I was out of town yesterday, but that’s not going to stop the Sampler. My apologies for being a day late; the newspapers are far from a dollar short.
Raleigh: The N&O has a four-part series, which started Saturday, deep diving into the UNC athletic-academic scandal and why it has dragged out so long, who pressured whom and what it all means. There haven’t been bomb shells so far, but the detail is impressive and the story is well-told. And sad and frustrating for anyone who loves the state university system. (I know my UNC friends like to demonize the N&O for its aggressive coverage; I think the paper and Dan Kane have acted exactly as good journalists should.) “Newly released records show many key officials refused to believe that such a scandal could have endured in Chapel Hill – and reveal their consistent efforts to downplay the importance of many of the revelations that emerged. ‘I don’t think the article changes anything,’ Ross wrote to Brent Barringer, a former board of governors member. ‘…The University needs to be focused on fixing the problem. I don’t think they learn anything by going back in time.'”
Fayetteville: There are 150 inmates on death row, and there is little chance they will be put to death any time soon. The Observer: “Legal challenges to North Carolina’s capital punishment laws pending in state and federal courts have forced executions to grind to a halt. And most death row inmates filed claims under the now-repealed Racial Justice Act, which allowed them to claim discrimination in their sentencing….’Nobody can tell you how long it’s going to be, but I would expect, given all these different levels of litigation, it’s probably going to be years before we would have any executions,’ said retired University of North Carolina law professor Richard Rosen.” Good.
Greensboro: In case you’ve believed the BS Gov. McCrory and the GOP legislators have been pushing that the revenue losses from HB2 are minimal, the News & Record is here to straighten you out. “In an email Friday to local legislators, Henri Fourrier, the chief executive officer of the Greensboro Convention & Visitors Bureau, cited $29.5 million in economic losses based on such cancellations….The News & Observer of Raleigh reported last week that the ACC football championship, which had been scheduled to be played in Charlotte in December, had an economic impact of $32.4 million last year.” The legislature’s disregard of revenue makes you think they might be Democrats!