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When your Social Studies teacher taught you that "the Constitution was written to protect our rights..." did it ever occur to you to wonder from whom we would need to be protected?
The move Thursday by a Wake County Superior Court judge to strike down the state's fledgling Opportunity Scholarships program is seen as a short-term setback by supporters of the private tuition vouchers.
"The Ice Bucket Challenge" formed a major trend last week in social media, raising donations in viral amounts for the ALS Association
As Republicans continue to portray Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan as joined at the hip to an unpopular President Obama, and with congressional approval ratings in the ditch, the freshman senator's best campaign strategy is to avoid national issues, political observers say.
Governor Pat McCrory applauded a new report issued by the Commission on Workforce Development that shows North Carolina can narrow the skills gap by increasing direct collaboration between critical industries and the state's job training programs.
Think you know the answer to this question? I thought they represented the business interests of the City of Washington and the surrounding community with an occasional foray into Beaufort County business interests.
Twenty-eight House Republicans bolted party ranks Tuesday, joining 26 Democrats to defeat an economic incentives program that some labeled "corporate welfare."
In one of its last actions for the 2014 legislative session, the House defeated a Senate proposal to restructure county sales taxes, with a number of House members voicing concerns and voting against the economic development components included in H1224
In May, Governor Pat McCrory signed an Executive Order establishing an Aviation Development Task Force for the state.
Former GOP legislator John Rhodes -- now a conservative independent is taking the fight directly to major party candidates Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis.
While vacationing on Oak Island this month my wife and I decided to visit the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.
Governor Pat McCrory and N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that CS Carolina, Inc. is expanding operations in Alamance County.

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Government

Publisher's note: The author of this post is Barry Smith, who is an associate editor for the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

As parents wait, backers of Opportunity Scholarships vow appeal
RALEIGH The move Thursday by a Wake County Superior Court judge to strike down the state's fledgling Opportunity Scholarships program is seen as a short-term setback by supporters of the private tuition vouchers. Even so, the ruling comes as parents were preparing to use those scholarships to send their children to private schools for the new school year.

The ruling by Judge Robert Hobgood leaves more than 5,000 children and their parents in limbo over whether they'll be able to afford a private school education for their children.

The Opportunity Scholarships program, created by the General Assembly and signed into law last year by Gov. Pat McCrory, provides lower-income parents with up... (read more)
Publisher's note: The author of this post is Barry Smith, who is an associate editor for the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

Measure pushed by Tillis, Berger, McCrory fails in bipartisan vote
RALEIGH Twenty-eight House Republicans bolted party ranks Tuesday, joining 26 Democrats to defeat an economic incentives program that some labeled "corporate welfare." It was a rebuke to House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, and Gov. Pat McCrory, all of whom championed the legislation.

The 47-54 vote against House Bill 1224 signaled that the end of the meandering 2014 "short session" of the General Assembly could be nigh, arriving perhaps as early as today.

The GOP leadership split on this bill, with Tillis, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, supporting the measure along with House Rules Committee Chairman Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, and H... (read more)

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Op-Ed & Politics

What is militarization doing to our police and to our attitudes toward them?

When your Social Studies teacher taught you that "the Constitution was written to protect our rights..." did it ever occur to you to wonder from whom we would need to be protected? And have you ever wondered who it is that is supposed to protect our rights?

My father was a volunteer fireman for 42 years, 18 of which he served as the Chief. For many of those years I went with him whenever the alarm went in. I remember very distinctly, because of the number of times he said it and the passion which was so obvious in his action, his number one job was not putting out fires but protecting the safety of "his men." (... (read more)
Publisher's note: The author of this post is Dan Way, who is an associate editor for the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

dPolitical observers say Democratic incumbent must shift focus from D.C.
RALEIGH — As Republicans continue to portray Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan as joined at the hip to an unpopular President Obama, and with congressional approval ratings in the ditch, the freshman senator's best campaign strategy is to avoid national issues, political observers say.

"I think in general trying to localize the race is probably the only strategy Hagan has. It doesn't seem like she has a tremendous number of options," said political science professor David McLennan at Me... (read more)
Publisher's Note: This article originally appeared in the Beaufort Observer.

Who does the Washington-Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce represent?

