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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Democracy in Crisis: Paul Ryan’s No Good, Very Bad Day

Posted By on Sat, Mar 25, 2017 at 11:17 AM

Friday afternoon, after a dramatic capitulation, House Speaker Paul Ryan walked out before the press and conceded defeat on what had been his party’s primary concern for the last seven years. “Obamacare is the law of the land,” Ryan said. “We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.” It was stunning. Even though the president insisted on Thursday that there would be a vote Friday, he called the Washington Post one minute after the floor debate was scheduled to end and said: “We couldn’t get one Democratic vote, and we were a little bit shy, very little,...

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Friday, March 24, 2017

SBI Taking Over Inquiry Into Teen's Death Inside Durham Jail

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 7:20 PM

Sheriff Mike Andrews is asking the State Bureau of Investigation to take over the inquiry into a seventeen-year-old's death at the Durham County Jail. The Sheriff's Office released a report Friday on Uniece Glenae Fennell's apparent suicide. On the form, Interim Detention Director Major Julian Couch lists Fennell's cause of death as suicide and means of death as "tied sheet around middle window bar." Fennell was not under suicide watch, the Sheriff's Office said. According to the form, Fennell was last seen alive by a jail employee at 2:18 a.m. Thursday during rounds. She was found lifeless thirty mintues later,...

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Breaking: Federally Subsidized Residents of the Forest Hills Apartment Complex in Garner Get More Time Before Facing Eviction

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 5:54 PM

In a startling turnaround, residents of Forest Hills apartments in Garner—who faced skyrocketing rents and eviction—will have until June 15 to find new homes, says Wake County Board of Commissioners chairman Sig Hutchinson. Late Friday afternoon, Hutchinson told the INDY that Wake officials have worked with Chapel Hill developer Daniel Eller to allow residents of the complex to remain until Wake County public schools are out to find new housing. Until then, the residents will continue to pay federally subsidized rates at the complex some have called home for thirty-five years. In addition, Wake officials will work with Forest Hills residents...

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA: Republicans Pull Their Own Stinking Mess of a Health Care Bill

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 4:18 PM

The Affordable Care Act was signed into law seven years and one day ago. Which means that Republicans have had seven years and one day to figure out exactly what their replacement for Obamacare would look like. They failed. As it turns out, Republicans have been pretty effective at scaring the bejesus out of people with warnings about death panels and socialism and catastrophic economic damage—none of which has been borne out by reality. The last three months, however, have shown that Republicans are less good at actually governing, which is perhaps to be expected. Much of the House’s...

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Census Bureau: Raleigh Among Fastest Growing Metros in U.S.

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 2:43 PM

Raleigh is growing. Fast. (You’re shocked, right?) That was the message delivered by a new report issued Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. But before we get into what this actually means, here's a look at the fourteen fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the nation. As you can see, all but one of the metros that grew faster than Raleigh (Austin) are considerably smaller, which means they had to lure fewer people. And even for Raleigh, the ranking, while noteworthy, doesn't represent an enormous population boom. From 2015–16, only 31,585 people joined the city (and nearly 16,000 of them were...

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ACA Repeal Protesters Put Senator Burr on Blast, Stage Die-In at Duke

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 1:56 PM

On Friday morning, Ezra Farber was standing in the cold on Cameron Boulevard, holding his own tombstone. OK, it wasn't a real tombstone but rather a poster board on which Farber had drawn the shape of a tombstone and a sad face with Xs for eyes and written, “My brain tumor was a pre-existing condition.” Farber, who lives in Chapel Hill, survived a severe brain tumor as a teenager. “My continued surviving and thriving as an adult depend on seeing a lot of doctors,” he said. Farber currently gets health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, which forbids insurers...

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Wake County Schools Grapple With the Aftermath of Racial Incidents

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 12:49 PM

Racially charged incidents in Wake County Public Schools carry the potential explosiveness of a bomb, and the system must be better prepared to deal with them, Board of Education members said at their Tuesday work session. As the system moves forward with training and structural changes, staff and administrators should realize that recent developments illustrate a deeper, more troubling level of racial division, said chairwoman Monika Johnson-Hostler. Like the parents who called in tears after seeing the racist video made by students at Leesville Road Middle, Johnson-Hostler said she was shocked by the nature of the animus seen in recent months....

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The Morning Roundup: Thom Tillis Speaks Up For ... Goldman Sachs?

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 9:22 AM

It's Friday. We made it. Now, let's end the week with a little fun. 1) Thom Tillis says Goldman Sachs is a champion for the "little guy." Now that you've laughed out loud, read this while you're scratching your head. From the INDY: "I feel like sometimes I'm living a reality TV version of Atlas Shrugged," Tillis quipped during the confirmation hearing for Jay Clayton, Trump’s nominee for chairing the Securities and Exchange Commission. "There are a lot of people in this Congress that want to beat down job creators and employers. People want to demonize Goldman Sachs. That’s an...

