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Touching down in New Orleans

December 8, 2005 - A hush came over the plane as we started our descent into New Orleans. Everyone was looking out the windows, taking in the devastation below. "It makes a big difference when you actually see it, with your own eyes, doesn't it?" said the woman next to me.

"Minority" contracting in North Carolina

December 6, 2005 - Next time you hear someone complaining about the "set-asides" and other "special breaks" supposedly granted to businesses run by African-American and other "minority" owners, here's a story from yesterday's Charlotte Observer: