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Quick Hits for July 24, 2014

Newly named North Carolina poet laureate Valerie Macon resigned last Thursday after an uproar from the N.C. literary community over her limited qualifications for the job.



Opinion: Chapel Hill needs to find more money to fund new buses

Time and time again, we’ve heard that many of the buses that are part of Chapel Hill Transit’s 99-bus fleet are at the age where they need to be replaced.



Opinion: N.C. leaders shouldn’t give up on Common Core yet

Public education should always be an issue treated with the utmost seriousness.



Quick Hits for July 17, 2014

The World Cup came to an end Sunday and with it goes one of the best modern sports traditions: crowd shots.



Opinion: Chapel Hill shouldn’t reject potential added tax revenue

E arlier this month, the Chapel Hill Town Council approved a bid from the UNC Arts and Sciences Foundation to buy the old public library property at 523 E. Franklin St.



Opinion: On sexual assault policy, UNC should lead, not follow

The release last Wednesday of the McCaskill report concerning sexual violence on college campuses pushed forward a national conversation about sexual assault that is desperately needed.



Quick Hits for July 10, 2014

Sexually explicit letters from President Warren G. Harding to his mistress, Carrie Phillips, will be released to the public July 29.



Opinion: Treatments for epilepsy need more support

L ast Thursday, Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill that allows for pilot studies to evaluate the effectiveness of an ingredient in hemp to treat intractable epilepsy.



Opinion: State leaders are letting Duke Energy off too easily

North Carolinians are probably exhausted by the barrage of bad decisions emanating from the state’s capital.

Too bad.



Quick Hits for July 3, 2014

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford gave a “press conference” Monday — a liberal use of the term, considering he barred some members of the press and didn’t take questions.



Opinion: Companies should not use religion to opt out of laws

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby that the Affordable Care Act cannot mandate “closely-held businesses” to provide health care coverage for certain kinds of contraceptives for their employees — and that opens up a scary path for-profit companies.



Opinion: The NCAA’s renewed investigation of UNC is pointless

In what was a truly tiresome piece of news, the NCAA announced Monday that it was reopening its investigation into academic irregularities at UNC.



Quick Hits for June 26, 2014

William Shatner announced his disdain this week for “nobodies” on Twitter who have received the blue verified check mark.



Opinion: The unemployment bill was vetoed for the wrong reasons

O n Tuesday, Gov. Pat McCrory vetoed an unemployment insurance bill that sorely needed to be vetoed, exercising that power granted to him by the North Carolina Constitution for only the third time.



Opinion: Churches should be granted freedoms with marriage

People in politics often appeal to whatever principle suits their policy desires at a given time.



Quick Hits for June 19, 2014

Miss USA Nia Sanchez was accused of carpetbagging to qualify for the Miss USA competition after she blanked on the name of the capital of Nevada, her home state, in a radio interview. We’ll give her the benefit of the doubt.



Opinion: New parking costs will hurt low-income employees

Free night parking at UNC has long been a sensible and helpful policy for University students and employees, but with the Board of Trustees’ decision to end the practice, unfair burdens will now be placed on the people who make the University the great institution that it is.



Quick Hits for June 12, 2014

Rolling Stone reported there are eight more posthumous Michael Jackson albums in the works, making Jackson more zombified than he was for the “Thriller” video.



Opinion: Longer terms would disrupt the democratic process

Last month, Republican state Sens. Jeff Tarte, Warren Danietl and Ronald Rabin introduced a bill that would extend the length of all state legislators’ terms to four years instead of the current two year terms served in both the state House and Senate.



Opinion: Systemic issues matter more than issues of character

Rashad McCants’ appearance on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” Friday sparked a new round of conversations about the ongoing athletics scandal at UNC.