News Reports (Page 661)

  • Primaries Don’t End GOP Division

    RALEIGH — The North Carolina Republican Party went into the July 20, 2004 primaries divided. It emerged divided. In the primary for governor, North Carolina Republicans showed no clear preference among the leading candidates, giving former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot and former NC Senate minority Patrick Ballantine of Wilmington nearly…

  • Interests Clash Over Calendar

    RALEIGH — While North Carolina’s coastal tourism industry celebrates legislation that extends the summer vacation season by preventing public schools from opening before Aug. 25, school boards and advocates around the state are angry at what they view as a quest for cash at the expense of students. “It’s steamrolling…

  • City Targets Camera Vans at Speeders

    CHARLOTTE — While several NC cities use cameras to monitor intersections for red-light runners, Charlotte is taking the concept a step further and using cameras to catch speeders. The test program was approved by the General Assembly last year. Since late June, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has been operating three…

  • Preferences Initiative Wins Battle

    RALEIGH — On June 11, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled unanimously in favor of the petition language for the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, a ballot initiative that would prevent the state from using racial preferences in public university admissions or state employment or contracting. The ruling overturns a lower-court…

  • NC Job Growth Revised Downward

    RALEIGH — Last month, Gov. Mike Easley announced that North Carolina had gained 13,400 new jobs in May. The announcement was a noted departure from standard practice, and Easley took the opportunity to link his policies to the employment gain. But the governor may not be so eager to continue…

  • Iraqi-American Discusses War

    RALEIGH — Dr. Maha Alattar has a perspective on Iraq that’s different from the one reported by national media. Unlike American journalists, Dr. Alattar is a native of Iraq and offers an unusually insightful version of what is happening in her country. Alattar is an assistant professor of neurology at…

  • Brainy Issues in the Schools

    RALEIGH — Are you a left-brain learner or a right-brain learner? Are you visual, auditory, or kinesthetic? It makes a difference, some say, in how you absorb, retrieve, and communicate information. In May 2004, the State Board of Education invited Dr. Mel Levine, pediatrician, author, and director of the Clinical…

  • Parties Vie in Mecklenburg

    The 2004 elections for the Mecklenburg County Commission offer both residents and outside observers some intriguing lessons about intra-party tensions and the issues shaping local politics.

  • Killings Shock Wilmington Campus

    CHAPEL HILL — In the span of a month, two killings have shocked the college community at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, leading to questions regarding the UNC system’s admission policies as well as campus security. In both cases, the accused murderers allegedly stalked their student victims before killing them.

  • County Manager Steve Wyatt

    Moore County Manager, Steve Wyatt, has served local governments in the Carolinas since the early 80’s. In 1990, Wyatt was named Assistant County Manager of Catawba County. While there, Wyatt was instrumental in implementing a garbage to energy generation program at the county landfill; performance-based budgeting; a regional multi-county jail…