Hunting the Higgs boson: "Physicists around the world, fueled by coffee, dreams and Internet rumors of a breakthrough, gathered in lounges and auditoriums early Tuesday morning to watch a lengthy Webcast of the results at CERN."
In order (to) adequately and fully protect the personal liberty and religious freedom of citizens of North Carolina and the United States, there must be a de-coupling and disentanglement of the state from the personal and religious institution of marriage. The institution of marriage should be solely in the dominion of citizens and their religious and secular organizations, except that the state should be permitted to carry out prohibitions of marriage for infancy, insanity, bigamy or polygamy, and incest, and marriage as a result of fraud, duress, joke or mistake; and the state should be permitted to adjudicate rights relating to support, child custody, and property in connection with marriages and their dissolution.
From a lawsuit to get the government out of the marriage business, filed by Jeff Thigpen and several area ministers and residents.
Thigpen already has done Guilford County proud with his work on robosigned mortgage documents, and his general commitment to running the Register of Deeds office as efficiently and transparently as possible. Now this. Thanks, Jeff.
“I am not in favor of rezoning residential to commercial. There is plenty of commercial property in this town.”
Commenters at the N&R article are saying the site is not for a Trader Joe's, but another Walgreen's, which I'd guess will make it even less popular, but the point raised by Susan Wilson remains: Why do we need to tear down houses and pave more lots when so much retail space already sits empty?
I know: Location, location, location, but the vacant square footage in this city is depressing.
In what is shaping up as a key victory for the shale-gas industry, Gov. Corbett and the legislature appear close to stripping municipalities of the power to impose tough local restrictions on wells and pipelines. Under a pending measure, wells and pipelines would be permitted in every zoning district - even residential ones - statewide.
And the industry isn't stopping there.
Two pipeline companies are seeking the clout of eminent domain. While the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has yet to rule, it signaled this year that it was leaning toward giving firms condemnation power to gain rights-of-way for their pipelines.
I wonder if anyone at the Mooresville HQ considered the possibility that the namby-pamby verbiage of the official statement would be less relevant to some readers than the harsher tones of Lowe's supporters in the comments, and that those supporters would, fairly or not, be heard as a de facto voice of the corporation on this matter.
For all the transparency forced on the Federal Reserve by Congress and the courts, one of the central bank’s emergency-lending programs remains so secretive that names of borrowers may be hidden from the Fed itself.
Fortunately, many of these borrowers are European banks, so as long the Eurozone is sound...
UPDATE: Part 2 of the series includes this thumbnail history of pipeline regulation: "The same pattern has been repeated ever since - explosion, deaths, reform." Maybe NC could learn for the experience of others and skip the explosion and death part?
Pennsylvania's regulators don't handle those pipelines, and acknowledge they don't even know where they are. And when he reported what he saw to a federal oversight agency, an inspector told him there was nothing he could do, either.
PA was unprepared to deal with its natural gas boom.
We know North Carolina's laws are not up to date in some relevant areas, which is one good reason not to rush to punch holes in the ground.
Reichard's indictment raises questions about pay-to-play politics and shakes a fragile Democratic establishment still recovering from Easley's felony conviction last year and the legal saga involving former U.S. Sen. John Edwards.
Alternative explanations were carefully considered to explain individual sets of data. However, when considered together with other lines of evidence, the data indicates likely impact to ground water that can be explained by hydraulic fracturing.
Here's that big EPA report on fracking and ground-water pollution.
Industry pushback was instantaneous, so I guess it's OK to start drilling holes in North Carolina now.
Five established folk-roots artists gathered in a Greensboro, N.C., house to record this unusual album...Three voices work in harmony backed by banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar and bass. What the season must have sounded like before shopping and Irving Berlin.
Not as compelling as the interview with Rashad Young, in part because we already know Knight's positions on issues (I did think the econ dev thing about the CoC was interesting), but another example of solid local political journalism of the sort that the daily paper should be doing.
Should the National Archives be in the business of offering objective public history at all of the country’s presidential libraries, or at none of them? Is Nixon the one president about whom the government must insist on total impartiality?
Hey, you got history all over my nice whitewashed walls. (Thnx to EF for the pointer)
"I simply do not know where the money is, or why the accounts have not been reconciled to date," Corzine said.
This may seem obvious, but he should check the pockets of the suit he wore the day before the $1.2 billion in customer funds went missing. Or maybe the money is on the floor of the closet -- it could have fallen out when he hung the suit up. I totally bet it's on the floor of the closet.
More here: "Koutoulas is a legal cynic, which appears to be just what MF Global's customers need."
This evening's opening of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering was a major production. The building is impressive. Gov. Perdue, Phil Berger, and Tom Ross were among the speakers, along with Kay Hagan (on video from DC) and others.
A&T's Harold Martin announced a possible joint venture with Horiba, which sent a couple of people over from France. A joint venture with RPI also was mentioned. Ed Kitchen, board chair of the Gateway research park, joked seriously a couple of times with the honorables that he'd be back for more money on top of the $60 million+ already committed.
If things go well the school will attract major talent and big grants and spin off ideas and companies, and GSO will have a serious research operation that can help drive a modern economy.
Who decided it would be a good idea to turn the GOP pre-primary season into a reality show? It's all very entertaining, and watching George Will and Karl Rove crevulate is good clean fun, but in terms of sorting out candidates and selecting a nominee, well, it's all very entertaining.
Elijah and I were driving to CT this fall and he said, check out this Casey Jones, and I was all, son, I was done with that song in high school, it's training wheels Dead, because I am a smug bastard who lives to crush the dreams of children. But he was right and I was wrong. Starts kind of sloppy, gets serious around the four-minute mark.
Former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno had close business ties with board members of The Second Mile, the charity that his assistant, accused child molester Jerry Sandusky, allegedly used to recruit his victims, The Daily has learned.
Around the same time a graduate assistant allegedly approached Paterno in 2002 to say that he had witnessed Sandusky raping a boy in the locker room showers, Paterno and three fellow investors, including longtime Second Mile board chairman Robert Poole, had just secured financing to build a $125 million luxury retirement community, according to public records.
The amount force government authorities use, then, is no longer based not on what sort of threat a suspect poses to the government or those around him, but on the political implications of the laws being enforced. It isn't difficult to see how we get from here to pepper-spraying and beating peaceful protesters, particularly if the protesters are becoming a thorn in the side of politicians or are losing support from the public.
Increasingly, we are a country in which only the urban and suburban well-off have truly high-speed Internet access, while the rest — the poor and the working class — either cannot afford access or use restricted wireless access as their only connection to the Internet. As our jobs, entertainment, politics and even health care move online, millions are at risk of being left behind.