Slow News / No News Friday

Don't let the title fool you. There's plenty of serious news going on. I'm just not in the mood to write about it today. I thought you might enjoy a few links to interesting articles from around the state. If you've found an interesting article that's worth linking to add it in the comments.

In Charlotte there was a huge fire Wednesday night at a uniform company. Two firefighters were hurt. In today's Charlotte Observer there's a very nice piece about the firefighter who was injured the worst. He's going to be fine and is ready to get back to work in spirit. The piece isn't really about him as much as it is about the fire.

Meet me on the flip side for articles from around the state....

We sometimes talk about the courts being stacked with right wing conservatives who will ignore personal freedoms....maybe even the entire Constitution. Here's one that isn't and doesn't. A man received 20 months for burning a cross. "Cross burning remains a vicious symbol of hatred and cannot be tolerated," Wan Kim, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's civil rights division, said in a news release. "All American families have the right to live where they choose, undisturbed by racist threats."

In Fayetteville, the 82nd Airborne had its division review. The Fayetteville Observer has this article, slideshow and video posted on its sight.

From the Raleigh News and Observer we see that Democrats are at it again...trying to lift up the working poor while the Republicans vote to line the pockets of business owners and suppress the income of those who need help lifting themselves out of poverty.

From the Greensboro News and Record we see a very nice multimedia piece on a gifted young musician and his teacher. Please click here and scroll down to "Music is their Bond".

The Winston-Salem Journal, one of the best online versions of print media in the state, has a heartwarming story about rural kids from Alleghany County getting a chance to go to college on scholarships. Lots of them.

The Asheville Citizen-Times, the other "best" online version of print media in the state, has the best story of the day. It's about raising money for an organization, Project Access, that helps low income and uninsured neighbors in Buncombe County receive better healthcare. The best part is the fundraiser involves eating chocolate, serious chocoate.

Among many items on the festival menu will be Chocolate Fetish's freshly dipped fruits and other products. The store's booth will also be taste-testing a new product with tropical fruit.

Anntony's restaurant will serve chocolate martinis; the Grove Corner Market will feature wines that pair well with chocolate, as well as chocolate beer; Pie in the Sky will offer pecan pie with chocolate ganache; Kamm's will dish up chocolate custard and; though not edible, Bath Junkie will create custom chocolate bath products; and Oh! Chocolat will host a tasting of French chocolatier Michel Cluizel's chocolates from five different cocoa plantations.

Oh My! I might get to meet Screwy and Daniel earlier than I thought.


Comma Coma

I just re-read what I wrote this morning. Maybe it was because I went to bed at 3:30am and woke up at 5:30am to get Katie on the Amtrak heading toward Raleigh that I'm too tired to use proper punctuation. Please accept my apologies. I promise to pull out my books from J-school and polish up my efforts.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I love my new mug

This is so random...but just had to say I love my "takeaction" cafe press mug from the BlueNC store. They did a good job applying the graphic to the mug.

I'm going to go clean the attic today. What are you going to do?

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I couldn't live without my attic

I will have so much storeage in the new house I will work for years going to auctions just to fill it with junk....:)

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

More news

From the Greensboro News & Record: The Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission releases its report on the November 1979 shootings between the Ku Klux Klan and the Communist Workers Party.

The report is nice, although I'm sure it is going to be causing controversy.

One thing I found kind of wierd and confusing (at least to me) was the fact that the Commission is pushing, as a part of its report, a living wage.

I did a little post on my blog about that... What does a living wage have to do with a shoot-out between two radical groups (one left, one right) back in the 70s? Or is it that the Commission was started and led by people with ties to the Communist Workers Party? Just some questions... maybe somebody in Greensboro (or anyone else for that matter who has at least been following the story more closely) can fill me in.

Oh yeah... the living wage thing isn't mentioned in the N&R article, it is in a report from NPR.

Matt Hill Comer | The Q-triad Blog

Some questions answered

Over at my blog that has been some bit of good discussion, along with clarifications, corrections and questions answered in regard to the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Sadly enough... some of the info in the NPR report is debated as being false.

Matt Hill Comer | The Q-triad Blog