Sunday sampler

Let’s see what the “enemy of the people” are reporting today! (A lot of football.)

Greensboro: The News & Record looks at the helmets high school players are wearing  and how protective they are. Most of the area schools wear good helmets. But “While the overall numbers are good, eight schools are also placing their athletes in helmets that are now prohibited for use by NFL players after a study released in April by Biokinetics Inc. of Canada.”

Fayetteville: The Observer describes how North Carolina high schools are turning out more blue-chip football players. “This season, at least 444 players from North Carolina are on top-level college football rosters, according to a Fayetteville Observer analysis. About 300 of them are scholarship athletes.”

Raleigh: Want to get the idea of what a concussion can do? Read this piece in the N&O about Tommy Hatton, a star UNC football player who walked away from the game after suffering four concussions. It’s damning. “During the first days and weeks after his fourth concussion, Hatton said he felt so incapacitated that “honestly, legitimately, it was almost like I was paralyzed.” The effects were immediate, and relentless. First was the short-term memory loss – the 9 ½ hours he couldn’t account for until he came to in the hospital, still wearing his uniform pants. Then there was the sensitivity to light, so much that Hatton spent the majority of the next three months either in darkened rooms or wearing special sunglasses.”

In non-football news:

Greensboro: The News & Record continues its series on money in politics with a look at state legislative races. Here’s the key: the candidate with the most money wins. Sad, given the state of the General Assembly. “We basically have a system that is not designed to create competition,” said Bender, whose group is based in Helena, Mont., and operates the www.followthemoney.orgwebsite where visitors can track the interaction between the big bucks and state officeholders. “An incumbent once he or she is in office, you can usually see that there is a handful of people who are providing boatloads of cash for them,” Bender said.

Hendersonville: Terrible mudslides in May, and still waiting for federal help in August. Not the way government is supposed to work. “Bobby Arledge, Polk County emergency management director, said so far 153 people have been documented as suffering some type of damage from the storm. That damage ranges from minor to major, and while not all will be eligible for FEMA to reimburse, it will be a “big help for those folks struggling to get back to normal,” he said.”

High Point:  Gangs. The lead paragraph in the Enterprise story says it: “Three people were killed in the city between Monday and Thursday, and another two were hit with bullets. Six different homes were shot at and at least 200 bullets have been fired in the city in the same time span.”


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