Hampton Dellinger

The Kitchen is Open and the Menu is Politics

As North Carolina readies for four momentous political events — local elections this Fall, statewide and federal primary elections next May, Charlotte’s hosting of the Democratic National Convention in September 2012, and the General Election two months later — “Beyond the Headlines” host Hampton Dellinger talks with political and policy experts about what might happen and why. The first episode (presented in two parts below) focuses on recent events shaping the current political and policy context including the General Assembly’s long session and the stories the mainstream media missed. Featuring: Ruth Sheehan, former News & Observer columnist and now UNC law student; Zack Hawkins, schoolteacher, UNC researcher, and former chair of the NC Young Democrats; and Ken Lewis, attorney and former US Senate candidate from Chapel Hill. 1360 WCHL and www.chapelboro.com hope you enjoy “Kitchen Politics”. There is great food for thought…and you can’t beat the price! Part One: Part...

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Seven Lessons from the Davis Firing

1. The internet and airwaves are filled with sports pundits and fans lambasting UNC for firing Butch Davis on the eve of the football season.   But once it became apparent what key Davis hire John Blake was doing while a Tar Heel coach (essentially acting as an agent’s agent), there was no “wrong time” to terminate Davis if your concern for UNC-Chapel Hill goes beyond wins and losses.  While sooner would have been better, there is absolutely nothing wrong with now if you take the perspective that what’s best for UNC need not have anything to do with what might be good for its football team’s record. 2. Similarly, the success or failure of UNC’s football team should never be a measure of the strength of the university.  The incredible work of Carolina’s scholars and healers and inventors and students is what really matters.  Indeed, the fortunes of the football team shouldn’t even be equated with the strength of Carolina athletics generally.  For example, the greatest college sports dynasty America has ever seen is the UNC women’s soccer team which has won 21 national championships.  If cheering on Tar Heel teams is a key part of your life, as it is for mine, there are numerous supremely talented squads to pull for, none of which play in Kenan Stadium.   3. My godfather Ray Farris quarterbacked Carolina teams...

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When it comes to winning international team sport competitions, Dean Smith unveiled the secret 35 years ago: Tarheels, lots of Tarheels. It is a strategy for success I wish the US Women’s National Soccer Team — with only two UNC alums on its 21 player roster — was utilizing in the 2011 World Cup that begins this week in Germany. Back in 1976, Smith coached the US Men’s National Basketball Team at the Montreal Olympics in addition to overseeing the Tarheels. In the wake of the Soviet Union’s referee-aided upset of the Americans four years before, the pressure on Smith to produce a gold medal winning team was intense. When the twelve player squad he assembled included four UNC players — Walter Davis, Phil Ford, Mitch Kupchak and Tommy LaGarde — some sportswriters howled. When the team avenged the ’72 Olympic loss with a perfect 7-0 record and a gold medal, the critics were silenced. Fast forward to today. As US women’s soccer coach Pia Sundhage made her last roster cuts, she had available at least ten UNC players with the requisite talent to compete effectively against any national team in the world. Unlike Smith, Sundhage decided not to stack her team with players who knew each other’s game. (Indeed, Smith’s ’76 team also included three ACC players — Duke’s Tates Armstrong, State’s Kenny Carr, and Maryland’s Steve Sheppard...

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BUY THIS BOOK    Local lawyer John Stanley was recognized recently by Lawyers’ Weekly as one of North Carolina’s best attorneys. He’s also written one of the best books to come from the Tarheel state in a long time: Mickey Price: Journey to Oblivion. Its an action-adventure for readers 7-13 about kids in space (and on the moon) that’s a compelling read for all ages. John Stanley’s only problem: Mickey Price is only his first great book.    Like Nero fiddling as Rome burned, book publishers still seem to be in denial about their collapsing empire. Rather than retaining and expanding their customer pool by identifying and promoting talented new voices, the commercial publishing industry now devotes even more resources to established writers. The odds of a first-time author — even ones such as John Stanley with a great manuscript in hand — landing a contract are almost impossibly long.    Luckily, the industry’s disinterest in new authors doesn’t matter anymore.   Thanks to new self-publishing companies like CreateSpace and Lulu, which offer distribution online and through traditional bookstores, anyone and everyone can effectively get their written work into the marketplace. (Youtube, of course, has been doing the same thing for those who work with video rather than the written word.)   All talented new authors need is for readers like us to give their work a look. The more success self-publishers like John Stanley have, the more...

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UNC Greats Heath and O'Reilly, Plus Coach Dorrance, on 2011 Women's World Cup

The United States Women’s National Soccer Team is in the Triangle training for the 2011 World Cup which kicks off next month in Germany. Beyond the Headlines host Hampton Dellinger joined the team during its training session at Wake Med Soccer Complex in Cary. Former UNC greats Heather O’Reilly and Tobin Heath took time out to offer thoughts on the team’s Cup quest, and how their years at Carolina influences their play today. Maddy Kupinsky assists with the interview.   UNC coach Anson Dorrance, who guided the 1991 US Women’s team to a World Cup title, was also at the training and talked with Hampton about how the US Team and Carolina team stack up against their respective competitors....

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CH Case Before US Supreme Court Raises Tough Questions

If you are the parent of a 13 year old suspected by the police of criminal activity, would you expect to be notified before your child is questioned? And, before the interview takes place, would you want your teenager to know that he or she could chose between answering questions or remaining silent? These questions are raised by a case — known as J.D.B. v. North Carolina — that started in Orange County District Court and is now being considered by the United States Supreme Court. Here is how a leading blog covering the Supreme Court frames the legal issue: “Criminal suspects are entitled to Miranda warnings if they are questioned while in police custody. A person generally is considered to be ‘in custody’ if a reasonable person in the same circumstances would believe that he was not free to leave. The question is whether courts should consider the age of a juvenile suspect in deciding whether he is in custody for Miranda purposes.” (from http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/j-d-b-v-north-carolina/). Since Miranda warnings were not given to the Chapel Hill teenager before he was questioned, and his parents were not contacted, his lawyer argues that the teen’s confession should be thrown out and excluded from the case against him (i.e. suppressed). I attended the oral argument that took place in March before the nine US Supreme Court justices. The Court’s ruling could come...

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Let's Go Beyond Civil War Markers at Town-Gown Border

On either side of downtown Franklin Street’s stonewall are not one but two Confederate markers. If we are what we remember, it is long past time for UNC and Chapel Hill to recognize similarly the town’s first African-American mayor: Howard Lee. The monument known as “Silent Sam” sits on the “gown” side. It was erected in 1913 in honor of fallen Southern soldiers with UNC ties. On the town side is a highway marker dedicated to Jefferson Davis in 1955, ninety years after he led the Confederacy during America’s Civil War. For a community that prides itself for being at the forefront of racial progress having these two markers greet the diverse student body, community members, and town visitors is incongruous. (Two other nearby markers — one referencing Daniel Boone, the other highlighting UNC Chapel Hill’s place as America’s first state university — do nothing to address the issue of having the principle commemorative focus of one of North Carolina’s most prominent thoroughfares be on the Civil War yet silent on civil rights.) Luckily, addressing the oversight is easy. Commemorating black political pioneer Howard Lee, who in 1969 became the first African-American elected to lead a predominantly white southern city, would pay tribute to a remarkable man and acknowledge the advancements Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the South and our nation have made since the Civil Rights Movement gained steam...

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