A wealth of opportunities for newspaper readers to find interesting stories on the front pages of N.C. papers today.
Asheville — The Citizen-Times has become one of the best papers in the state because it regularly tackles tough, insightful stories. This week’s is about those people who prepare and serve us food in restaurants living below the poverty level. (So, let’s bitch at them a little more because they aren’t as quick as we want them to be.) Most make $2.13 an hour plus tips. “In the next nine months, worker relief is coming to 23 states and the District of Columbia, all of which will lift the state minimum wage higher than what’s mandated by the government. North Carolina is not scheduled to be among them.” Hooray for us!
Burlington — The Times-News writes on one of my favorite topics: child homelessness. It’s right up there with child hunger. “Single mothers with children is the fastest-growing population of homelessness today,” said Kim Crawford, executive director of Allied Churches of Alamance County. “A lot of that is to do with domestic violence.” My question: are our governments working on the right things?
Charlotte — The Observer continues to ask questions — and get some answers — on the once-secret monitoring of millions of cellphone records of people in Mecklenburg County. High profile arrests have resulted, but there are questions of whether judicial procedure has been followed. Excellent reporting.
Greensboro — In one of the day’s philosophically saddest stories, the News & Record writes about a controversy over the local Civil Rights Museum, established to honor the Greensboro Four and the sit-in movement. Greensboro has been fighting old racial battles for years, and this is another. It’s unclear to me what constituency the museum board is attempting to appeal to, but it certainly isn’t doing the museum any good.
Raleigh — Want to see your state government at work? Read this story in the News & Observer about how the Department of Labor won’t stand up for laborers being cheated by their employers. Not only that, the secretary of labor, Cherie Berry, best known for her picture in elevators, won’t even talk with the N&O about it.