2018 Today


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May 9, 2018: STILL don't eat romaine lettuce | The Centers for Disease Control gives new warnings for  Americans to avoid eating romaine lettuce given that the multi-state E. coli outbreak continues to grow. Twenty-eight more people have been sickened from E. coli in romaine lettuce, making a total of 149 sickened in 29 states, reports USAToday.com on May 9, 2018. Earlier, on April 20, the CDC.gov 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>


May 8, 2018, Primary Election Results | Winners and losers of Asheville and Buncombe primary election day, which was held on held Tues., May 8, 2018, as reported by Blue Ridge Radio at BPR.org: More> | Primary results also reported at Mountainx.com: More> | "Final results are in" for the 2018 local primary election, reports Citizen-times.com: More> | News of most important primary races across North Carolina, reports Newsobserver.com: More> | Local primary results at BuncombeCounty.org: More> | Related political news and views via DowntownAsheville.com: More>


Looking back | This Year Today: More>


May 4, 5 & 6, 2018 | The annual spring Herb Festival is being held for free at the WNC Farmers Market via NCagr.gov: More> | And looking back to May 6, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Works Progress Administration (WPA), reports History.com: More>


April 19–May 5: Early voting in Buncombe County | Early primary voting continues until May 5, 2018. The last time to vote in the Primary election will be on May 8, 2018. Register now and locate voting locations at BuncombeCounty.org: More> | Democratic candidates event calendar at BuncombeDems.org: More> | Libertarian Party of Buncombe County at LPbuncombe.com: More> | Progressive Democrats of Buncombe at ProgressiveDemsBuncombe.com: More> | Republicans (BuncombeGOP) at Facebook.com: More> | Western NC Green Party (WNCGP) at Facebook.com: More>


Impeach or Not to Impeach | "Democrats: Don’t Take the Bait on Impeachment," written by U.S. Representative Adam B. Schiff (D-CA), gives good reason for some Americans to pause in their current efforts to impeach President Trump, posted May 4, 2018, at NYTimes.com: More>


For those who seek relief from liars | Lawfare, a highly respected legal website known for factual reporting, intelligent analysis, and reasonable conclusions, explores America's federal law enforcement in its timely article, "Presidential Norms and the Special Counsel Investigation: Disclosures to Congress" by David Kris, who considers today to be "a good time to review some legal, normative, and historical standards in an effort to measure how, once again, we may be boldly going where no one has gone before." The article was posted May 3, 2018, at Lawfareblog.com: More>


Here he goes again | "In a tweet on Wednesday, President Trump called the legal system 'rigged' and threatened to 'use the powers granted to the Presidency and get involved' in the conflict." For the complete article, visit "Trump Joins House Attacks Over Investigations" by Nicholas Fandos and Adam Goldman, posted May 2, 2018, at NYTimes.com: More>


Here they go again | "Justice Department heading for clash with Trump, lawmakers over Mueller probe memo" by Devlin Barrett and Robert Costa, posted May 2, 2018, at Washingtonpost.com: More>


Learn something new today | It's a new day. A new month. It's May Day! Fitting to the name, help this May 1, 2018, is on the way. This brand of help is in the form of 10-day courses delivered by email every morning so you can "Learn Something New Every Day." That's the promise given online at Highbrow. Some of the courses are for free (so the price is right) and include popular topics (and practical ones to boot), such as: conquer fear of public speaking; how to be more productive; mindful eating; cyber security basics; how to bring meditation into your everyday. To browse the complete course selection, visit Gohighbrow.com: More>


Newly launched online word fun | "Introducing The New Yorker Crossword Puzzle" by David Remnick offers the lowdown for high brows who love to exercise their brains, who writes: "Most of our readers have e-mail addresses now, and the Web has given us the space to try new things—and to try old things again. In that spirit, we’re launching another crossword, online this time, and in the American style. It’ll be weekly, just like the magazine: a new one every Monday morning. Five constructors will take turns crafting the puzzles; they are crossword experts whose answers and clues exhibit the same qualities we aim for in all of our writing: wit, intelligence, a wide-ranging interest in the world, and a love of language. If you have any questions about how the puzzle works, you don’t need to mail us an envelope: just visit the F.A.Q." Posted April 30, 2018, at Newyorker.com: More>


"Be funny. Tell the truth. Make people in power uncomfortable." | That's what great comedians are supposed to do, and that's exactly what Michelle Wolf did "in her performance at the [2018] White House Correspondents’ Association dinner... in Washington, D.C.," wrote Adam Conover, which was published April 30, 2018, in NYTimes.com: More>


Local film offerings in unexpected places across WNC and in Asheville | On April 29,2018, MountainXpress reported that Western Carolina University presents the Controlled Chaos Film Festival on May 4, 2018; Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard will offer The 2018 Fly Fishing Film Tour on May 4; The Paper Mill Lounge and Theatre in Sylva will host A Very Fringe Film Festival on May 5 & 6; Silent Sundays series at Grail Moviehouse in Asheville will return May 6; The BLOCK off Biltmore in Asheville will present its Cafe Mortal Film Sessions series featuring Serving Life on May 6; Carolina Climbers Coalition will screen Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey on May 10, 2018, at Wedge Brewing Co's Foundation location. Details at Mountainx.com: More>


Mother Earth News Fair in Asheville, NC, April 28-29, 2018 | Learn how to grow plants, build a wonderful home or simply how to build your own root cellar, and much more at many workshops and on-stage demonstrations: More>


