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Friday, February 21, 2014

Oregon's AG is 6th, so far, who refuses to defend state's same-sex marriage ban

Posted By on Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum: "Because we cannot identify a valid reason for the state to prevent the couples who have filed these lawsuits from marrying in Oregon, we find ourselves unable to stand before [U.S. District Court] Judge McShane to defend the state's prohibition against marriages between two men or two women." Oregon's ban was passed by voters in 2004. More on Rosenblum's decision here. The Washington Post has a roundup of statements made by the six — so far — attorneys general who've taken similar positions that such bans are unconstitutional in light of the U.S. Supreme...

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

[Updated] Feeding the homeless in Raleigh barred by cops until Mayor and Council intervene.

Posted By on Sun, Aug 25, 2013 at 1:25 PM

{A brief update, 6 pm: Food Not Bombs did bring food and they were allowed to distribute it. The Raleigh police stood down after Mayor Nancy McFarlane and numerous Council members intervened today with Police Chief Deck-Brown and Acting City Manager Perry James. Councilor Mary-Ann Baldwin is pulling this issue into her Law & Public Safety Committee meeting — the Council majority must vote to put it there, which they will do by phone; but 48 hours notice of the "meeting" must be given first, and I think the rule is 48 hours more before the committee can meet. Until...

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Dix Park decision tomorrow: "A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to save this jewel."

Posted By on Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 3:35 PM

photo by Bob GearyJay Spain atop Dix Hill Seven years of advocacy, and tomorrow the prize will be won if the Council of State votes to approve a lease giving the city of Raleigh constructive control of the 306-acre Dorothea Dix Hospital tract. The advocates, members of the allied groups called Friends of Dorothea Dix Park, Dix306 and the Dix Visionaries, are cautiously or incautiously optimistic about the vote. The dream of a great destination park up on Dix Hill, overlooking downtown Raleigh from the south, is within reach. There's opposition to it on the political right from Americans for...

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Raleigh's Union Station: Future rail to "lop off" Citrix?

Posted By on Tue, Sep 25, 2012 at 7:09 AM

photo by Bob GearyA freight train chugs past the West Hargett Street intersection: When the rail corridor is widened, it will slice into the Citrix buildings On Friday, we reported the good news about Raleigh's Union Station, Phase 1: It's fully funded at $60 million. In the buildup to that announcement, I heard one other, discordant note. If and when Raleigh adds commuter-rail and high-speed rail service to the current, very limited repertoire of Amtrak trains running through town, the rail corridor coming into the Union Station complex will need to be widened. Why? To make room for additional sets...

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Friday, September 21, 2012

The good news in Raleigh: Union Station, Phase 1, is fully funded at $60 million

Posted By on Fri, Sep 21, 2012 at 4:05 PM

I see that it was just 15 months ago — last June — when the state DOT made its first public pitch for turning the old Dillon Supply fabrication building, also known as the Viaduct Building, into a new Amtrak station for downtown Raleigh. file photo by Bob GearyThe Viaduct Building inside — it needs work!Today, federal, state and city officials gathered there to annnounce that $60 million has been cobbled together from a variety of funding sources, enough to do the work on the station and associated track improvements. The finish date? Sometime in 2016, DOT Deputy Secretary Paul...

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

(Updated) Does the good Citrix news mean that Raleigh's grand Union Station plan is dead?

Posted By on Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 8:09 PM

City of Raleigh(In the center) The two large buildings flanking Hargett Street would've been redeveloped as Union Station; now the one on the left, north of Hargett, is ticketed for sale. [Update, 6/8, 2:30 pm. I've spoken to several city officials now, including Mayor Nancy McFarlane and Councilor Thomas Crowder. Nobody wants to say anything on the record about Citrix. That's all very hush-hush and a real estate deal still to be made. But as to whether TTA told the city that it was planning to sell the warehouse building in the first place, all said they think the answer...

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

D6 it is: Raleigh Council chooses a downtown light-rail route

Posted By on Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Courtesy Patriarca12 at en.wikipediaLight-transit, Charlotte-styleIf the Raleigh City Council is the last word on the subject — and at this point, it looks like it will be — a trunk light-rail line for the Triangle, if built, would come through downtown Raleigh on the route known as D6. (See the map below.) That's the West Morgan Street-to-Harrington Street alternative. The Council, on a 6-2 vote Monday night, followed the Triangle Transit Authority's recommendation for the downtown alignment. Previously, the TTA had pledged to accept the Council's determination, whatever it was. Thus, the two go hand-in-hand to the Capital Area Metropolitan...

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Friday, July 29, 2011

ComeUnityNow, Saturday in City Plaza: "The hottest festival in town"

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 10:43 AM

No irony intended, I'm certain, when the ComeUnityNow folks billed their event in City Plaza tomorrow as "the hottest festival in town." it will be that, with temperatures forecast to go above 100 degrees. But it's Raleigh in July, so cool is not an option. And it's for a good cause — with proceeds going to people slammed by the April 16 tornado ... ... via nonprofits such as the Green Chair Project (recycled furnishings) and the Wake Interfaith Disaster Team. The event is 10 am-10 pm on two blocks of Fayetteville Street and in City Plaza. Music, dancing,...

