Sunday sampler

My hope was that one of the state’s newspapers would take a deeper look at the effects of the abortion amendment. I have read all I care about on the politics of it: how it was sprung on people, how the governor said he wouldn’t sign any bill with additional restrictions on abortion and now he will, how it will affect the aspirations of Tillis, Berger, et. al. (Those stories lead the Raleigh and Asheville papers even today.) I just don’t know, really, what the new law would actually mean. Will health clinics have to shut down? If so, what will it mean to all the other non-abortion-related services they provide? If a paper has done it, please let me know.

The Zimmerman verdict is on the front of most of the larger newspapers this morning, even dominating some. Sorry. In five minutes of TV, I know everything your report says.

Asheville — Maybe because I lived in Asheville for a couple years, I found the Citizen-Times’ story on the Grove Park Inn fascinating. If you’ve ever visited it, you ought to read the story, if only for the anecdotal history alone. The Inn is turning 100 this month.

Raleigh — Maybe because I’m a Blue Cross Blue Shield customer, I found the News & Observer’s story on how the insurer shares my personal data disturbing. BCBS says, nah, we are an industry leader at protecting client data. No problem. That’s what NSA said, too.

Greensboro — Maybe because I live in Greensboro, I found the News & Record’s story about the problems of race and class in downtown Greensboro interesting. (That, plus the fact that I suggested that angle was missing from last week’s story.) Joe Killian does a good job, letting people talk about the perceptions and misperceptions about downtown Greensboro, particularly in the wake of arrests of teenagers in widespread fights.

Fayetteville — Thank goodness I have no connection to the Observer’s story on prescription painkillers. “An Observer analysis of state and county records found that opiate painkillers contributed to 95 deaths in Cumberland County between 2008 and 2011, more than the previous eight years combined. In the counties surrounding Fort Bragg – Hoke, Harnett, Lee, Moore and Cumberland – prescription opiates have been a contributing factor in at least 395 deaths since 2000.”


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