There’s some bad news that a candidate for Greensboro city council Jamal Fox got yesterday, when he was suspended  (with pay) from his job teaching at the N.C. A&T because he didn’t ask the public university’s board of trustees for permission to run for office before he filed. The incumbent in the race, Jim Kee, was the one to complain about Fox to university officials with what Fox said were allegations of trading grades for votes. (Note: this post has been corrected from the original to reflect that Fox is running for office in Greensboro and that Fox denies the allegations of vote-trading. The university is still looking into the matter.)
Here’s some news that’s worse, depending on how you approach this whole Affordable Care Act thing.
If there was any hope that Gov. Pat McCrory was going to look to expand Medicaid in the state after alluding to the possibility in a speech he gave last week , the governor quickly deflated that balloon this week by saying he would not seek a special legislative session  to expand Medicaid in the state.
Of course, the national healthcare.gov  website is still sputtering along with lots of glitches, and yesterday brought another day of Congressional hearings and apologies from the Obama Administration  about the troubled launch.
Are you ready for the TERRIBLE news? And yes, it’s potentially so bad that I employed the cheap trick of using bold and capital letters to emphasize my point. Graphic designers, forgive me.
Apparently Sriracha, that amazing chile sauce with the rooster on the label that can and should go on most everything, may suspend production  at its California plant. Residents near the plant have been complaining about of the effects of hot peppers wafting in the air – headaches, itchy eyes, etc. – and the city took action, filing a nuisance complaint against the company
You should really read this neat profile  of the man behind Sriracha, David Tran, who may win my award for most endearing CEO ever in his apparently unwavering dedication to just make superior chile sauce.
The company spends no money whatsoever on marketing, sales or advertising, which is kind of obvious looking at their low-frills website .
Now, I hope that’s end of bad news because there happens to be a pretty important baseball game tonight. Being Massachusetts-bred with more than a healthy dose of superstition instilled in me when it comes to the Red Sox, I won’t talk a lot about the game.
Enjoy your lunch, and, go Sox!