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Friday, September 23, 2016

Good News, Bull City Stoners: The Durham City Council Moves Toward Marijuana Deprioritization

Posted By on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 12:27 PM

On Thursday afternoon, during its work session, the Durham City Council unanimously voted to allow the city manager to work with the Durham Police Department to figure out how to have the department issue citations and warnings for low-level marijuana offenses instead of arresting individuals.  The directive came after Randy Chambers, the president of Self-Help Credit Union; David Hall, an attorney with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice; and resident Andrea Hudson of SpiritHouse came to the council to once again advocate for deprioritizing low-level marijuana enforcement.  Chambers told the council that, after looking at data on marijuana arrests...

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In Chapel Hill’s Ephesus-Fordham District, No Tools to Fight Bad Developments

Posted By on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Two years ago, the part of Chapel Hill where Eastgate Crossing and Village Plaza and Ram’s Plaza collide (home to Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Food Lion, and dozens of restaurants and shops) was cobbled together into a designated zoning district called Ephesus-Fordham and singled out for an experimental—to Chapel Hill—approach to development known as form-based code. The hope was that this new approach would streamline what had long been an excruciating review process for new projects in Chapel Hill. Today, Chapel Hill is so chockablock with hulking new apartment developments (with somewhere in the neighborhood of six thousand new apartment units...

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The Morning Roundup: Protests, Floods, and Gas Gouging

Posted By on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 8:22 AM

It's Friday. News for you:  1. Charlotte. We've got a guy on the ground there. Everything you want to know about yesterday's protests can be found here.  2. State of emergency declared for flooded N.C. counties. The counties of Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton, Pasquotank and Perquimans are flooding like hell due to Tropical Storm Julia last week. Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency in these eleven counties yesterday. From WNCN: The storm dumped several inches of rain on Eastern North Carolina with officials saying Arrowhead Beach and Corapeake communities received more than 10 inches...

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Liveblog: Third Night of Protests In Charlotte

Posted By , and on Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 8:33 PM

Good evening. INDY Raleigh bureau chief Ken Fine is in Charlotte covering Thursday night's protests after the killing of Keith Scott, and we'll be bringing you updates as they come in. First, to get you up to speed: The man who was shot in last night's protests has died. His name was Justin Carr. The family of Keith Scott has viewed the video; they say it raises "more questions than answers." Charlotte-Mecklenburg police chief Kerr Putney doesn't think it's necessary to release the video of the fatal shooting. N.C. Congressman Robert Pittenger said that the protesters "hate white people because white people are...

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N.C. Central Students Peacefully Rally After Keith Scott Shooting

Posted By on Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 6:28 PM

The rain didn't stop them. Nothing could have stopped them. They've seen too much, been through too much. They wanted a change.  "They" being students and community members who gathered at N.C. Central University on Wednesday night. The crowd of about 175 packed under a shelter at the Greek Bowl, just outside of the James E. Shepard Memorial Library on campus. Before the rally started, faint sounds of a marching band could be heard in the background. The horns mixed with the light drizzle. Once the band finished, the campus was silent, except for the voices echoing in the...

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Congressional Black Caucus Asks Department of Justice to Investigate Police Shootings: ‘The Killing of Unarmed Black Men and Women By Police Is a Crisis’

Posted By on Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 5:13 PM

The Congressional Black Caucus, headed up by Democratic congressman G.K. Butterfield (who represents Durham), has sent Attorney General Loretta Lynch a letter urging her to "aggressively pursue investigations, indictments, and prosecutions, through the Office of Civil Rights, against any and all law enforcement officers who harm or kill innocent, unarmed Black men, women, and children." The letter comes in the wake of the killings of Keith Scott in Charlotte and Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby was indicted for Crutcher's murder on Thursday afternoon. "There must be a national standard regarding the use of lethal force,"...

