The Editors' Blog
Posted by Dan Barkin on July 10, 2014
I saw a story online today from my old newspaper, The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, about the death of Arthur Walker a few days ago.
Some of you old-timers may remember Art and his brother, John, who were caught in 1985 operating one of the most damaging espionage rings in U.S. history, out of the Norfolk area.
John Walker handed over military secrets to the Soviet Union starting in the late ‘60s, when he was in the Navy. After years as a solo act, John recruited his brother following Art’s retirement from the Navy and subsequent employment at a military contractor. John also persuaded his son, Michael, to enlist in the Navy to gain access to more secrets.
Posted by Steve Riley on July 4, 2014
Coming this weekend: The News & Observer takes aim at the vexing questions surrounding North Carolina's Medicaid program. The series, "Critical Condition," will puncture some myths and dig deep on NC Medicaid problems.
Posted by Dan Barkin on July 2, 2014
I pulled into town here to work at this newspaper 18 years ago this month. My first day of work was on Monday, July 15, 1996. Three days earlier, a hurricane named Bertha had walloped the coast and counties inland.
Posted by Dan Barkin on June 30, 2014
CNBC has ranked North Carolina as one of the top states for business. Aside from the absolute accuracy of the North Carolina ranking, I have a few concerns about this survey.
Posted by Dan Barkin on June 9, 2014
President Obama took action Monday that he said would help some 5 million more borrowers lower the monthly payments on their student loans. This is probably a smart issue to focus on, because there are a lot of folks out there who owe a lot of money.
Posted by Dan Barkin on May 29, 2014
Some pundits worry about the declining Labor Force Participation Rate, the percentage of people 16 and older who are either working or unemployed but looking for work. One paper says its not all about discouraged workers.