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For regulated and regulators, spill changes everything
RALEIGH — An environmental calamity as massive as Duke Energy’s coal ash spill into the Dan River inevitably leads to finger-pointing.
Actually, that asteroid did not nearly hit Earth
The Internet lit up with reports last week that a big rock was on a path to nearly strike the Earth on Monday night, Feb. 17. This was not true. But it made for a grabby headline. As in: "An Asteroid Will Almost Hit the Earth Tonight" (from Motherboard).
Planting native, saving our diversity
First question for you, says UNC-TV’s “Exploring North Carolina” host, Tom Earnhardt, when he begins his talk to a Rotary club or other civic group, is, how many of you have spare parts somewhere in your body?
A protest, an election and a contest to frame them
RALEIGH — A day before tens of thousands of people gathered for a protest march in the state capital, the head of the state Republican Party, Claude Pope, called a news conference to conduct his own protest.
You can examine your doctor's record, but don't expect to learn everything
Recently a reader wrote me to ask how patients can perform background checks on their doctors, to make sure that they're in good standing. He had a reason for asking: A few years ago, he said, he'd agreed to have a spinal fusion performed by an apparently well-regarded surgeon.
How to watch 'difficult' movies
Last week I finally saw "Schindler's List." Yes, that "Schindler's List" - the Oscar-winning Spielberg movie that earned wide acclaim for its vivid and sensitive portrayal of the Holocaust. It came out 21 years ago, and I've been meaning to see it ever since.
After practicing yoga, enjoy the Savasana
If you have never practiced yoga, this might be difficult to understand, but Savasana, or corpse pose, is known to be the most difficult of all the postures. If you have practiced yoga, you are probably shaking your head in agreement. In this asana, you simply lie on your back allowing all tension to leave your body and continuously trying to create spaces in your mind that are not filled with random thoughts, memories or plans.
Could you be a candidate?
RALEIGH — The 2014 campaign season may have started months ago when candidates began raising money, outlining their messages and jockeying for position in their respective primaries.
Running away from politics
RALEIGH — I often wonder whether all the partisan nastiness and money-grubbing that goes on in politics these days is increasingly leaving the political world, both nationally and at the state level, to know-nothings and rascals.
Benefits of hiking minimum wage are an illusion
The president's latest economic fantasy says raising the minimum wage will incentivize work, lower unemployment, juice the economy and may even lower taxes. All while businesses swallow billions of dollars more in labor costs.
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