Fayetteville: The Observer has a good story about the Army Reserve major accused of assault and threats in connection with the Hoke County mosque. It’s scary, really, how people with access to weapons and hate in their hearts and heads can terrorize innocents. The opening anecdote between Mohammed Khan, a retired Army chaplain, and the accused, Russ Langford: “During that time late Thursday afternoon in the parking lot of the Masjid Al-Madina, Khan listened to Russ Langford besmirch the Muslim people living in the United States and abroad. Langford brandished a handgun and told Khan he would kill him and bury him, pointing to a grassy area outside the Hoke County mosque.”
Greensboro: It’s hard to imagine why legislators are against alternative energy sources, but it seems that many in the General Assembly are, given their track record. The News & Record outlines yet another solar energy business being hurt by the lack of support in the legislature. As you might guess, it appears as if the big power companies are obstacles.
Raleigh: I hadn’t paid much attention to NC New Schools, and I’m glad the News & Observer has. NC New Schools provided college-level classes for high school students and got lots of money to do it. After great acclaim and expansion, it suddenly shut down in April and filed for bankruptcy. The leadership knew it was in financial trouble and continued spending anyway. “The bankruptcy filing shows that New Schools owes more than $950,000 to school districts and schools across the state, most of them rural and poor. Some of the owed money is for training the schools never received and some of it is to reimburse schools for positions that were paid for in advance.”