Rhino Crashes Closed MeetingOn the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 1 – after a lot of talk by President Barack Obama about transparency in his administration – I snuck into and attended a private meeting held by Obama's deputy secretary of the US Department of the Treasury, Neal Wolin, and Democratic Rep. Brad Miller, who represents North Carolina's 13th congressional district. Also at the meeting were state and federal banking officials, area elected officials and a select group of other handpicked attendees.
Investigations Were Justified, Part 84Cops in Black & White by Jerry Bledsoe, Part 84When Lt. James Hinson created a crisis for the Greensboro Police Department in June 2005, by claiming that secret police were targeting black officers for investigation because of race, one of the steps that Chief David Wray took to attempt to quell the turmoil was to call in a police authority to examine the department's internal investigative procedures.
Mold Lady Leaves Long Trail Of QuestionsTwo women have come forward questioning Linda K. May, the woman who in May and June made herself the centerpiece of the Oak Ridge Elementary School environmental mystery, for her dealings in workers' compensation cases in California and Michigan.
Schools File First Salvo Over Oak RidgeGuilford County Schools has fired the first shot of the battle over who will pay for ongoing problems at Oak Ridge Elementary School, suing Lyon Construction of King, North Carolina, in Guilford County Superior Court, over what the school system claims are breaches in the contract between the school system and the contractor. The school system is claiming numerous failures in the construction of the school, which was completely rebuilt in 2005. The school system also sued Federal Insurance Company, Lyon Construction's insurer.
Board Raises Smart Quotient For AthletesThe Guilford County Board of Education, at its meeting on Thursday, August 27, wrapped up its response to the long-running athletics problems at Northern Guilford High School, approving a new policy on eligibility standards for interscholastic athletics at county schools, in an attempt to prevent similar problems at other county high schools.
Inmates Run Asylum At Council MeetingEvery flake and whacko in Greensboro who would like to see themselves on television should attend the next meeting of the Greensboro City Council, because Mayor Yvonne Johnson is allowing anyone to speak whenever they want.
State of Community Is Fair To Middlin'Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston, who has been a lightning rod for controversy recently, said before the 2009 State of the Community luncheon that he didn't like the new question-and-answer format, but he seemed quite at ease with it during the panel discussion, and, by the end of the luncheon, the new format had won him over.