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Spartans gear up for NCAA Tournament

The Spartans will face off against fourth-seeded Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, March 15, in Boise, Idaho. Tip-off is slated for 1:30 p.m. ET (11:30 a.m. local time). The university is organizing a student watch party on campus and an alumni watch party in downtown Greensboro. Additional details will be made available in the coming days. To learn more and to stay up-to-date with UNCG basketball, visit uncgspartans.com and follow UNCG Athletics on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Very Best Farmers’ Market

GREENSBORO, NC — For the last few weekends Leah and I have gone to the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market. That’s the exact name of it, and I’m not sure why there isn’t an apostrophe in “Farmers,” and I’m not sure why it’s called a “curb” market since it’s in a building. But, it is the best farmer’s market I’ve ever been to.

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City manager decking city hall with boughs of folly

GREENSBORO, NC — When Jim Westmoreland retires as city manager on April 30, the shadow of a very expensive and yet to be built downtown parking deck will loom over his legacy. That’s too bad for a man who served well as a city employee for 18 years. But he has brought this on himself by a lack of clarity on the details of the project. Much of the recent focus has been on Westmoreland’s squishy account of what he meant to say versus what he has said about what has turned out to be a nonexistent parking study. First he implied there was one.

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Gagging elected officials violates principles of democracy

GREENSBORO — Violations of a cornerstone principle of open government occurred right here in Greensboro regarding police accountability. A recent judicially imposed gag order on the Greensboro City Council prevents its members from even “discussing” what they will observe on police body-worn camera footage of a troubling incident. Our elected council members have a right and a duty to investigate alleged police racial misconduct and to discuss and debate openly these important issues. To their credit, the council recently voted unanimously to ask the judge to lift the gag order. Assistant City Attorney Rosetta Davison wrote in the motion to lift the gag order: “These restrictions impede the City Council from fulfilling their Oath of Office.” To the discredit of Superior Court Judge Susan Bray, she denied that request on Feb. 19.

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City can’t produce ‘internal review’ cited in City Manager’s affidavit

GREENSBORO — New information surfaced Friday that calls into question City Manager Jim Westmoreland’s sworn testimony in the city’s legal battle with a downtown entertainment venue. It concerns an internal review, reportedly performed by the Greensboro Department of Transportation, of a 2010 study on downtown’s parking needs. The city said Friday afternoon that it doesn’t have records of such a study.

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Civil rights museum targeted with racial harassment after city loan forgiven

Welcome news that the International Civil Rights Center & Museum has met an important fundraising goal and no longer owes on a city loan brought an unwelcome backlash late Thursday afternoon: A handful of threatening phone calls. CEO John Swaine said the staff received four or five phone calls that he characterized as “quite ugly.” Callers berated staff with the word “n***er” and said things like, “Y’all pay y’all’s debts, deadbeats.”

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