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Big Tobacco Consolidates: BAT Buys Reynolds

Months after British American Tobacco first offered to buy Reynolds, the two have reached a deal. BAT, the international tobacco company that James ‘Buck’ Duke co-founded in 1902 is absorbing Reynolds. Buck Duke has finally beaten R.J. Reynolds once and for all. BAT played the long game. When Reynolds purchased Brown and Williams from BAT in 2004, BAT gained over 40 percent of Reynolds stock in the newly named, Reynolds American.

Winston’s Bus Service Has Many Challenges, Novant And Baptist Should Chip In

2017 has been a bad year thus-far for our city’s bus riders. The Winston-Salem Transit Authority implemented sweeping changes to established bus routes on January 2nd. WSTA and the Winston-Salem City Council spent a considerable amount of time last year planning and reviewing the new bus routes. But the new bus routes are a bust. They’ve sparked outrage amongst Winston’s working-class.

Forsyth County, NC: County Of Eugenics

Thursday afternoon Wake Forest University hosted a screening of The State of Eugenics, Following the screening, there was a panel discussion featuring the film’s Director/Producer, Dawn Sinclair Shapiro, and led by Melissa Harris-Perry, with former Rep. Larry Womble, journalists Tommy Tomlinson and John Railey, and Dr. Laura Gerald, former chair of the state task force on compensation. The State of Eugenics tells the story of North Carolina’s Eugenics program and the fight to get a compensation bill through the General Assembly. This forgotten, dark chapter of North Carolina’s history is told through the now elderly victims of our state’s sterilization program and the lawmakers who finally passed sterilization compensation in 2013. Rep. Larry Womble is the real hero of the film. Larry Womble stubbornly wouldn’t let the issue die.

Finance Committee Debates Initial Funding Of Share Coop

Monday’s Finance Committee meeting debated the merits of funding Share Cooperative. Share is a co-op that is in the initial stages of organizing and planning a co-op. Share intends to build a co-op just down the street from Green Street Methodist, on Peters Creek Parkway and Academy Street, in a now vacant store that in previous years was home to a Food Lion and most recently, a Hispanic grocery store. Green Street Methodist is looking to play a large role in the redevelopment of Peters Creek Parkway. Assistant Pastor, Rev. Willard Bass is one of the leaders of Share.

A Scandal Greater Than Wakeyleaks

Last night’s College Football Playoff National Championship, presented by AT&T will be watched by millions of fans. For Alabama and Clemson the lavish investments that they’ve put into their football programs have certainly paid off. But for most universities football is a bad investment. As the cost of coaches’ salaries, facilities and stadiums have skyrocket in a never-ending arms race, it’s time to acknowledge that the resources spent on college football are a waste. Just look at Wake Forest.

Library Set To Open This Summer, But Now Is The Time It’s Needed Most

Earlier this month The Winston-Salem Journal informed its readers that Winston’s Central Library is currently on pace to open by mid-summer 2017. But with winter being upon us, now is the time that the community needs a central library the most. The fact that the library has been closed since October 2014 is simply unforgivable. The Journal’s article notes the Central Library’s progress, but fails to mention the Republican majority Forsyth County Commissioners’ callused decision to close the library for nearly three years while construction crews essentially build a new library on the shell of the old Central Library. Voters in Forsyth County overwhelmingly approved the library bonds in November, 2010.

The Wakeyleaks Scandal

Wakeyleaks is now a full-fledged scandal. When the news broke recently that a radio broadcaster affiliated with Wake Forest shared Wake’s confidential game-plans with Louisville and possibly other Wake opponents over the last two years, it quickly became a a viral topic on social media. Cleaver observers on Twitter are calling the scandal Wakeyleaks. It’s the Winston-Salem Journal’s top story today, overshadowing the North Carolina General Assembly’s special secession shenanigans. While the nation continues to be obsessed with whether the Russians manipulated our recent Presidential Elections, Winston is preoccupied with the misbehavior of a now disgraced radio announcer for a 6-6 football team. Both cases are a detraction from the problem.

City Council Notes: Microbreweries, City Council Election Cycles, Police Video Disclosure, Peters Creek Development

Here’s a look at the highlights from of the November meeting of the Winston-Salem City Council’s Community Development/ Housing/ General Government Committee:

Committee approved the demolition of dilapidated houses in the city. No residents were present to appeal the city’s decisions. Oak Crest neighborhood preservation honored. Committee approved new regulations for micro-breweries. This is a relatively new category of business that the city didn’t have adequate regulations for.

After Nearly 20 Years Behind Bars Kalvin Michael Smith Is Free At Last

The wheels of justice turn slowly. One can only imagine the mental anguish that Kalvin Michael Smith and his family have endured over the years. Kalvin Michael Smith has been waiting nearly 20 years to regain his freedom. He was convicted in 1997 of brutally assaulting Jill Marker and robbing the former Silk Plant Forest. Today’s Winston-Salem Journal has some excellent coverage of Kalvin’s case, including a timeline.

Herbalife: A Troubled MLM, Subsidized By WSFC, Controlled By Billionare Carl Ichan

This week’s Last Week with John Oliver feature focused on multi-level marketing (MLM) companies. John Oliver and his team at HBO spent over 30 minutes breaking down just how shameful MLM business practices are. Oliver cited Mary Kay, Amway and Herbalife as examples of a $36 billion industry that most of us don’t know much about. MLM products aren’t sold at stores or online, they’re sold directly by distributors. MLM distributors are compensated principally, not from selling products, but from recruiting other distributors.

