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by Brian Clarey and Jordan Green

Busy being Tony Wilkins

Greensboro Coliseum Director Matt Brown issued a formal correction on Monday to a statement he had made before city council the previous week. Brown acknowledged that he incorrectly stated that the War Memorial Commission had held a formal vote in support of the Aquatic Center, and further admitted to “compound[ing] the error by stating that the vote was unanimous.” The erroneous statements were made in response to a tough line of questioning by District 5 Councilwoman Trudy Wade. Who was the first to publish Brown’s memo of correction? Tony Wilkins, executive director of the Guilford County Republican Party, local furniture retailer, Bob Dylan fan and Wade’s appointee to the War Memorial Commission. Wilkins has been watch-dogging the Aquatic Center at his Busy Being Born blog, and on Sunday posted a financial report on the hotel/motel tax fund that is supposed to cover the $6.7 million financing gap for the Aquatic Center. The report shows that the fund balance has been generally declining since the 1990s and that this year the city of Greensboro is loaning the fund $250,000 to help pay debt service. Back to the War Memorial Commission: It voted — not unanimously, but 8 to 1 — to support the Aquatic Center, two days after Brown erroneously reported to Wade that a vote of support had been taken. The one dissenting vote? Tony Wilkins, of course. — JG

Green like money

Here’s another self-serving argument for the legalization of marijuana in North Carolina: ad revenue! The alt-weekly Westword out of Denver, the capital of a state where the legal marijuana trade is quickly becoming an economic force, has benefited from the proliferation of potheads in the Centennial State. “They’re buying a lot of ads,” Westword Editor Patricia Calhoun told YES! Weekly. “We have a hundred of these places that have opened in the last two months.” Earlier this year, Calhoun made headlines by hiring a marijuana writer for the paper, a job that quickly garnered 250 applicants and went to a 29-year-old graduate student. But she warns that marijuana may not be the cure-all for every state’s economic woes. “Obviously you can’t trust it,” she said. “I’ve never seen a business come up so quickly.” — BC

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