News archive from 22 February 2014

Intrusive FCC idea gets the ax it deserves

What could be so outrageous that Republicans and the conservative blogosphere are lighting up in defense of the mainstream media? A plan the federal government planned to hatch that would have been an intolerable invasion by Big Brother, regardless of...

 

Taking the long view on raising teacher pay

From Eric Davis, District 5 representative on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education: Public school teacher pay is too low. The governor's plan to increase pay in the early years is a good start, but like nearly all proposals so far, is...

 
Ted Nugent backlash reveals rare misstep for Texas GOP

Ted Nugent backlash reveals rare misstep for Texas GOP

AUSTIN, TEXAS - Mitt Romney rallied with Kid Rock and President George W. Bush had a fan in Alice Cooper. But a Ted Nugent encore in the Texas governor's race is growing unlikely after blowback from Republican Greg Abbott's embrace of the ultimate...

 
Texas AG welcomes Ted Nugent's apology for Obama slur

Texas AG welcomes Ted Nugent's apology for Obama slur

AUSTIN, TEXAS - Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott says Ted Nugent “rightly apologized” for degrading comments that resurfaced after welcoming the polarizing rocker to his campaign for Texas governor. But Abbott in a statement Friday didn't back...

 

As 2008 economic disaster loomed, Yellen first for aggressive action, transcripts show

WASHINGTON -- When the financial crisis deepened in September 2008, Federal Reserve leaders initially viewed it as a problem that would reverse itself. Janet Yellen, now the new Fed chair, was the earliest voice for aggressive action, transcripts...

 

LePage, Maine treasurer at odds over bonds

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Maine Gov. Paul LePage and the state treasurer sparred Friday over the Republican governor's announcement that he will not sign off on new bonds. State Treasurer Neria Douglass said that the governor's administration signed a...

 

Ron Cook: NFL has to get tougher against its 'criminal element'

The NFL has had worse weeks, to be sure. The final week of June 2013 comes to mind. It's never good when one of your star players is taken out of his home in handcuffs and charged with murder, as former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez...

 
Cubs eager for breakout season from 1B Rizzo

Cubs eager for breakout season from 1B Rizzo

MESA, Ariz. -- The Chicago Cubs need a breakout season from Anthony Rizzo. Whatever that might be is a good topic for discussion when it comes to Rizzo, the first baseman who has been in the limelight far more and far longer than your average...

 
Garza, Lohse bring levity, leadership to Brewers

Garza, Lohse bring levity, leadership to Brewers

PHOENIX -- Chances are, the loudest sound that can be heard in the Milwaukee Brewers clubhouse before the start of a spring training workday is pitcher Matt Garza's playful voice. The locker to Garza's right belongs to respected righty Kyle Lohse, who...

 

Slick-fielding Escobar finds a home with Rays

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Yunel Escobar is coming off the best season of his career, and the Tampa Bay Rays believe their slick-fielding shortstop can be even better in 2014. The native of Cuba shrugged off a slow start to post solid numbers offensively...

 

What could derail Kevyn Orr's plan?

A resolution of Detroit's bankruptcy hinges on several key factors: ■ The State of Michigan must agree to contribute $350 million over 20 years to reduce pension cuts, and the city must spin off the Detroit Institute of Arts. The...

 

Mecklenburg commissioners support cut in tax rate

A majority of Mecklenburg County commissioners appear to support a tax rate cut in the upcoming 2014-2015 budget, but also want to restore or expand county services reduced during the recession. The size of the rate cut will depend on the cost of...

 

1 dead, babies ill from listeria linked to cheese

WASHINGTON -- One person has died and three newborns have become ill in an outbreak of listeria linked to Hispanic-style cheese. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that the death was in California. Seven additional illnesses...

 
In Ecaudor, after the green men from Mars invaded, the real tragedy began

In Ecaudor, after the green men from Mars invaded, the real tragedy began

BOGOTA, Colombia When the green men from Mars landed in the central plaza of Cotocollao, Ecuador, a stunned nation listened as one of the country's most famous radio personalities was vaporized by a death-ray, and firefighters and police rushed to the...

 
Parking dispute riles tenants at Ballantyne Village

Parking dispute riles tenants at Ballantyne Village

The new owners of Ballantyne Village have said they're working to improve the once financially-troubled property, but a dispute over parking with the former owner is hurting business, tenants said Friday. When new investors bought the property in...

 

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