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Archive for May 1st, 2009

American’s fourth MIA-CLT returns

This is weird. American Airlines dropped one of its four Miami – Charlotte flights back in April. The flight now looks to be coming back. On June 11. And while travel to South Florida is seasonal, the summer, not the spring, is the slow season…

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Rawlee Wants Another $3.8m. from CMS

Have no idea what a “support account” might be, but that is where CMS is supposed to find the money.

Is PR part of “support?” Even is not, Pete Gorman’s PR op costs about $4m. a year. Shut it down and let’s see if anyone — other than Pete — notices it is gone.

This is nuts.

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Greater Media Suspends Boston Talk Host

WBT‘s sister station in the Greater Media empire, WTKK in Boston, suspended long-time talk radio host Jay Severin for on-air comments he made about Mexicans.

The Boston Globe reports that Severin referred to Mexicans as “criminaliens,” “primitives,” and “leeches.” More:

In one of his broadcasts this week, Severin said: “So now, in addition to venereal disease and the other leading exports of Mexico — women with mustaches and VD — now we have swine flu.”

Later, he described Mexicans as “the world’s lowest of primitives.”

“When we are the magnet for primitives around the world — and it’s not the primitives’ fault by the way, I’m not blaming them for being primitives — I’m merely observing they’re primitive,” he said.

He added that Mexicans are destroying schools and hospitals in the United States. He also criticized their hygiene.

“It’s millions of leeches from a primitive country come here to leech off you and, with it, they are ruining the schools, the hospitals, and a lot of life in America,” he said.

Man, these primitives are pretty powerful. I figure if America survived the Irish, we are pretty well inoculated against social and cultural decay from external sources.

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WBTV Site Down

Has been all morning. Someone forget to pay something, or did a new feature break something?

First of the month, you see.

Update: Raycom Media also down. Looks like a Raycom thang.

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In Defense of Gloria Pace King


To me the most telling document among the stack the US Attorney squeezed from the United Way over this mess is the one outlining the growth in King’s salary over the years. From $120,000 in 1994, to $175,000 with a $20K bonus in 1998, to $290,000 with a $95K bonus in 2008.

In other words, during the rah-rah decade of 98-08, King’s compensation doubled, mirroring the explosive growth in Charlotte’s corporate sector and local government revenue. This was not an accident. King didn’t break in and steal UW money. Charlotte’s best and brightest on her board kept throwing more money at her and didn’t consider stopping until the banking Ponzi scheme they all rode to riches crashed and burned.

Did King develop an out-sized ego ill-suited to running the community’s largest charity? Absolutely. How else do you explain lunches at Bonterra to discuss a $3400 scrap-book project to document her career? But again, this all happened in plain sight of the UW board.

Or would have, had their own mammoth egos and rampaging hubris not obscured the view.

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