"An ICE raid has turned the lives of hundreds of Tennessee kids upside down" | The repercussions of immigration raids like the one in Bean Station, Tennessee, reach far beyond those who were detained, explains writer Jonathan Blitzer in The New Yorker, published April 24, 2018, at Newyorker.com: More>


Trespassing on their own land to stop a pipeline? In America? How messed up, how corrupt, is that? | For three weeks, a 61-year-old mother of three has sat on a platform in a tree in Roanoke County, Virginia, "trying to stop a natural gas pipeline from coming through land granted to her husband’s family by the king of England in Colonial times," reports The Washington Post on April 21, 2018. "Ten days ago, police said family and friends could no longer bring her food and water. Officers are waiting at the base of the trees, around the clock, to arrest her when she finally comes down." Theresa “Red” Terry and her daughter, who is sitting in another tree to block the Mountain Valley Pipeline, are apparently, "trespassing on their own property." And they call this America? Land of the authoritarian? Home of the corrupt? No wonder citizens are so angry with corporations and government today. Just one more example at Washingtonpost.com: More>


E. coli breakout, do not eat romaine lettuce, throw it away, warns CDC | People are getting sick eating contaminated romaine lettuce in many states. On April 20, 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted the warning to tell Americans to stop eating all types of romaine until the problem is resolved. If you have any romaine lettuce, throw it away, even if you have eaten it and not yet gotten sick from it, advices CDC.gov: More>


"Pittsburgh prepares officers for possible riots in case Trump fires Mueller" and what about Asheville? | Posted April 19, 2018, The Guardian article quoted a Pittsburgh, PA, police commander whose email stated: "There is a belief that President Trump will soon move to fire Special Prosecutor Mueller. This would result in a large protest within 24 hours of the firing."  The police department appeared to be acting on information gathered from a group, Nobody is Above the Law, wrote Edward Helmore on Theguardian.com: More> | To date, 350,000 have signed up nationwide for the Mueller Rapid Response Protest forwarding the traditional American value that Nobody Is Above the Law via Moveon.org: More> | To date, in Asheville, over 1,200 attendees have signed up for the potential rapid response protest organized by Indivisible: More> 


"A Higher Loyalty" officially released | Former FBI director James Comey's book, "A Higher Loyalty: Lies, Lies and Leadership," published by Flatiron/Macmillan/Holtzbrinck, was released to the public on April 18, 2018. The media followed the release with commentaries following interviews with Comey.| Book review by Ron Elving at NPR.org: More> | Book review by Garrett Graff at Rollingstone.com: More> | Quotes from the book at Goodreads.com: More>


In remembrance of former American first lady Barbara Bush | While Trump took a wrecking ball to the Bush legacy during the 2016 presidential campaign, Americans of all political persuasions paused at least for a day, April 17, 2018, to remember a gracious, independently minded first lady who cared more about country than party, and a leader who held high American values, personal civility and national unity. Initial media coverage included Houston Chronicle at Chron.com: More> | As well as ChicagoTribune.com: More> | Also NBCnews.com: More>


"It’s tax day. Don’t forget to read Thoreau." | Opinion by Sarah Vowell posted April 17, 2018, on NYTimes.com: More>


Vote to stop gun violence | After bearing the nation's third worst mass killing at another U.S. school, it's time not only to pray for the dead of Parkland, Florida — previously known as Florida's safest city prior to Valentine's Day 2018. It's time to truly honor the dead by voting in politicians who have the backbone to do something to protect our children. It must become the litmus test of all politicians of all parties in the 2018 elections: More>


2018 RECENT ARCHIVES

Progressive Democrats of Buncombe County meet Jan. 8 | Monthly meeting open to the public. Promoting progressive thought, including single-payer healthcare. All are invited. Details and location: More>


Asheville Restaurant Week Jan. 15 – 26 | 2018 rings in specials and special discounts at many of Asheville's fine and popular restaurants during Restaurant Week, promoted by the Asheville Chamber. Also, download an online PDF for all the tasty dishes and discount details of the week | Ashevillerestaurantweek.com: More>


Nine Fabulous Asheville Events for January 2018 | Provided by Ashevilleconnections.com: More>


Did you experience the only full SUPERMOON in 2017? Well, get ready for a full BLUE SUPERMOON in Jan. 2018 | Did you see the full SUPERMOON on Dec. 2, 2017, after Saturday Night Live was over? It was a bigger than usual and brighter than usual full moon. Spectacular, actually, because the weather was so clear and dry in the mountains. Good news, too: two more SUPERMOONS are headed our way in January 2018. It's a once in a blue moon opportunity, so to speak. | More>


"All Okay" with Ringing in the 2018 New Year | Although the Dec. 31, 2017, Winter Lights event at the North Carolina Arboretum had to be canceled due to the surprise arrival of a dangerous icy mix on New Year's Eve (and, yes, refunds are coming to those ticket-holders), there are many warm Happy New Year greetings, sentiments, well wishes, quotes and photos — especially intended for those thousands of people in hundreds of cars who endured the many miles-long 2018 New Year's Eve Hendersonville Road Ice Jam, complete with "sheet metal ballet" and an overturned car that sported a handwritten sign that assured passerbys "All Okay" | This New Year's Hope List is compiled by DowntownAsheville.com: More>


  Sierra Club's "Greenways and Blueways" Jan. 3 discussion | Open to the public, The Sierra Club of Western North Carolina's Jan. 3, 2018, event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville | Details at Meetup.com: More>


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