News Reports (Page 642)

  • Outstanding Issues Facing Ballance

    RALEIGH — While State Auditor Ralph Campbell's report provides a review of how the John A. Hyman Foundation operated, there are still several issues related to foundation chairman and U.S. Rep. Frank Ballance that have not been resolved. They include a failure to file reports with the IRS, allegations of…

  • NC Congressman Joins CBS Protest

    RALEIGH — U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-7th District, joined 32 Republican congressmen last week to denounce reporting by “CBS Evening News” that connected homeschooling to child abuse. The House members signed a letter Oct. 22 to CBS News President Andrew Heyward stating they “were deeply offended by the recent ‘Eye…

  • Audit Missed Some Hyman Funding

    RALEIGH — Missing from the state auditor’s report on the John A. Hyman Foundation last week was $140,000 the nonprofit group received from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. State Auditor Ralph Campbell’s critical report on the foundation headed by U.S. Rep. Frank Ballance listed a total of…

  • Students Allege Bias in Professor

    RALEIGH — In the latest example of alleged bias on campus, students at Elon University say an introductory sociology course offered a one-sided presentation, political invective, and intolerance of dissent manifested in public criticism and adverse grades. “What I learned in the class,” one wrote, “was that men are all…

  • State Plans Fight for Military Bases

    CHARLOTTE — State officials plan to conduct a summit of local officials from communities that have military bases Nov. 13 at Ft. Bragg. With another round of base closings less than two years away, the summit is meant to show North Carolina’s support for the military. Only California and Texas…

  • An Interview With David Hartgen

    RALEIGH — David Hartgen, a University of North Carolina at Charlotte professor of transportation studies, recently completed a study for the John Locke Foundation on highways and sprawl in the state. He found that contrary to the belief of many city planners and public officials in North Carolina, highway projects…

  • 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…