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wedding: neha+jack

August 10, 2008
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wedding: neha+jack

wedding: neha+jack neha and jack had a wonderful wedding celebration on june 1st at the fearrington village in pittsboro, north carolina. the late afternoon ceremony took place in the beautiful gardens at the fearrington house and the reception was held on the farm in the original dairy barn. the weather held out for the outdoor ceremony and throughout the photo session afterwards. the light couldn’t of been better! however later the skies opened up and the rain came down. the sound of the rain on the barn’s tin rooftop was comforting, as the guests danced the night away to...

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John Edwards Deserves Mockery, Ridicule

August 8, 2008
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John Edwards, Rielle Hunter Love Child Scandal ABC News reports that John Edwards has admitted he had an affair with Rielle Hunter, and that he lied as a presidential candidate. But he maintains he's not the father of Hunter's child and that he has not authorized child support or hush money, though some of his supporters "may have without my knowledge." And he hasn't taken a paternity test. So the National Enquirer got the story RIGHT, at least partially. The issue is not simply that Edwards cheated on his spouse. Many politicians -- and human beings -- do that....

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Some Newspapers Losing Five Percent Circulation Per Year

August 4, 2008
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I know the long-term future of newspapers is not good, but I was shocked to read in The New York Times that good respectable newspapers like The San Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe lost between 20 percent and 30 percent of their circulation between 2003 and 2008 -- an average of about five percent per year -- and nobody wants to invest in newspaper corporations, viewing them as dwindling assets. If the trend continues, by 2013 leading newspapers will have lost half their 2003 circulation, and by 2023 or 2024, if not well before,...

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Edwards’ Case Raises Ethical Questions for Journalists

August 1, 2008
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Quiz for Journalism Students: A case study in how tabloid publications and blogs can now set the agenda for mainstream media. You're the managing editor of a mainstream newspaper. A national supermarket tabloid is reporting that your state's former U.S. Senator, a recent presidential candidate who still has a high profile and, presumably, national ambitions, has a mistress, has fathered a child out of wedlock, and is funneling payments of $15,000 a month -- child support or hush money -- through wealthy friends, while his high-profile wife struggles with incurable cancer. The tabloid story, based entirely on anonymous sources,...

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On Facebook, Businesses Solicit Consumer Suggestions; NC Citizens Flex Political Muscle With Hyper-local Websites

July 21, 2008
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In my continuing efforts to chronicle the development of online communities that enhance real communities, I notice that in North Carolina's Research Triangle, locally-based online communities increasingly solicit citizen suggestions and mobilize them for for local action. Madison Marquette, redevelopers of University Mall in Chapel Hill, has created a Facebook page soliciting consumer suggestions for new stores and restaurants they'd like to see in the redevelopment. So far, 31 people have contributed 36 requests, including a movie theater, a children's clothing store, and a food court, The News and Observer reports.University Mall as of this date has 52 fans...

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Wayward Dog

July 10, 2008
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I had nice birthday, but while my wife, son and I were with neighbors for a few minutes, Shiloh the dog leaped up on table and gobbled up the birthday cake (we only got one slice each), and stepped all over the laptop keyboard, apparently crashing it. I'm hoping he dies of chocolate overdose.

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Jesse Helms, 1921-2008: One of Us

July 5, 2008
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I wrote on Ed Cone's blog: "The attitudes Jesse Helms expressed were very popular and commonplace in North Carolina. He was a man of his times, only more outspoken than many who secretly felt the same way. Most of us have relatives who believed as Helms did. On a personal level, Helms and the people who supported him could be salt of the earth people. He was great at constituent service, for example, and had a disarming, gracious, gentlemanly, self-effacing charm about him. "But we cannot cover up or whitewash the dark side not only of Helms but of...

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Dispatches from Computer Hell

July 4, 2008
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It seems a few days a year, if not a full week, I spend in computer hell. Is this not the human condition, true of most of us? A lightning storm knocked out my cable modem (provided by Time-Warner), wireless Internet (provided by a D-Link router), and digital telephone service (provided by Vonage), but I was determined to troubleshoot the problems myself.

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You Know You’re From Chatham County If…

June 26, 2008
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click. Clever. Apparently written by recent high school graduates. Sounds like a good place to raise my son.

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Electronic Democracy: Next Step Is To Build Online Structures That Mirror Real-Life Political Structure

June 26, 2008
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The Personal Democracy Forum is a annual gathering of (this year in New York) more than a thousand bloggers, online activists, Internet advocates, and digital journalists. It's also a movement, writes Matt Leighninger, author of The Next Form of Democracy: How Expert Rule Is Giving Way to Shared Governance -- and Why Politics Will Never Be the Same. The Internet, in his words, has irrevocably changed the way "candidates raise money, recruit volunteers, and reach voters," and "the ways in which people meet their neighbors, talk about public problems and opportunities, organize activities, and interact with local officials." "Online...

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John Huth, Pioneer in Improving the Lives of Senior Citizens in Nursing Homes, Passes On At Age 86

June 25, 2008
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John Huth, Pioneer in Improving the Lives of Senior Citizens in Nursing Homes, Passes On At Age 86

John Huth in video conference and online chat in 2005. I just learned, through an Internet search of obituaries, that my friend John Harvey Huth passed away on April 26, 2008 in Arlington, VA at the age of 86. John was a true pioneer in using computer technologies to reduce the isolation of senior citizens and to improve their lives in nursing homes. I regret that I never got a chance to tell him what a contribution he made. His blog, which I helped him set up, lives on as a repository of his innovative ideas and as something...

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Thriving Online Community in Chatham County. Other Counties?

June 23, 2008
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Having written extensively about the potential power of online neighborhoods nationally, I'm pleased to see the extent of electronic democracy in Chatham County, NC, where I now live. Though Chatham is a relatively rural community, it seems to have thriving online communities. "I look at it like neighbors talking across the fence, but instead of the fence being in your yard, it's all the way across Chatham County," said Gene Galin, in a 2002 Independent Week profile, when he was given a "Citizen Award" by the paper for his efforts online. He's the creator of the Chatham Chat e-list,...

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More Fun Photos of Fearrington Village on Flickr

June 15, 2008
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http://jimbuie.blogs.com/journal/2008/03/more-fun-photos.html Many different photographers share their perspectives of Fearrington Village on Flickr.

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Moonlight Canoe Ride on the Haw River

June 9, 2008
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Moonlight Canoe Ride on the Haw River

With a guide and boats from the Haw River Canoe and Kayak Co., my boys, wife and I took a moonlight canoe ride on the Haw River, putting in at Saxapahaw in Alamance County, NC. It was a delightful evening. We also enjoyed a too brief visit to the town of Saxapahaw, which seems to doing a great job of transforming itself from a former mill village into a tourist attraction and model of environmentally-conscious living. See Sustainable Saxapahaw: Community-wide Conservation and Smalltown Living, in Fifteen501 magazine.

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On Living in Chatham County, NC: What’s Its Future? Pros and Cons of Population Growth and Development

June 6, 2008
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North Carolina's population is projected to double by 2035, moving from the 11th largest state to the sixth or seventh largest state. Chatham County, where I live, is expected to leap from 60,000 in 2008 to at least 120,000 by or before 2035. Perhaps there will be much faster growth, depending on economic conditions and the response of local government. When I arrived here in late 2006, there was talk that Chatham could become "the new Cary-Apex," which grew from a few thousand people in 1968 to more than 120,000 in 2008. The notion that the semi-rural character of...

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