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thom Tillis, Textbook Definition of a Schmuck, Says Goldman Sachs Is a Champion of the "Little Guys"

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 6:29 PM

In an impressive rant at a Senate hearing this afternoon, Thom Tillis somehow managed to cite Ayn Rand and go on a tirade against the demonization of Goldman Sachs, citing their apparent commitment to employing "the little guy," the Huffington post reported. "I feel like sometimes I'm living a reality TV version of Atlas Shrugged," Tillis quipped during the confirmation hearing for Jay Clayton, Trump’s nominee for chairing the Securities and Exchange Commission. "There are a lot of people in this Congress that want to beat down job creators and employers. People want to demonize Goldman Sachs. That’s an...

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Today’s Is HB 2’s First Birthday. Don’t Let It Have a Second.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 5:31 PM

The process by which HB 2 was birthed, debated, voted on, passed, and signed into law exactly one year ago today lasted a little less than twelve hours. But the bill has defined our politics—and, to the outside world, our state—ever since. Corporations fled. Big-name concerts canceled. The NBA, ACC, and NCAA all pulled marquee events. (This afternoon, news broke that the NCAA had issued an ultimatum: repeal HB 2 soon or lose NCAA events until 2022.) North Carolina has lost hundreds of millions of dollars. The governor lost his reelection bid. The state’s reputation as an intellectual bastion of...

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Good News: Durham Is Getting More Bicycle-Friendly

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 3:45 PM

The city of Durham added 2.8 miles of bike lanes last year, according to the Durham Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission. Max Bushell, BPAC chair, touted some of the commission’s achievements in a 2016 annual report given during the Durham City Council’s Thursday work session. Among the new bike lanes is a contraflow lane on Watts Street, which the commission says may be the first of its kind in North Carolina. Contraflow lanes turn one-way streets into shared roadways by allowing bicycle traffic to flow in the opposite direction of motor vehicle traffic. There are also new bike lanes...

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Democracy in Crisis: Congress Is Losing Its Sh*t Over Russia

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 2:55 PM

Like the rest of the country, Congress has gone crazy. “The idea that Russia could come in and interfere with our election, all of us should be going berserk,” U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, said Thursday, summarizing the mood on at least half of the Hill. On Monday, the House Intelligence Committee questioned FBI Director James Comey and Admiral Michael Rogers, head of the NSA, during a hearing investigating Russian interference into the U.S. election. Democrats focused their questioning on collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Republicans focused, almost exclusively, on tracking down and prosecuting the source of...

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Teen Found Dead at Durham County Jail, May Have Committed Suicide, Sheriff’s Office Says

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 2:15 PM

A seventeen-year-old found dead in a Durham County jail cell this morning apparently committed suicide, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Uniece Glenae Fennell was found unresponsive at about three thirty a.m. She was jailed July 26 after being charged with the murder of a nineteen-year-old. “Paramedics responded to the facility and pronounced her dead at the scene. Preliminary evidence collected at the scene and statements given to detectives from the detention staff indicated that the cause of death was a suicide,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. The agency did not specify how she died. The State Bureau...

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Morning Roundup: Terror in London, Obamacare Repeal on the Ropes

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 9:21 AM

It's Thursday. Let's catch up on some headlines. 1) Terror attack leaves four dead, dozens injured in London. In what is being described as act "inspired by international terrorism," a man drove an SUV through a crowd Wednesday and then stabbed a police officer outside Parliament, prompting the evacuation of several high-ranking officials, including the prime minister. From The New York Times: At least four people, including the assailant, were killed and at least 40 others injured in the confusing swirl of violence, which the police said they assumed had been “inspired by international terrorism.” It appeared to be the...

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Kaiser Family Foundation: Elderly Tar Heels Will Suffer Disproportionately Under Trumpcare, Premiums in N.C. Will Skyrocket

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 4:23 PM

Tomorrow, the House will vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with Paul Ryan's much-touted alternative, the American Health Care Act. The GOP proposal—or Trumpcare, as it's known—would, among other things, make massive cuts to the Medicaid program and stealthily cut taxes for wealthy Americans (shocker). Given that the Republicans have been griping about the ACA for years, you'd think they'd have enough support to ram the bill through. Not necessarily. In fact, the bill faces opposition not only from conservative factions of the GOP wing, including members of the Freedom Caucus, for not going far enough, but also...

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Wake Commissioner: Help Is On the Way for Residents of Subsidized Apartment Complex in Garner Who Will Soon See Their Rents Hiked

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 4:01 PM

Wake County officials have begun efforts to help residents of a Garner subsidized apartment complex who face drastically increased rents and possible eviction. Commissioners first got word of the situation Monday when activist Octavia Rainey led a group of more than two dozen residents of Forest Hills Apartments to voice complaints at a Board of Commissioners meeting. ECP LLC, a Chapel Hill company, has sent letters to residents to let them know that they must either start paying market-rate rent on April 1—as much as five times the subsidized cost—or move out of the apartments. County commissioner Greg Ford said...

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Democracy in Crisis: Republicans Seek Leaks, Raise Possibility of Prosecuting the Press

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Republicans collectively twisted themselves into knots Monday in order to ignore what was really happening in the hearings on Russian election hacking and tried to use it as an opportunity for another attack on the free press. In case you missed it: FBI Director James Comey confirmed during the House Select Intelligence Committee hearing that the FBI is investigating connections between the Trump campaign and Russia. “The FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with...

