It should be a story that tears at the hearts of all parents, including most especially those who could anticipate the canceling of school in many parts of North Carolina with a trip to the grocery store. There, they loaded up with provisions both nutritious and fun, figuring their kids would be playing with vigor in the snow and working up big appetites.
His nickname was "Africa," some in the Los Angeles skid row section said. One person took a cell phone video of the man's confrontation with multiple officers, who were, according to early reports, there to get him to move his tent off a sidewalk.
Thomas Friedman: Now that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made his case on Iran before Congress, with all the circus atmosphere it involved, let’s get to the serious questions: What is America’s interest in striking a deal with Iran? Because our interests and Israel’s are not fully aligned. What is the minimum we need to satisfy our interests? And how should we balance the critiques of our policy from the serious Bibi versus the cynical Bibi?
Jennifer Rubin: Obama actually is capitulating entirely after years of saying that negotiations would make clear Iran had to give up its nuclear ambitions. It was his argument that Iran wanted to be included in the family of nations, and later (after he opposed sanctions) his argument was that sanctions had forced Iran to the table. But now he concedes all that was wrong. In his very odd response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech, Obama did not dispute he is making these huge concessions and he did not argue they are wise. Instead, he argued Netanyahu said nothing new.
In July, Judge Orlando Hudson threw out Darryl Howard’s convictions in two North Carolina slayings and said Howard should be released from prison while prosecutors decided whether to retry him. Nine months have passed, and Howard still isn’t home. Now the NC Supreme Court has to decide whether Howard can go home to his family while the state’s appeal goes forward.
Larry Wooten: E-Verify can be a useful part of our nation’s immigration system, but it should not be forced into a broken system with the expectation that it will fix all the problems. The first thing that Congress can do to help NC farmers and begin the process of reforming our immigration system is to implement a usable agricultural worker program.
Regarding the March 4 news article “Petraeus agrees to plead guilty”: All my life I have regarded the word of a commissioned officer of the U.S. armed services as being as good as gold if not better. But no more: David Petraeus has destroyed my simple, unquestioning faith in an officer’s word. What happened to him between his cadet days at West Point and the arrival of Paula Broadwell?
I was pleased to see Jim Jenkins’ Feb. 19 column “Good kicking and screaming” extolling the benefits of the Korean martial art Taekwondo. Specifically, he listed discipline and physical fitness as two of the benefits that children receive from their studies at such a studio.
Columbus County, two hours due south of Raleigh in a rural, underemployed region of North Carolina, might seem an unlikely place for a satellite of the state Museum of Natural Sciences. But that’s exactly why it has become home to its own museum branch.
Dana Milbank: A slide projected onto the wall at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee gathering Monday contained a warning to delegates: “AIPAC is Bipartisan,” it said, next to an image of a Democratic donkey and Republican elephant in boxing gear. “Check your gloves at the door.” They checked their gloves, all right – but less to practice bipartisanship than to pummel the Obama administration with bare knuckles. In the brawl between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Iran nuclear negotiations, AIPAC has joined congressional Republicans in siding wholeheartedly with the Israeli hard-liner.
Froma Harrop: Net neutrality won the day in Washington, and that wasn’t supposed to happen. Republicans indignantly opposed regulating Internet service, currently dominated by a few cable giants. Texas Republican Ted Cruz called it “Obamacare for the Internet” (in his world, fightin’ words). So why, when the FCC said the Internet would be treated as a public utility, like telephone lines, did Republicans retreat rather than battle on?
On Wednesdaynew Chief Justice Mark Martin will speak to NC lawmakers. And if he’s honest, he will revive the message: North Carolina’s judicial branch operates on a shoestring, and justice is at stake. The judicial branch may be one of three equal branches of government in civics class. In North Carolina’s reality, there’s nothing equal about the funding. The court system receives $464 million from the state – just 2.2 percent of the general fund budget. More than half of that comes from revenue the courts themselves collect in fees and give to the state.
Over a year after the Dan River disaster, our Department of Environment and Natural Resources and our legislature should require that Duke remove the coal ash from the dangerous, polluting Lee site. But yet another continuous source of pollution looms on the banks and tributaries of the Neuse: industrial hog operations, most of which are controlled by foreign corporate interests. Over 500 of the 2,000 industrial hog factories in North Carolina call the Neuse River Basin home. The 10 million hogs that live in our state produce roughly as much waste as 100 million people.