Ah, summertime. When the vacations are on and the news is slow -- well, when we're not dealing with 751 South, billboards, or property taxes, that is.
But there'll be plenty of time for those stories in the coming days. For today, the pickings are slim in newsworthy fare:
South Regional Opens: The new south Durham regional library opened to great fanfare and applomb, with the BOCC's members even being civil to each other and resisting what we're sure was an urge to try to shove their opponents Flat-Stanley-style through the book return. Our fave quote in the story: one Matt Rogers, a SoDur resident who complains that he's usually against bond issues, but notes the library (built near the county line, where new population growth is limited due to environmental constraints, and from which the Southwest library not-really-so-far-away) is "something people will use," calling it "nice to see some of our money well spent." (Herald-Sun)
Raleigh Struggles With High-Speed Plans: The Indy's Bob Geary takes a look at the challenges present in Raleigh as the City of Oaks struggles with how to route high-speed rail service between Richmond and the Triangle -- something that has led to an NCDOT proposal to close several downtown streets there that are gateways to nightlife areas like Glenwood South. Local officials are pleading for "sealed corridors," an alternative that would put gate arms at all four conflict points to prevent routing around arms -- but state officials still seem wary. Pay attention, Bull City: Even without high-speed rail plans, the same has been under discussion for years for Mangum and Blackwell in our downtown, with similar problems for keeping the burgeoning ATC/ballpark/DPAC district connected to the rest of the urban core. (Indy)
Pro-Am Featured: The SJG Greater NC Pro-Am gets still more feature coverage, this time from the N&O's Luke DeCock. Last year featured John Wall; this year a number of ACC stars-to-be are mixing it up with NBA players and the like at Central in a summer league which NCAA rules requires to be free admission. Which makes it one of the not-to-be-missed events around here this summer. (N&O)