Washington DC – Butterfield in middle of a green tug-of-war

An advocacy group with ties to the oil industry is targeting U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield and nine other federal lawmakers who support implementing a cap-and-trade emissions program. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

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GULF OF ADEN – Rear Adm. Michelle Howard Assumes Command of Counter-Piracy Task Force CTF 151, ESG 2

Another black historical moment best kept secret. Yep another black female makes history. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

Rear Adm. Michelle Howard assumed command of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2 during a ceremony held on board USS Boxer (LHD 4) today and relieved Rear Adm. Terence McKnight, ESG 2’s commander since November 2007.

In addition to relieving McKnight as the ESG 2 commander, Howard assumes command of several U.S. 5th Fleet task forces, including Combined Task Force (CTF) 51 and 59, as well as CTF 151, an international maritime coalition created to disrupt, deter and thwart piracy. (The Tension)

Edwards acknowledges probe over campaign funds

But the former North Carolina senator said he was confident no money was used improperly.

Edwards’ political action committee has been under scrutiny for making payments to a woman with whom he had an affair. Edwards admitted the affair with Rielle Hunter in August after months of denying tabloid reports about the relationship. (ABC 11 TV)

Halifax County NC – Golden LEAF Foundation and Halifax County host a Community Forum Thursday, May 7, 2009

Golden LEAF Foundation and Halifax County host a Community Forum

Thursday, May 7, 2009 @ 6:00p.m

The Centre at Halifax Community College in Weldon

You are invited to attend a community forum hosted by the Golden LEAF Foundation and Halifax County at 6:00p.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2009 at The Centre at Halifax Community College in Weldon. The address is 100 College Drive, Weldon, NC 27890. 

The agenda will include a discussion and prioritization of key issues impacting Halifax County.  DRAFT notes from the last meeting on April 2, 2009 are attached. They will be reviewed and edited at the next meeting as necessary.

The Community Assistance Initiative is a grantsmaking process targeting economically distressed counties across North Carolina and is currently being implemented in Halifax County.

If you have any questions or need further information please contact Courtney Mills or Pat Cabe by e-mail at cmills@goldenleaf.org  or pcabe@goldenleaf.org or by calling Courtney or Pat at 888-684-8404.

Rocky Mount NC – Annexation fight isn’t racial, it’s just bad government

"There are those within the communities of Nash and Edgecombe Counties plus members from the Rocky Mount City Council that desire to make the fight about forced annexation a racial issue. Why does the fight about forced annexation have to be a racial issue? Why can’t it be just what it is, a fight about a bad North Carolina Statute and a bad decision by a small group of individuals?" (Nashville Graphics)

Mr. Shamlin you got it and then you lost it. I have stated over and over again on the Rocky Mount Telegram website that the fight is not with the Rocky Mount City Council but with the legislature.

The annexation group made it what it is by attacking the city council in which the black members are taking the heat. I know you have not forgotten about the mess over at the church when the man in the wheelchair accused a black council member of assault. Anyone in their right mind know that was attempt to keep this member from voting.

Yes it was and still is about race simply because the majority of the council is black. We all know that there are many whites who have a problem with that.

Curmilus Dancy II
Edgecombe County

Note: My comment was submitted and waiting for approval.

Raleigh NC – Senate hopefuls present cases

Vernon Malone, a beloved state senator, left pressing work undone when he died unexpectedly last month.

On Saturday, eight Wake County residents raised their hands and asked to pick up where Malone left off — and protect a Democratic seat — during a panel discussion at St. Augustine’s College. (News & Observer)