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Waste lays waste to North Carolina – Rondy Elliott

“Those things aren’t lagoons – they’re cesspools,” says Rick Dove, a senior adviser for Waterkeeper Alliance. He has been fighting agricultural water pollution in North Carolina since l993. About that time he was one of the founding members of this group, now a nationally respected environmental organization.

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NCAA money machine keeps humming along

With America’s elite college football teams closing in on the playoffs to determine a national champion and a new race to basketball’s March Madness about to begin, the burning question might be (actually is) who is in charge of the keeping the huge fortune the two events produce out of the hands of cheaters?

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Opinion: Biden 2020? It's not as crazy as it sounds

In reporting on politics all my adult life, I’ve enjoyed indulging in candidate scenarios, especially thinking unconventionally about what might happen if somebody runs for president. If people I respect dismiss one of my story lines as a dumb idea, it’s usually better to move on.

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My land trust home is an investment in an affordable community

I had been renting a house from a friend in Durham for six years when I walked into the Durham Community Land Trustees (DCLT) office for the first time this spring. I really wanted central heating and air conditioning, I was craving a long-term permanent home I could call my own, and I was dreaming about porches.

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Where do kids learn to undervalue women? From their parents.

With good reason, much of the concern about misogyny and the subjugation of women is currently focused on the workplace. As the #MeToo testimonials have shown, the professional world all too frequently tasks women with silent endurance of morally unacceptable (or downright criminal) behavior. But even those of us who have avoided the most abusive workplaces live with malignant gender dynamics in our homes – and risk passing them on to our children.

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Pass tax relief for small-business liftoff

President Trump promised voters that his administration would push through the biggest tax relief package since the Reagan years, and it looks like Congress might pull through with the president’s promise this year. At the heart of the plan is a long-overdue small business tax cut – “rocket fuel for our economy,” in the president’s words.

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