News Reports (Page 573)

  • With the Boots on the Ground

    RALEIGH — Author Karl Zinsmeister, speaking at a luncheon last week in Raleigh, discussed his experiences during the Iraq war as a embedded reporter with the 82nd Airborne. He said that the war often tested soldiers' ability to make clear moral choices, such as when the enemy hid behind women…

  • Funny Papers at Duke, UNC-CH

    RALEIGH—In the summer of 2003, libraries at two highly reputed research institutions received significant “rare books” donations. Comic books, role-playing games, and board games, to be exact. Professors are already discussing how to use the resources. “[C]omics can offer a window on topics such as notions of masculinity and where…

  • County-Subsidized Arena Falls Short

    CHARLOTTE — In the 1990s, Cumberland County joined many other communities in building a new sports and entertainment arena. While the Crown Coliseum is a state-of-the-art facility, one thing has been lacking: enough events drawing enough people for the building to break even. Through August, the county spent $748,471 on…

  • Insurance Dept. Audit Finds Flaws

    RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Insurance failed to deposit and process checks totaling more than $300,000 in accordance with state guidelines, the State Auditor’s Office reports. Failure to properly process the checks exposed the division to misappropriation of funds, the report said. In addition, the state lost the…

  • Speaker: Let’s Redefine Public Education

    RALEIGH — Public education needs a new definition, the CEO of the Education Leaders Council said recently at a luncheon on the campus of North Carolina State University. Lisa Graham Keegan, a former superintendent of the Arizona public school system, said that lack of improvement in public schools is the…

  • DOE Affirms Campus Free Speech

    RALEIGH — The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education recently issued a resounding affirmation of free-speech rights on college campuses. Assistant Secretary Gerald Reynolds addressed concerns that anti-discrimination policies required restricting speech. “Some colleges and universities have interpreted OCR’s prohibition of ‘harassment’ as encompassing all offensive…

  • DSS Case Sets Precedent

    RALEIGH — The Home School Legal Defense Association says that the North Carolina Supreme Court’s precedent-setting Stumbo ruling — involving a home-schooling family's refusal to allow social workers to interview children privately — has already affected another action by child-protection services. The Court ruled in July that the DSS actions…

  • “Loser Pays” Already Used in Land Cases

    RALEIGH — In general, each side of a legal dispute in North Carolina covers its own costs in pursuing or defending against lawsuits. The General Assembly has, however, approved some exceptions to this rule. One applies in condemnation proceedings, in which it is possible for the winning side to make…

  • TV Agency Saved from Budget Ax

    RALEIGH — An agency whose budget was slashed in mid-year 2002, and was recommended for elimination by the governor this year, was rescued by the General Assembly in the new budget. For years, the Agency for Public Telecommunications had produced public-affairs program airing on statewide cable. Then Executive Director Leila…

  • Jones, Others Target Liberal Judges

    RALEIGH — The Christian Coalition of America unveiled a campaign Wednesday to collect more than 1 million signatures on petitions that demand Congress “take America back” from left-wing activists. The coalition and four members of the U.S. House held a press conference in Washington and specifically targeted “runaway left-wing judges”…