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Nathalie teenager killed in Saturday wreck

SUV operated by 18-year-old runs off Route 40, strikes ditch

Swim team parents seek new pool – but wonder if YMCA is place for it

A group of swim team parents who say they have backing to build a new aquatic center in South Boston first want to shore up the local YMCA — starting…

Sparkling day for a festival

Crowd estimated at 10,000 turns out on a fine fall day

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Chargers light up Bluestone, 55-14

Bluestone falls to 1-4 after playing through toughest part of schedule

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Stuck in a bad place

Last week the Joint Education Committee — comprised of representatives of the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors and School Board — held one of its interminable, inconclusive meetings that in a better world would be bottled up and sold as a cure for insomnia. The supes and trustees continue to talk about the best path forward on new school facilities. We’re roughly decade three into the process, and no answers yet.

Power and the glory

Any change in the established order is going to produce winners and losers — that’s an easy fact to overlook in this era of the much-hyped Win-Win. If only it were so. Change would be a lot easier to achieve if everyone came out ahead in the bargain.

What were they thinking?

Looking back at the disaster that was the Bob and Maureen defense strategy, the obvious question that presents itself is both vexingly complex and laughably simple: Why?

A tradition like no other

Occasionally I am asked: What’s with the weekly editorial columns by elected officials? Is the newspaper providing a public service or do we get paid by the inch? (The answer to that last one is an emphatic “no.”) These are all good questions. Let’s see if we can come up with suitable answers.

Sea change

On our website this week, there’s been an outbreak of commentary — consisting of equal parts vitriol and virtue — on the subject of gay marriage. The precipitating event? The News & Record’s story on Monday, headlined “Temporary Setback.”

Hot under the collar

Maybe at their next meeting, members of the Mecklenburg County School Board can all agree to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

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