Archive: CJ Exclusives

  • America’s On & Off Space Program

    RALEIGH—The United States’ space program can be compared to a light switch without a dimmer, an associate editor of Carolina Journal said Monday. The program has only two positions: on and off. After the Columbia disaster Feb. 1, government officials and the media began re-examining U.S. space policy. The media…

  • Cartooning’s Equal Opportunity Offender

    RALEIGH — Calling himself “an equal opportunity offender,” nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist Doug Marlette says many people prefer that he be seen and not heard. Marlette, a resident of Hillsborough, showed a sampling from his 30 years in cartooning, and told the story behind some of them at a John…

  • After-School Program Fails to Deliver

    RALEIGH — Disappointing academic results have led to closer scrutiny of 21st Century Community Learning Centers, the nation’s largest federally funded after-school program. The Community Learning Centers were funded by Congress to boost academic achievement. A variety of academic and cultural enrichment activities have been part of the center’s approach.

  • Questions Plague State-Funded Group

    RALEIGH — The director of a Warren County nonprofit substance abuse program that has received at least $1.8 million from state taxpayers has refused repeated requests to turn over public financial records as required by law. An investigation by Carolina Journal indicates that the records probably don’t exist. Another newspaper…

  • Trouble at Raleigh’s Shaw University

    RALEIGH — Last fall Raleigh's Shaw University fired a professor for “disloyalty” and evicted a student from campus housing over a faculty resolution criticizing Shaw President Talbert O. Shaw and the Board of Trustees. In January the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education sent Shaw a letter about the controversy,…

  • Community Colleges Draw Scrutiny

    RALEIGH — In June, North Carolina legislators are scheduled to receive a study of how the state’s community colleges are funded and how they operate. The study will suggest ways to save on costs and streamline operations in the community colleges. It is being conducted by MGT of America Inc.,…

  • City Leader: Local Politics Can Be Tricky

    RALEIGH—Local politics, usually dealing with everyday occurrences such as trash pickup and parking concerns, can be surprisingly controversial, Raleigh City Councilman Neal Hunt said Monday. Hunt discussed a proposed new convention center in downtown Raleigh and the idea of subsidizing a downtown hotel that some deem vital to the success…

  • Reports Show Worrying Tax Trends

    RALEIGH — Two reports released today show how North Carolina’s tax burden is growing compared to other states and how this may be affecting economic recovery. In its 2003 projections of state and local tax burdens, the Tax Foundation ranked North Carolina 25th in the nation — representing a dramatic…

  • New Study Shows Gains from Choice

    RALEIGH — Most North Carolinians would say they continue to enjoy a large amount of personal freedom. But North Carolina is only a ‘partly free state,’ according to education researcher Dr. Jay Greene. His latest study placed North Carolina 27th in the nation. This middle-of-the-pack slot is an improvement over…

  • Responding to Obesity Epidemic

    RALEIGH — According to a recent assessment of American health and fitness by the U.S. government, “Fitness problems such as obesity and overweight have reached truly epidemic proportions in the United States.” In response, the North Carolina State Board of Education adopted a new physical activity policy at its meeting…