One of my fellow graduate students pointed me to a hilarious/disturbing local story about bizarre NC state government secrecy practices:
Here are some words the N.C. Department of Labor thinks the public shouldn't see: tomatoes, landlord, Mexicans, workers.
The department recently released to News & Observer staff writer Kristin Collins its files on Ag-Mart, the Florida-based tomato grower that last year incurred the N.C. Department of Agriculture's largest-ever fine for breaking pesticide rules.
The Labor Department blacked out so much information that its files were nearly unintelligible.
Included was a copy of a 2003 News & Observer story, written by Collins herself and another reporter, in which words or phrases were blacked out in 67 places.
References to virtually any human being, including public officials, Ag-Mart executives and workers -- even pronouns such as "their" -- were missing. In some cases, random words such as "tomatoes" were hidden.
If you click through, you can see a graphic of the article that's annotated with the blacked-out words -- it's truly bizarre...