Economy


From L to R: Kyona Kelley, Porche Vann, Yeshera Douglas protest for higher wages outside a Little Caesar's in Fayetteville.
‘I Make Less Than a Two-Topping Pizza’: Inside NC’s Fight for a $15 Wage

As President Biden calls for a $15 federal minimum age, some in NC are struggling to make ends meet today.

Tenants' rights advocates demonstrate in front of the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse in Boston on Jan. 13. ( Image via AP/Michael Dwyer)
NC Tenants Have Rights in This Pandemic. And a ‘Wall of Shame’ May Violate Them.

With a national and state moratoriums on evictions in place, a Charlotte landlord posted a “Wall of Shame” about tenants who were behind in rent.

NC Gov. Roy Cooper during a December COVID briefing. States like NC have struggled to contain COVID-19 despite relatively stringent restrictions, but that might be a better reflection of population. (Image via Cooper's office)
NC Has a High COVID Death Rate Despite More Restrictions. Could Population Be the Reason?

There’s a lurking variable in states like NC that have a high COVID death rate despite more stringent restrictions.

US President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks on the public health and economic crises at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Delaware on January 14, 2021. - President-elect Joe (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
‘We Have to Act’: Biden Announces $1.9 Trillion Relief Package

President-elect outlines how he wants to get the American economy back on track with direct aid to individuals and small businesses, funding for vaccinations, and a large investment in infrastructure.

A US World War II veteran arrives for President Trump's speech at the U.S.S. Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington in September. Seventy-five years after the war, some say there are similarities between the fabled 'Greatest Children' and those kids growing up amid a worldwide pandemic and recession today. (Photo by Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Why My Kids Can See Themselves in the ‘Greatest Generation’

Their lives are upended by coronavirus. But the fabled 'Greatest Generation' paced the world after surviving pandemic and recession too.

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How Fraudsters Are Ripping Off Unemployed Americans — Even During a Pandemic

Amid the pandemic-driven economic recession, fraudsters continue to find ways to scam unemployed Americans out of their money.

Protesters face CMPD officers after an arrest was made and tear gas and pepper balls were deployed against those gathered this summer following George Floyd's death. (Photo by Grant Baldwin for Cardinal & Pine)
2020 Was a Drag. But Here’s My (Incomplete) List of the Cardinal & Pine Stories That Soared.

Brave leaders, earth-moving candidates, a president in free fall, and a NC man who waited 44 years for justice. The best stories of 2020.