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Man gets 10 years for sex abuse of toddlers

Second public input session slated on new HCHS principal

Town Council to meet this afternoon


Comet soccer improves to 2-0-1 with win over Patrick





Start all engines

Occasionally in this business, news stories resonate long after the front pages find their way to the recycling bin (or are digitized and cast out into the endless ether of the Internet). Case in point for yours truly: the mass firings last year of McDonald’s workers in South Boston and Clarksville. I wrote about this episode back in May 2014 after WSET-13 did its initial news segment, and in so doing I learned a few things about the low-wage economy that I had no real clue about beforehand.

Still bananas

One of the truly awesome reads on the Internet is, a production of ESPN, where sports and celebrity come together to provide an ongoing stream of enlightened amusement, or the other way around; it’s sometimes hard to tell. The content is a wonderful mix of highbrow, lowbrow and The Brow. (Grantland is ga-ga over the NBA’s Anthony Davis.) One of the best pieces I’ve read all year is “How ‘Selma’ Got Smeared,” a brilliant exposition by Grantland writer Mark Harris on the obligations of history and movies that purport to tell it without letting strict fidelity to the facts weigh down the drama. There’s all kinds of great stuff to be found there:

Power play

Since snow jobs are on everyone’s mind at the moment, can we go back to state Sen. Frank Ruff’s column on this page last week? Ruff took time out from his busy schedule denying health care to poor people to write about Senate Bill 1349, which also isn’t for poor people. Instead, the legislation is designed to meet the needs of Dominion Virginia Power, which is pretty much the antithesis of poor. Unless you buy what Sen. Ruff is selling, that is.

Checks and imbalances

Last week in this space I mentioned — as an aside — how little I think of James Edmunds’ bill to create a ninth, at-large seat on the Halifax County Board of Supervisors.

Change of pace

It’s welcome change with the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors to be able to give credit where credit is due — however belatedly.

Gone mad

Following the extreme unpleasantness that raged previously in the evening, at some point late Monday or early Tuesday a feeling of serenity finally pierced the darkness of confusion and doubt.

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