AMERICAN YOUTH EVERYWHERE: "Sex trafficking is happening in the U.S. — and young people need to know about it," written by Sam Dylan Finch, published Aug. 3, 2018, at More>

COLD CAMPERS EVERYWHERE: "Nine Best Sleeping Bags," perhaps Slate's most useful article ever, published Aug. 4, 2018, at More>

FORAGERS EVERYWHERE: New Instagram cookbook includes potentially toxic mushrooms, published Aug. 1, 2018, at More>

LOCAL AND STATEWIDE TRAVELERS: Current real time NC travel info provided at, includes the Asheville Area and Western North Carolina: More>

LOCAL & NATIONAL ALERT: Still don't eat romaine lettuce | The Centers for Disease Control gives new warnings for Americans to avoid eating romaine lettuce given the multi-state E. coli outbreak continues to grow. The above article, as well as more news and views on a wide range of topics, at "2018 Today" via More>

LOCAL & NATIONAL WARNING: Beware if your cell phone is a ZTE phone. Trump tweets he will help the unemployed in China by helping China's ZTE telecom company, which the U.S. has sanctioned for selling to Iran and North Korea. Also, the U.S. military will not sell any ZTE cell phones at its PXs because they believe ZTE phones may have hidden parts to spy on the US and its citizens who own the phones: More>

LOCAL & REGIONAL FLOODING: Keep up with the weather in the mountains nowadays. As flooding recedes, some streets open | For example, in late May, NC governor Roy Cooper announced a state of emergency throughout all of Western North Carolina due to heavy rains, flooding and mud slides, as reported on May 30, 2018, at More> | RELATED NEWS: In some areas of Asheville, as the flooding begins to recede, the City of Asheville continues to clean up and open some streets, such as in Biltmore Village, via More>UPDATE: Recent heavy rains across the Asheville Area and WNC, as well as in the SC Upstate and North Georgia, have caused flooding. Low-lying roads throughout Asheville can flood quickly given the intensity of the rains. Beware. Local weather report links via More>

NATIONAL NEWS: Trump goes soft on China; beware if your cell phone is a ZTE phone, says the U.S. military and news sources | Trump tweets he will help unemployed in China by helping China's ZTE telecom company, which the U.S. has sanctioned for selling to Iran and North Korea: More> via Rueters. Also, the U.S. military will not sell any ZTE cell phones at its PXs because they believe ZTE phones — such as those sold at Walmart and other retailers — may provide hidden parts to spy on the US: More> via Fox News; warning to those who use ZTE telephones: More> via; i.e., ZTE is the 4th largest seller of cell phones to US citizens: More> via, and could be bugging US citizens and taking away their privacy, reports major news sources, such as the and others: More>

Nationwide Alert: STILL don't eat romaine lettuce | In early May, 2018, the Centers for Disease Control gave another new warning for Americans to avoid eating romaine lettuce given that the multi-state E. coli outbreak continues to grow. Twenty-eight more people had been sickened from E. coli in romaine lettuce, making a total of 149 sickened in 29 states, reported on May 9, 2018. Earlier, on April 20, the warned Americans in no uncertain terms: if you have any romaine lettuce, throw it away. That advice stays in effect until all the farms creating the problem can be identified and corrected: More>

WLOS 13 ABC in Asheville is now owned, and affected, by ultra-conservative Sinclair Broadcasting Group's nationwide mandatory content policy | warns viewers "Watch Sinclair Broadcast Group News Anchors Parrot Their Bosses’ Opinions in Perfect, Deafening Unison," written by Matthew Dessem and published Mar. 31, 2018: More>

Deadly news of 2017-2018 influenza (flu) season in North Carolina: 386 dead this season | News Flash: Yes, you can get the flu twice in one year, because there are different strains of the flu. The season's flu season runs from October through May. As of Mar. 13, 2018, the total death toll of this season (Oct. 1, 2017 to now) in North Carolina was 276; as of Mar. 20, 2018, the total was 305; now, as of Mar. 30, 2018, the total was 342. Currently, as of May 12, 2018, the total flu deaths in North Carolina starting Oct. 1, 2017, is 386; three more flu deaths were reported between the time frame of May 6 to 12, 2018. Beware. Be safe. Be smart. Be clean. Updates and details at More>

Who in Asheville has the lowest gas prices? | With the price of gasoline nearing $4 per gallon, knowing where to go can bring a little relief at the pump. reports where the best prices in AVL can be found on any given day. It's wise to check right before you go, since prices change by the hour: More>

Not smiling about Facebook? | That's understandable for Ashevilleans who have had enough of Mark Zuckerman's nonchalance on security — especially if frowning facebookers want to delete their Facebook accounts. Fortunately, help is at hand: intrepid how-to techie Ann Brenoff at on Mar. 19, 2018, provided a list of useful pointers for those seeking to divorce Facebook: More>


2010: City warns citizens of black ice on roads

The City of Asheville reported that the city public works crews worked through Saturday night plowing, sanding and salting roads. They added: "With primary roads generally passable, crews began addressing secondary roads Saturday evening. Citizens are still urged to use caution when travel is necessary. Black ice should be expected on roadways."

The U.S. Weather Service reports a chance of one to three inches of snow throughout Asheville. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 12 noon, Mon., Feb. 15, 2010. For weather updates, Click Here>

For more information about what to do when faced with inclement weather, power outages, and other weather-related difficulties, Click Here>

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