Not for the first time, President Trump has perverted the presidential pardon power to benefit undeserving recipients with whom he shares a personal or political affinity. On Tuesday, the White House announced that Trump had commuted the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevic…

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Monday, February 24, 2020

So-called moderate Democrats in New Jersey and New York are flocking to the self-funded candidacy of billionaire Michael Bloomberg, pausing hardly at all, it seems, to consider — or remember — the suspect policies, especially in the realm of civil rights, that were so deeply troubling and th…

Saturday, February 22, 2020

To longtime businesses that bring character and charm to Greenville’s downtown. Case in point: Varsity Barbershop, owned by Patrick “Pat” Lynwood Moore, who for almost 52 years clipped away at his shop on Cotanche Street. The walls of his shop were filled with photographs of past customers. …

If Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred hated baseball and wanted to destroy it, he wouldn’t be acting any differently. America’s pastime needs new leadership, stat.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

NASA astronaut Christina Hammock Koch ended a lengthy tenure on the International Space Station this month when she and two colleagues returned to Earth, landing in a remote desert in the middle of Kazakhstan. Doing so, she put her name in the record books: the longest single spaceflight by …

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

NASA astronaut Christina Hammock Koch ended a lengthy tenure on the International Space Station this month when she and two colleagues returned to Earth, landing in a remote desert in the middle of Kazakhstan. Doing so, she put her name in the record books: the longest single spaceflight by …

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Duke Energy wants its customers to pay for the cleanup and disposal of millions of tons of toxic coal ash. The editorial board has long said that given Duke’s mishandling of coal ash, that cost should be paid by shareholders. More recently, N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein filed a formal app…

Monday, February 17, 2020

The good news for democracy Tuesday was that in New Hampshire they know how to count votes. That’s especially good news for Bernie Sanders, who was denied his election night TV time in Iowa last week but not this time as he narrowly won the Granite State. Whether that’s good news for the Dem…

Saturday, February 15, 2020

East Carolina University has 28,650 undergraduate and graduate students — 540 in the schools of medicine and dentistry. There are 2,075 full and part-time faculty — not to mention hundreds of administrators and staff.

To the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and A Time For Science for teaming up to to bring science education within reach of people in northeastern North Carolina. In a partnership announced Tuesday, A Time For Science has been named an official branch of the state museum. The move w…

Thursday, February 13, 2020
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

State programs and efforts by private organizations have reduced North Carolina’s infant mortality rate to its lowest ever, but the state still has a stubborn problem with high levels of black infant mortality. According to 2018 statistics, black babies are more than twice as likely to die t…

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

On Jan. 31, with Americans focused on President Trump’s impeachment trial, the coronavirus and the upcoming Iowa caucuses, the Trump administration announced it was adding six more countries to the list of those whose citizens face travel restrictions to the United States. The given reason w…

Monday, February 10, 2020

A week can be an eon in politics, and in a week, we have come from the likelihood of super Tuesday deciding the Democratic presidential nominee to the prospect of a brokered convention.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s act of rebellion during President Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night came from her sense of political savvy. Fred Guttenberg‘s act of rebellion came from the heart, a heart in pain, a heart irrevocably broken.

Sunday, February 09, 2020
Friday, February 07, 2020
Wednesday, February 05, 2020

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office issued yet another warning last week that the federal government is heading down a dangerous fiscal path, racking up debt at an alarming rate. The CBO projects that deficits will average $1.3 trillion a year over the coming decade, with the economy…

Tuesday, February 04, 2020
Monday, February 03, 2020

News that the North Carolina Association of Educators is seeking input about a possible strike over teacher pay prompted opposing views from the state’s largest newspapers:

Saturday, February 01, 2020

To the City of Greenville’s top priorities — including expanding the economic hub of eastern North Carolina through proactive economic development and job creation, improving local infrastructure and expanding artistic, cultural and recreational opportunities. Officials identified $92.5 mill…

Friday, January 31, 2020

Tap water across the United States is contaminated to a much higher degree than previously known by toxic chemicals, according to a new report released on Jan. 22 by the Environmental Working Group.