by YES! Weekly staff

GSO employee arrested Greensboro police detectives arrested Delores Ann Scott, anemployee of the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department, on Aug. 1,according to an an nouncement by police. Scott is charged with embezzlement and obtaining property by false pretenses. Police began aninvestigation after a random audit by the city found a $10,000discrepancy in funds. Scott, who has been employed by the city since1980, worked at Trotter Recreation Center at Oka T. Hester Park in thecity’s southwestern quadrant. — JG

GPD up for re-accreditation A review of the Greensboro Police Department’s man agement, policies and procedures by the Virginia-basedCommission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies begins on Aug.23, according to a department announcement. The three-person assessmentteam will take public comment from department employees and communitymembers at city hall on Aug. 25. The department must be in compliancewith 378 standards in order to gain re-accreditation, which takes placeevery three years. The department was last re-accred ited in 2005 underthe administration of former Chief David Wray. The commission’sexecutive director is a former Greensboro police chief, SylvesterDaughtry Jr. A separate outside review, conducted by Virginia-basedBuracker & Associates, recently gave the department high marks butcalled for improvements in promotions at the command level and morecoherence in compen sation arrangements. — JG

Charge dropped against Sanders Superior Court Judge Edwin G. Wilson Jr. dropped a charge of obstruction of justice against former Greensboro police Detective Scott Sanders onJuly 29. The obstruction of justice charge related to a request bySanders for help from an agent of the State Bureau of Investigation inaccessing a government computer. Three charges remain pendingagainst Sanders, includ ing a related charge alleging that withoutauthorization Sanders accessed a Toshiba laptop computer provided bythe US Department of Housing and Urban Development to Detective JuliusFulmore for use while working on organized crime drug enforcement taskforce cases. Two other charges relate to an alleged attempt by Sandersto prevent two black police officers assigned to the now disbandedspecial intelligence section from contacting a confidential informant. — JG

Jessica’s Law Gov. Mike Easley signedJessica’s Law (HB 933) on July 28. The new law creates mandatoryminimum sentences of 25 years for adults convicted of raping children,followed by a lifetime of satellite monitoring. An editorialpenned by the staff of the conservative Civitas Institute criticizedthe law, saying it should have been extended to some adults who commitlesser offenses categorized as indecent liberties with a child. “One of the biggest arguments driving Jessica’s Law in Floridawas that, had the legislation been in place in 1991, John Couey wouldhave been in prison and unable to harm Jessica in 2005,” the pieceread. “Under North Carolina’sversion of ‘Jessica’s Law,’ however, Jessica Lunsford would not havebeen safe from harm.” The law was named for a 9-year-old Florida resident who was raped and murdered by a man who had been convicted of molesting a 5-year-old. — AK

Study finds NC lost jobs to China North Carolina has lost 79,800 jobs to China over the past seven years, according to a study released on July 30 by the Washington-based Economic Policy Institute. North Carolina ranked 10 th for net job loss to Chinaamong the 50 states. Trade deals such as the North American Free TradeAct and the Central American Free Trade Act were ratified with thepromise that exactly the opposite would occur. “Every day, working TarHeels shoulder the costs of trade while unfair and unwise policiesprevent them from enjoying the benefits rhapsodized about in economicstextbooks,” said John Quinterno, a research associate at the NCBudget & Tax Center in Raleigh. Some of the heaviest hits weretaken in traditional manufacturing sectors — 14,336 jobs lost intextiles, 11,373 jobs lost in apparel, and 7,761 jobs lost infurniture, but newer fields such as computer and electronicsmanufacturing — 8,064 jobs wiped out — were also significantlyaffected. “The industrial trends show that Chinais aggressively moving away from low-wage, low-value-added industriesin favor of more advanced technology products,” Quinterno said. “Chinano longer wants to compete for the textile jobs found in communitieslike Hickory; it wants to compete for the high-skill jobs in RTP. Thathelps explain why col lege-educated workers — a group previouslythought to be immune to trade-related losses — have beendisproportionately affected by trade in recent years.” — JG

Turn off the tap TheCity/County Utilities Division in Forsyth County is asking residents tovoluntarily restrict water use due to drought conditions that havereduced the flow of the Yadkin River to 10-year lows. The river, whichsupplies 80 percent of the county’s water, averaged 553 cubic feet persecond this July compared to 1,659 cubic feet during non-drought years.The utilities division recom mends limiting watering to one hour perday in the mornings and evenings, fixing leaks and refraining fromwashing cars or sidewalks. — AK

Coble defends tobacco industry Rep. Howard Coble, the Republican who represents North Carolina’s 6 th Congressional District spoke out on the US House floor on July 30 against the proposed

FamilySmoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. “During my tenure inCongress I have consistently op posed granting the Food and DrugAdministration the authority to regulate tobacco,” he said. “I do sobased upon my philosophical beliefs and the ramifications thislegislation would have upon my congressional district and state.”Proponents such as the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.)say the legislation would allow the FDA to keep tobacco manufacturersfrom enticing young people to smoke and would help current smokersquit. — JG

Ram stampede Winston-Salem State Universityofficials expect a record-breaking freshman class to put the squeeze onthe institution’s dormitory stock, according to a press release,forcing the college to rent hotel rooms for up to 260 returningstudents. Students shunted to area hotels will pay university rate fortheir rooms, with the university picking up the rest of the tab. Theuniversityz set up a phone bank dedicated to answering students’questions about housing and posted information on its website. — AK

White House staffers ordered to testify US District Judge John D. Bates of the District of Columbia ordered White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers totestify before the US House Judiciary Com mittee for an investigationinto the forced resignation of nine US attorneys in late 2006. Bateswrote in an opinion filed on July 31 that the dispute between the WhiteHose and the Judiciary Committee “pits the po litical branches of the federal government against one another in a case all agree presents issues of extraordi nary constitutional significance. Rep. Brad Miller, who represents North Carolina’s13 th Congressional District, hailed the decision, saying that it“should help avoid the most serious constitutional crisis in agenerations.” — JG

Free cancer screening in High Point TheUNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chapel Hill is leading astudy on colorectal cancer in High Point this summer, said researchassistant Katya Roytburd in a recent e-mail to YES! Weekly. Researchershope to enroll 300 people age 50 and above for free screenings. Ahealth clinic will be held on Thursday at the High Point office ofPiedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency for people interestedin finding out whether they’re eligible to participate in the study.For more information, call 866.625.6328. — JG

GSO might curb repeat requests by developers Greensboromay tighten up language in its development ordinance to try to curbdevelopers from making minor changes to rezoning requests to bypass a12-month waiting period for resubmitting requests that have beenpreviously withdrawn or denied. “In the past few years, a number ofrezoning requests have been filed and were subsequently denied orwithdrawn following controversy on the requests,” Planning DirectorDick Hails wrote to City Manager MitchellJohnson in a July 29 memo. “Those requests were then refilled withvirtually the identical details of [the proposed development within oneyear, except that the underlying zoning district was changed.” Hailsnoted one request that came before council four times within a 12-monthperiod in a presentation to city council on Monday: Council ultimatelyapproved the request in February, allowing developer Mark P. Reynoldsto build a drive-thru Walgreens drug store at the intersection of NewGarden Road and Garden Lake. The proposed amendment would requiredevelopers to obtain a finding of “significant change” beforeresubmitting a request within the 12-month period. Hails said Greensboro would likely model its amended regulations on a Guilford Countyordinance that makes its planning board responsible for approvingfindings of “significant change.” Greensboro’s zoning commissioninclude members with close ties to the real estate industry, includingChairman Tony Collins, a partner with Collins & Galyon GeneralContracting; realtor Paul Gilmer; and Raymond Trapp, member servicescoordinator for the Triad Apartment Association. In contrast, the cityof Durham vests that responsibility with administrative staff. Mayor Yvonne Johnson saidshe favors giving the final say over the findings to the city council,which hears appeals of zoning commission decisions. “You have some verystrong council members with very strong opinions,” she said. “I think arecommendation could come to us from staff.” – JG

Minimum housing The Winston-SalemCity Council held a public hear ing Aug. 4 in its ongoing efforts torevise minimum housing standards in the Camel City. The housing staffchanged a handful of the new standards after a group of realtors andother stakeholders pointed out that the new local code would exceedstate guidelines on issues like bathroom venting and central heat.###Richard Miller###, president of the Winston-Sa lem RegionalAssociation of Realtors, praised Mayor ###Allen Joines### for meetingthe group halfway and then asked for changes in rules governing thenumber of smoke detectors and amount of electrical supply for smallproperties. The body heard the concerns, and then bounced thediscussion back to the Community Development/Housing/General GovernmentCommit tee, which meets Aug. 12. — AK

A ’burb with a plan Members of the Winston-SalemCity Council unanimously agreed to turn the city’s southwesterncorridor into a patchwork of retail, residential, rural and recreationareas bound by a comprehensive suburban plan. The Southwest SuburbanArea Plan designates 41 percent of the land within the study area —which covers more than 13,000 acres — for residential use. Thesouthwestern part of the city is developing rapidly, and the cityadopted the plan to impose some kind of framework on development. Amajor feature of the plan is its designation of the southern end of thestudy area as a rural district. The city is sponsoring a study ofhistoric properties in the area to determine whether they qualify forthe National Register of Historic Places. The southern end ofthe study area falls outside city limits and is under the jurisdictionof the Forsyth County Commission, which will have the opportunity toapprove the plan at its next meeting. — AK