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Tis the time of year when we think of "Peace on earth, good will toward men," so it was fitting that my yoga teacher opened one of our December classes by reading this text from ancient India.
The State Board of Education will consider again in February a proposal enabling failing traditional public schools to apply for an exemption easing some state regulations so they can operate more like charter schools.
After years of stalemate, 2015 was the year that Governor Pat McCrory and the state of North Carolina finalized the sale of the Dorothea Dix property to the City of Raleigh.
The 2016 centennial of North Carolina's state parks system will launch at Goose Creek State Park with a First Day Hike on Jan. 1, an opportunity to begin the New Year with exercise, family adventure and a reconnection with nature, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.
North Carolina lawmakers should take aim at the state's current system of depreciation, as they look for more ways to improve the tax code
New Years is just another day on the calendar, but we always seem to find a reason to look back and make resolutions looking forward.
What IS a Republican? Is it merely someone who marks an 'R' on their voter registration card? Is it someone who seeks to protect the common people from the excesses of government bureaucracy?
As you might suspect every activity within a gated community is covered by written and legally binding covenants, which are recorded in the County Office. I have run afoul several times of these very often-specific rules.
In recollecting 2015, I remember legendary CBS Newsman Walter Cronkite, who closed each evening's newscast by saying, "And that's the way it is..,".
A barrage of articles in the popular press points out the escalating cost of higher education, rising student debt levels, and the financial struggles many colleges and universities face
Some University of North Carolina system faculty members are outraged. They have been given only one across-the-board raise since 2011
Photographers seldom have all the components for an interesting photo and need a photo editing program to put the pieces of a puzzle together.
Another year soon passes and I watched Youtube interviews with Actor Sir Michael Caine who explained humorously how to adapt to aging.
This is technically a motorcycle and it won't make you a Hell's Angel, but it could make you the "eccentric old guy" who lives down the street and has never really grown up. It could also save you a ton of money.
Governor Pat McCrory encourages North Carolinians to ring in the New Year by visiting one of our treasured state parks to participate in a First Day Hike.
Since the days of Nebbia and West Coast Hotel, challenges to economic regulation have almost universally failed. Particularly in the realm of alcohol, where the State historically plays a role in regulating the distribution and consumption of an intoxicating product, it would be difficult to...
After decades of delays and court challenges, 2015 was the year that Governor Pat McCrory announced North Carolina will move forward with the Bonner Bridge Replacement Project with construction beginning in spring of 2016.
Governor Pat McCrory's efforts to make North Carolina the most military and veteran-friendly state in the nation is paying dividends.
Building on transformational reforms begun in 2011, North Carolina's elected leaders continued changes in 2015 to curtail spending, instill fiscal responsibility, rein in regulations, improve education, make government open and accountable, and create the best possible conditions for economic growth
No steel girders have been raised on the site of Greensboro's new downtown performing arts center, even though the cost of it already has.
North Carolinians now have a lot of neighbors, 10 million in fact, according to figures released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Here's our list of who we think has been naughty and nice this year
In Part 1, we looked at Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) enrollment as an indicator of the growing gap between the educational options now available at the traditional public schools and the options parents actually want for their children
Gov. Pat McCrory, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, and 2nd District U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers are among high-profile Republican incumbents who have drawn Republican primary opponents, but 54 other candidates were, in effect, elected to the General Assembly on Monday because nobody chose to run against...
Folks in New Hanover County have Tammy Covil. Out in the Asheville area, they've now got former county board of education member Lisa Baldwin.
Each year-end brings the usual look back on those that have passed during the year. Here is my incomplete list of Music Icons that have passed in last twelve months. The list was compiled extemporaneously during the year as the news was reported.
And so it continues, and we should all be so proud of the "congressional adults" who passed spending legislation that will keep government open for the next 9 months without a congressional shutdown ... Or Should we?
Governor Pat McCrory signed an executive order today to crack down on employee misclassification practices in North Carolina.
Over the next 12 months, expect to hear a great deal about the "Carolina Comeback." It will be the reelection theme for Gov. Pat McCrory and other Republican leaders.
The Democrats' victory, and Republican Ryan's defeat, was garishly displayed when his omnibus got more Democratic votes in the House and in the Senate than it got Republican votes.
11th-hour appeal to U.S. Supreme Court planned... The N.C. Supreme Court on Friday reaffirmed its earlier ruling that congressional and legislative redistricting maps drawn by the Republican-controlled General Assembly in 2011 are constitutional, although the plaintiffs bringing the lawsuit plan...
The Force Awakens is an outstanding return to the Star Wars franchise.
Walk into the Pitt County Care Clinic on any given Sunday afternoon and you will see a group of enthusiastic yet nervous medical students huddled together, chatting to ease their nerves. Each of them is ready to experience their first dose of patient interaction.
Don't you just love it when politicians who know NOTHING about a subject try to lecture people who DO KNOW something about a subject? Law enforcement and military folks get more than their fair share of it. And so do businesspeople.
A key Senate Republican is looking into whether Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) discussed classified information during Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate.
We've provided a lot of coverage to the saga of Gene Nichol, the alleged law professor at UNC, who appears to do little more with his six-figure salary than publish articles bashing Republicans.
Every year, my organization, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), issues its annual Spotlight on Speech Codes report in which we rate the speech codes of more than 400 of the largest and most prestigious colleges and universities in America using a red, yellow, and green light s
"Diversity" is the new slogan under which academics and their institutions march. But what is it? What does it mean? How will we know when we have achieved a sufficient amount?
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