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June 23, 2017

State lawmakers said they were shocked at the findings of a five-part investigative series by The Charlotte Observer into North Carolina's prison system — as well they should be.

The series found a hidden world of drugs, sex and gang violence, sometimes abetted by correctional officers.

This…


Water quality in question

June 23, 2017

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.

No, don’t cue the theme from “Jaws.” We’re talking about much smaller, quieter menaces lurking in the water of the Cape Fear River. But those threats to our health show us one good reason why it’s folly to…


A victory for party, not Trump

June 23, 2017

What we learned from Tuesday's special congressional election in Georgia is that there is no magical solution to the country's Trump problem. This will be a long fight.

Karen Handel's victory over Democrat Jon Ossoff was not an endorsement of the president. It was a personal and party success…


N.C. Treasurer Dale Folwell's quick response

June 23, 2017

"I have just spent a couple of hours trying to negotiate the State Health Plan eligibility exercise and am still steaming about the difficulty I had following its directions. Others may have a better experience, but I kept thinking about others less well equipped and the time and frustration…