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Phil Berger, the Republican president pro tem of the N.C. Senate, is stretching and twisting and perhaps even inventing the facts on federal health care reform, in an attempt, perhaps, to build a list of supporters for a future U.S. Senate campaign.

Modified: 02/12/13 11:41:36 PM

The State Board of Education is right to encourage school districts in North Carolina that allow corporal punishment, or spanking, to drop the practice.

Modified: 02/12/13 11:41:20 PM

Pope Benedict XVI will resign Feb. 28, ending a papacy that began in 2005. This is good news for Benedict, who is 85, weary and in need of rest. And good news for the papacy. By becoming the first pope to resign in nearly 600 years, Benedict broke what had become a stifling custom of popes remaining at the head of the church until they died.

Modified: 02/13/13 04:05:21 AM

NC Central University has a new chancellor who will be the first woman named permanently to the position. Debra Saunders-White has a professional background that should prepare her for the tasks of raising standards and in particular helping the school face new technological changes.

Modified: 02/13/13 04:05:54 AM

Chuck Hagel, nominee for Secretary of Defense, says he’ll be vigilant on the Camp Lejeune water contamination issue.

Modified: 02/10/13 02:36:13 PM

The Department of Transportation has a new head in Secretary Tony Tata, and he acted quickly on a snfau regarding toll roads and transponders.

Modified: 02/10/13 02:38:54 PM

State officials report trash in North Carolina is at its lowest level in 20 years. Certainly the economic downturn has something to do with it, but it's also likely that increased recycling is responsible. At least, let's hope so.

Modified: 02/10/13 02:32:29 PM

Joe Bryan, the chairman of the Wake County Board of Commissioners, stopped by The News & Observer last week to explain why the board’s Republican majority decided to seek changes in state law regarding how the Wake County school board operates.

Modified: 02/08/13 07:19:47 PM

February has never been accused of being dull. It’s a whimsical month that keeps mixing days of sleet and gale with short intermissions of sunshine.

Modified: 02/08/13 07:20:47 PM

A report on the now-infamous academic fraud scandal at UNC-Chapel Hill at least asks why in the midst of all those phony courses in the African studies curriculum no one raised a caution flag.

Modified: 02/09/13 10:06:13 PM

A Republican lawmaker looks at wholesale changes in the appointment of state board and commissions, some of them regulatory, and quick change would produce confusion, especially with terms of incumbents simply ending. The point? It appears it might be to rid these bodies of Democratic appointees immediately, which would not be good public policy.

Modified: 02/09/13 10:03:48 PM

The hiring of lobbyists by the Wake County commissioners and the school board represents a new low in the often-strained relationship between the boards.

Modified: 02/07/13 07:42:04 PM

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