city’s Cross Charlotte Trail—a 26-mile pedestrian and bicycle trail from Pineville to UNC Charlotte—has a $77 million funding gap: Now, the plan’s future is murky, with no clear source of funding to close the gap and no consensus on City Council about whether to…
    Sam Hieb, January 11, 2019
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    W-S property owner calls for removal of Confederate statue

    In case you’ve missed, there has been yet another controversy brewing over a Confederate statue, this one in Winston-Salem. On Dec. 31, the city–represented by Mayor Allen Joines, called for the removal of a downtown statue owned by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, citing “concerns over confrontation and violence”…
    Sam Hieb, January 10, 2019
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    Greensboro ‘food desert rescuer’ closes its doors

    The Renaissance Community Cooperative—which received generous help from local government and nonprofit groups to help to alleviate the ‘food desert’ that is supposedly northeast Greensboro—announced it will close on January 25th: The city spent a decade trying to lure a grocer to that area, which had been without one…
    Sam Hieb, January 10, 2019
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    Yet another absentee ballot controversy–this time in state House 103

    Charlotte Observer reports the N.C. Values Coalition is urging North Carolina House officials not to seat incoming state Rep. Rachel Hunt, a Democrat who defeated incumbent Republican Bill Brawley by 68 votes in the House District 103 race. You guessed it—the coalition is citing absentee ballot irregularities. In…
    Sam Hieb, January 9, 2019
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    At Last — Some Good News About Copyrights

    No, Etta James’ 1960 classic recording hasn’t entered the public domain, and the original score by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren hasn’t entered it either. Nevertheless, quite a few works will enter the public domain in 2019, and, as Duke’s Center for the Study of Public Domain reports,…
    Jon Guze, January 8, 2019
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    Charlotte will allow more scooters—with more rules

    Charlotte Observer reports the city will allow more electric scooters on its streets but with “rules to cap speeds, ban sidewalk riding from a big chunk of uptown and charge scooter rental companies a new fee.” The proposed rules, which the City Council could vote on as soon as…
    Sam Hieb, January 8, 2019
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    Guilford County Schools $1 billion bond in 2020?

    If you think the 2020 election won’t be a big enough hoot, the only thing that could make it a bigger hoot—at least here in Greensboro—would be if a $1 billion bond for Guilford County Schools were on the ballot. The Rhino Times’ Scott Yost probes that possibility: Before…
    Sam Hieb, January 4, 2019
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    Traffic circle debate–in Oak Ridge

    It should be noted from the start that Oak Ridge-is a town of 7,000 people. On the flip side—it is a growing Greensboro suburb and —as the Rhino Times points out– “heavily visited retail areas in town have gotten more crowded over the years and some type of road…
    Sam Hieb, December 31, 2018