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February 12, 2016 · Greensboro, North Carolina


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  • Extra is your backstage pass to local happenings, brought to you by A&E reporter Dawn Kane, A&E editor Kim Mills, Go Triad calendar editor Carl Wilson and features editor Cindy Loman. Dawn has covered the local arts scene for 10 years. Each week finds her watching a rehearsal, play, concert or art exhibition — or maybe interviewing a celebrity. Carl has been the Go Triad calendar for more than 15 years and has many answers to the question: “What’s going on this weekend?” Kim moved to Greensboro in 1999 and is still finding new things to see and do. Features editor Cindy is TV and movie fan, who enjoys live performances.
Doug Clark
  • Doug Clark
  • Doug Clark is an editorial writer who has also worked in High Point and Washington, D.C. He writes the Off the Record blog offering opinions on just about anything.
Eddie Wooten
  • Eddie Wooten
  • Sports Editor
  • Eddie Wooten, sports editor of the News & Record, also writes about running in the Triad in the Running Shorts blog. You'll get news and notes, and you can check out the Triad's most comprehensive race calendar.
Joe Sirera
  • Joe Sirera
  • Joe Sirera is a writer/content producer covering high school sports news across the Triad. A New Jersey native, he has been a part of the News & Record's sports coverage team since 1999. Please don't call him a "Yankee," but it's OK to call him a "Mountaineer" (West Virginia chapter).
Jeff Mills & Powell Latimer
  • Jeff Mills & Powell Latimer
  • Sports Extra blog author Jeff Mills (@JefeMillsNR) loves haiku. He's covered all sorts of sports. Won some awards, too. He's experienced. Covering games people play. Since 1988. Powell Latimer has covered high school and college sports in three states and will cover the ACC and college sports for the News & Record. He'll be posting here frequently as well from the Triangle.
  • Marquita Brown
  • Marquita Brown is the News & Record secondary education writer. Her blog covers local, statewide and national news and trends .
Kate Elizabeth Queram, Joe Killian
  • Kate Elizabeth Queram, Joe Killian
  • Joe Killian and Kate Queram are our fact-checking, politician-wrangling, wise-cracking, government reporting team who write The Inside Scoop blog. Killian covers Greensboro, Queram covers Guilford County.
Allen Johnson
  • Allen Johnson
  • Editorial Page Editor
  • Allen Johnson, editorial page editor, is a Greensboro native and UNC-Chapel Hill alum. He's an avid reader and movie buff who jogs, very slowly, nearly every day.
Carl Wilson
  • Carl Wilson
  • Carl Wilson writes a weekly column called Short Orders about restaurant and cafe openings, closings, concept updates and any other relevant information in the greater Triad area's dining scene.
  • The Pet Shop blog is a voice for the Triad's pet community. Staffers Margaret Wimmer, Jennifer Fernandez, Carrie Helms, Teresa Prout and Faun Finley and other N&R staffers share the escapades of their pet companions. And we love to hear about our readers' pets.
Jeff Gauger
  • Jeff Gauger
  • Editor and Publisher
  • Jeff Gauger is editor and publisher of the News & Record. He writes about the N&R's intersection with news topics of the day -- the faces behind making a daily news report, the newspaper's successes and stumbles -- with occasional personal reflections about topics that turn him on.
Tim Rickard
  • Tim Rickard
  • News and Record cartoonist Tim Rickard gives YOU the chance to be funny for a day. He'll provide the cartoon, you provide the laughs in the Jokes on You blog.
Joe Gamm & Sarah Newell Williamson
  • Joe Gamm & Sarah Newell Williamson
  • Joe Gamm and Sarah Newell Williamson are award-winning reporters who cover police, fire and other public safety news. Read their behind-the-scenes takes on breaking news in the Crime Scene blog.
Richard M. Barron
  • Richard M. Barron
  • Richard M. Barron chases stories about jobs and the economy. He takes you inside the world of work and explains trends that could affect your future.
Kymberli Hagelberg
  • Kymberli Hagelberg
  • Kymberli Hagelberg has covered murder, mayhem municipal meetings, presidents, beauty queens, nudists and rock stars in print, on public radio and the web. She blogs about N&R's best digital work and about how this whole digital news thing should shake out.  She's looking forward to hearing your ideas, too.
John Newsom
  • John Newsom
  • The Syllabus is a blog about colleges written by News & Record higher education reporter John Newsom.
Ed Hardin
  • Ed Hardin
  • Ed Hardin is the sports columnist for the News & Record and has been since 1997 or 1998, or about the time he stopped badgering the Carolina Panthers and started fishing more and writing about racing and basketball and golf and snakes and college football and largemouth bass and the environment and hunting and hockey and Little League baseball, and sometimes doing so in run-on sentences. Hardin did not go to Carolina. He went to the School of the Arts and Western Carolina and UNCG, where he realized people would pay him money to watch sporting events.
Susan Ladd
  • Susan Ladd
  • Susan Ladd has covered the Triad for more than 30 years as a reporter and editor at the News & Record. She provides commentary on the issues, events and people of interest to Greensboro and Guilford County.
Nancy McLaughlin
  • Nancy McLaughlin
  • Writer
  • Just a North Carolina born-and-bred girl with an eye on issues of faith and spirituality. Come talk.
Jonnelle Davis
  • Jonnelle Davis
  • Jonnelle Davis writes about bargains and shopping and delivers the inside story on the workings of Triad retail businesses in her blog, Retail Therapy.
Friday 02/12/2016
Runners: Jenny Drabble
Posted: February 12, 2016 - 5:03 am


