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    United in justice for NC eugenics victims

    The compensation statute should be broadly construed to recognize that county welfare workers were acting under color of state law and in harmony with North Carolina’s eugenics policy and that anyone who was victimized by those local agents are the very people to whom this compensation statute...

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    Why the antagonism against Airbnb? Government should help helpers

    State and local governments have met Airbnb with antagonism, seeking to limit its operations or shut it down. Just this week, the attorney general of New York issued a report insisting that a majority of Airbnb’s operations in New York City are illegal. Uber, Lyft and similar services that...

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    Monica Lewinsky and lessons in surviving cyber shame

    Few of us will be subjected to a Monica Lewinsky-level public shaming. But many of us, and many of our children, will suffer Internet-enabled slings and arrows. Since Lewinsky’s moment, the mechanisms for humiliation and the venues for abuse have multiplied. Imagine her episode in the age...

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    When cruelty comes to the fair, NC should stop it

    The NC State Fair is meant to support best practices in agriculture and animal husbandry. The deliberate torture, or “soring,” of Tennessee walking horses to force the artificial, high-stepping “big lick” gait is the antithesis of best practices and is contrary to everything...

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    Money, mental health care, Medicaid and what works for NC

    Mental illness and addiction are equal opportunity maladies. They strike rich and poor, young and old, famous and anonymous. Any comprehensive approach to treating mental illness must address huge gaps in both private and public insurance coverage that put optimal treatment out of reach for far ...

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    Police stops, brake lights and ignorance of the law

    The Fourth Amendment protects against unreasonable search and seizure. It’s come to mean that a police officer needs a good reason to stop a vehicle – he can’t do so just because he doesn’t like the looks of the driver. Making an improper stop creates a poisoned tree from...

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    Ebola didn’t have to kill my uncle

    Our nation will never mourn the loss of my uncle, Thomas Eric Duncan, who was in this country for the first time to visit his son, as my family has. But our nation and our family can agree that what happened at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas must never happen to another family.

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    Democracy in danger: Slide toward plutocracy may not stop until we take our rights seriously

    By both legal and illegal maneuvers, other democratic leaders around the world managed to create systems of quasi-electoral processes that made certain they would be perpetually in power. I fear that current elected officials have begun a similar campaign that will result in giving them immeasurable...

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    Sex, birth control and laying a trap for the poor

    America is turning into a two-track society when it comes to fertility decisions, with high-income, highly educated Americans availed of better and more options. Nearly 9 in 10 young, unwed adults have had sex, which is why subsidies for family planning services make good sense.

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    Police make progress in Fayetteville shooting death against big odds

    The police earn big cheers for this one: Five young men are in jail, facing charges related to the Sept. 27 murder of 16-year-old Joseph Braxton III. The cops caught them with little help from the public. They did it with good police and forensics work.

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