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Charging to a world of electric vehicles: "It's a gold rush"

Posted By on Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Tuesday night is "Public Night" at the Plug-In 2011 Conference & Exposition, the event at the Raleigh Convention Center for the EV — Electric Vehicles — industry. For $10, you can say you were there when your grandchildren ask, "Whatever happened to the gasoline-powered automobile?" "Well, kids," you'll be able to say, "it was back in '11 when General Electric came out with an EV charging station in a box, and it sold at Lowe's for about $1,000. "That's right, kids, one thousand dollars — it was the same year that the Republicans defaulted on the national debt, which...

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Monday, September 13, 2010

SPARKcon: 5 years old this week and very precocious

Posted By on Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 9:52 AM

I remember little SPARKcon when it was just a gleam in the eyes of Aly & Beth Khalifa and the rest of the Designbox gang. Goodness, gracious, now it's 5 years old and it's grown so much! It really is "igniting the creative hub of the South" — this part of the South, anyway — from the arts to music to fashion and design and, this year, a new CircusSPARK. [A note: SPARKcon 2010 is the 5th annual. Upon consuming my fifth cup of coffee, I realize that the first one was in 2006, which would make 2010 its...

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

High-Speed Rail thru Raleigh: What route? At what price?

Posted By on Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 10:51 PM

Our topic tonight: The public hearing Monday in Raleigh on the proposed Southeast High-Speed Rail (SEHSR) project. The hearing is at the Raleigh Convention Center, 7 p.m., preceded by an open house from 5-7 p.m. I recommend, if you're going — and you should go if the subject of Raleigh's transit future is of any interest to you — that you also take up Norfolk-Southern's offer of free food at their rail yard Saturday, 4-8 p.m. Read on for why I say that. The rail yard is at 1500 Carson Street. See also this position statement from the Downtown...

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Diversity's supporters have the high ground going into Tuesday's rally at the Capitol

Posted By on Fri, Jul 16, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Looking ahead to Tuesday and the mass march/rally at the State Capitol in favor of diversity in the Wake school system: It's mid-July. The new school board majority has been in office for almost eight months, and a referendum on their actions to date is coming in November with elections for the Wake County Board of Commissioners. The (Republican) majority has thus far managed to scrap diversity as a policy goal, change a few school calendars and move some students around, notably the ones from Southeast Raleigh who were attending school in Garner but won't be henceforth. They won...

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Monday, June 28, 2010

One of the hunger strikers is hospitalized; fellowship service is still on for 8 tonight

Posted By on Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Loida, at right in this photo from Day 6, was hospitalized last night. Rosario is at left. One of the three young women on a hunger strike for immigration reform was hospitalized last night, apparently due to heat stroke. (Update: Just before noon, WRAL reported that Loida was treated and released from the hospital and is resting at home.) A fellowship event scheduled for 8 pm tonight — Monday — will go on as scheduled at their encampment. It's at the southeast corner of Lane and Wilmington Streets in Raleigh, very close to the Legislative Office Building. An announcement came...

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

No BLA(h) for Raleigh: State ABC nixes booze name on amphitheater

Posted By on Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 11:15 AM

What's My Name Amphitheater The downtown amphitheater in Raleigh won't be the BLA after all. The state ABC says it can't be named for Bud Light or any other booze item. Doggone it, the BLA seemed so perfect. $300,000 a year times 5 years = $1.5 million down the drain. What are we bid for your name on the city's new amphitheater? More on this from Grayson Currin on the Triangulator blog....

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Bolton: "The most important property in Raleigh." (Or, What about Whitley Street?)

Posted By on Fri, Jun 4, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Whitley Street This is Whitley Street in Raleigh. I know, it's not much — yet. But use your imagination. What about shops and cafes on either side of it as part of a new, mixed-use, transit-friendly, walkable development near the Hillsborough-West Morgan roundabout in Raleigh? You know, all those cool buzzwords we use to describe what we want Raleigh to be when it grows up? Well, here's a chance to grow up some. Anyway, I thought a picture of Whitley would help frame the column I wrote for the Indy this week, which ran with the headline — I didn't...

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Bicycle to Work Week kicks off Friday afternooon at Marbles Museum

Posted By on Thu, May 13, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Friday, May 14, 3-6 pm at Marbles Kids Museum on Moore Square. Cap it off with a 3.7 mile tour (above) that goes right through my neighborhood. The schedule: The event at Marbles Kids Museum will offer free bike check-ups by REI, a bicycle rodeo for kids and a bike safety clinic for adult cyclists. Free beverages provided by Coca-Cola and food provided by Roly Poly! * 3 - 6pm: Cycling & Environmental Expo Free children’s helmets with fittings (First come, first served). Bike on bus demonstrations. Includes the following events: * 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30pm: Kids Bike Safety Rodeo...

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Bud Light Amphitheater: That's the BLAH, for short

Posted By on Thu, May 13, 2010 at 8:44 AM

The big news of the day, without question: The city is negotiating with Anheuser-Busch for the naming rights at the new amphitheater next to the Convention Center. It would be called the Bud Light Amphitheater. In honor of Bud. Light. After all, who's done more to make this a great city than — Never mind. (Did they ask PBR? Now there's a name.) Thoughts?...

