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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Carolina RailHawks Change Name, Announce Plans For MLS Bid

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 5:10 PM

The Carolina Railhawks have changed their name to North Carolina FC and are pushing to become an NWSL franchise within the next six months and an MLS franchise within the next year and a half. Team owner Steve Malik said that his club is "well-positioned" for the jump to the top tier of American soccer. “The market is ready for an MLS team based on our geographical location, population growth, dynamic economic environment and significant soccer participation," Malik said. "MLS requires a minimum of 20,000 seats with amenities in order to maximize revenue, and a new stadium is vital to...

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Raleigh Approves Oak City Outreach Center Funding

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 2:51 PM

At its Tuesday afternoon meeting, the Raleigh City Council voted to approve funding for the Oak City Outreach Center. The move will appropriate $4.6 million to "establish a permanent site and facility for the Oak City Outreach Center,", a 30,000-foot space at 1430 South Wilmington Street which will serve as a multi-service center for the impoverished and homeless. Currently, the Outreach Center operates at 215 South Person Street. The move has generated controversy among some Southeast Raleigh residents, but on Tuesday, supporters came out in full force. There was no public hearing; instead, Mayor Nancy McFarlane asked supporters to stand, to...

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Breaking: Jessica Holmes Retracts Resignation From Wake County Board of Commissioners

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 1:04 PM

Last night, Wake County Commissioner Jessica Holmes abruptly resigned. Today, she changed her mind. Here is her full statement: Yesterday, I shared my plan to resign my position from the Wake County Board of Commissioners. Serving the people of Wake County has been a privilege for which I am incredibly thankful. An opportunity had presented itself to me, and in part out of frustration, I had decided to pursue it. With the long awaited vote for the creation of Wake County’s first ever affordable housing committee, I felt proud for breathing life into an issue that has impacted me and...

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Monday, December 5, 2016

In Shock Move, Wake County Commissioner Jessica Holmes Resigns

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 10:41 PM

After winning an affordable housing vote and losing narrowly to become the vice-chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioner, Jessica Holmes - the youngest person to ever serve on the board, and the board's only woman - abruptly resigned Monday night, leaving commissioners in shock. Holmes, who clashed with other board members at the last meeting over the timing of the vote, said she had other business at the end of the meeting, and then it took a turn. "I’d like to take this time to say that serving Wake County has been one of the best experiences...

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Breaking: Pat McCrory Concedes Governor's Race

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 12:17 PM

In a video statement, Governor Pat McCrory has finally conceded the governor's race to Roy Cooper. "Despite continued questions that should be answered regarding the voting process, I personally believe a majority of our citizens have spoken, and we now should do everything in our power to support the 75th Governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper," McCrory said. "The McCrory administration team will assist in every way to help the new administration make a smooth transition." Republican attorney general candidate Buck Newton, who is behind by over 24,000 votes, also conceded on Monday, to attorney general-elect Josh Stein. That...

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Profiles in Courage

Posted By on Sun, Dec 4, 2016 at 8:32 AM

Good morning, here's what you missed over the weekend. 1. KKK "parade" is an utter failure. In the days after Donald Trump's election, the NC-based Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan announced that they would hold a parade in North Carolina to celebrate on December 3. They didn't specify the location until Friday night, that it would be in Pelham, where the group is based. In response, hundreds of counter-protesters showed up in Pelham on Saturday. Here's what happened: Yep, that's right. They never showed up. From our friends at Triad City Beat: After completing the 1.2-mile...

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Durham Councilwoman: Why Are Cops Involved in Frank Clark Shooting Still on Force?

Posted By on Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 7:21 PM

The allegations made by residents in the McDougald Terrace community during a Monday evening press conference have made Durham City Councilwoman Jillian Johnson question why the three officers involved in the fatal shooting of thirty-four-year-old Frank Clark are still employed by the city. Johnson sent this email to City Manager Tom Bonfield today and said she was "struggling to understand" why Master Officer C.S. Barkley, Officer M.D. Southerland and Officer C.Q. Goss remained on the beat after a 2014 incident that saw an internal investigation into the men's policing practices unfold—and was concerned that "these officers aren't the only ones...

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State Board of Elections Throws McCrory a Lifejacket

Posted By on Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 4:54 PM

On the same day that Roy Cooper's lead cleared 10,000 votes for the first time, the State Board of Elections ordered a recount of 94,000 votes in Durham on a party-line vote — despite one Republican board member saying he personally "doesn't have any reason to doubt that any information entered was correct." On Wednesday, the state board of elections took up an appeal from Republican Party general counsel Thomas Stark of the Durham County Board of Election's dismissal of his protest to recount over 94,000 ballots. In a three-hour session, Stark — who has portrayed himself as a concerned citizen in protesting...

