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for Independent Weekly Vol. 18 Issue 9, Feb 2001
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During the week that the state of North Carolina plans to carry out an execution, the Independent will carry a profile of the condemned person. Ernest McCarver was scheduled to die Friday, March 2, at 2 A.M., but was granted a stay by Superior Court Judge Leon Standack. McCarver is retarded, and there is growing public opposition to executing retarded convicts.
On February 21, 2001, the North Carolina Symphony played the grand-opening concert in the new Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh. This is the first time in its 68-year history that the symphony has its own performance hall. The Kahns describe the concert and how the music sounds in the new building.
Elliston describes the Hi Mom! Film Festival, which is an annual gathering of short-film buffs and a presentation of their work. The festival, now in its fourth year, was started by members of the Carolina Production Guild and is currently run by Mike Conner and Kendra Gaeta.
To help provide health care to children of low income families, the federal government proposes to give North Carolina $21 million. However, the state must come up with $7 million in matching funds to get the money, which, at the moment, the state is reluctant to do. In the meantime, health care is being denied to thousands of identified children.
With the state facing a possible $1 billion deficit in 2001, Governor Mike Easley is supporting a state lottery as a way to ease this and future financial difficulties. Geary discusses reactions around the state to this proposal, including ones from the North Carolina Council of Churches and the North Carolina Budget and Tax Center.