Sunday sampler

Raleigh: In stark terms, the N&O outlines how out of balance the governing board of the university system is with the student population. “Men hold the majority of positions of power but women make up the majority of students. White men make up 73% of the board but only 25% of students. There are three black board members (11.5%), while 20% of students are black.” Should be damning for the GOP legislature which appoints the Board of Governors, but it won’t be.

Greensboro: It’s true, I’ve always believed the stigma that adopting teenagers is fraught with trouble. The N&R tells me that in Guilford County, out of 103 adoptions last year, 14 were teenagers. And I’ve been schooled. “If I would have caved in to the doubt,” Allred said, “I wouldn’t have two beautiful daughters, I wouldn’t have two beautiful grandchildren, an awesome daughter-in-law — all this stuff I would miss out on.”

Asheville: The Citizen-Times has what looks like an interesting story about how the city has lost 6.4 percent of its tree canopy over the last 10 years. And, the story says, it “is spurring a move to restrict tree cutting on private property.” But I can’t find the story on the website, but here is the front page, courtesy of the Newseum.