What people are talking about - 6/12
Tuesday will be the 20th anniversary of the white Bronco chase. If you weren’t born 20 years ago, or are too old to remember, it was the chase – and subsequent trial – that changed the world: O.J. Simpson vs. the Los Angeles Police Department. Like JFK’s assassination, everyone knows what he was doing during “the chase.”
“That was the godfather of the contemporary celebrity scandal,” Duke Professor Orin Starn said. “The American public was caught off guard by the strange, low-speed police chase of the football legend across Los Angeles, as well as by the subsequent trial. But we adapted quickly to this peculiar brand of theater. Now, the celebrity scandal has become our favorite national reality show…Simpson avoided conviction on the murder charges. We are very much still living in the shadow of his famous trial.”
• The what virus? North Carolina saw its first case of chikungunya this week in a resident returning from the Caribbean. The virus is transmitted through mosquitoes commonly found in the state. Symptoms include the sudden onset of fever and severe joint pains in the hands and feet. Now that’s scary for those of us who are susceptible to mosquito bites.
• The rivalry continues. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation recently surveyed 13,000 small businesses nationwide. Charlotte got the top spot for businesses with an A, while Raleigh received an A-minus. Small difference unless you’re hated rivals. Durham, for the record, received a B-plus.
• Another blow for working families. The House Finance Committee Wednesday voted not to reinstate the Earned Income Tax Credit, which helps almost 1 million struggling families. I hope voters are keeping a running tally for the next election.
• NAACP files complaint. The N.C. NAACP and five other plaintiffs filed a complaint Thursday in Superior Court challenging the new building rules instituted by the General Assembly a few weeks ago. The motion will be heard by Superior Court Judge Anthony Fox Friday.
• New appointments. Gov. Pat McCrory’s recent judicial appointees: Robert Seth Banks (Yancey County), with Banks & Bailey, P.A., district attorney in District 23; V.A. “Woofer” Davidian (Wake County), district court judge in the 10th District; Tessa Shelton Sellers (Cherokee County), district court judge in the 30th District; and Hal Gene Harrison (Mitchell County), district court judge in the 24th District.