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The man who served as NBC-TV’s legal counsel for 25 years warns the FCC is poised to resurrect broad censorship rules that were revoked in 1987 because of their chilling effect on both free speech and the television press.

Corydon B. Dunham says the proposed new Localism, Balance and Diversity Doctrine could eventually also affect news on the Internet. The FCC is reportedly planning to transfer the broadcast spectrum used by local television to the Internet to make it the nation’s primary communications platform, and the agency has started to regulate the Internet.


In the not-too-distant future, perhaps the Mustang Ranch or some other Nevada brothel will open a franchise operation in North Carolina.

What? Isn't prostitution illegal in this state?

Sure, but so is video gambling, except at the casino operated by the Eastern Band of the Cherokees.


It wasn’t long ago in our area it seemed as if new real estate and construction offices were popping up on a regular basis, blooming from the warmth of an overheated housing market. Today, it appears we have more new vacant commercial spaces than actual new businesses. One of the few exceptions is the increase of sweepstakes establishments. The town of Franklin however, has apparently decided that this isn’t the right kind of business and has voted to impose licensing fees that transcend mere taxation - rising to a level of punitive fines. It’s been reported that sweepstakes establishments within town limits will not only have to pay a $2,600 annual fee - an additional $1,000 per machine surcharge is being added for the privilege of conducting business.


RALEIGH – Election filing is over. Now the fun really begins, with what some around the state capital refer to as the silly season.

We can now look forward to stump speeches where candidates slip up and speak of visiting all 50 counties. We can enjoy mailboxes packed with fliers filled with grainy images making political opponents look as if they just emerged from an alley after beating a puppy. We can smirk as the TV news broadcasts are filled with 30- and 60-second interruptions that alternately make candidates look like George Washington and Osama bin Laden.

Before the merriment begins, the election filings themselves reveal a lot about the current state of politics in North Carolina.


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