February 27, 2017

Iraqi government forces last week launched a crucial campaign to retake the western side of Mosul, the Islamic State's largest remaining urban stronghold. U.S. planes and special forces were providing critical close-up support for a battle that commanders believe could drag on for months.


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February 27, 2017

Many North Carolina residents are unhealthy.

The facts have been documented extensively: Diabetes, stroke, heart disease, lung cancer and many other diseases take a heavy toll. Obesity and smoking are leading contributors. Poverty and lack of regular medical care for many let chronic ailments…


February 26, 2017

Pitt County School administrators knew they scored big when they were selected for participation in a three-year grant program to retain top teachers, but they didn’t know how big.

The N.C. Educational Endowment Fund program provides salary supplements and other money to 10 school systems…


February 25, 2017


To Pitt County Commissioners for voting to end the assessment of a dog licensing fee on owners when they vaccinated their animals for rabies. In theory, it seems like a good idea to collect money from pet owners and sportsmen to help pay for the county’s animal shelter and animal…


February 24, 2017

President Donald Trump can no longer dodge and distract from the cold reality that his administration has granted a platform for white supremacists and anti-Semites to advance their twisted causes. His failure to lead has helped members of the “alt-right” expand their reach.

On Tuesday,…

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February 23, 2017

President Donald Trump doesn’t want to kill Big Bird. He just thinks it’s time this 47-year-old dependent left the nest.

A White House document obtained by the New York Times indicates Trump will consider eliminating nine federal programs, including the Corporation for Public…


February 22, 2017

In normal times, the State Department holds a daily briefing, like the White House, to respond to urgent developments around the globe. But there hasn't been one in weeks.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is now on his first trip abroad, but no permanent deputy has been nominated. Hard-working…


February 21, 2017

President Trump’s aggressive executive order on unauthorized immigrants is controversial, to say the least. But there may be one thing about it on which some in this fight can agree: The public needs full transparency on the program. As it is now, people are being rounded up and we…

Immigration Arrests

February 20, 2017

The craft brewing boom in Charlotte and across North Carolina is not only a great business story, but an example of good government.

The explosion of fine local breweries — the Charlotte area now has more than two dozen — wouldn’t have happened without the N.C. legislature…


February 19, 2017

A 4-2 vote by the Greenville City Council to seek protections for property owners along Evans Street from a planned widening of the road favored residents in one part of town while ignoring many others.

The vote, which holds no real authority over the N.C. Department of Transportation, said the…

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