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Public hearings on Titan Cement tomorrow and Thursday

Here are the details:

The first two hearings will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday at the McKeithan Center on the North Campus of Cape Fear Community College, 4500 Blue Clay Road, Castle Hayne. The third hearing will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday in the Kenan Auditorium at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, 601 S. College Road.

I've been pretty impressed with the Star's coverage of a wide range of issues (including Titan), but to write an article about an upcoming public hearing, without mentioning that two citizens who previously spoke out are facing a SLAPP suit for doing so, is (at best) a gargantuan oversight:

The erosion of NC's icons continues

Opening the files on Mecklenburg County's eugenics practices:

Today, it is impossible to tease out the exact mix of good intentions and overzealous execution, prejudice and paternalism that let such a crusade run unchecked. But Kuralt had no regrets. In writings and interviews throughout his life, he described sterilization and birth control as the key to saving tax money and rooting out poverty among the "low mentality-low income families which tend to produce the largest number of children."

It's a long article, but worth the read. Some of the notes on individual patients reveal more about the writer than the patient:

Pope/Luddy continue to finance extremism on Wake School Board

And their newest protégée apparently doesn't like teh little brown people very much:

The site contains posts captured from Facebook that appear to have been made last year by Losurdo and her husband. It also claims Losurdo posted a "racist video full of Mexican stereotypes" that compares Mexican workers to the cartoon mouse "Speedy Gonzales."

I think it's about time we created a new category of this subjective sentiment, which I propose we label "Light-hearted Racism." You know, the kind that still hurts but is deniable:

Duke/Progress merger may be costlier than you think

And a big chunk is coming out of your pocket:

The chief executives of Duke Energy and Progress Energy said this afternoon their companies plan to seek rate increases soon to meet a deadline to recover severance payments that will be paid to employees who lose their jobs as a result of the utilities' merger.

Now, I can see the stockholders thinking this is a good idea, but the NC Utilities Commission should have torn up this request on sight. If they allow this fleecing, the Commission should be disbanded. And maybe a little tarring and feathering to boot.

Puppet professor tries to spin 10.4% unemployment

Oh yeah, everything's just fine:

Economists are still studying the data, but North Carolina State University economist Dr. Mike Walden said another report, which is given to employers, shows something different. He said that survey includes more accurate numbers and indicates there is less unemployment in the state.

What this (alleged) economist is referring to, which is supposed to be more accurate than actual people showing up at the ESC to file a claim, is a survey that employers fill out. Not a legal filing mind you, a survey. Here's the report:

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