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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

16 school zones and what d'ya get? Resegregation, looks like.

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 4:54 PM

I hear tell John Tedesco's Student Assignment Committee has been hard at work today, and the result is a decision to move forward with this staff-prepared map of 16 assignments zones as the "shell" from which to produce a final map. The 16 zones are drawn around the existing high schools. A few are grouped: Enloe & Southeast Raleigh ... Millbrook & Sanderson ... Green Hope & Panther Creek ... Wake Forest-Rolesville & the new Heritage & new H6 . The rest are solos. Staff figured out how many students live in each of these hypothetical zones vs. the...

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High-speed rail hearing tonight: "Alt. NC1/NC2" route gaining?

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 12:47 AM

With opposition to the NC3 alignment building in the Five Points area, tonight's special meeting of the City Council on the proposed Southeast High-Speed Rail project is expected to focus on a compromise idea formerly known (unofficially) as NC4 that is now being called the "NC1/NC2 Avoidance Alternative." Proliferating "No on NC3" signs in the Five Points neighborhoods list a 5 p.m. start tonight (Tuesday night). That's actually the time of a pre-meeting rally in Nash Square — right in front of City Hall — called by neighborhood organizers. The organizers also have a website with good information. The Council...

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Inaugural African-American Festival coming Sept. 3-5

Posted By on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 5:14 PM

In the it's-about-time category, Raleigh launches its first African-American Cultural Festival next weekend, just before Labor Day. This should help make up for the loss of the CIAA basketball tournament to Charlotte. (The less said about efforts to replace it with the MEAC tournament, the better.) Raleigh's got a long way to go in putting its rich black history and culture forward. Hopefully this event is a step in that direction. Anyway, the program sounds good: Inaugural African-American Cultural Festival Set For Sept. 3-5 Raleigh residents are invited to enjoy their Labor Day weekend at the first ever African...

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Anybody in Raleigh FOR high-speed rail? No, seriously —

Posted By on Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 11:15 AM

A little history. The state DOT picked a general route for the Southeast High-Speed Rail line from Richmond to Raleigh eight years ago, when nobody was paying any attention and there was no prospect of it being funded in anybody's lifetime. The general route: Right through Raleigh; details to follow (or they don't matter). So two years ago DOT showed up at City Hall and said the specific routes they had in mind would requiring closing and/or screwing up the streets that connect Raleigh's first successfully revitalized downtown neighborhood — Glenwood South — to the second revitalizing downtown neighborhood,...

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Willow Springs Elementary School needs your vote

Posted By on Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 10:35 AM

This just in: Kohl's, the store chain, is shamelessly waving money around, and Willow Springs Elementary School in Wake County is in the running to be one of the favored bunch getting $500,000 — each. It's an online voting thing, which is where we come in. At last count, according to my very good source, Willow Springs was 32nd in the nation, and the top 20 schools get the dough. So, though I hate these things in general — nothing against Kohl's, but it is a publicity stunt — the time has come for all good folks in Wake to...

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Nichols stepping down as Wake Dems chair; Mack Paul the likely replacement

Posted By on Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 4:26 PM

This will be old news to some, but as a fellow asked me today who's going to replace Jack Nichols as chair of the Wake County Democratic Party, the answer is Mack Paul (his pic is Nichols has his own campaign for Wake County Commissioner ahead and no time to focus on the needs of the many and various Democratic candidates for other state and local offices in Wake. At the Wake Democratic Men's Club meeting a couple of weeks back, it was announced that he'd resigned and a replacement would be chosen at an executive committee meeting of the...

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

"Saving the Republic-ans"? Or, "The Stam-pire Strikes Back!"

Posted By on Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 1:21 PM

[Emergency Update ... second transmission received ... garbled — ... click here to unscramble.] This transmission just received from the planet Apex: Democrats have taken the Capitol. The situation is dire....

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Pro-diversity prayer meeting slated at Pullen Baptist Monday night

Posted By on Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Leaders in the pro-diversity movement who are battling the Wake school board majority to stop resegregation of the county's school system, have called a prayer meeting for Monday, August 30 at 7 p.m. in Pullen Memorial Baptist Church. The church is located at 1801 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, near the NCSU Bell Tower. Its senior pastor is the Rev. Nancy Petty, who along with the Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP, has led the protests at school board meetings. Petty and Barber have each been arrested on two occasions for acts of civil disobedience. This is the...

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Advocates launch DixLegacyPark.com

Posted By on Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 12:09 PM

Map by Dix Visionaries It's going on four years since our Indy cover story, "Imagine Dix," about the potential for a Raleigh Central Park on what remains of the Dorothea Dix Hospital campus — about 306 acres of land. I see, within that story, the subhead, "Decision in '07?" No, there was no decision in '07, or '08, or '09, and there won't be one in '10 either, because Dorothea Dix Hospital is not yet closed and won't be — shouldn't be — as long as the state's mental health programs remain screwed up to the max. But someday, we...

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Friday, August 6, 2010

UNC-TV and the Alcoa story: Can it get any worse? (Hint: It's not getting better.)

Posted By on Fri, Aug 6, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Following up on our story about UNC-TV's serially embarrassing decisions to 1) run away from the Alcoa story that its reporter, Ezster Vadja, was putting together; 2) cave in to a legislative subpoena for Vadja's unfinished work; and then 3) rush her unfinished work to air with a disclaimer that it wasn't finished nor had it been vetted for editorial quality or fairness — UNC-TV, the public television station licensed to the University of North Carolina, asked the UNC School of Journalism to review its handiwork. Tom Howe, the station's general manager, made the request, and a team of...

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

He's consistent: Sen. Burr opposes funds for teachers and Medicaid, also opposes Kagan nomination

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Sen. Richard Burr, R-NC[Updated below with a statement from Sen. Kay Hagan, D-NC, who supports the funding bill and says it will mean more than $600 million in aid to North Carolina.} If he were a fighting liberal, I guess we'd love him: Sen. Richard Burr, who's no sure thing for re-election this year any way you slice it, nonetheless refuses every opportunity to re-present himself as a thinking person's moderate. Instead, he's a down-the-line conservative/partisan Republican, against everything the Obama Administration proposes no matter what. The latest examples: 1) Burr is out with a statement that he'll vote no...

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Trust the Sharrow: It's the answer to everything from high-speed rail to the national debt

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 12:56 PM

The first roundabouts on Hillsborough Street are open and working as planned, moving the car traffic slowly but safely through what is now a pedestrian-friendly district at the front door of N.C. State University. Still unresolved, however, is the issue of bike lanes. It’s a metaphor for our times. Can we move forward together in Raleigh? I believe we can with the aid of a unifying emblem that, with proper promotion, could also heal the nation. [Update: I'm adding a well-done analysis by Wayne Pein of the problem on Hillsborough Street and his suggestion solution. He, too, trusts the sharrow,...

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