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Guess I should change the address of this blog

In Fayetteville, N.C., Smartness, The news biz on November 26, 2008 at 6:47 pm

My friend, Randy Foster, writes the epilogue to SmartNews, the coolest newspaper in North Carolina.

I hear a lot about entrepreneurism, but what it means from my experience is the ability to overcome everyone else’s low expectations. SmartNews struggled for 16 months to get a foothold in the Fayetteville market. We thought a fun, interesting, professional, interactive newspaper with good distribution and low ad rates was just the ticket for Fayetteville.

What an amazing learning experience the last two newspapers — SmartNews and, before that, Bluffton Today — have been. I feel like I oughta have a master’s degree to show for it. Thanks for everything, Randy; it was one helluva ride.

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Memo: Blackwater fudged numbers to win fat contracts (and other items of interest)

In Biz, Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, N.C., Politics on August 1, 2008 at 6:00 pm

I try to keep an eye on news items related to Blackwater Worldwide, a North Carolina-based company that supplies mercenaries private security in hellholes like Iraq, Afghanistan, New Orleans. Partly because the privatization of the U.S. military is fascinating, partly because the Fayetteville area, home of so many elite, special ops guys, is a fertile recruiting ground. Lately, there’s been another flurry of stories.

Federal investigators are raising new questions about whether an affiliate of the controversial security firm Blackwater Worldwide should have received more than $100 million in federal contracts set aside for small businesses.

In a memorandum made public Monday, internal investigators for the Small Business Administration said the agency “did not adequately explain” how it concluded that Blackwater falls within size limits for small-business contracts.

Meanwhile, Blackwater’s getting into the private eye biz:

“Blackwater started a private intelligence company,” (Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army) explained, “a private CIA essentially, called Total Intelligence Solutions. And the man running Total Intelligence Solutions is J. Cofer Black. He’s a thirty-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency. He also was the guy who ran the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program, the government-sanctioned kidnap-and-torture program.”

And here’s an interesting backgrounder on Blackwater:

Critics see Blackwater as a company that recklessly abuses the gears of war to make a buck. (Founder Erik) Prince and his devoted team view themselves as a military support staff that helps the government save a buck through an obsessive commitment to identifying and fixing inefficiencies in operations and training.

Hammertime

In Fayetteville, N.C., Sports on June 15, 2008 at 7:41 pm

I have never in my life witnessed such a beatdown. In rec-league softball, they have a mercy rule to prevent such things. We got to the Swamp Dogs game against the Wilmington Sharks in the third inning and things were pretty well in hand already. But the Sharks just could not field a decent pitcher. We didn’t witness a single home run (evidently there was one in the first inning), just a long string of walks and singles and errors and wild pitches. Sharks infielders had to take the mound to finish off the game, and, unsurprisingly, they didn’t fare well, either. It added up to 32 freakin’ runs. 

More than a dozen robberies — quite a spree, Kangaroo Bandit

In Fayetteville, N.C. on June 2, 2008 at 10:51 pm

Kangaroo bandit’ suspect charged in several hold-ups

A Fayetteville man suspected in more than a dozen convenience store robberies was charged Monday in six hold-ups, authorities said.

Anthony Dean Pierce, 52, of 147 Rosebud Drive, was charged with six counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon. The charges stem from April 22 robberies of Kangaroo stores on Pamalee Drive and Ramsey Street, a May 13 robbery of the Pamalee Drive store, a May 15 robbery of a Sunoco station on Yadkin Road and May 20 robberies of Kangaroo stores on North Bragg Boulevard and McArthur Road.

 

At least it wasn’t the patient who fell off the ‘copter

In Fayetteville, N.C., Unfettered stupidity on May 16, 2008 at 7:31 pm

Medical supplies are missing after they fell out of a Lifeflight helicopter, an official in Fayetteville, N.C., said Thursday. Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the supplies, which fell as a helicopter left Cape Fear Valley Hospital Saturday at about 3:20 p.m.

Higher car tax AND higher bus fare. Everybody wins!

In Fayetteville, N.C., Politics, Unfettered stupidity on April 8, 2008 at 6:15 am

City Council members voted Monday night to raise bus fares and vehicle taxes to fund extending bus routes and expanding the fleet.

So I get to pay a little more in taxes so that people who can no longer afford to ride the bus can not ride them on more routes. Rawk. 