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

McDougald Terrace Residents Want Officer Who Fatally Shot Frank Clark Off Streets

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 10:08 PM

Jasmine Lloyd said he has been harassing her since she was twelve years old—the Durham police officer who gunned down her boyfriend, Frank “Scooter Bug” Clark, November 22 in McDougald Terrace. He even threatened her when she was pregnant with a child who became fatherless the moment Master Officer C.S. Barkley fired a fatal shot that shook the city’s black community to its core, she said. So when, at the tail end of a press conference called by the lawyers representing the Clark family in the aftermath of an officer-involved shooting that eyewitnesses claim was unjust, the floor was opened...

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Local Lawyer: Officer Who Fired Fatal Shot Has a History ...

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 1:54 PM

An email sent from a local attorney to members of the Durham City Council this morning notes that Master Officer C.S. Barkley, the man who fired the shots that killed thirty-four-year-old Frank "Scooter Bug" Clark last week in McDougald Terrace, has been accused of use of excessive force on numerous occasions. From Ian Mance, a staff attorney with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice: It is also worth noting that Mance is not the only person to claim that Barkley has a history of less-than-professional interactions with city residents. Several people interviewed by the INDY have made similar claims—from some who allege...

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Durham PD's 5-Day Report on Frank Clark Shooting Contradicts Eyewitness Reports

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 7:37 AM

It doesn't mesh with what several eyewitnesses told the INDY less than an hour after Frank "Scooter Bug" Clark was killed. And it leaves many questions unanswered. But here is the Durham Police Department's 5-Day Report on the incident that saw a city officer gun down a thirty-four-year-old black man in McDougald Terrace last week. We will continue to report on this story as more details emerge....

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

U.S. District Court Orders Legislative Maps Redrawn, Special Elections Next Year

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 8:09 PM

A three-judge panel on the  U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina has unanimously ordered the North Carolina legislature to redraw legislative maps by March, hold a special primary in late August or early September, and hold a special general election in early November. The Middle District found the districts unconstitutional in August, but because of the timing of that order being given right before the election, allowed the election to proceed with districts it had found unconstitutional. "This Court’s order finding the current districts unconstitutional was entered on August 15, 2016, and the State has already had...

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Read the McCrory Administration's HB 2 Emails

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 3:43 PM

In October, we sued the McCrory administration for public records we've requested this year. Last week, the McCrory administration complied with three of our outstanding requests: the Governor and his chief of staff's HB 2 and Charlotte Ordinance emails through March 25, the administration's emails concerning the Myths vs. Facts press release that was blasted out on official government social media channels including the Department of Environmental Quality, and correspondence the administration had with news networks after the HB 2 controversy. We're still waiting on answers to our other four requests, including emails from around the time state epidemiologist Megan Davies resigned,...

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The Morning Roundup: Durham PD Holds Media-Free Meeting,

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 8:41 AM

Happy Tuesday, everyone. Let's jump in: 1) The Durham Police Department meets with residents to "discuss" Frank Clark shooting. Less than a week after an officer (or officers) shot and killed a Durham man in McDougald Terrace, local residents, law enforcement and a member of the City Council converged on the T.A. Grady Recreation Center to talk about the incident. Well, except, that didn't really happen. From the INDY: It was five shots. Or was it four? There was a struggle. Or was he running away from police when he was gunned down? He fired at officers. Or did a...

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Residents: Meeting on DPD Shooting Accomplished Nothing

Posted By on Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 11:17 PM

It was five shots. Or was it four? There was a struggle. Or was he running away from police when he was gunned down? He fired at officers. Or did a shot even ring out before bullets left the chamber of a Durham Police Department-issued gun? Those who showed up to a community meeting at T.A. Grady Recreation Center this evening—a gathering designed to bring city police and residents of McDougald Terrance together in the aftermath of the fatal shooting, by the DPD, of Frank “Scooter Bug” Clark—did not get the answers to those questions. Of course, we don’t know...

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The Morning Roundup: Leftovers Edition

Posted By on Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 9:27 AM

Good morning, hope you had a good holiday. 1. Governors' race update. The North Carolina State Board of Elections held another emergency Sunday meeting. From the N&O: The State Board of Elections held an emergency meeting by phone on Sunday afternoon to consider a request for an expedited appeal of ballot tabulation concerns that the Durham County elections board had rejected. The meeting was called after McCrory’s campaign sent out a news release Saturday night proposing that deal, but that proposal wasn’t on the agenda. Board members briefly discussed news accounts of the McCrory offer, but were informed by legal...

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Read the Explanation of HB 2 Governor McCrory Needed Two Days After He Signed It

Posted By on Fri, Nov 25, 2016 at 1:57 PM

We sued the McCrory administration in October for public records we've requested that have gone ignored and unanswered. A few days ago, the administration started sending us part of the requests related to that lawsuit, including the governor’s emails about HB 2. One of those emails shows that Governor McCrory was still being advised on what he signed two days after the fact by a key legislator involved in the bill. On March 23, McCrory signed HB 2, which had been rammed through earlier that day. In the early hours of March 25, state representative and HB 2 sponsor...