Forsyth County, NC: County Of Eugenics

Thursday afternoon Wake Forest University hosted a screening of The State of Eugenics, Following the screening, there was a panel discussion featuring the film’s Director/Producer, Dawn Sinclair Shapiro, and led by Melissa Harris-Perry, with former Rep. Larry Womble, journalists Tommy Tomlinson and John Railey, and Dr. Laura Gerald, former chair of the state task force on compensation. The State of Eugenics tells the story of North Carolina’s Eugenics program and the fight to get a compensation bill through the General Assembly. This forgotten, dark chapter of North Carolina’s history is told through the now elderly victims of our state’s sterilization program and the lawmakers who finally passed sterilization compensation in 2013. Rep. Larry Womble is the real hero of the film. Larry Womble stubbornly wouldn’t let the issue die.

A Scandal Greater Than Wakeyleaks

Last night’s College Football Playoff National Championship, presented by AT&T will be watched by millions of fans. For Alabama and Clemson the lavish investments that they’ve put into their football programs have certainly paid off. But for most universities football is a bad investment. As the cost of coaches’ salaries, facilities and stadiums have skyrocket in a never-ending arms race, it’s time to acknowledge that the resources spent on college football are a waste. Just look at Wake Forest.

Library Set To Open This Summer, But Now Is The Time It’s Needed Most

Earlier this month The Winston-Salem Journal informed its readers that Winston’s Central Library is currently on pace to open by mid-summer 2017. But with winter being upon us, now is the time that the community needs a central library the most. The fact that the library has been closed since October 2014 is simply unforgivable. The Journal’s article notes the Central Library’s progress, but fails to mention the Republican majority Forsyth County Commissioners’ callused decision to close the library for nearly three years while construction crews essentially build a new library on the shell of the old Central Library. Voters in Forsyth County overwhelmingly approved the library bonds in November, 2010.

The Wakeyleaks Scandal

Wakeyleaks is now a full-fledged scandal. When the news broke recently that a radio broadcaster affiliated with Wake Forest shared Wake’s confidential game-plans with Louisville and possibly other Wake opponents over the last two years, it quickly became a a viral topic on social media. Cleaver observers on Twitter are calling the scandal Wakeyleaks. It’s the Winston-Salem Journal’s top story today, overshadowing the North Carolina General Assembly’s special secession shenanigans. While the nation continues to be obsessed with whether the Russians manipulated our recent Presidential Elections, Winston is preoccupied with the misbehavior of a now disgraced radio announcer for a 6-6 football team. Both cases are a detraction from the problem.

City Council Notes: Microbreweries, City Council Election Cycles, Police Video Disclosure, Peters Creek Development

Here’s a look at the highlights from of the November meeting of the Winston-Salem City Council’s Community Development/ Housing/ General Government Committee:

Committee approved the demolition of dilapidated houses in the city. No residents were present to appeal the city’s decisions. Oak Crest neighborhood preservation honored. Committee approved new regulations for micro-breweries. This is a relatively new category of business that the city didn’t have adequate regulations for.

After Nearly 20 Years Behind Bars Kalvin Michael Smith Is Free At Last

The wheels of justice turn slowly. One can only imagine the mental anguish that Kalvin Michael Smith and his family have endured over the years. Kalvin Michael Smith has been waiting nearly 20 years to regain his freedom. He was convicted in 1997 of brutally assaulting Jill Marker and robbing the former Silk Plant Forest. Today’s Winston-Salem Journal has some excellent coverage of Kalvin’s case, including a timeline.

Herbalife: A Troubled MLM, Subsidized By WSFC, Controlled By Billionare Carl Ichan

This week’s Last Week with John Oliver feature focused on multi-level marketing (MLM) companies. John Oliver and his team at HBO spent over 30 minutes breaking down just how shameful MLM business practices are. Oliver cited Mary Kay, Amway and Herbalife as examples of a $36 billion industry that most of us don’t know much about. MLM products aren’t sold at stores or online, they’re sold directly by distributors. MLM distributors are compensated principally, not from selling products, but from recruiting other distributors.

Hillary And Michelle Rally Against Trump’s Misogyny At The Joel

Everything is at stake. That was the relatively uninspiring message that Hillary Clinton delivered in Winston on Thursday. Delivering few, if any policy specifics-Hillary said that voting, veterans, immigration, climate change and marriage equality, good jobs, good roads and good water-they’re all at stake in this year’s election. But dignity for woman was the principle message Hillary Clinton was trying to convey with her joint campaign appearance with first lady Michelle Obama. Watching Hillary speak, it’s hard not to think about how uninspiring she is.

Caterpillar Isn’t Dell, But They’re Not The Job-Provider WS/FC Thought They Were

Caterpillar formally announced yesterday that they would be eliminating 80 jobs at their manufacturing plant on Temple Rd. CAT’s Winston-Salem workers have known for months that many of them would have their jobs eliminated. The layoffs are effective December 31. Severance packages will be given. But an uncertain future awaits the 80 workers who will be losing their jobs.

Warren Buffet Should Make The Winston-Salem Journal Great Again

Readers of the Winston-Salem Journal have been treated to a wealth of articles over the past few days. Typically the Journal has one or two articles a day that are worth reading, supplemented with sports and advertising. But a confluence of events; the upcoming of elections and British American Tobacco’s recently announced bid to purchase Reynolds American has caused the Journal to dramatically increase its output, like the days of old. Last Friday, the Journal had a good article on early voting. Below the fold there was an informative piece on infant mortality rates in Forsyth County.