Think you know the answer to this question? I thought they represented the business interests of the City of Washington and the surrounding community with an occasional foray into Beaufort County business interests. It puzzles me that neither the business interests nor the public has heard even a peep from the Chamber about the proposal to move the jail and Sheriff's Office out to the City of Washington to a site located more than five miles to the south in the southwestern corner of Beaufort County. The jail controversy has been going on fo... (read more)

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Community

On Saturday, May 24, 2014 the Washington Police Department arrested Rodney Darnell Putney, age 25, of Washington Street Washington.
On March 17, 2014 the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office received a report of a sex offense against a minor that occurred at residences in Washington and Bath, NC.
Governor Pat McCrory signed an executive order today that creates a multi-agency task force aimed at reducing substance abuse and underage drinking. The Governor's Substance Abuse and Underage Drinking Prevention and Treatment Task Force will build on statewide prevention, treatment and...
The Carteret County Commissioners meeting today regarding the Mill Pond project, was an eclectic affair. This is the best of my recollection as to a summary of what transpired.
I am not a veteran. I only have the greatest respect for those who have served, unsurpassed by all professions that keep America safe and strong.
A Moore County man who was on probation for domestic violence charges is accused of killing his live-in girlfriend, whose body was found Wednesday near the entrance to the county landfill, authorities said.

Business

Press Release:

Report will help state government narrow the skills gap by data-driven strategies
Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory applauded a new report issued by the Commission on Workforce Development that shows North Carolina can narrow the skills gap by increasing direct collaboration between critical industries and the state's job training programs. The report was issued at the joint Education Cabinet and Commission on Workforce Development meeting held today at the McKimmon Center on the North Carolina State campus.

"As I travel the state and meet with businesses both small and large, sometimes a troubling theme is evident according to business owners – that workers don't have the skills that employers need," said Governor McCrory. "While the skills gap is a challenging problem, this report gives us sound, data-driven strategies for narrowing it. By doing all that we... (read more)

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The Region

Publisher's note: The author of this post, Dr. Baker, is a contributor to ECU News Services.

More than 26,000 ECU students are expected for the first day of classes Aug. 26. No doubt some of those students will take selfies as they move in, participate in orientation activities or attend the season's first football game. Many will post selfies with their new roommates, signaling a commitment to bond with this person, which could potentially have a positive impact on their relationship, says East Carolina University psychology assistant professor and social psychologist Dr. Michael Baker. Here, Baker offers five tips to help students make good choices when it comes to posting selfies:

Safety first! People's capacity to pay attention to the things that are happening around them is very limited. Focusing on the task of taking a selfie makes people less aware of their surroundings, which... (read more)

The Arts


A Fairy Tale for the Five Burroughs of New York ...

And for the rest of us a tall tale, with a rewarding story of complete unconditional love for the ages ... literally.

Peter Lake, played by Colin Ferrell, is a daring thief of consummate skill, who has yet to discover his purpose in this life. Until he does, he is cursed to continue on this temporal plane, enduring a long and meaningless life, but retaining his youthful countenance. It is both a curse and a blessing because Peter is a man of purposeful strong will, and his fated love for Beverly Penn, played by Jessica Brown Findlay (Lady Sybil /Downton Abbey), endures through the ages.

Standing in the way of Peter's immeasurable passion for 'his one true love' are two things: Beverly is terminally ill with a condition of a fluctuating fever that reaches temperatures of such extremes that only extreme cold can reduce it; and a... (read more)

If the Taliban is Evil, Navy SEALs are an Avenging Angel

Marcus Luttrell, with help from Author Patrick Robinson, wrote his titular story of his one life experience that would forever define who he was, who he is, and who he will remain. Unfortunately, the other three members of his fellow Navy SEALs, participating in their mission to engage the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2005, were not so fortunate. Rather than "Lone Survivor" being solely Marcus Luttrell's first-person story of survival against terrible odds, it is, moreover, the story of his fellow "brothers" in that fight, which went so terribly wrong, regardless of the extra-human heroism of these four Navy SEALs to survive.

These four members of SEAL Team 10: Lt. Michael Murphy, played by Taylor Kitsch; Gunner's Mate Second Class Danny Dietz, played by Emile Hirsch; Sonar Technician Second Class Matt 'Axe' Axelson, playe... (read more)

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Living

If you have been on any form of Social Media recently, you have most likely seen the "Ice Bucket Challenge". Usually if a "challenge" trend spreads over the internet, it results in many teenagers doing something stupid and getting injured; but it's okay because they gain more followers, because priorities are important and social media followers measures life success.

This challenge is different, in fact one of the few times I think big social networks caused something significant. The Ice Bucket Challenge is a social media campaign raising awareness and funding for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Research. The ALS Association defines the syndrome as "a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord." Every year approximately 5,600 more patients are diagnosed with ALS, with no boundaries it can happen to anyone at any age.

Here is... (read more)


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