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  • Reply to: If you're reading a Nicholas Sparks novel, you might want to burn it   13 hours 39 min ago

    The lawsuit was filed almost five years ago, and the fact it revolves around a North Carolina school (albeit private) should have made this at least page 2 material, if not the front page of newspapers.

    It's probably me. I generally avoid news not related to politics, because I don't care about who's being traded to the Mets, or who is this week's darling on America's Greatest Bachelor. But if this story was shuffled over into the entertainment section, somebody needs a smack on the back of the head.

  • Reply to: Friday News: Provenance   1 day 14 hours ago

    Several of the crewmen on board one of the vessels say it was a flying object that hit their ship, not a mine:

    One of the tankers that were attacked in the Gulf of Oman was struck by a flying object, the ship’s Japanese operator said on Friday, disputing at least part of the account of United States officials who had blamed Iran for the attack.

    “Our crew said that the ship was attacked by a flying object,” said Yutaka Katada, the president of the operator, Kokuka Sangyo.

    American officials released video on Thursday that they said showed an Iranian boat crew removing a limpet mine attached to the hull of the damaged Kokuka Courageous, a tanker operated by Kokuka Sangyo.

    But Mr. Katada, citing accounts from the ship’s crew, said: “I do not think there was a time bomb or an object attached to the side of the ship.”

    I also don't think the folks who were attacked would lie about what hit them just to protect Iran.

  • Reply to: Friday fracking video   2 days 6 hours ago

    of these weekly posts, and the above video is one of the first we published back then.

    Whether or not this contributed to the fact North Carolina still hasn't done this (aside from a small testing program), who can say. But I for one have learned a great deal about the process, and I hope readers have to.

    No plans to stop the series, just thought I would mark the milestone.

  • Reply to: Wednesday News: A key part of the puzzle   3 days 13 hours ago

    This was a Sub-Committee meeting, and not the full Committee. That Sub-Committee has about 1/3 the members of the full Judiciary, so naturally there were going to be a bunch of empty chairs.

  • Reply to: Tuesday News: Charters are taking over Wake County   4 days 7 hours ago

    From BoingBoing (with video of the incident):

    Zainab Altalaqani and Tuhfa Kasem both graduated from Detroit's Universal Academy this year, and to honor their academic achievements, school administrators named them co-salutatorians, which meant that they would get to address the graduating class, faculty and parents at their graduation ceremony: but instead of using their podium-time to reminisce about their good times in high school or to wonder about their futures, they condemned the school as a for-profit entity that put profits ahead of students' education, firing qualified teachers who complained to the school board about the use of unqualified "paraprofessionals" in classrooms.

    The school CEO Nawal Hamadeh cut the students' mic and asked police to remove the salutatorians, but the parents in attendance blocked the police, who backed off. The school later issued a statement claiming that the students had been brainwashed by adults seeking to "sully the academy’s honorable achievements and the graduation celebration to cause controversy to serve their own agendas, which have nothing to do with the students’ best interest."