Greensboro among most romantic cities in the nation
Posted: February 12, 2016 - 5:00 am

As you make your Valentine's Day dinner plans this weekend, you should know that Greensboro is one of the 25 Most Romantic Cities in America for dining.

Susan Ladd: Blame Bergerblock, not Obamacare for rising costs
Posted: February 12, 2016 - 12:00 am

The many voices calling for Medicaid expansion in North Carolina for the past two years have been ignored by the Republican-led General Assembly.

Thursday 02/11/2016
The Joke's On You for 021216
Posted: February 11, 2016 - 6:22 pm

Send your entries to jokesonyou@news-record.com by noon Wednesday, 021716

Guilford County's Loring Crowley, Addie Bracy in U.S. Olympic marathon trials Saturday
Posted: February 11, 2016 - 6:17 pm

Mick Gallant, the former cross country and track and field coach at Southeast Guilford High School, marvels at the abilities of Loring Watkins Crowley.

Guilford County residents disposed of about 730 pounds of medicine in 2015
Posted: February 11, 2016 - 2:20 pm

GREENSBORO — Guilford County residents disposed of about 730 pounds of medicine in 2015 in the Greensboro Police Department's three drop boxes, the agency said today.

The Syllabus: UNCG's new arts college
Posted: February 11, 2016 - 2:10 pm

UNCG Provost Dana Dunn sent out this note to folks at the university this week:

Food development competition seeking college submissions
Posted: February 11, 2016 - 1:16 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Plate of the Union – a grassroots campaign calling for bold action to reform the nation’s food system – today launched a new youth-driven organizing effort called the Plate of the Union Campus Challenge.

Greensboro bookstore makes Southern Living's best
Posted: February 11, 2016 - 12:23 pm

GREENSBORO - Just when it seemed independent bookstores were sliding into extinction, they experienced a Renaissance - particularly when paired with other concepts like bistros and coffee shops.

Triadrunning.com hosting food collection on Saturday morning
Posted: February 11, 2016 - 11:43 am

While you're hungry – maybe rungry or hangry – for lunch today, here's an opportunity to consider donating food for others who truly feel hunger.

Thursday lunch specials
Posted: February 11, 2016 - 11:31 am

DJ's All-Beef Weiners, parking lot of Habitat Restore, 3826 High Point Road, Greensboro (336-541-5737): Nine combos for $5 or less.

Last chance at Olympic marathon eludes Winston-Salem native Blake Russell
Posted: February 11, 2016 - 10:30 am

The Olympics gave Winston-Salem native and marathon runner Blake Russell one of her life highlights. But now her experience, starting with Saturday's U.S. trials in Los Angeles, shifts to that of a supporter of her friends and of a runner she's been coaching – even one she's inspiring in the Triad.