Hey, anyone want a tax hike?

In Fayetteville, N.C., Politics, Unfettered stupidity on April 7, 2008 at 5:34 am

This should go over well with gas at $4 a gallon. 

Maybe it was figurative sniper fire Hillary was ducking …

In Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, hillary clinton, N.C., Politics on March 26, 2008 at 3:51 am

A former first lady who’s padded her resume with a soundbite about arriving in Bosnia, years ago, under sniper fire. A town with more than its fair share of people who really have been shot at by snipers. The two come together on Thursday at Terry Sanford High School. Good times.

Spitzer’s alleged hooker: the North Carolina connection

In Ashley Alexandra Dupré, client 9, N.C., Politics, spitzer, Unfettered stupidity on March 19, 2008 at 9:32 pm

Finally found out where Ashley Alexandra Dupré lived when she was in North Carolina: Manteo, which is on the Outer Banks. No surprise she was a beach hottie, I guess. Here’s what People Magazine has to say about Ashley Youmans’ (pre-name changes) N.C. time:

But once in high school, something changed. In her sophomore year, she abruptly left home to move in with her dad and his new wife, attending Manteo High School in the Outer Banks in North Carolina. “It was my decision,” Ashley wrote on her MySpace page. “And I’ve never looked back.”

“She was a normal cool girl,” says former boyfriend Wayne Hunter, who dated Ashley until 2003. “She wasn’t a saint, but I would put her better than a lot of girls that I’ve known. [The recent scandal] has surprised me because she wasn’t really like that.”

While Ashley was popular with the boys, she had trouble making female friends while there. “She was the hottest girl in town when she was here and all the other girls gave her hell,” says Hunter. “They were jealous. The girls wouldn’t hang out with her. It was ridiculous. The girls here were really mean to her.”

Apparently, it was while she resided in N.C. that Dupre (then Youmans) got her first taste of naughtiness for pay:

According to a press release, Dupre visited Miami in 2003 to celebrate her 18th birthday. After fighting with a friend and getting thrown out of her hotel, Dupre found a nearby “Girls Gone Wild” bus, the company said. She signed legal papers and spent a full week on the bus, filming seven full-length tapes which included nudity and same-sex encounters, according to the company.

“I personally ended up buying her a Greyhound bus ticket back home to North Carolina,” said Girls Gone Wild founder and known douche, Joe Francis. After the footage turned up in the GGW archives, Francis rescinded a $1 million offer to Dupre to pose for his new magazine.

Spitzer’s gift to the world: Comedic opportunity

In Ashley Alexandra Dupré, client 9, Cops and crime, N.C., Politics, spitzer, The news biz, Unfettered stupidity on March 13, 2008 at 3:59 am

Salon.com’s Farhand Majoo says the NYT picked up a lot of bio on Ex. Gov. Spitzer’s prostitute from her Myspace page. And, the NYT sez, she lived in N.C. in 2003, but I’m damned if I can find out where. Working on that. She would have been known as Ashley Youmans back then, so if you knew her some years back, drop me a line, eh? Since then, according to the NYT, she’s changed her name legally to Ashley Rae Maika DiPietro, her stage name is Ashley Alexandra Dupré and, of course, she’s known in court documents as “Kristen.” The best part of her story, right now, is the commentary that wags have left behind.

From amiestreet.com, where you can buy her crappy dance tune:

an angel and a devil with the sultry voice of a high class woman from the streets, ashley brings out the uncivilized man in you as she rides you to ever higher moments for an intense ecstatic release. sensual and satisfying she earns diamonds in accolades. highly recommended and worth every penny. — client9 

And:

Not your typical New Yorker! Seriously, I wonder what it would take to make this young woman a household name? She has a wonderful throat and more women need to be like her. Bravissimo — Edna_Bambrick (Edna Bambrick is a minor Web phenomenon.)

From Ashley/Kristen’s Myspace blog (she just has the one entry from back in August):

From P-Drizzle Fo Rizzle: “Would you charge me $4,300 too, or can we use some of the time Spitzer didn’t use?”

From Silda: “Did he make you do that thing with his socks? I am SO not doing that again.”

And then there’s the Myspace profile of Client 9. I’m uploading a screen grab on the off chance Myspace takes it down.client-9.jpg