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CRAWFORD: Examining the filthiest contracts and ultimate bargains in pro sports

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Kobe Bryant loosens his tie and leans back in his seat, struggling to swallow the Lakers’ latest home loss to Charlotte.In minutes, he’ll chastise coach Mike D’Antoni and the effort of teammates to reporters before presenting no explanation as to why Los Angeles has dropped to 16-31 two weeks before the All-Star break.Why is he befuddled? No doubt he wants to win and Bryant’s championship pedigree proves it, but mired in mediocrity, there’s nothing he can do this season for a franchise trying to stay relevant.

 

Candidates forum Thursday at library

LUMBERTON — The Unified Robeson County NAACP, Democracy N.C. and the Lumberton Robeson Leadership Black Caucus will hold a candidate forum on Thurday.Candidates running for sheriff, clerk of court, the Robeson County Board of Commissioners and state Senate have been invited as well as Rep. Charles Graham and Antonio Blue, the mayor of Dobbins Heights in Richmond County.The forum, which is open to the public, will be held at the Robeson County Public Library’s...

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Reading and right

In the summer of 2010, when news broke that the football program at the state’s flagship university was being investigated by the NCAA, officials at the University of North Carolina took an accommodating posture. Instead of mounting a public-relations defense, they beared the onslaught without a grin, apparently having made the decision that if they didn’t join the conversation, perhaps it would be shortened.

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This is Day 2 of earning for yourself

RALEIGH — The weather is getting warmer, the plants are in bloom, and people are starting to spend more time outside. Yes, it’s springtime, and as we get more comfortable with the season change, one thing continues to put a damper on things — tax day. April 15 arrived yesterday, but do you know exactly how long it took you to pay those taxes?If we add up every tax you have to pay — federal, state, property, etc. — how long would it take? What is the co...

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RCC unanimously nixes land deal

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County trustees on Monday unanimously voted to turn down a request from COMtech Park to sell or trade some prime property it owns at the park’s entrance so that the COMtech can move forward with plans to establish a Business Support Center.Noah Woods, the chairman of the Robeson County Board of Commissioners and a trustee at the college, abstained. The county had lobbied trustees in favor of COMtech’s request, with County Manager Ricky Harr...

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Rand Paul’s foreign policy problem

The oil-services company Halliburton is an old obsession of the anti-Bush left, and evidently of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.The libertarian standard-bearer and almost-certain Republican presidential candidate suggested to audiences a few years ago that Vice President Dick Cheney’s views on the Iraq War were influenced by his time as CEO at Halliburton. Cheney had opposed going into Iraq during the Persian Gulf War under the first President George Bush; then, after a stint at Hal...

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Gala recalls the Roaring 20s

LUMBERTON — If anyone wandered into the back of Candy Sue’s restaurant on Saturday, they may have thought they had stepped out of a time machine.For the night, the downtown eatery became a speakeasy, complete with a big band, couples doing the jitterbug — and a concoction called Giggle Water.The Roaring on the River Gala signalled the end of the Great Getaway, a series of 1920s-themed events put on by the Robeson County Arts Council. Before the party, r...

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City OKs design for new shelter

LUMBERTON — The Lumberton City Council on Monday night unanimously voted to accept an over-budget bid for construction of an emergency shelter and soup kitchen downtown so that the building be redesigned in order to lower costs.The council, meeting as the Council Policy Committee, on Wednesday had approved the $1,218,000 bid from Central Builders. The bid is more than $100,000 above the the amount of grant money available for the project.Accepting the bid allows th...

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