Our mysterious mountain geography
Posted: February 11, 2016 - 8:45 am

Gov. Pat McCrory spoke at a higher education forum at High Point University yesterday. I didn't attend, but this portion of Cinde Ingram's report in the High Point Enterprise (restricted access) caught my eye:

Reidsville's police chief chosen to lead state association
Posted: February 11, 2016 - 6:00 am

REIDSVILLE — Reidsville Police Chief Robert Hassell is the new president of the N.C.  Association of Chiefs of Police.

Business community steps up for ailing shop owner
Posted: February 11, 2016 - 12:00 am

The downtown business community is a close-knit one, so when one of its members fell ill, the others jumped into action.

West Elm, Pieology coming to Friendly Center
Posted: February 11, 2016 - 12:00 am

GREENSBORO — Home retailer West Elm and Pieology Pizzeria will join Friendly Center as part of a nearly 13,000-square-foot expansion.

Wednesday 02/10/2016
Greensboro/Guilford County Crime Stoppers release January numbers
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 8:30 pm

GREENSBORO — January tips led to Guilford County law enforcement agencies solving 16 cases in January, according to a Greensboro/Guilford County Crime Stoppers news release.

High Point police polar plunge is Saturday
Updated: February 10, 2016 - 7:04 pm

HIGH POINT — It’s not too late to organize your team to participate in the High Point Police Department’s annual Special Olympics Polar Plunge.

99 cent sale starts Thursday at two Goodwill stores
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 4:04 pm

Clothing and linens are just 99 cents every Thursday at two Goodwill retail stores.

Liptak on the court
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 3:56 pm

Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times, delivered a fascinating lecture at Elon University School of Law last night.

Highway Patrol to hold Basic Patrol School graduation
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 2:41 pm

The Highway Patrol is hosting its 138th Basic Patrol School graduation Friday, Feb. 12th at 10 a.m. in Cary.

Salsarita's could take over closed Qdoba sites
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 2:04 pm

A Salsarita's Fresh Cantina could open at 700 Pembroke Road in Greensboro, a site that was formerly a Qdoda Mexican Grill.

Grocery chain offering locally produced gluten-free products
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 1:42 pm

STOKESDALE - You can now get Kalo Foods gluten-free pizza and panini crusts at Lowes Foods.

Wednesday lunch specials
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 10:37 am

DJ's All-Beef Weiners, parking lot of Habitat Restore, 3826 High Point Road, Greensboro (336-541-5737): Nine combos for $5 or less.

Short Orders: Krispy Kreme planning grand opening
Updated: February 10, 2016 - 8:14 am

Krispy Kreme will have a grand opening Feb. 23 at 3706 Gate City Blvd. in Greensboro, and the shop will be giving away free doughnuts for a year.

Conversations about guns quickly turn acrimonious
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 12:00 am

A blog post I wrote last week about the Jan. 22 murder of Jefferson Heavener in Catawba County shows how polarized we are about guns.

Susan Ladd: Voters must push for nonpartisan redistricting
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 12:00 am

One of the more ironic statements issued after a federal court struck down two North Carolina congressional maps came from state Sen. Bob Rucho (R-Mecklenburg) and state Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett), the architects of those maps.

Tuesday 02/09/2016
The practical Republican ... finishes second
Posted: February 09, 2016 - 10:14 pm

What a contrast.

Guilford school board to discuss reinvestment recommendations, naming facilities
Posted: February 09, 2016 - 5:46 pm

What: Guilford County Board of Education meeting

Voters oppose paying more for roads
Posted: February 09, 2016 - 12:43 pm

North Carolina's 2040 transportation plan forecasts a spending gap in the tens of billions of dollars.

Mardi Gras party
Posted: February 09, 2016 - 11:57 am

Blue Denim Restaurant, 217 S. Elm St. in Greensboro, is holding a Mardi Gras party today with a menu of Big Easy-inspired dishes for lunch (11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.) and dinner (starting at 5 p.m.).

Impractical Jokers 'Where's Larry?' tour coming to Greensboro
Posted: February 09, 2016 - 11:28 am

GREENSBORO - The truTV Impractical Jokers’ ‘Where’s Larry?’ Tour starring the Tenderloins will perform at White Oak Amphitheatre in the Greensboro Coliseum complex on May 3.

