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Why is WFMY News2 so bad?

GREENSBORO, NC — As curator of Greensboro 101, I read and watch a firehose stream of news and opinion coming from a variety sources from professional news organizations to blogs. None of them are perfect, but year after year, even as station managers, news directors and reporters come and go, WFMY News2 remains chronically inept at reporting the news.

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Props to top cop

While other local media regurgitated an official press release, they neglected to make the kind of data comparisons that bring into focus the results of the Greensboro Police Department’s decision to temporarily stop pulling drivers for equipment infractions. So we asked for the data that was lacking in order to make a direct comparison of past to present racial disparity. The GPD provided this chart in response.

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City recycling in jeopardy

At the final City Council meeting of the year, Tuesday, Dec. 15, one of the two controversial items on the agenda was continued — a resolution to approve a renegotiated recycling contract with ReCommunity, the recycling contractor for the city. The contract recommended by city staff was so detrimental to the city and so beneficial to ReCommunity that the majority of the City Council decided to send staff back to the drawing board and reconsider the contract in February.

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$$$ millions more

GREENSBORO, NC — The cost of the next phase of the “urban loop,” the six lane highway encircling Greensboro, will cost millions of dollars more than its currently estimated $88 million as a court ruled yesterday that adjacent neighbors are entitled to compensation for lost property values. The section of the highway affected is just to the north of Guilford Courthouse National Military Park.

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Triad City Beat exposes shadowy police unit

GREENSBORO, NC — There is no mention of a “civil emergency unit” on the city of Greensboro’s website. Marikay Abuzuaiter, the chair of Greensboro City Council’s public safety committee, said she had never heard of it, and committee vice-chair Tony Wilkins doesn’t think he has either but, behind the scenes, the Greensboro Police Department has been preparing for “civil unrest,” quietly assembling a special team and equipment to respond. | Related: Transparency hot topic at Greensboro police community meeting

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Not guilty

GREENSBORO, NC — Jovon Derrell Clarke was declared innocent Friday in the Apr. 24, 2013 shooting death of 28-year-old Michael Thomas McLaurin at the Margate on Cone apartments. He also was found not guilty of possession of a firearm by a felon.

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You can go home again

GREENSBORO, NC — After 12 years away, Gary Kenton returns to Greensboro and shares his impressions of the city now. An acute observer when he previously lived here, he finds good and bad in the changes he sees on his return.

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