Not so good news: RF Micro Devices based in Greensboro will lay-off 120 employees. Some of the employees will be candidates for other positions in the company. RF Micro Devices makes microchips and applications that help run cellphones. http://myfox8.com/2013/07/30/rf-micro-devices-to-layoff-120-employees-at-greensboro-headquarters/
A Superior Court judge has ordered the state Wildlife Resources Commission to pay almost $75,000 dollars in attorney fees to PETA in the legal challenge to the annual New Year’s Eve ‘Possum Drop’ in the North Carolina town of Brasstown. An administrative judge ruled last November that the commission lacked the authority to give a permit for the event, in which a possum is (carefully) lowered in a Plexiglas box during the New Year’s Eve countdown to midnight. State lawmakers passed legislation allowing the Possum Drop to continue in February, and Gov. Pat McCrory signed it into law. Brasstown is located in Clay County in the western tip of our state. http://myfox8.com/2013/07/30/judge-orders-state-to-pay-petas-legal-fees/
Calling ALL artists (or creative thinkers). Krispy Kreme is sponsoring “Doughnuts on Parade”, where individual artists, groups of artists or organizations can submit designs to transform one of a dozen blank 4-foot-tall fiberglass doughnuts into works of creative ‘doughnut art’. The doughnut art will be unveiled in Winston-Salem in October, marking the start of a national online auction. The auction will continue until mid-January, and the results of the auction will be announced by Jan. 31, 2014. Proceeds from “Doughnuts on Display” will go to non-profit organizations in the Triad that help children and the arts. **Submissions for ‘Doughnuts on Parade” must be received by August 7th. Details at DoughnutsOnParade.com for more information. Questions? email firstname.lastname@example.org BTW: If a design is approved, Krispy Kreme will give the artist or organization a $250 honorarium to help offset expenses.
Authorities continue to investigate a series of explosions that happened at the Blue Rhino propane plant near Orlando, Florida. For nearly an hour explosions went off like fireworks early Tuesday. Twenty-four workers were on-site at the time. At least eight people were badly injured. Executives are praising first responders. Blue Rhino is based in Winston-Salem. http://triad.news14.com/content/top_stories/696988/blue-rhino-executive-praise-florida-first-responders-after-explosion#sthash.TUNIyd4r.dpuf
The sentencing hearing for Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier who leaked military documents to WikiLeaks, begins today. On Tuesday, Manning was found guilty of 20 other charges under the Espionage Act but was found not guilty of the most serious charge – helping the enemy. *Manning was convicted of stealing classified information then leaking them for publication on the Internet. http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/31/us/manning-what-next/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
Screen the screeners: Sleeping on the job. Stealing our stuff. Giving their buddies a pass. A new government audit that finding more than 1,900 cases of misconduct by TSA agents. And that’s just the “tip of the iceberg,” says a lawmaker. CNN
Volunteers needed for the Point-In-Time Homeless Count to be held this evening (July 31) – rain or moonshine… Participants will meet Wednesday evening (8pm) for training at the Bethesda Center for the Homeless on N. Patterson Ave. in Winston-Salem. One group will canvass the city from 9 p.m. to midnight and another group will work from 1-til 4 a.m. (Aug. 1). The count is sponsored by the Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness and the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Homeless Council.
VERSE: “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD” Psalm 150
QUOTE: “A person who loves his job, will never work a day in his life.”
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