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Just what I’ve always wanted! Louder commercials at Panthers games!

As the Cultural Life Task Force examined the future of the Charlotte region’s cultural community, it became clear that the Arts & Science Council is too much of an asset to discard simply for the sake of needed change.

On Wednesday afternoon, a flurry of phone calls and e-mails informed me that Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., had apparently included – verbatim and without attribution – several pages of a 1998 paper of mine in a work he submitted to the U.S. Army War College. Walsh’s paper was one of the requirements for the master’s degree he received from the War College in 2007.

From a letter Friday from The Southern Environmental Law Center and several groups to N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger and N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis: Following the Dan River coal ash spill in February, members of the legislature promised to provide a robust solution to North Carolina’s coal ash problems. Instead, the current legislation inexplicably attempts to weaken our State’s existing groundwater protection laws in favor of Duke Energy while allowing Duke to continue polluting State waters and putting our communities at risk.

In a place haunted by ghosts, on a thoroughfare of the damned, standing upon ground once watered by blood, Breanna Mitchell lifted a camera to take her own picture. She smiled a sunshine smile.

Talk-talk-talk. Poor Kerry’s getting the ol’ Iran-around.

The president’s demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached. When he does interrupt his endless rounds of golf, fundraising and photo ops, it’s for some affectless, mechanical, almost forced public statement.

If advocates have their way, voting rights could be a new reality for the nation’s incarcerated.

Everybody’s mad about the “poor door.” This is the name critics have bestowed upon the separate entrance for the affordable-housing units at a planned new luxury building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Those who pay market rates would have access to extra amenities – gym, pool, Hudson River views – as well as their own doors and lobby.

$11B for bridges. No problem, Raleigh will just cut more income taxes.

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