North Carolina's court system is limping along without enough money. The result is long delays for hearings, evidence that sits untested at crime labs and jobs that can't be filled.
For more than 50 years, the Chapel Hill Service League (CHSL) has sponsored Christmas House to benefit Orange County children who most need support during the holidays. In December, Christmas House served 380 families who filled shopping carts with new coats, toys and books to brighten the holidays for more than 800 children.
I was happy to read that Durham Public Schools decided to do the right thing and pay the custodians who worked 50 days without remuneration -- due to a subcontractor going bankrupt. It would have been easy for the school board to say, "Not our problem!" I had already started working on this column about “pass the buck” schemes, so I was happy to read of a situation in which an organization owned their responsibility.
Art Pope was director of organization for the gubernatorial campaign of Jim Martin, and Pope served as special counsel to Gov. Martin. He owns Variety Wholesalers,
He was delegate to the Republican National Convention three times. Pope served the N.C. House of Representatives in 1988 and remained in office several years. He was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
So, today is Super Bowl Sunday. I’m sure everyone has been to church (ahem) to “keep holy the sabbath”...and to pray that their team wins, meaning Seattle, because I mean hasn’t Tom Brady’s team (their name escapes me right now) won the Super Bowl like 782 times in the last 783 years? Enough, already!
I have listened to all Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective books, including the newest, “The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Café” (Recorded Books, 9.75 hours). This is his 15th about Precious Ramotswe, the “standardly built” lady detective from Botswana. I count on the audios’ consistencies and never tire of the samenesses. This one, however, surprised me.