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Wake County Commissioners Clash Over Timing of Affordable Housing Vote

Posted By on Wed, Nov 23, 2016 at 3:10 PM

An affordable housing vote in Wake County was pushed back a couple of weeks, and the commissioner leading the charge is not happy. On Monday, the Wake County Commission took up a vote approving rules of procedure and appointing twenty-nine people (selected by staff) to a steering committee on affordable housing, an important early step in the process of constructing an affordable housing plan for the county. Notable suggested members of the committee include nonprofit housing developer Gregg Warren, Raleigh housing director Larry Jarvis, Wake County Housing Authority CEO Burnetta Smith, former Wake County Superior Court judge Howard Manning, and...

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Police, Witnesses Have Different Accounts of Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 9:24 PM

Less than twenty-four hours after the Durham City Council voted 5-2 to spend $1.4 million dollars on hundreds of body cameras to be worn by its police officers, eyewitnesses and city cops are at odds over just how an officer-involved shooting that claimed the life of Frank “Scooter Bug” Clark unfolded this afternoon in McDougald Terrace. One witness said it started when an unmarked police car was seen “circling the block”—prompting “everyone who was out here to take to running.” But one man, Clark, remained—walking away slowly until he “locked eyes” with an officer he knew. The man, the witness...

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Governor McCrory Formally Asks for a Recount

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 4:17 PM

Governor Pat McCrory has filed a request with the State Board of Elections asking for a recount, the same day the board met in Raleigh to provide guidance to counties on the rash of Republican-backed election protests and told the counties to keep counting votes despite those ongoing protests. A written order is coming later today to clarify the full directions offered by the state board. With news of the recount, it's all but certain that we won't have a certified winner of the election until next month—at the earliest. During the meeting, Secretary Rhonda Amoroso, a Wilmington Republican, also...

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Breaking: Police-Involved Shooting at Durham’s McDougald Terrace

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 1:56 PM

At 1:02 p.m., the Durham Police Department confirmed an officer-involved shooting that happened in McDougald Terrace at twelve thirty. While the police haven’t yet released any details, the INDY’s Ken Fine, who is on the scene, has been told by eyewitnesses that the perpetrator—believed to be a thirty-three- or thirty-four-year-old African-American man (whose identity has not yet been confirmed)—was fleeing from police when he turned and fired a shot. An officer, the witnesses say, was shot in the leg. (Update: The police say there was a gunshot and an officer sustained a leg injury, but no officer was shot.) Another...

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Duke University Hires Anti-Union Law Firm in Effort to Squash Graduate Student Union Plan

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 12:07 PM

After the National Labor Relations Board decision in August to recognize graduate students as legitimate employees, Duke graduate students announced their intention to form a union. "As graduate student workers, we know that our job conditions directly determine the learning conditions of our students and the quality of our research," a group of students wrote in a Duke Chronicle op-ed in September. "Healthy, stable, and financially secure graduate students are better able to teach and mentor undergraduates and to conduct research, vastly improving our educational environment." But Duke, it seems, isn't letting this happen without a fight. On Monday morning,...

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Monday, November 21, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Go Home, Pat

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Good morning. Here's what you missed over the weekend. 1. Roy Cooper's lead grows, McCrory delays the inevitable. After losing protests to Republican-controlled county boards of election around the state, the McCrory campaign, on Friday, took its plea to the North Carolina State Board of Elections, which in turned held an emergency teleconference late Sunday afternoon. From the N&O: The State Board of Elections on Sunday rejected a request from Gov. Pat McCrory’s campaign to take over election protest reviews, instead setting a 10 a.m. Tuesday meeting to set guidelines for counties to address the complaints. [...] The election complaints...

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Sorry, Pat. Board of Elections Says 'No' to Recount in Durham.

Posted By on Fri, Nov 18, 2016 at 4:48 PM

Pat McCrory was dealt another blow on Friday, as the Durham County Board of Elections voted unanimously to dismiss an election protest filed by attorney Thomas Stark to recount 94,159 ballots. Stark, the general counsel for the NCGOP, filed his protest a week ago, claiming malfeasance impacted the results—the late vote counts were due to an error reading the electronic card that keeps a record of the votes in the tabulator machines. As explained by a business systems analyst from the North Carolina State Board of Elections and the company behind the software used across the state, the error...

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The Morning Roundup: Trump’s Making Stuff Up Again, Must Be a Day That Ends in Y

Posted By on Fri, Nov 18, 2016 at 9:12 AM

1. Last night, the president-elect, having nothing better to do with his time, took to Twitter to announce that he had personally intervened to dissuade Ford from relocating a plant from Kentucky to Mexico. One problem with that: Ford, however, said it neither planned to close the Louisville plant nor reduce jobs there. The company said it had considered moving Lincoln production to Mexico to increase production of the Ford Escape in Louisville. … Meanwhile Ford said in a statement to NPR, "Today, we confirmed with the President-elect that our small Lincoln utility vehicle made at the Louisville Assembly...

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