2005-09

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Back to schooling

When I read that the governor was sending in special teams — 10 of the 44 “failing” high schools he has targeted are in the Charlotte/Mecklenburg system — I told my wife she should turn state’s evidence. “Maybe they have a witness-protection program. And even though my hands are clean, I’m willing to share your fate if they set us up in some place like, say, Figure Eight Island or maybe Roaring Gap.”
2005-09

Blue Cross suit might cause stickers shock

It’s hard not to see Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina in the role of Br’er Fox. You remember him from the Uncle Remus stories: He caught his nemesis, Br’er Rabbit, but then the fox allowed himself to be persuaded to punish the rabbit by throwing him in the briar patch — exactly where the rabbit wanted to be.
2005-09

Davis is dean of N.C. law-school startups

It’s time for Leary Davis to move on, time to pay the price for what he considers one of his weaknesses. “I’ve got a quarter-century worth of boxes that I have put stuff in that I was going to look at later.” He’s clearing out his office at Campbell University in Buies Creek and heading to Greensboro to start Elon University’s law school. For the next year, he’ll be recruiting faculty and students, refining the curriculum, renovating a building and whatever else is needed to open on schedule with about 100 students in the fall of 200
2005-09

Downtown Charlotte seeks cruise control

Not many years ago, Charlotte boosters moaned that after 6 p.m. you could shoot a cannon down the city’s main drag and barely risk winging so much as a pigeon. Now they complain that the cruisers who flock downtown on weekend nights are for the birds. Cruisers say it’s their color that’s ruffling feathers.
2005-09

Fare shares

CEOs keep pulling down princely pay packages, but one is just taking stock, betting a
fortune on its performance.

2005-09

Heels should put Bobcats on better footing with fans

The excuses must stop. The Charlotte Bobcats had the second-worst attendance in the National Basketball Association last season. The team and its apologists blame it on the city’s former franchise, on a poorly designed television package, on playing in an old building. They probably even blame it on Rio or the rain.
2005-09

Kannapolis biopolis will be on the Dole

When it comes to Dole Food Co. owner David Murdock, Kannapolis has long been of many minds — some of them angry ones. That could change if the California financier’s plan to turn the town into what he calls a biopolis comes to fruition.
2005-09

She reaches peak of the Sierra Club

Asked to name environmentally friendly businesses, the new president of the 750,000-member Sierra Club rattles off a litany. General Electric. Bank of America. Lloyd’s of London. Missing from Lisa Renstrom’s list, however, are the two Acapulco hotels she ran from 1983 to 1993. “I would have had to have been really blazing new trails to be running my hotel with environmental practices in Mexico in the 1980s.”
2005-09

She's first of her kind, not of her kin, to lead bankers

The label is inevitable, but Hope Connell doesn’t like it much: first woman to chair the 108-year-old North Carolina Bankers Association, the trade group that represents the 142 banks, savings and trust institutions with headquarters in the state. What matters, she says, is that she won’t be the last one to hold the one-year job.
2005-09

Snookered

Kiran Mehta casts about, scanning the folks filling rows of brown plastic seats and squeezing in folding chairs along the walls. Outside the Washington County Agricultural Center, pickup trucks are still easing into parking spaces on Plymouth’s Water Street. More than 100 people, many of them men with weathered faces wearing overalls or khaki work pants, will pack this place tonight. With their starched white shirts, dark suits and ties, Mehta and his companions stand out like neon in a church.
2005-09

Stockyard

When radios had tubes and sat on oilcloth-clad kitchen tables, a man could count on certain things. One was that somewhere on the dial, just before daylight, would be a farm show featuring Reno and Smiley, the Briarhoppers or some other act, their corn-pone humor and ringing five-string banjos helping to bring up the sun. And that between tunes, a solemn announcer would read yesterday’s prices from the Siler City livestock market.
2005-09