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

CAM groundbreaking set: Another breakthrough for Raleigh

Posted By on Thu, May 6, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Groundbreaking for the new Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) is set for Tuesday, May 11 at 5 p.m. All I can say is — how do you spell S-wheat? One of the first stories I did as a freelancer for the Indy was about Raleigh Mayor Tom Fetzer and his band of "Annie" fans on the City Council, who'd killed funding for the old CAM (back then, it was a gallery on Moore Square). '97 or so. (Pre-web days; it's not online.) They didn't like contemporary, obviously. They preferred tried-and-true — with Jesse Helm the last word on true. Not...

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Morgan Street is now 2-way: That is, twice as good as 1-way

Posted By on Sat, May 1, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Saturday morning dawns, and Morgan Street is now 2-way all the way from downtown to the new roundabout at Hillsborough Street. No more "Do Not Enter" sign going west when you come to St. Mary's. Slowly but surely, emphasis on slowly, the city is converting our downtown one-way raceways to two-way urban streets. The former: Good for cars in a hurry to get out of Dodge. The latter: Good for pedestrians, dogs, residents and what, for lack of a better term, are known as walkable neighborhoods. (How about just neighborhoods?) In other words, slow is good. The completion of...

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Wednesday, April 28: Farmers Market opens in City Plaza

Posted By on Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 8:16 PM

There are at least four good reasons to be downtown between 10 am and 2 pm Wednesday. One, the return of Wednesday Farmers Markets. Two, a Pig Pickin' courtesy of The Pit. (What goes better with fresh vegetables than, uh, pig?) Three, Old Habits is playing. Four, it's in City Plaza, which — if you haven't gotten down to see it yet — is a big downtown plus. Oh, and make that five: Mayor Meeker's remarks are at 11:15. It's all in the press blab from the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, which is copied below the fold....

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

The WWW comes to Raleigh. (No, the other one.)

Posted By on Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Photo: Mark TurnerLooking for "web-critical thought leadership"? Or "business-changing" ideas for your, uh, business? Then the 19th annual International World Wide Web Conference, or WWW2010, may be for you. And for the first time ever, ever, it'll be held in the southeastern U.S., where WWW traditionally stood for wrestling until Raleigh, NC become the center of the creative universe. (Thanks, Sparkcon!) That's right, the WWW2010 will be in Raleigh at the Convention Center starting Monday, April 26 through Friday, April 30. With Google, Yahoo, Lulu and all your other favorite internet characters. See more below or check the website....

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Live, from New York, it's -- well, see for yourself ...

Posted By on Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 2:18 PM

You can rely on the wisdom of Elizabeth Warren, I suppose, when it comes to the subject of banking reforms. Or you listen to Slick Willie, W. and ol' 41 himself:  "We gotta regulate that thing or we're gonna get more bubbles, then pop -- money goes to the weasels." It's reform presented by all your favorite  current and ex- presidents from Saturday Night Live, with a cameo by the late, great Gipper himself. Funny or Die's Presidential Reunion from Will Ferrell...

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Lightner: It's a loser. Plan B?

Posted By on Tue, Mar 2, 2010 at 4:16 PM

That was one unhappy Mayor Charles Meeker today when he called for a vote on the proposed Clarence E. Lightner Public Safety Center ... knowing it would lose. And lose it did, 4-4, as Councilor John Odom joined the trio (Thomas Crowder, Bonner Gaylord, Russ Stephenson) who've questioned it for weeks. So the Lightner plan stalls. But Meeker refused to call it dead; it goes on the shelf, he said, until one of the opponents changes his mind or there's a new Council. And just to be sure no one puts a stake in it, Meeker blocked any consideration of...

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Council trio: Two pegs (one is round) a bad fit for tall, square Lightner building

Posted By on Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Updating the debate over the proposed Clarence E. Lighner Public Safety Center since our Indy story 12 days ago. That the proposal's rollout was bungled is now a given; but the question remains, who bungled it? Was it City Manager Russell Allen's fault? Or Mayor Charles Meeker's? Or both? It was Allen's job to shepherd the Lightner plan through the bureaucracy. But it was Meeker, along with Allen, who decided the plan ready for the City Council's rubber stamp of approval when clearly it wasn't. Since the rollout, a trio of City Council members has pushed back against the Meeker-Allen...

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Hillsborough Street bike lanes are looking good. (!)

Posted By on Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 11:44 AM

The City Council's public works committee held its long-awaited meeting on the issue last night. The verdict, by unanimous decision: There should be bike lanes on all of Hillsborough Street from downtown to the Fairgrounds. No exception for the Hillsborough Street Project (Phase 1, remember) in front of N.C. State. For a city trying to move from car-dominated sprawldom to walkable-bikeable metro, it's a huge step forward -- assuming it holds. Hillsborough Street has great symbolic importance for Raleigh. It's also a place where bikes could one day be the dominant form of transportation if given a chance....

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