“The Sunday before Christmas
and all through the hood,
the papers were stirring
their stories were good”
Charlotte — Want to know why North Carolina can’t have nice things? The Observer looked at state emails about incentives to lure companies to the state and explains its clearly: We don’t spend enough. (Thank goodness.) “To win a new plant being built by the Keer Group, a Chinese textile company, South Carolina dangled an incentives package 10 times larger than North Carolina’s, the emails show.”
Meanwhile, based on a promo on the front page, the Observer also has an 18-page section called “Coming Home: A tribute to all who served through 13 years of war in Afghanistan.” Impressive. Certainly worth the paper’s $1.50.
Greensboro — This is personal. The News & Record writes about one of the nicest people I know and his wife. James and Djuana Parker’s 18-year-old daughter was killed in a car accident in 2010, and they have established a foundation to honor Arielle. Ari’s Heart provides support for families like the Parker’s — those who have lost a child. James used to work for the News & Record; he is a masterful photographer and an outstanding man. And Nancy McLaughlin’s story capture him perfectly. (I’ve met Djuana, but can’t say I know her.)
Winston-Salem — The Journal profiles Jimmy Broughton, the new deputy chief of staff for Gov. Pat McCrory. And if you liked the McCrory whose staff released a 34-page salvo about an AP reporter’s year-long coverage, I have the feeling you’ll love Broughton’s McCrory. At least based on the first anecdote in the story.