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The Morning Roundup: Protests in Charlotte Continue, One Protester Shot

Posted By on Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Top of the morning to y'all. If you haven't been up all night watching the news pour in, here's a primer for what has been happening over the past twenty-four hours.  1) The death of Keith Lamont Scott, after being shot by police in Charlotte, sparked new protests and demonstrations in Charlotte and in Durham. One man was shot during protests in Charlotte and was in critical condition. Gov. Pat McCrory also declared a State of Emergency.  From The Charlotte Observer:  The shooting was “civilian on civilian,” the city tweeted. “@CMPD did not fire shot.” Moments earlier, police fired tear gas...

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Light Rail, Bull City Connector to Take Center Stage at Durham Council Work Session Thursday

Posted By on Wed, Sep 21, 2016 at 3:00 PM

The Durham City Council is set to hear a trio of items during its Thursday work session concerning transportation and road-related matters.  On Monday, GoTriangle announced it was looking at possibly extended the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit line to N.C. Central University. There is no cost estimate available for the 0.6-mile addition, but we do know that GoTriangle estimates it could be the most-used stop on the line. GoTriangle is asking the city council to amend the "locally preferred alternative" (essentially the DOLRT route) to included a station adjacent to NCCU and then amend the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan to...

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Poll: N.C. Trump Voters Like Former KKK Imperial Wizard David Duke More Than Hillary Clinton, Definitely Not Deplorable

Posted By on Wed, Sep 21, 2016 at 11:13 AM

Uh, OK. So. Public Policy Polling released its monthly North Carolina poll today and, for the most part, found some stuff consistent with what we already knew: the presidential race is basically tied (Trump is up by two in a three-way with Gary Johnson, within the margin of error, and tied in a two-way), Roy Cooper is up five in the governor's race, Josh Stein is up four over Buck Newton in the AG race, and Deborah Ross and Richard Burr are deadlocked in the Senate race. Then there’s this. -By a 30/23 spread, Trump voters in North Carolina say...

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The Morning Roundup: Another Black Man Killed by Police in North Carolina

Posted By on Wed, Sep 21, 2016 at 7:55 AM

It's Wednesday. Your daily news:  1. Things are not good in Charlotte. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police yesterday shot and killed 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott. From WBTV:  The shooting happened around 4 p.m. at The Village at College Downs apartment complex on the 9600 block of Old Concord Road. Officers said they were searching for a person with an outstanding warrant when they saw a man get out of a vehicle with a firearm. When the man, later identified as 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott, got back into the vehicle, the officers approached. The report states Scott then got back out of the vehicle...

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Hillsborough Tonight

Posted By on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 4:16 PM

Up in North Dakota, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and environmentalist groups continue to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, which seeks to carry as much as 400,000 barrels of crude oil a day from the Bakken region of western North Dakota across South Dakota and Iowa before connecting with an existing pipeline in Illinois. This path darts across ancestral Native American land and under the Missouri River. Opposition to the pipeline scored a victory last week, when the federal government temporarily halted construction of the 1,134-mile project.  As protesters hold their ground and brace for the next steps, organizers across the country...

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Wake County Commissioners Spar Over Potential Projects

Posted By on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 3:09 PM

A conversation between Wake County Commissioners turned contentious Monday as a member of the board felt two "very highly" ranked projects were being overlooked during a process designed to set future funding priorities. Ultimately, the board voted to give the organizers of six projects an opportunity to make a play for a chunk of the $3.3 million in food and beverage tax money that became available after a plan for a basketball park in Knightdale stalled. But two projects that scored highly among a nine-person review team won’t even get a chance to present: the Morgan Street Foodhall, a...

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The Morning Roundup: Donald Trump Jr. Tastes the Rainbow and a Poll That Makes You Go Hmmm

Posted By on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 8:40 AM

Good morning, everybody. Let's get going. 1) Donald Trump Jr. hates Skittles ... and refugees. Remember when you were a kid and people warned you to stay away from red M&Ms? Well, Donald Trump Jr. apparently didn't understand the difference between fact and urban legend. Or maybe, this explains more than we think. I mean, we all remember Ronald Reagan's affection for jellybeans. Perhaps, the former president was simply picturing things he didn't like before sending them down the hatch. "Umm. Those kids smoking pot are the red ones. I LOVE the red ones. Wait. This sugar high is giving...

