December 12, 2017

There could be one N.C. Supreme Court seat on the 2018 ballot. Or seven. Or none.

This uncertainty only 11 months before the election is astonishing. Yet it's indicative of the chaos state legislators are pushing into the courts.

The public must pay attention.

Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jackson…


December 11, 2017

Before the first fine was issued, a controversial red light camera scheme had already begun causing legal headaches for the city of Greenville.

Automated traffic enforcement cameras began generating $100 civil citations Wednesday following a 30-day warning period, but on Sept. 26, Greenville…


December 10, 2017

The number of warning tickets issued during the grace period of Greenville’s new red-light camera program clearly illustrates a problem that had already made itself abundantly clear to most drivers in the city: too many people run red lights.

Between Oct. 15 and Nov. 15, the program issued 3,…

December 09, 2017

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline will face many hurdles from gaining permits to burrowing through 600 miles of terrain from West Virginia through Virginia and North Carolina. But its biggest obstacle may be time.

The project is already more than a year behind schedule and now faces further delays as it…

December 09, 2017

Darts — To scammers, who steal from some of the most vulnerable members of society. Recent reports of a “grandparents scam” involved a local senior citizen who was taken for $13,500 by a caller who pretended to be his grandson. The best way to stop such thievery is to spread…


December 08, 2017

You know you have a problem when you’ve been president for less than 11 months and you’re already relying on Richard Nixon’s definition of what’s legal.

On Monday morning, the online news site Axios reported that Trump’s top personal lawyer, John Dowd, said in an…

Trump Russia Probe

December 07, 2017

Republican leaders in the General Assembly are upset at the prospect that a court-ordered plan to fix their unconstitutional gerrymandered voter districts might lead to some competitive races in 2018.

After all, Senate leader Phil Berger, House Speaker Tim Moore and their redistricting lieutenants…


December 06, 2017

The clang of the Salvation Army’s bells and the clink of coins in red kettles have returned to Belk stores after loyal shoppers expressed support for the charity’s Christmastime tradition.

Belk halted its partnership with the bell-ringing effort in hopes of promoting its Habitat for…


December 05, 2017

The national debt is $20 trillion and rising. That is the highest it has been as a slice of the economy since 1950. Now the Senate has approved a tax plan that would make the problem substantially worse while widening inequality and reducing access to health-care coverage. The current generation…


December 04, 2017

The state owed Meggan Callahan much better.

The medical examiner said her assailant threw hot or boiling water into her face, causing burns. Then he tried to cut her with a piece of glass. Finally, he hit her over the head with a fire extinguisher — many times — breaking her skull. The…

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