Hooker Odom is leaving

Under the Dome has the story:

Carmen Hooker Odom is leaving the state Department of Health and Human Services.

press release

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Carmen Hooker Odom today announced that she will become President of the Milbank Memorial Fund. The Fund is a New-York based foundation that conducts non-partisan analysis, study and research on significant issues in health policy.

Navy Admiral Does About Face on Possible OLF Sites

Well, I'll be damned again. Just when I think we've seen it all on the Navy and its raging desire to place an outlying landing field in North Carolina, they deliver us a surprise.

The Virginian-Pilot brings us the story.

The Navy's top admiral softened his stance on considering a Virginia site for an auxiliary fighter jet airstrip Thursday, as congressional delegations from North Carolina and Virginia continued to weigh in on the site for the proposed air strip.

Adm. Mike Mullen, chief of naval operations, told senators at a hearing that "my lens is wide open" to consider other sites, including Fort Pickett.

“Have You No Sense of Decency, Sir?”

This is cross-posted from The Progress Pulse

I got to thinking about that famous quote this week as I read about the fawning reception for Rudy Giuliani at the Civitas Institute and about George Tenet’s 4 million dollar book advance. Here’s what I wonder about. Since when is it OK for a public official to preside over a disaster and then be paid millions of dollars to tell us about it? Giuliani received 8 million dollars in speaking fees in 2002 after 9/11.

More Orr

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If you're not reading the Under the Dome blog at the News and Observer, you should be. Ryan Teague Beckwith is doing a great job covering fresh stories in state politics, and the discussions are often eye-opening. Plus, John Hood, the Stage Manager at the Art Pope Puppetshow, has apparently given permission for his minions to comment on the site, so you can witness first hand what Puppets sound like when they're not writing "reports."

Another good thing about the Dome blog is the fact that it's looking at other newspapers in the state. Instead of the insular column that shows up in the N&O, it's a free-wheeling review of whatever catches Beckwith's attention. Like this blurb on a column by Doug Clark at the Greensboro paper. In the column, Clark compares Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Orr, mostly favorably, to the legendary Senator Sam Ervin, who was also a Supreme Court Justice prior to running for higher office.

NC News Roundup

Research and work on other posts is not going well, so I thought I'd take a break and see what is going on around the state.

Charlotte Observer:
VA Hospital Officials (In area hospitals) continued to get nice bonuses, while providing poor service to local service men and women.

Oyster lovers everywhere will not like reading this one. Parasite without a name threatens eastern oysters.

10 years for Jim Black?

Additional Profile Fields: IM and Home Town

There are now some additional fields on your profile page, which you can access by clicking "My account" in the navigation sidebar to your left. There is a field for your home town, and fields for instant messaging and chat service screennames. (I tried to include the most popular services, but let me know if you're using something else and I can add that too.)

You can fill in these fields by clicking the "edit" tab on the "My account" page, then clicking the "personal information" sub-heading.

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