Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.
for Independent Weekly Vol. 27 Issue 23, June 2010
Currently viewing results 1 - 6
Wake County School Board members are spending more time worrying about eliminating diversity than working on the budget. The new budget will eliminate forty jobs and will not request more funding despite opening four new schools and an increase in enrollment. Spending per student has decreased and will continue to decrease over the next two years. Some believe that the board is trying to make up for the decreases by creating low-income schools and relying on social programs to help fund them.
The state Senate passed bill S 1209 which places a 14-month moratorium on cities and towns who wish to build their own high-speed broadband networks. The bill hurts many rural communities that the telecommunications companies have not served with high-speed internet. Lobbyists for the telecommunications companies worked hard to support the bill and the companies have contributed to bill sponsor Sen. David Hoyle D-Gaston’s campaign efforts. The bill will now head to the house where it is expected to pass.
The issues surrounding Raleigh’s new amphitheater are not going away. The venue opened over the past week holding two shows and was labeled a success by politicians and local media. The news was intended to cover up the failure to secure a sponsor for the venue and booking committee showed they are lacking the desire to book exciting new acts.
Domestic violence in Wake County has spiked recently, especially among immigrants. Domestic violence is often tolerated among women who are immigrants for cultural reasons. Slowly, that trend is being reversed are programs are tailored toward women who are immigrants. Statistics for domestic violence among women who are immigrants and the experiences of Manisha Singh’s as a victim of domestic abuse are shared.
Area residents held a protest outside of Urban Outfitters in Durham. The protest was held in response to the company’s marketing strategies and the demographic they sell to. Amy Lambert led the protest saying that the company encourages women to eat less to fit into their clothing. The image the company suggests women should fit encourages eating disorders and unhealthy living.
The use of recycled coal ash can cause significant health and environmental problems. The Alamac Road Site in Robeson County, The Swift Creek Site in Nash County, and the Arthurs Creek site in Northampton County are all places where coal ash has contaminated the water supply. The use of coal ash as structural fill in North Carolina and its negative health effects on residents and the water supply are detailed.