We lived, shortly after 18 Brumaire, in a then-unfashionable arrondissement, where we quickly discovered a really good and remarkably inexpensive restaurant down the street from our basement garden apartment, and we were pretty upset when an article about it appeared in the New York Times. Anyway, funny.
The Annual Scrabble Challenge is Reading Connections' largest fundraising event...
The 11th Annual Scrabble Challenge will be held on April 12th at the West Market Street United Methodist Church in Greensboro. The evening will include food and tournament play for Scrabble enthusiasts and spectators as well as drawings for exciting door prizes.
Lisa and Sydney call it "Italian lunch" -- bascially a variety of antipasti, almost always including caprese salad, with some combination of salami, cheeses, and olives, maybe prosciutto, and bread and fresh fruit.
Better and cheaper than the same thing in a restaurant, and especially good served on the deck in springtime.
Bonus: An email from HQ says, "It’s snowing in Manhattan. UGH."
Much is made of the brainlock epidemic sweeping the NCAA tourney -- the Butler kid's horrible foul that was immediately erased by the Pitt kid's horrible foul, the Syracuse kid's backcourt violation, an entire chapter devoted to John Henson.
Entertaining or agonizing, depending on your loyalties, but not unprecedented.
Any Carolina fan can tell you that Fred Brown and Chris Webber set the bar pretty high in this department.
Greensboro could save an estimated $2.4 to $5.2 million a year if it expands the White Street Landfill, according to an analysis by the city staff.
I couldn't find the report online, and I haven't seen it in a City press release, so for now this brief article is what I've got.
What variables account for that enormous spread between savings targets? And are those savings net of lawsuits?
Last year Danny Thompson mentioned the possiblity of buying out and relocating neighbors as part of a new White Street plan. I wonder if that's under any sort of backroom discussion.
We're discussing the state of waste-management technology in another thread. I'm as eager as anyone to power my flying car with a spoonful of reconsituted coffee grounds, but let's be careful about the stuff folks are selling.
Bob Page is right. We need a serious broadband program.
If local businesses and foundations, and/or Google, bring a reasonable plan to the elected leaders of this job-starved city, I'd hope we could say something other than, "Time Warner has more clout in the legislature then the citizens of Greensboro, so piss off."
After months of wrangling with a reluctant freight railroad, the N.C. Department of Transportation says it has won the agreement it needed to secure $461 million in federal grants that will put faster, more frequent and more reliable passenger trains on the tracks between Charlotte and Raleigh.
I know trains are socialism on rails, because people on Art Pope's payroll keep tellng me so, and also because they're popular in Europe. Even the phrase "all aboard" has an ominous collectivist ring to it.
Meanwhile, enormous public spending on highways and wars for oil are just the free market at work.
In my view there are powerful reasons to favor substantial changes to the structure of college sports. But it’s also worth remembering what is valuable about college sports as an institution.
The games are pretty great, and not filling out brackets has made them more enjoyable for me.
As Robert Simon argues persuasively, the best moral justification for vigorous athletic competition is when we conceive competition not as a zero-sum game in which one opponent tries to destroy another, but a mutual agreement by competitors to abide by a shared set of rules and make an honest attempt to play the game as it should be played, and to play it as well as possible.
Yes, and it's even better when your team wins.
The backlash against the Big East backlash has begun. It's not very convincing. Nate Silver says the conference's performance is not a gross statistical anomaly, but it's still gross. Of course there's luck involved, but this -- "6 of the 9 biggest upset victims have been Big East teams" -- translates easily as "the Big East was overrated." As in recent years, the league looks like a legit power conference, but not Godzilla among the fawns, which is pretty much what we were told, often. Eleven teams from one conference, even a very big conference, is about three teams too many. And after FSU's beatdown of Notre Dame, it's hard to argue that VA Tech shouldn't have gotten an invite.
Meanwhile, OSU reminds me a little too much of UNC's '09 team.
N&R is correct that GSO is much better off with a condo project -- even a recession-smacked, slow-selling one -- than the empty tower we had for years at the corner of Friendly and Elm. Roy Carroll did something really good for this city by redeveloping the old Wachovia building.
But that downtown curfew, aka the Condo Marketing Act of 2010, still sucks.
Related, an attempt to address the actual problems caused by the nightlife trade.
After the daily paper's love letter yesterday to Fred Lind, I tried to find something contrary to say about our new public defender, but it's slow going. In fact, I was with Fred at a Carolina game last year and even Rusty Clark was glad to see him.
[I]t cannot reassure anyone who cares about America's viability as a republic that it is entering another war with essentially zero Congressional consultation or "buy-in," and with very little serious debate outside the Executive Branch itself.
Japanese news coverage has been largely calm, rational, informed, and critical...
It also just looks good because there is something so ugly beside it: the non-Japanese coverage. That, I am afraid, has been full of factual errors and other problems...perpetually late...woefully selective...misleading.
To give local economic developers and entrepreneurs a vast advantage when working to bring 21st century jobs and prosperity to our area, our local government and economic development partners should research building a 20 megabit-1 gigabit (symmetrical) public broadband network.
— Bob Page, chairman and CEO, Replacements Ltd., in this morning's N&R feature on big ideas for the local economy (the article is hidden from prying eyes in the GPV).
Education at various levels was mentioned a few times, perhaps most interestingly by Action Greensboro's April Harris, who talked about a town/gown partnership called Opportunity Greensboro: "Imagine the vibrancy that a downtown university district with 1,000 or more graduate students could bring to our city."
Hard to argue with Cone Health System CEO Tim Rice that health care is Kind of a Big Deal. Good to see native son Jeb Brooks mention quality of life as an econ-dev tool; I wish someone had developed that idea in terms of sustaining and marketing a green, livable city.
