Category: Civil Society

  • STEM-oriented organizations partner to mentor students

    Sigma Xi — the Scientific Research Honor Society — and STEM in the Park are teaming up to help promote science, technology, engineering, and math studies in North Carolina. The goal is to ensure every STEM professional or teacher gets career support while also ensuring every child gets…

  • There’s no such thing as a universal right to health care

    The power to grant a right to health care is the right to deny it. Anyone who doubts the universal truth of this statement need look no further than the case of 11-month-old British citizen Charlie Gard, who had been on life support with a rare brain disease and recently passed. In November,…

  • Company-sponsored apprenticeships help solve labor shortages

    DURHAM — A traditional four-year college degree isn’t the only path to a successful career. Simon Mitchell would know. Mitchell, who is 20, is an apprentice at Cary-based Buhler Aeroglide, a European manufacturing company. In 2014, Mitchell joined Mason Hurlbut and Luke Fouts to participate in Buhler’s apprenticeship pilot…

  • Price-gouging law applies to businesses in Outer Banks

    A state of emergency in Dare and Hyde counties puts into effect a state law protecting people from price gouging, The law halts restrictions for truck drivers delivering supplies to the islands, and customers can get refunds if businesses take advantage of the emergency to…

  • Reversing the U.S. slip-and-slide in math

    Here’s a new math fact for a new school year: The U.S. will launch the year at the back of the global classroom. Other countries have surged ahead, populating a global STEM pipeline that teems with talent. Yet despite hundreds of billions of dollars in annual education spending and years…

  • Campus free speech bill heads to governor

    RALEIGH — North Carolina lawmakers have given the green light to a bill protecting free speech at public universities. In a 34-11 vote, House Bill 527, Restore/Preserve Free Speech, passed the Senate on Wednesday. The House, which passed H.B. 527 in April, on Thursday voted 77-34 to concur with the Senate’s revised version of the bill. H.B. 527 requires the University of North Carolina Board of Governors…