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The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Fire damages Chatham County, NC courthouse, John Edwards sex tape survives

Firefighters battle a blaze that destroyed much of the historic Chatham County courthouse, Thursday, March 25, in Pittsboro

PITTSBORO (AP) - Fire severely damaged a historic North Carolina courthouse where the clock tower collapsed overnight.

The clock tower at the Chatham County Courthouse in Pittsboro collapsed early Friday. About 15 firefighters poured water on hot spots still burning from the fire, which began Thursday afternoon.

The cause of the fire hasn't been determined, although a city spokeswoman says renovations had begun about two months ago and scaffolding covered the entire building. The State Bureau of Investigation and Chatham County fire officials are investigating.

The courthouse was built in 1881 and is listed on the National Historic Registry.

The building has been the site of an ongoing dispute about a videotape purportedly showing former presidential candidate John Edwards in a sexual encounter. Superior Court Judge Abraham Penn Jones told The Associated Press on Thursday that the materials turned over in the case are in a vault away from the courthouse.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares about John Edwards and his lover's sex tapes ? Our court house was much more than a place to hold criminal court. We gathered there for political debates, swearing in officials,spirited public hearings, our annual "State of the County" address. My favorite memory was listening to an elderly John Hope Franklin read to a full house. May it rise again out of the ashes.

Friday, March 26, 2010 11:28:00 AM  

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