Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:59 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Ambassador Peter Westmacott Plays Not My Job

Pascal Le Segretain Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 25, 2012 11:39 am

We do what damage we can on this show, but it's not often we get the chance to cause a real international incident. So we're very excited that Sir Peter Westmacott, Great Britain's ambassador to the U.S., has agreed to play our game called "No homework, extended naps and eight hours of recess!"

A lot of big-time politicians got their start as little politicians, running for the student council. We'll ask Westmacott three questions about strange doings in the school halls of power.

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Law
7:34 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Jury Sides With Apple In Patent Infringment Case

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 7:47 pm

Jurors have sided with Apple in a patent infringement case between it and Samsung. Melissa Block speaks with Wendy Kaufman, who's covering the lawsuit.

Participation Nation
6:33 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Guerrilla Gardening In Provo City, Utah

An urban garden at City Hall.
Courtesy of Provo City Hall

For four years now several of our city planners here in Provo City have been growing a garden in their spare time.

Did I mention that they're growing the garden on the steps of City Hall?

The planners were inspired by the guerrilla gardening concept — planting vegetables in underused public spaces — and also wanted to show that you don't need a lot of space to grow your own food.

They donate the produce, including potatoes, carrots and squash, to the local food bank.

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CorneliusNews.net: Studying Plans For I77: Toll
6:31 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

CorneliusNews.net: Studying Plans For I77: Toll Lanes Ahead?

Consultants and other visitors at Wednesday's drop-in workshop

Consultants and other visitors at Wednesday's drop-in workshop at Cornelius Town Hall looked at maps of the proposed I-77 widening project. (David Boraks/CorneliusNews.net)

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The Two-Way
6:11 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Apple Emerges Victorious In Patent Trial Against Samsung

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 9:54 pm

In what was billed the "patent trial of the century," Apple emerged victorious in its fight against Samsung.

A federal grand jury in San Jose, Calif. quickly worked through a 20-page verdict form, finding that Samsung violated many of Apple's patents, handing the Cupertino tech behemoth a major victory and a little more than $1 billion in damages.

It was a complicated case but as the San Jose Mercury News puts it, in the end it was a clear victory for Apple.

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Contraceptive Mandate Focus Of Protest
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Contraceptive Mandate Focus Of Protest

Protesters at the federal courthouse in Charlotte. Photo: Kalie McMonagle

Protesters at the federal courthouse in Charlotte. Photo: Kalie McMonagle

More than 100 people rallied at the federal courthouse in Charlotte Friday in protest of a mandate that requires employers' health plans to offer coverage for contraceptives. They argue that religious institutions should be exempt from the requirement.

The rally was one of many held across the country.

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Council Rejects Property Tax Hike
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Council Rejects Property Tax Hike

In a dramatic upset Monday night, the Charlotte City Council rejected a property tax increase and upended the city's entire budget process. Council voted 6 to 5 against raising property taxes by 8% to fund $926 million in infrastructure projects. The vote took several council members and Mayor Anthony Foxx by surprise.

"What has just been done tonight is perhaps the most irresponsible decision I've seen the city council make in history," said Foxx.

Newcomers to the council - Democrats Claire Fallon and Beth Pickering - voted against the tax increase.

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Council Rejects Tax Increase, Funds Knights
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Council Rejects Tax Increase, Funds Knights Stadium

Uptown Charlotte will be home to minor league baseball. Charlotte City council Moday night approved the final installment of public financing of a stadium for the Charlotte Knights.

But the bigger and surprising news to emerge from the meeting was the defeat of a property tax increase that would have funded infrastructure improvements in struggling areas. The decision drew a strong rebuke from Mayor Anthony Foxx.

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North Charlotte Light Rail At Risk
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

North Charlotte Light Rail At Risk

The plan to extend light rail from Uptown to UNC-Charlotte is in jeopardy as a result of decisions made this week on the city and state level.

City council members rejected a plan to raise taxes for street and sidewalk projects that would support the rail line. North Carolina lawmakers have drafted a budget that eliminates funding for the project.

Both moves come just as Congress prepares to review Charlotte's request for a large grant to cover half the cost of constructing the Blue Line Extension.

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Romance Absent From Lobby Laws
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Romance Absent From Lobby Laws

Last month, a couple of high profile resignations in House Speaker Tillis's office drew attention to the lobbyist and legislator relationships in Raleigh.

In the fallout, reform to the current ethics laws is being discussed, but no one has any answers yet on how to legislate romance.

This report examines the issue of lobby ethics in reports that grew out of a national project called the State Integrity Investigation.

Zeb Alley was a state senator in the early 1970s and has been a lobbyist in Raleigh for over 30 years. Photo: Tanner Latham

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