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Did not see that coming

05/13/2011 chris 0


Four months after the Federal Communications Commission approved a hotly contested merger of Comcast and NBC Universal, one of the commissioners who voted for the deal said on Wednesday that she would soon join Comcast’s Washington lobbying office.

Meredith Attwell Baker, a former Commerce Department official who worked on telecommunications issues in George W. Bush’s administration, announced that she would leave the F.C.C. when her term expires at the end of June. At Comcast, she will serve as senior vice president for government affairs for NBC Universal, which Comcast acquired in January.

Pretty sweet, huh? Bet she doesn’t see a damn thing wrong with this, either.

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Eyes and ears

05/03/2011 chris 0

This could, and perhaps sometime soon will, be a much longer explication of my relationship with this town. But for now, there’s this.Seems every time i meet with someone who works for the city, i get some variation of this speech. “Durham doesn’t have…

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Conspicuous by its absence

05/02/2011 chris 0


The Qaeda leader’s body was flown to Afghanistan, the country where he made his fame fighting and killing Soviet troops during the 1980s.

On whose behalf?

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Spring garden

05/02/2011 chris 0

Among the things i’ve been occupying my time with the past month or two.

Lettuces, spinach, peas, kale, and some other green leafy thing my daughter gave me 3 year old seeds for. Beans, cukes, and sunflowers from seed are up for the summer garden. Tomatoes, eggplants, & peppers from Stone Bros., farmer’s market, and Durham Garden Center. Squash seeds will go in the ground in another 3 weeks or so.

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Parks and Rec

03/17/2011 chris 0

Seems to me that Durham’s Parks and Rec Department has only themselves to blame for this clusterfuck. Years after presenting a master plan for OND park, with no intention of ever finding the finding for it, they encouraged a private/public partnership …

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20 Questions for nuclear power advocates

03/16/2011 chris 0

This’ll be kind of a slow-motion game, since we’re still pretty well preoccupied here at the Dependable Ranch.Let’s start.1) Imagine President Obama sings an executive order tomorrow to close all coal, fuel, and natural gas fired electrical generating …

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Claire Carley Doyle

03/15/2011 chris 0

Claire Carley Doyle

DURHAM — Claire Carley Doyle, 90, died on Sunday, March 13 at Carillon Assisted Living of Hillsborough after several months of declining health.

She is survived by her daughters, Kerry Mirabella (Shoreham, NY) and Claire Doyle Ragin (Durham); and grandson, David King (Surfside Beach, SC).

Claire was born in Manhattan, but moved to Bay Shore, NY, on the south shore of Long Island when she was 2 years old.

She was captain of every women’s sports team in Bay Shore High School.

In 1945, she married Frank X. Doyle upon his return from three years of service in Europe and North Africa during WWII.

They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary a few months prior to his death from cancer in 1996.

She loved him deeply, and was always proud of his career writing Archie Comics.

They moved to New Port Richey, Fla., in 1979, where she lived until 2006, playing golf several times a week.

She moved to Emerald Pond Retirement Home in Durham in 2006, where she stayed active playing bridge, mah jong and bingo, and volunteering in several capacities.

Memorial service will be held at Emerald Pond Retirement Home, 205 Emerald Pond Lane, Durham on Wednesday, March 16, at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of donations, family requests you take a moment to connect with someone you love, make a phone call you’ve been putting off, or mend a fence.

Celebrate life by living it.

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