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City Council apologizes for 1979 Greensboro Massacre

GREENSBORO, NC — Greensboro City Council apologized in a 7-1 vote on Tuesday for the city’s role in the 1979 Greensboro Massacre at the urging of several speakers. The unexpected vote came three days after the murder of an anti-racist counter-protester at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. Councilman Justin Outling maintained silence throughout the discussion and Councilman Mike Barber was absent.

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John Hammer joins city attorney in misdirection to cover for Outling

GREENSBORO, NC — This is the kind of malarkey honest people despise. It is the kind of malarkey that lead fed-up voters to vote for Donald Trump and it is the kind of malarkey Hammer used to squash with gusto. One would have to be an idiot to believe that ending the “process” would result in anything other than taking the contract from Cigna and giving the business instead to Brooks Pierce client United Healthcare.

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Bar complaint: Councilman Justin Outling violated conflict of interest rule

GREENSBORO, NC — A local activist wants the North Carolina State Bar to discipline City Councilman Justin Outling for his role last month in a controversial decision about who should provide health care to city employees. Former attorney Lewis Pitts says in the complaint that Outling, an attorney with Brooks Pierce, should have recused himself because of a conflict of interest with his firm. Two employees from Brooks Pierce’s Raleigh office work as lobbyists for UnitedHealthcare.

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Increasing pay for police and fire doesn’t please everyone

GREENSBORO, NC — Pay for police officers and, to a lesser extent, firefighters, is a perennial topic of municipal budget discussions. Public safety, or, more importantly, the perception of public safety is critical to attracting investment and encouraging population growth — a preoccupation for city council members intent on expanding their respective cities’ tax bases.

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Hazardous chemical discovered in city drinking water

GREENSBORO, NC — During the past three years, scientists have found water from Greensboro’s Mitchell Water Treatment Plant with relatively high levels of an industrial chemical known as PFOS — short for perfluorooctane sulfonate — which is suspected of causing human health problems and damage to developing fetuses when consumed over time in large enough doses.

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