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N&R: Just keeps getting better and better

..Headline from Inside Scoop:

Abzuaiter & Kee: new councilman isn’t racist

That’s Greensboro City Council members Marikay Abuzuaiter and Jim Kee, apparently talking about new council member Tony Wilkins, who took over state Sen.-elect Trudy Wade’s District 5 seat.

But I don’t know, because there’s no copy beneath the headline. That’s just the way it’s been going for our local paper of record lately.

The issue is Wilkins’ blog, which has gone dark. But anyone who followed it knows he was an equal opportunity offender, and I mean that in a good way.

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Triad Stage financial problems

N&R above-the-fold front-pager on Triad Stage’s financial problems:

Triad Stage has mounted a major fundraising campaign to erase its $500,000 accumulated deficit.

The Joseph M. Bryan Foundation and The Cemala Foundation have agreed to give $250,000 if the downtown professional theater can raise $250,000 in new and increased matching funds from the community by Dec. 31.

Triad Stage has no immediate plans to close its doors or cut programming, co-founder Richard Whittington said.

But if the nonprofit organization doesn’t raise the money, Whittington said, “we will continue to struggle financially and our future would be less certain.”

Note a major source of Triad Stage’s financial problems is the purchase and renovation of space for its scene shop after the city pulled the lease on space it was renting for $1 a year. That’s a nice little subsidy.

Realize Triad Stage and the proposed GPAC isn’t an apples-to-apples comparison. By the same token, it illustrates that government-sponsored competition for Greensboro’s entertainment dollar in this economy doesn’t make a lot of sense.

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