Budget standoff in historic territory

The latest state budget extension – the third of the ongoing lawmaking session – has set a new deadline of Sept. 18 for final passage of a state budget that was supposed to take effect on July 1.

Why it’s hard to get behind Black Lives Matter

Barbara Reynolds: The baby boomers who drove the success of the civil rights movement want to get behind Black Lives Matter, but the group’s divisive tactics make it difficult. In the 1960s, activists confronted white mobs and police with dignity and decorum. At protests today, it is difficult to distinguish legitimate activists from the mob actors who burn and loot.

This week's circulars

he Nepal Center of North Carolina hosted a 5K Sunday and raised about $15,000 to build an elementary school in central Nepal. The country was devastated by an April 7.8 magnitude earthquake and a May aftershock. More than 8,800 people lost their lives, and nearly 600,000 homes were destroyed. Another 280,000 homes were damaged.