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Asheville, Durham BABIES-R-US Set to Close
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Asheville, Durham BABIES-R-US Set to Close

Photo Credit: Google Maps UPDATE: Durham will lose both their TOYS-R-US and BABIES-R-US stores adding to the closures here in North Carolina. Asheville will soon be without their baby supply megastore BABIES-R-US. As part of its financial restructuring, the parent company TOYS-R-US recently announced they are closing 180 stories nationwide. We have now confirmed that...

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Throws Out Congressional Maps
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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Throws Out Congressional Maps

Less than two weeks after the 4th circuit court ruled North Carolina’s congressional districts were unconstitutional.  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court made an almost identical ruling about their states congressional districts,,, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that the state’s congressional map “clearly, plainly and palpably violates” the state constitution and must be redrawn in the next...

Thom Goolsby Talks Board Of Governor’s Controversy
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Thom Goolsby Talks Board Of Governor’s Controversy

Senator Thom Goolsby joined me on my radio show this morning to talk about the recent controversy surrounding the Board of Governors and a planned partnership between UNC Health Care and Carolinas HealthCare Systems.  He argued he had similar concerns that were raised by fellow board member, Tom Fetzer, about the legality and possible consequences...

ECU’s new $1.3 Million Dollar Mansion
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ECU’s new $1.3 Million Dollar Mansion

The N&O reported on a new Chancellor Mansion at East Carolina University. The price tag is $1.3 million, not shabby for a public servant of a public university, right? As Jane Stancill reports: The ECU Foundation has a contract to buy a home about three miles from the Greenville campus. Real estate websites describe the 8,366-square-foot...

LRU – Lazy River University
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LRU – Lazy River University

This week, an opinion piece in the New York Times went after the new extravagance in Higher Education, lazy rivers. If you follow what I go after here on Tavern Voices, it’s the cost of college and the impact it’s having on an entire generation. Instead of getting better, universities are becoming even more irresponsible....

SCOTUS Delays Congressional Map Redistricting
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SCOTUS Delays Congressional Map Redistricting

I can’t imagine anyone is surprised by this decision… The court granted a request from North Carolina’s Republican legislative leaders to put the lower court’s ruling on hold. The decision was not unexpected, because generally, the Supreme Court is reluctant to require the drawing of new districts before it has had a chance to review a...

Amazon Releases Shortlist for HQ2
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Amazon Releases Shortlist for HQ2

Amazon has officially released its shortlist for their second headquarters and North Carolina made the cut… But the list isn’t exactly short. The 20 potential cities include Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Montgomery County in Maryland, Nashville, Newark, New York City, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Toronto and Washington D.C....

No Delay on Judicial Ruling
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No Delay on Judicial Ruling

This is not surprising.  These judges wanted to send a message and delaying the ruling delays the message… The judges who struck down North Carolina’s congressional map for excessive partisanship that favored Republicans refused Tuesday to delay their order telling GOP state lawmakers to draw new lines by next week. The denial by the three-judge...

The Bravery of the Wilmington Star News
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The Bravery of the Wilmington Star News

One of my all-time favorite quotes is from tennis player Vitas Gerulatis.  After losing 16 matches in a row to Jimmy Connors Gerulatis finally picked up a W.  In the post-match press conference Gerultais confidently said, “Let that be a lesson to you all, Nobody beats Vitas Gerulaitis 17 times in a row.”  Apparently, the Wilmington...

Welcome to “Enquiring Minds”
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Welcome to “Enquiring Minds”

And thanks to Kevin and Tyler for inviting us to be a part of the Tavern Voices scene.  In the words of the Stoic philosopher Minnie Pearl, we’re just so proud to be here. Enquiring Minds is a new news entity, based in Asheville, that grew out of my reporting for Asheville Unreported, a blog...