|By News & Record, Greensboro, N.C.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Center-city landlord and business owner
The Fun Fourth activities earlier that day will attract a big crowd and lots of potential customers. But instead of encouraging those crowds to stick around and shop and dine downtown, the nonprofit booster,
What gives? Kern bristles. "If we've got them here," Kern said in an email to DGI, "why would we need to get them to leave?"
One probable reason, so far unstated, is public safety. In
This recent history has got to be in the back of some people's minds as this
Still, Kern has a point. It's sadly ironic to have to encourage people not to visit downtown. Or to leave once they're there.
Yes, it's better to be safe rather than sorry. But it's shame it's come to this.
Their dream, our dollars
We don't get it. Black Network Television's allegations that the city of
But they've hired a famous attorney,
Here's what the city did: It found out through a title search that the collateral for the
In other words, the city was being reasonable, fair and, most important, fiscally responsible. Let 'em sue.
Mug shot privacy
But taking them out of the public record entirely is too broad a stroke, as it would also prohibit news organizations from publishing them. Mug shots have been a part of the public record for 100 years, and as
This provision should be tossed from the 35-page Regulatory Reform Act, which has become a grab bag for everyone's pet peeve.
The CDC's most recent study of Youth Risk Behavior had a lot of heartening news about
But some worrisome behaviors are going in the wrong direction. Marijuana use has increased. Nearly 41 percent of students said they'd used the drug. And a new question for high school students revealed that 34 percent had texted while driving.
Teen drivers already have the highest proportion of fatal crashes related to distracted driving. According to the
Also troubling were statistics on physical activity. Forty-three percent of middle school students and more than 53 percent of high school students said they were not physically active at least 60 minutes per day for five days a week.
Given the epidemic of obesity sweeping the country, this doesn't bode well for the future.
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