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THUMBS UP to the Hope Station, which is pioneering a new model for community food pantries that will result in healthier and happier families. The Wilson nonprofit offers a client-choice food pantry, with eligible low-income adults able to select … more
Microphones muted. Lecture halls dimmed. Debate squelched. That’s the outcome at far too many American colleges when faculty members or student groups bring a controversial speaker to campus. Two phenomena — the disinvitation and the … more
Food stamps and government assistance can be a bone of contention between conservatives and liberals, but who could object to private charity? Homeless shelters, soup kitchens and individual do-gooders are championed on both sides of the aisle, … more
Surely, they couldn’t have been serious. The classic 1980 movie comedy “Airplane!” made irreverent fun of the overbaked tropes of airport dramas. Now, viral cellphone video last week sheds light on a real-life airline … more
Republicans in Raleigh for some reason insist on picking losing hands. The party, which controls both chambers with veto-proof majorities, is well positioned to advance North Carolina on the economic front but keeps getting bogged down with … more
Memo to politicians and their flacks: The next time you’re fumbling for a handy historical figure with whom to compare whoever you’re denouncing that day, leave Adolf Hitler’s name off the list. White House press secretary Sean … more
It may be spring in North Carolina, but a blizzard of bills filed in the state House on Tuesday means lawmakers will be shoveling out from the avalanche till month’s end. A dizzying 127 bills were introduced in a single day. The reason for … more
SDLqCarjacked? Should’ve thought twice before driving that luxury sedan through a rough neighborhood.” “Intruder in your home? Why on earth didn’t you install a security system?” Those statements are plainly … more
From East Carolina University’s ban on posters and fliers with language “offensive to a member of or a visitor to the university community” to Appalachian State barring students from “intentionally embarrassing another … more
State lawmakers want to shield eastern North Carolina hog farms from high-dollar verdicts, but in doing so, they would stack the deck against private landowners and undermine jurors’ right to mete out justice for their neighbors. Two … more
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