Mike Krzyzewski’s list of basketball accomplishments is legendary. What’s left?
Bucky Waters, a former N.C. State player, Duke head coach from 1969-73, national announcer and fundraiser for the Duke school of Medicine, thinks Krzyzewski should start competing in another arena: politics. “Here’s what I’d like to see him do: I’d like to see him go to Washington," he said. We desperately need leaders. Desperately.”
More politics below:
--Former Gov. Jim Martin, a Republican who led the state from 1985 to 1993, will lead an audit at UNC Chapel Hill to try to find out whether the no-show classes and poorly supervised independent studies found earlier this year extend beyond the four-year period examined.
--Mike Robertson says he’ll retire effective Oct. 1 as North Carolina’s motor vehicles commissioner, after three years in the job and a total of 43 years in law enforcement. “This has been an enjoyable three years,” Robertson, 64, told Dome. “I’ve got mixed emotions about leaving state government, but this will be my third retirement certificate.”
--Democrat Walter Dalton and Republican Pat McCrory talk tax plans in the governor's race.
--At a news conference in front of Duke Energy headquarters Thursday, a half-dozen local activists protested the company’s and CEO Jim Rogers’ involvement with the Democratic National Committee.
--From AP: The casino on Cherokee tribal lands in western North Carolina is now operating live table games two months after the Legislature changed gambling laws to let them do so.
--State Rep. Larry Brown, a former small-town mayor who focused on local government issues while a legislator, died Thursday in Moore County at age 69, a funeral home said.
--Charlotte television stations already have a parking problem for the Democratic National Convention. Their helicopters land too close to uptown.
--Pat McCrory and N.C. congressional Democrats aren't the only politicians skipping their conventions. Sarah Palin and George W. Bush won't be in Tampa, Fla. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Al Gore won't make the trip to Charlotte, N.C. And scores of other Republican and Democratic stars are taking a pass as their parties gather for this year's national conventions, reports AP.
--Sounds like Bank of America Stadium may not be the only Charlotte locale President Barack Obama will frequent during convention week. Apparently, 44 is also scheduled to attend one of the 60 private parties set for the Charlotte City Club.
--The Rev. James Forbes told convention delegates in Boston in 2004 that “the Democratic Party had not really spent a lot of time talking about faith and politics.” That won’t be a problem in Charlotte.
--As young undocumented immigrants scrambled this week for high school transcripts and proof of local residency for applications that would allow them to remain and work in the United States legally, state officials across the country began reviewing their own policies to see how a new federal program would affect them.