And it's a blogging professor for the win! David Wharton:
I have no idea what the Next Big Thing will be, but whatever it is, I predict that its boosters will claim that it will “revitalize ” something [...] and its detractors will claim that it is a dark plot led by a former Greensboro mayor, nefarious members of government staff, and the devil....I hope that instead of a Next Big Thing, we get a hundred Next Small Things — another neighborhood watch formed, an historic landmark preserved, better police protection in rough neighborhoods, new small businesses launched — that you will probably never read about.
A team from Dudley High School is participating in the Shell Eco-marathon, which "challenges high school and college student teams from around the world to design, build and test energy efficient vehicles."
Fox 8 video about the project here; you can learn more -- and help support the effort -- by contacting teacher Ricky Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While some radioactive elements in nuclear fuel decay quickly, cesium’s half-life is 30 years and strontium’s is 29 years. Scientists estimate that it takes 10 to 13 half-lives before life and economic activity can return to an area. That means that the contaminated area — designated by Ukraine’s Parliament as 15,000 square miles, around the size of Switzerland — will be affected for more than 300 years.
Billy Jones suggests that the Randleman Lake bomber might have just been fishin'.
Another theory arrives via email:
Many fishermen are upset that thePiedmont Triad Regional Reservoir Authority (PTRRA) decided to delay opening of the lake by a full month...
...There are more than a few fishermen who believe the supposed discovery of an IED on the shore of Randleman Lake is an attempt by the PTRRA to circumvent Federal water access rights in the name of public safety. I sincerely hope this is not the case. As disturbing as it would be to find that a disgruntled fisherman or boater has attempted to cause harm to the public or the facility, it would be far more disturbing to learn that any agent of a local or municipal government would have participated in such a scheme in order to obtain authority to close the lake to public access...
...something is “fishy” here.
I'll take neither of the above in the betting pool, with Billy getting the higher seed.
Lorillard Tobacco of Greensboro, N.C., which is more than 90 percent reliant on revenue from menthol products and makes the top brand, Newport, is leading the opposition to F.D.A. action...Jonathan Daniel Heck, Lorillard’s principal scientist, issued the industry view Thursday saying there was no evidence that menthol promoted youth smoking or made it harder to quit.
The F.D.A.'s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee disagrees.
Chief Miller explains the use of the term "IED" for the bomb found at Randleman lake, and updates the progress of the investigation -- I put it all above the original post to keep the conversation in one place.
Joe posts about a conversation with a couple who say the information about Bret Riddleberger really was discussed as a threat, concluding, "It appears to me that certain individuals within the county GOP owe Jeff Hyde and the Riddleberger's a public apology."
UCLA Girl makes it all the way to the NYT editorial stack, complete with quotes from Eugene Volokh, who says succinctly at his own site, "The speech is clearly constitutionally protected, as well as being moronic."
Walter Jones "may be one of the anti-war crowd's unlikeliest voices. A conservative and a member of the House Armed Services Committee, he is a strong supporter of the military and voted to authorize force in Iraq in 2002."
For the nth time I'm struck by the use of "conservative" to mean "not really very conservative at all," which is how I'd characterize a rush to start an unprovoked war.
It is the rare museum exhibition that bets most of the house on fabric swatches — or, more politely, textile samples — and succeeds. This is the impressive achievement of “Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay,” a sumptuous and enlightening show at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum that may change forever the way you look at dry goods.
I found this review interesting in itself, and also because the upcoming Jewish Museum show about Etta and Claribel Cone will focus on the sisters' textile collection as well as the more-famous paintings. I think the JewMu will bet pretty heavily on the big name artists to draw a crowd, but I'm hoping the stuff once deemed craft work get some love, too.
UPDATE: GPD Chief Ken Miller tells me that the explosive device was what we might have called back in the day a homemade bomb, but that the term of art for such things is now IED -- "That's how the FBI refers to them, and that's the common terminology" in law-enforcement circles, he said, adding that the term "IED" differentiates it from a manufactured device.
The bomb was not as large as the ones that have caused such damage in Iraq, and was not large enough to destroy the Randleman dam, but it could have damaged the structure and caused serious injury or death to anyone unlucky enough to be near it if it exploded.
The dismantled device is now in the hands of the FBI, which as of this afternoon has taken the lead on the case; Miller says the device is a rich source of evidence, but that as of yet there are no breaks in the investigation. [end update]
Last night's press release from the CoG about a bomb at Randleman lake raised more questions than it answered (full text after the jump).
Like...was somebody trying blow up the Randleman dam? Do law-enforcement agencies now call every homemade bomb an "IED," or is there a more specific meaning to the term? Was this thing built by a local knucklehead, or does it have more exotic origins?
In the last 30 years, High Point lost its once-extensive base of textile mills and furniture plants because of fundamental shifts in the economy and, in some cases, after local company buyouts by out-of-town interests. Now, some High Pointers wonder if the pending deal to bring the three main furniture market showrooms and World Market Center under one ownership foreshadows a similar fate for the city.
As the article says, a live event like the furniture market is different from a manufacturing business -- it's location-specific. And I think the past few years have shown that the HP market still matters in the Vegas era.
After asking the universe if North Carolina actually has gold reserves to back its own currency, as proposed by Franklin County rep Glen Bradley, I put on my reporter's hat (fedora, with a card in the band that says "Press") and emailed the query to Heather Strickland, deputy director of communications for the NC Department of State Treasurer.
Her reply: "To our knowledge, North Carolina does not maintain gold reserves. You may also want to check with Department of Revenue."
Pricing qualified students out of UNC and NC State is still a terrible idea, but props to Doug for sparking conversation on an important topic, and to the N&R for making the column available to readers across the state.