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The Morning Roundup: Charles Murray Talks About White People Problems at Duke; Trump Threatens N.C. Republican

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 9:05 AM

Good morning, one and all. Away. We. Go. 1) Charles Murray avoids calling blacks inferior during his lecture at Duke University Tuesday. Amazing when the headline is about somebody not making the horrific comments he's become kind of known for. But his lack of blatant racism begs the question: Is our buddy Charles, a man labeled a white nationalist by the Southern Poverty Law Center, evolving? We doubt it. But anyway, INDY reporter Sarah Willets burned some of her remaining hours on Earth last night having to listen to this guy do his thing. Click here to read all about it. Oh,...

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Charles Murray's Duke Appearance Avoids the Blacks-Are-Inferior Thing, Talks About “Cognitive Elites” and the White Working Class

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 7:30 AM

Charles Murray much preferred his most recent visit to Duke University to his last stop four years ago. The controversial social scientist spoke at the school Tuesday night as part of a nationwide tour connecting the themes of his 2012 book, Coming Apart: The State of White America to the 2016 election. Considered a white nationalist by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Murray is best known for a 1994 book he coauthored, The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life, which argued that intelligence is at least partly genetic and accounts for socioeconomic differences between whites and...

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Garner Residents in Subsidized Housing Face Increased Rent, Eviction

Posted By on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 6:24 PM

Veteran east Raleigh activist Octavia Rainey quickly got the word when residents of a Garner apartment complex learned that their subsidized rents would quintuple to market rates by April 1—which meant, in short, that they were facing eviction. On Monday, she headed a delegation of more than two dozen residents of Forest Hills Apartments during Wake County commissioners' public comment period. Rainey and dozens of people who live in the Garner complex said they recently received letters from owners EPC LLC, of Chapel Hill, telling them they would have to pay market rent on April 1, and that they could be evicted if...

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Guy Who Thinks Blacks Are Intellectually Inferior Is Speaking At Duke Tonight, Who's Coming With Us?

Posted By on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 1:56 PM

Social scientist Charles Murray, a man classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a white nationalist, will speak at Duke University tonight. According to The Chronicle, Murray is expected to speak about his 2012 book Coming Apart: The State of White America, in an event cosponsored by the Duke College Republicans and the Duke contingent of the American Enterprise Institute, where Murray is the W. H. Brady Scholar. The discussion begins at six p.m. at the Doris Duke Center, 420 Anderson Street.  The "secure location" was chosen after protests erupted during an appearance by Murray earlier this month at Vermont's Middlebury...

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The Morning Roundup: Durham Cop Won't Face Charges; FBI Director Says Putin Wanted Trump, Hated Clinton

Posted By on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 8:48 AM

Happy Tuesday, everyone. Yesterday was loaded with headlines, so let's get to it. 1) Durham District Attorney will not prosecute cop who fatally shot Frank Clark. It's been four months since Durham PD Master Officer Charles Barkley shot McDougald Terrace resident Frank Clark and it looks like, for now anyway, the case is closed, as D.A. Roger Echols told the public, via a statement, that he would not pursue criminal charges against the shooter. It's worth noting that the DPD is keeping Barkley on administrative leave until it completes its own investigation into the matter, but here is what Echols...

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Wake Commissioners to Legislature: Keep Juveniles Out of Adult Court

Posted By on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 7:20 PM

Referring at times to their own pasts, members of the Wake County Board of Commissioners noted Monday that teenagers of all backgrounds can make mistakes. But North Carolina teens shouldn’t have to pay for those mistakes for the rest of their lives, commissioners said, as they endorsed the passage of a state law that would try most sixteen- and seventeen-year-old offenders in the juvenile system instead of adult court. Filed March 8 by sponsors from both parties, the state measure, House Bill 280, would raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction so that cases involving sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds would fall under it unless the...

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CONFIRMED: District Attorney Roger Echols Will Not Prosecute DPD Officer Charles Barkley for Killing Frank Clark

Posted By on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 11:06 AM

Last week, the INDY reported that the SBI had completed its investigation into Frank Clark’s death at the hand of Durham Police Master Officer Charles Barkley and had referred the case to Durham County District Attorney Roger Echols. This morning, we learned from sources close to the investigation that Echols has decided not to prosecute Barkley. Then, moments ago, a formal announcement was made, via a statement from Echols that said there was not "probable cause" found by investigators to suggest foul play by Barkley—or warrant a prosecution. Here's what he had to say. Dave Hall, an attorney with...

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The Morning Roundup: HB 2 Strikes Again

Posted By on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 9:21 AM

Roundup is back, friends. Sorry it's been a while. With that said, let's dig in. 1) HB 2 claims its latest victim: the Duke basketball team. Those of you who watched the NCAA tournament Sunday might not have been thinking about former (it still feels good to say that) governor Pat McCrory. Here at the INDY, we try to think of him as little as possible. But after suffering through UNC's near-loss and South Carolina's upset win over Duke, we started to wonder: Would the Blue Devils still be dancing if HB 2 hadn't cost North Carolina the chance to...

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