Tuesday lunch specials
Posted: February 09, 2016 - 11:31 am

DJ's All-Beef Weiners, parking lot of Habitat Restore, 3826 High Point Road, Greensboro (336-541-5737): Nine combos for $5 or less.

My Morning Jacket members to join Ray LaMontagne on tour
Posted: February 09, 2016 - 9:40 am

GREENSBORO - GREENSBORO - Members of the band My Morning Jacket will join Grammy Award-winning singer Ray LaMontagne on his upcoming tour, which will make a stop Aug. 9 at the White Oak Amphitheatre at the Greensboro Coliseum complex.

Tyler Perry’s 'Madea on the Run' coming to Winston-Salem
Posted: February 09, 2016 - 9:21 am

WINSTON-SALEM - Tyler Perry’s musical comedy, “Madea on the Run,” is coming to Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum for two shows on April 30.

New Garden Bagels opens in High Point
Posted: February 09, 2016 - 8:54 am

HIGH POINT - New Garden Bagels (336-804-5595) has opened at 1228 Eastchester Drive in High Point.

National Folk Festival announces 1st acts for 2nd stop in Greensboro
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 9:05 am

GREENSBORO — A pioneering hip-hop DJ.

Monday 02/08/2016
This Bud's for you: Manning shills to the bittersweet end
Posted: February 08, 2016 - 12:42 pm

This Bud's for you, Peyton Manning.

Clinton, Trump lead in N.C., HPU poll finds
Posted: February 08, 2016 - 12:11 pm

Hillary Clinton has a wide lead among likely voters in North Carolina's Democratic primary, but Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are in a close race on the Republican side.

A month gone
Posted: February 08, 2016 - 12:01 pm

Family and friends of 19-year-old Tyarra Cacique Williams have a message for whoever might have had a hand in her disappearance and could help her get back home:

Monday lunch specials
Posted: February 08, 2016 - 11:42 am

DJ's All-Beef Weiners, parking lot of Habitat Restore, 3826 High Point Road, Greensboro (336-541-5737): Nine combos for $5 or less.

Downtown Greenway meeting scheduled for Feb. 25
Posted: February 08, 2016 - 5:03 am

Action Greensboro will host two public meetings on Feb. 25 at which recommended designs for Phase 4 of the Downtown Greenway and an Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway extension will be presented.

A dab of maturity would help: Newton's lack of grace following a tough loss
Posted: February 08, 2016 - 12:59 am

I was surprised and disappointed at Cam Newton's sullen disposition at his post-Super Bowl news conference.

Susan Ladd: Putting politics aside for Panthers
Posted: February 08, 2016 - 12:00 am

We all have our differences, but it seems that some things unite most everyone in the Triad.

Sunday 02/07/2016
Barack Obama and Roy Williams: Deliberate damage? Don't ask Marco Rubio
Posted: February 07, 2016 - 8:05 am

As the Tar Heels were letting a big lead slip away at Notre Dame last night, I occasionally flipped to the Republican debate and heard Marco Rubio make some astounding observations:

Trivium Racing adds team competition for 2016 events
Posted: February 07, 2016 - 7:03 am

Team competitions are a new feature for Trivium Racing events in 2016. 

Adams introduces bill to expand access to sexual health services for marginalized youth
Posted: February 07, 2016 - 12:01 am

U.S. Rep. Alma Adams will be in Greensboro Monday to unveil legislation aimed at expanding access to sexual health services for marginalized youth.

Susan Ladd: All voices matter, but so does unity
Posted: February 07, 2016 - 12:00 am

Last week’s backlash to the hiring of Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan as executive director of the Guilford Green Foundation reminded me of a meeting last year of the Community City Working Group, when members of the local Black Lives Matter group took aim at the older establishment leaders.

Allen Johnson: There's a lot of gray in the Guilford Green debate
Posted: February 07, 2016 - 12:00 am

This week's column:

Pet of the Week: Rolley
Posted: February 07, 2016 - 12:00 am

Rolley is an adult neutered and micro-chipped cat that is current on vaccines. Rolley would do best in a quiet single cat household. His adoption fee is $50. For information, visit the Feral Cat Assistance Program’s website at www.feralcatassistance.org.