Friday, June 10, 2005

Happy birthday to John Edwards.

I think my dad, despite his mistrust of the wealthy, the extroverted, and the malpractice attorney, would have been proud to share a birthday with a man who emodies so many of the good things about North Carolina Democrats.

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Truth and Rec commission gets $30,000 grant from Winston-Salem-based Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

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Colorblind Science Teacher visits Timberlake Farm: "I always thought that it was one of those touchy-feely type of places that overwhelmed children with the huge issues of recycling, global warming, etc. I was partially right; it is touchy feely but it was 'magical,' a word that I heard many times yesterday."

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A Little Urbanity tours the new Willow Oaks public housing development -- the replacement for Morningside Homes -- and finds a lot to like. He's got plenty of photos, too.

It's only been two days since I pointed out that Wharton is delivering for Greensboro a level of coverage and criticism on development matters that very, very few US newspapers even attempt to equal. But I'm going to say it again.

This is not just blogging as journalism, it's blogging as substantive and important journalism.

Read the whole thing.

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I got a broadcast email yesterday, full of happy pictures of US soldiers with Iraqi kids. The email urged me to focus on the pictures and not on the reports from the media, because "the glass is half-full."

I guess this would be the empty half of the glass.

Anthony Shadid and Steve Fainaru, Washington Post Foreign Service: "Frustrated U.S. soldiers question the Iraqis' courage, discipline and dedication and wonder whether they will ever be able to fight on their own, much less reach the U.S. military's goal of operating independently by the fall."

Read the whole thing.

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CNN hiring a blog reporter. (via Bill Hobbs)

Not a good sign if they hire a non-blogger for the job.

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Allen Johnson isn't buying what Jesse Helms is selling on integration.

Neither is DrFrankLives.

His supporters used to say, at least you always knew where Jesse stood. Right, with one foot in the 19th Century. That's why some of us could never support him.

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Big NYT article on Marvin Williams, says he'll go #1 or 2 in the NBA draft. A nice piece on a guy I'm proud to have called a Tar Heel, but the photo caption is just wrong to say Williams "became the go-to player during the Tar Heels' drive to the N.C.A.A. tournament championship." No, that would be Sean May.

(And the '82 championship team was James Worthy's, not Michael Jordan's.)

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Today would have been my father's 72d birthday.

He died in 1987 at the age of 54. I think about him every day. I probably still learn from him every day.

Donald Cone was born in Greensboro on June 10, 1933. He graduated from Curry School, Haverford College, and Johns Hopkins med school, but his book smarts were just an aspect of one of the finest minds I have ever encountered.

He was a good husband and father and son, funny as hell, slightly paranoid, a questioner of authority, a whistler of Mahler and a lover of dogs and large Chryslers.

I wish he had known his grandchildren. I'm glad I knew him.

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