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Eight years ago, an 11-year-old Monroe girl gave a long hug to the only father she ever knew, then walked with her younger brother and sister toward a gate at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. They were flying to Guatemala to live with their mother, who had been deported.

Fifteen thoughts to share on Uber, Lyft and the rest of the “sharing economy”:

I had no idea “God bless” could sound so creepy.

Sometimes, there are only a few uncomfortable degrees between caution and panic.

Sometimes, there are only a few uncomfortable degrees between caution and panic.

Three news items this week, seemingly unrelated, but perhaps not:

The quarter-cent sales tax referendum in Mecklenburg County sure has brought out the bare knuckles in folks. And that’s just the people on the same side.

There’s a picture from Bob McDonnell’s corruption trial that explains as well as anything else why the former Virginia governor heard guilty 11 times from a jury this week.

Roger Goodell did a very good job at being very sorry this week.

As the session careened toward a close this month, Republicans in Raleigh introduced last-minute budgets, launched surprise legislation, ignored rules and stomped on protocol. Democrats objected to the legislators gone wild, to no avail.

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