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Charlotte Mayor Says No To HB 2 Deal, Cooper Calls For Special Session

Posted By on Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 10:08 AM

Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts has issued a statement that, in effect, tells Governor McCrory and the legislature no to their proposed deal.  After the N.C. Restaurant Association issued a statement on Friday saying legislative leaders were willing to repeal HB 2 if Charlotte repealed its ordinance, McCrory, Speaker Tim Moore, and other Republicans issued statements saying they were willing to support a "compromise" like that. The compromise was, of course, that Charlotte would sell out its LGBTQ citizens, Republican legislators in Wake and Mecklenburg could save their re-election chances, and nothing would change with regards to the economic havoc that...

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The Morning Roundup: Pat McCrory Has No Shame

Posted By on Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 8:48 AM

Good morning. Here's what you missed over the weekend. 1. A rash of pipe bombings in New York and New Jersey.  First, a pipe bomb planted in a dumpster injured 29 people in Manhattan. From the New York Times: A bomb that injured 29 people on Saturday in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, and another that failed to detonate, were filled with shrapnel and made with pressure cookers, flip phones and Christmas lights that set off a powerful explosive compound, law enforcement officials said on Sunday. Both bombs appeared designed to create maximum chaos and fatalities. They also provided a...

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Friday, September 16, 2016

N.C. Restaurant Association: HB 2 Deal Would Repeal Law, Force Charlotte To Repeal Its Ordinance

Posted By on Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 3:44 PM

The NCAA and ACC pulling their championships out of North Carolina because of HB 2 may have been the final straw: after three Republicans have called for a repeal of HB 2, rumors are swirling that the Republican House leadership met on Thursday to consider calling a special session ahead of the election. And, in a story first reported by The News & Observer's Colin Campbell, the North Carolina Restaurant Association says that HB 2 could be repealed as early as next week, if Charlotte repeals its ordinance. “NCRLA has received assurances this week from legislative leadership, that if the...

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The Morning Roundup: Donald Trump’s Campaign Swears Donald Trump Is No Longer a Racist Birther, and We Totally Believe Them

Posted By on Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 8:17 AM

Polling better than he has since August 20, Donald Trump started Wednesday with the wind at his back. And then: Of all these things—any one of which could be fatal in a more normal political year—the one getting the most attention today is his return to birtherism, or at least his refusal to disavow birtherism because “I don’t want to answer it just yet.”  After Hillary Clinton hit Trump’s birtherism in a speech that night, the Trump campaign tried to clean up the boss’s words.  Hillary Clinton’s campaign first raised this issue to smear then-candidate Barack Obama in her very...

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

New Durham Police Headquarters Poses Funding Questions for County Commissioners

Posted By on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 2:41 PM

In Durham, there's a lot of municipal crossover, but this week my life covering the city and county collided once again as the Board of County Commissioners held a special meeting to discuss the new Durham Police Department headquarters on East Main Street.  Why? Because the county's emergency communication office will be housed in the complex, much like it currently is in DPD's West Chapel Hill Street HQ. Because the city and county share some services, they have an inter-local agreement to help determine who pays what. This isn’t new. The county commissioners have a memorandum of understanding with the school board,...

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Doomed Republican Congressional Candidates in Triangle Have Pretty Cool Signs

Posted By on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 2:24 PM

The preposterous gerrymandering of North Carolina by Republicans following the 2010 elections means Republicans win in most parts in the state but lose horribly in others. In addition to the snake-like Twelfth Congressional District, the districts where Republicans stand no chance of winning are the First and Fourth Districts, home to Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh.  The GOP sacrificial lambs running in those districts this year are Sue Googe (Fourth District) and H. Powell Dew, Jr. (First District). Since nobody has ever heard of these people before, here are their respective platforms. Now, let's take a few moments to...

