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Café Europa supporters missing the point that will concern all taxpayers

GREENSBORO, NC — With the stroke of a pen, an assistant city manager assigned the right to sublease the city-owned restaurant space to a third party who will now siphon into its bank account all of the rent that used to go to the public coffers. So when supporters of Café Europa say that “the city wants to lease the space to the highest bidder,” that elides the fact that the city is no longer leasing the space and has permitted a third party to step in and receive and keep the rent. It is the redirection of income from a publicly-owned facility to private hands that is most objectionable aspect of this whole affair and of concern to all residents.

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One dead in double shooting

GREENSBORO, NC — One of the two persons shot late last night inside an apartment on Orange St. has succumbed to his wounds. Police are now investigating the homicide of Ronald Lee Barham, 51, of Greensboro who was found suffering from an apparent gunshot wound in apartment B 3203 Orange St. at approximately 11:24 pm yesterday. He was transported to Moses Cone Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

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The News & Record’s gutless parking deck editorial

The News & Record’s editorial Stacking the Deck chastises the Greensboro city council for imperiling the public trust with the city’s mishandling of the downtown parking deck projects. Unfortunately, the editorial elides the specific bad acts that are causing a loss of public trust and, instead, blames city council only for failing to manage public skepticism. It’s a gutless diversion that attempts to right the ship without rocking the boat.

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Greensboro’s local political culture affected by hubris, pridefulness and obstinacy

GREENSBORO, NC — The number and quality of well-paying full time jobs available for working class, lower middle class and minority families are quite limited. Outside the relatively safe harbors of governmental work, health care and education, local citizens don’t have great choices here. Some other good niches exist, but they are limited. And for families established here for many years, it has become a ritual to raise kids and then ship them off elsewhere to work. The opportunities here for college-educated young adults are limited. These conditions were not present here two decades ago.

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The Confederate flag resurged. The KKK burned a cross. Racial tensions flared in a Southern town.

ASHEBORO, N.C. — The first unpleasant tug of history came before the election, when the yards around Dexter Trogdon Jr.’s house started blooming with Confederate flags. Then last spring, the Ku Klux Klan announced plans to burn a cross in town. A man apparently irked with his black neighbor hung a noose in his yard, and Trogdon started hearing a disturbing new view from some white people: that slavery wasn’t so bad for African Americans.

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Susan Ladd: Judicial redistricting is another coup by cartography

There is a depressing predictability to the products issued by GOP mapmakers since 2011. You can count on maps that provide outsized advantages to Republicans and marginalize Democrats to the point of near oblivion. The terms may change, the lines may shift, but the song remains the same, whether it’s maps for county commissioner, school board, City Council, state legislature or U.S. House.

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