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Here's a look at tomorrow's headlines:

THE STROM SEAT: Some people say we don't know the reasons behind the timing of Bill Strom's resignation and should allow him his privacy. I say as a councilman Strom traded his privacy for public life. Given his silence, speculation is all we have. Now the town has compounded the problem for candidates in this fall's election. Put your name in to replace him and look like you don't think you can win. Don't put your name in and risk not being appointed, even if you finish fifth. Read Jesse DeConto's story.

MUSIC FOR ART'S SAKE: Have you met Emily Weinstein? I spoke to the Chapel Hill artist as she stood on a ladder outside Jade Palace restaurant this summer. (And she did a a fine job on that mural, don't you think?) So she called me on her latest project: painted violins. What's that go to do with shaving cream and the Durham Symphony Orchestra? Read our story.

URBAN FARM TOUR: Sustainable agriculture is the rage. But how many of you could kill your own chicken? Or watch someone do it. That's just part of the Urban Farm Tour this weekend in Carrboro. Organizer Sammy Slade says chickens will be killed for a community pot luck at one of 15 tour stops because that's part of what it takes to grow your own food. Rebekah Cowell has the gristle-y details. (Come on, I thought that was prety good) 

Jonathan Tugman is back with the second column from UNC's student government, Flo Johnston brings you the latest news from our local congregations and Katey's Pretzels' biggest fan tells you why the store at Carr Mill was more than a carb fix for her. It's the most touching story in the paper.

Remember, the Town Council candidates is tomorrow in Town Hall. Last week's in Carrboro was informative, but the Sierra Club should let all the candidates answer all the questions. By the way, send us your questions, so we can consider them in our own upcoming questionnaires.

Thanks for reading,

Mark       

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Give Strom a break; He's

Give Strom a break; He's still hiking the Appalachian trail.

Urban Farming

What an oxymoron. Led by a Community Organizer. Perfect.

Speculation or assumption?

"Some people say we don't know the reasons behind the timing of Bill Strom's resignation and should allow him his privacy. I say as a councilman Strom traded his privacy for public life. Given his silence, speculation is all we have. "

Yes, speculation is all that we have. But it's still speculation. It's the responsibility of journalists to be sure that speculations don't become assumptions that stories or op-eds are based upon.

Sounds like making assumptions is some sort of retribution being meted out here and justified because of Strom's inaccessibility on this issue.

However you handle it, there has been no solid information proving that the timing of Strom's resignation was calculated or was not the result of personal events. There is only speculation.

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Mark Schultz is the editor of The Chapel Hill News and The Durham News.
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