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1 in 68 and rising

In 2015 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) records show there were 189 reported cases of measles in the US. That year there was an outbreak linked to a California amusement park. Given that measles is highly contagious, this was considered a large and serious public health concern. The year before, 2014, had 667 reported measles cases – the most we’ve had in a year this century. Now get ready for a much bigger number: this year there are over 97,000 ...
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Clinton arrogance opens doors for Trump

There is philosophical dispute as to what Diogenes of Sinope sought as he roamed ancient Greek city streets carrying a lamp in the daytime.“I’m looking for one honest man,” Diogenes is reported to have said. Still others claim he was “looking for a human,” since the unreasonable behavior of so many around him seemed to negate their homo sapien status. I thought about Diogenes and his “quaint little light in hand” earlier today while standing outside of YES! Weekly world ...
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Greensboro tightens its grip on public information

When Erika Lovett asked the City of Greensboro for a map showing plans for the Vandalia Road project this summer, she received a reply from the city’s public records administrator Katherine Carter saying such a map would not be public record. Carter cited a state law that protects “sensitive public security information” from disclosure. Yet, a map of plans for the Vandalia Road project has been publicly posted on the city’s website since 2014 with an invitation for the public ...
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Love lost on Labor Days past

It was just an ordinary Thursday night, and we'd actually forgotten about the Appalachian State game in Knoxville against the ninth ranked Tennessee Volunteers, until one of us looked it up and saw the Mountaineers led 13-6 late in the second quarter.
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Slow your Mustang down

In Wilson Pickett’s 1966 hit recording “Mustang Sally” he laments that “All you want to do is ride around Sally … ride, Sally, ride.” The song, written by Mack Rice, wasn’t intended as social commentary. But looking back it’s an apropos description of America’s decades-old love affair with the automobile.Driving a car was fun. Accordingly we’ve seen car usage steadily increase over the years. Until just recently that is.Now, for the first time, per capita car usage is down both ...
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With Trump the means are the end

Driving home on a two-lane country road through southern Virginia in July, I came upon some road construction. After a warning of “one lane road ahead,” there appeared a solitary man holding a stop sign on a pole. He had stranded himself on a thin island of shade. Not yet noon, it was over 90 degrees. The man coaxed me forward to his feet so I could share the precious shade he had claimed. I smiled a thank you. He ...
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Greensboro’s Civil War

Like any good Southern American white man I get a powerful thirst to study Civil War military campaigns when the days turn long and the weather turns hot.
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More questions than answers surround Mayor Vaughan’s personal legal bill

Vaughan had been summoned to a deposition in a lawsuit against the city brought by downtown property owner Eric Robert who said he had been promised public funds to help pay for rehabilitating the old Daily Bread Flour Mill. The City of Greensboro disagreed that any funds were promised or owed.
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Council runs back door play on video policy

At a Monday afternoon work session, the Greensboro city council passed a resolution that will allow limited release of video captured by the body-worn camera of former police officer Tim Bloch as he fatally shot Chieu Di Thi Vo in March of 2014.
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HB2 agitates fear and anger for political gain

It's good to see people passionate about civic matters. It sure beats apathy. But when it comes to HB2, the bill that, among other things, requires transgender people to use bathrooms in government facilities that align with the gender on their birth certificates, there is a lot of rhetoric that goes beyond zeal and reaches to unmitigated bigotry.