Last day of November? Really? What happened to, oh, all of 2010? For BCR's part, exhaustion and changing climates have us feeling a bit grumpier and lot more opinionated than usual, which should be self-evident from our view askew on the news:
DUPD Loophole Sought: As expected, a defense attorney is trying to get the rap-sheet tossed out for their undergraduate client, a 19-year-old accused of driving under the influence at 4am last month. The get-outta-jail free card being played? That Duke's campus police arrested the man, Thomas Holloway -- and that since Duke has at least nominal ties to the Methodist Church, its campus police force shouldn't have the power to arrest people. (Assuming the charges against Mr. Holloway are true, BCR postulates that he -- like the student who in '08 crashed his car into a tree on Buchanan Blvd. -- should really just be happy he didn't get an up-close-and-personal look at whether the Methodist worldview on the afterlife is accurate or not.) (Herald-Sun)
Falls Lake Debate: The N&O's Jim Wise has a wrap-up of where things stand with Falls Lake, looking at who pays and who gains, and why environmental groups aren't jumping with joy at the rules but say they hope they don't get challenged, either. (N&O)
Sweepstakes Cafes May Close: Barring last-minute court orders, a General Assembly ban on video gaming should close down the scourge of sweepstakes cafes in North Carolina -- though the industry, which is harder to exterminate than the cockroach it seems, vows to make changes to the games to allow them to continue. (N&O) Oh, and if you're one for irony this morning, a Google Alert last week sent me this review of one of Durham's "cafes," this one sitting in a shopping center owned by Fayetteville St. cleanup advocates Larry and Denise Hester. First thought: we didn't know smoking was allowed inside public spaces anymore; are cafes exempt? Second thought: if we're going to clean up Fayetteville St., is a sweepstakes cafe the right way to start?
In Durham, Politics are Crazy: You know those obnoxious TV commercials for the movie "The Expendables," showing has-been action stars like Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren teaming up to the tunes of 80s rock from Guns 'n Roses? Somehow, the N&O's series on the "Friends of Crystal Mangum" brought that commercial to mind. Steve Matherly gets a profile, as does the very perplexing Victoria Peterson, and group founder D.J. Register. Wait, here we go -- it's this page at their sister-organization, the Committee on Justice for Mike Nifong, with all their names and photos scrolling by. Just like that "Expendables" commercial with all the names of the 80's action stars. That's the linkage. Anyway, the N&O concludes, not shockingly, that some wonder whether the support of the group is helping or hurting Mangum in her arson/custody legal battles. (N&O)