Obama calls Eagles owner to congraulate him for signing Vick–Source: Yahoo Sports

Michael Vick(notes) has been getting support from all sides during his road to redemption. He’s now getting it from the leader of the free world.

NBC’s Peter King reports that Barack Obama called Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie earlier this week to congratulate him for giving Vick a second chance after his release from prison. According to King, the president said that released prisoners rarely receive a level playing field and that Vick’s story could begin to change that. (Read more)

Edgecombe County Tournament reset for Wednesday–Source: The Daily Southerner

TARBORO — For those who are excited about the annual Edgecombe County Classic Holiday Tournament that was scheduled for Tuesday, they will have to wait one more day.

Due to Mother Nature’s snowstorm that dumped more than five inches of snow, the annual tournament was postponed until Wednesday and new start times have been set. (Read more)

Wake school ideas include four-day weeks–Source: News & Observer

RALEIGH — Taxpayers are asking Wake County school board members to consider four-day school weeks and fees for sports to help deal with next year’s budget crisis.

Shorter school weeks and charging students to play sports are among the most common ideas left in the school district’s online budget suggestion box. School leaders have received 463 suggestions on how to deal with more than $100 million in state and federal funding cuts that are expected to lead to layoffs, larger class sizes and the loss of some programs next year. (Read more)

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N.Carolina’s Statewide Instant Runoff Voting Contest – the facts, the regrets

48 days after the election, instant runoff voting produced a "winner" for the NC Court of Appeals, for the  "Wynn"seat. Thanks to IRV, an experimental tallying method was used, the election was almost a tie, a recount was called for, and we had a plurality result, not a majority win.

After counting the IRV votes,  the highest vote getter lost his 100,000 vote lead, and the contest became so close that a recount was requested. The declared winner won with 28% of votes from all ballots cast on election day. We do not know how many 2nd and 3rd choice votes each candidate got, as this data was not released to the public. (Read more)

Note: Joyce what in the hell? So now they have the audacity to not publicize all the results from an election? So how can we trust these jokers? This is just sad. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

Black Harvard doctor pens memoir of Jim Crow South–Source: Black Politics On The Web

Growing up in segregated Memphis, Tenn., during the Jim Crow era, Augustus White III knew about those certain places off-limits to him as a black man — restrooms, diners and schools.

He just didn’t pay racial barriers much mind.

The son of a doctor and teacher became the first African-American to graduate from Stanford Medical School, the first African-American resident and surgery professor at Yale and later the first black department head at Harvard’s teaching hospitals. (Read more)