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What's Up with That Questionably Zoned Durham GOP Headquarters?

Posted By on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 12:57 PM

“It would have been very foolish of us to take ownership of a location and not be sure we could use it as such,” Durham County Republican Party chairman Immanuel Jarvis told the INDY last month, after we questioned whether the local GOP chapter was violating local ordinances by housing its new headquarters in a home zoned for residential use.  Turns out: It was! Durham's planning department subsequently sent a notice of violation to the property owner—the GOP was leasing the home, which is at 215 N. Briggs—and gave it a month to file a response and a formal plan...

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The Morning Roundup: Farewell to ACC Championship Games and Hello Again to Hillary

Posted By on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Happy Thursday, folks. Here's your daily dose of calamity to keep everything nice and regular.  1. HB 2 basically kills championship games in North Carolina, and there's nothing we can do about it (except vote in November to get rid of the people who thought up this crap in the first place).  First the NBA All-Star game, then the NCAA championship games, and now the ACC, which yesterday announced all neutral-site championships would leave the state, too. In North Carolina, you can mess with a lot of things, but you don't mess with sports—especially not college sports. By moving these...

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Condos Next to Durham Central Park—539 Foster—Will No Longer Be Built

Posted By on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 6:30 PM

UPDATE:  Melissa Herzog, principal in investor relations with Blue Heron, told the INDY on Thursday that Blue Heron is still “committed to the market.” It’s now looking to see what other options the group has for the land.  She said the location on Foster Street is great, and that BH “loved the condo idea,” but, because financing for condos has remained, as she said, “very difficult,” the group’s lender decided to take a different route.  Will we see affordable housing on that land? Maybe, but no plans are in place right now.  “[Affordable housing] is a huge part of who...

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N.C. Congressman Casually Floats Idea Of Revoking NCAA's, ACC's Tax-Exempt Status Because They Did Thing He Doesn't Like

Posted By on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 6:04 PM

Congressman Richard "Proud Daddy" Hudson (R-Charlotte Motor Speedway) has some thoughts about HB 2, the NCAA, and the ACC. In a statement provided to The News & Observer: “This is political theater by the NCAA and ACC. If these multi-million dollar, tax-exempt organizations were interested in social change and not making a political statement, they would proceed with their marquee events in North Carolina and enact any transgender bathroom policy they wanted. This blatant political move – less than two months before the election – brings into question their tax-exempt status. This is an avenue to we intend to explore.”...

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Three for Three: Atlantic Coast Conference Follows NCAA's Lead, Pulls "All Neutral-Site Championships"

Posted By on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 1:55 PM

Thanks, Pat. The hits just keep on coming.  Earlier this week the NCAA announced it was pulling championship games out of North Carolina, and it was only a matter of time before the ACC made the same decision. Well, a matter of time turned out to be less than forty-eight hours.  The decision means "all neutral-site championship" games will be relocated next year. Here's what the ACC Council of Presidents had to say:  “As members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the ACC Council of Presidents reaffirmed our collective commitment to uphold the values of equality, diversity, inclusion and non-discrimination. Every...

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In INDY Interview, Chelsea Clinton Says She ‘Can’t Imagine’ Why People Don’t See Her Mother Like She Does

Posted By on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 12:01 PM

Chelsea Clinton, days after having her ailing mom over for a quick pick-me-up in New York City, came to North Carolina to campaign in her mother’s name, and to rally the millennial voters Hillary Clinton will need to carry her over the finish line in the Tar Heel state.  The latest Quinnipiac University poll found Clinton up four points over Donald Trump, with 47 percent of voters saying they’d likely vote for her. That changes slightly when you throw in Gary Johnson as a third-party candidate, but we’ll get to that later. Last month’s Public Policy Polling results showed...

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