Sunday sampler, science march edition

OK, I’m not featuring any of the march for science stories, although several N.C. papers wrote about them on their front pages. They pretty much say the same things.

Greensboro: I enjoy stories that keep track of people who are accused of white collar, money-related crimes. The News & Record did it well with the basketball coach who was sent to prison for fraud last year. And now they’re doing it with the former CEO of the Piedmont Triad Partnership, the top economic development agency who has been charged with two counts of embezzlement. He’s turned up in Wilmington under an assumed name trying to make it as a concert promoter. Not successfully, either.

Raleigh: It’s been seven months since Hurricane Matthew, and many places downeast are still not right. The N&O is on it, although the headline could be a stretch. “Some entire NC towns may become vacant memorials to Matthew.” Still, it’s a good story about a big problem: the destruction of business in small towns that are already suffering in this economy. “Bringing hurricane-damaged businesses back to life, and encouraging new ones to come into a flood-ravaged community, will require innovative economic development programs, advocates say, because existing programs have not worked for this disaster.”

Charlotte: The Observer has a fun — to me — story about a dive bar finding itself an island of the old being surrounded by new five-story apartments under construction. The Observer compares it to the movie “Up.” I prefer to comparing it to Donald Trump’s effort to displace a woman from her longtime home in Atlantic City. (That’s probably not fair, but it’s me.) “The Thirsty Beaver has always been a bit quirky – the red-eyed beaver painted on the side of the bright orange building should be a tip-off – but now it has become a symbol of neighborhood quirkiness that’s staying put in the face of new development. That wave of new development is transforming Central Avenue, Plaza Midwood and the surrounding neighborhoods, bringing 820 new apartments to a quarter-mile stretch of road in front of the Thirsty Beaver and hundreds more to other sites nearby.”


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