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Re: “Movie review: Birdman soars despite some turbulence

I can never understand for the life of me why movie reviewers are attacked personally for their reviews. Really, he's considered a "troll" for pointing out flaws he found with the film, that are clearly in his opinion? Sheesh, get a grip. I am a big fan of this director and found some of his previous films - Babel, 21 grams - compelling and moving. Having said that, I agree with much of this review. Birdman is an inventive wild ride, with some wonderful moments. But it the end, it felt disappointingly unsatisfying.

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Posted by catinvan on 12/24/2014 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Peter Holsapple on Big Star producer John Fry, 1944–2014

Bravo, Peter Holsapple, for a wonderful tribute, although there's something personal I wish to add. When friends and I first read Rob Jovanovic's Big Star biography upon publication, the person in the story we were most impressed with wasn't even in the band: John Fry. Never mind the incredible musical sounds derived from his engineering skills. We were simply astonished by his generosity, apparently leaving the keys to the studio (and ultimately, the kingdom) under the Welcome mat for whenever those young Big Star kids wanted to record. But such thoughtfulness extended to levels that, in retrospect, seemed insane: What other studio owner would endure Alex C. leaving blood on his console, while then, several years later, permitting him to conduct further sessions that truly were best described as like flies on s**t. Alex's arrogance and sense of entitlement could be very unappealing, so my friends and I often wondered if our December Boy ever knew how unjustifiably well Mr. Fry had treated him. I'm sure when Stamey & Co. perform Third, they are very aware that JF completed the album they are saluting, not LX.

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Posted by John Riley on 12/22/2014 at 8:25 PM

Re: “Raleigh's Planning Department to be reorganized

Hundreds (if not thousands) of people across Raleigh helped craft the city's 2030 Comprehensive Plan, which spells out a vision that promotes development with appropriate neighborhood protections. Numerous stakeholders participated in the plan, including developers and other commercial interests. Over the course of 2014, we've had the planning department, and Mr. Bowers specifically, propose changes to the plan that gut its intent with regard to protecting existing neighborhoods. It seems to me ultimately the city will decide if the Comprehensive Plan and Raleigh residents got it right, or if we should toss out the plan and cede Raleigh's future growth to Mr. Bowers and his developer friends.

Posted by George Farthing on 12/22/2014 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Fuquay man claims he shot neighborhood bully in self-defense

Looks like justice has already been served in this case. Dismiss the charges because within a few weeks one of these two will be dead.

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Posted by Uwe Mueller on 12/22/2014 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Talking with The Wusses about the best and the wimpiest soft rock

Until I saw The Wusses for the first time, I had no idea how many of my favorite songs they'd written. All of those other bands made hits and headlines by capitalizing on their genius! It's one of the most heinous musical crimes of the 20th century.

Posted by ohsabrina on 12/22/2014 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Alamance sheriff accused of racial profiling honored by Gov. McCrory

What the heck. Johnson delights in his taxpayer funded fight with DOJ ($500K and continuing). And yes, he does profile. And he has ridden the drug issue way beyond anything rational. Hope he quits. No such luck, he will also likely fun again and be voted in by a largely cracker Teabilly constituency. And his campaign is conducted by DOJ and all these folks hating "gummint".

Posted by wafranklin on 12/21/2014 at 10:22 PM

Re: “Fuquay man claims he shot neighborhood bully in self-defense

Black Lives Matter!

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Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 12/21/2014 at 9:39 PM

Re: “NC NAACP, Bladenboro community members call for "full investigation" into hanging death of black teen

Our government is shit. I'm ashamed to live in the United shit States where murder is reported as a fucking suicide. This CLEARLY is not a suicide stupid ass police are fucking WHITE. Police who allow things like this to pass as a so called "suicide" should be lynched. Not innocent people who are disliked because of their race.

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Posted by Anon amous on 12/20/2014 at 10:53 PM

Re: “Expert challenges investigation of scene of Lennon Lacy's death

This is fucking unbelievable. Our lousy excuse for a government is shit for not doing anything about many horrific and tragic events like this one. I am greatly embarrassed to live in a country where this is allowed. This makes me sick.

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Posted by Anon amous on 12/20/2014 at 10:50 PM

Re: “A sweet ride: Stumbling upon a 1950s Buick Roadmaster

This is a very rare 1949 Buick Roadmaster Riviera.

Posted by Bradford Hamilton on 12/20/2014 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Alamance sheriff accused of racial profiling honored by Gov. McCrory

I think that this man is a joke. I can't believe he as won this honor twice. Our Sheriff Terry Johnson is ridiculous. I can't believe this man has won this award twice. Absolutley ridiculous.

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Posted by Robert Boyer on 12/19/2014 at 11:16 PM

Re: “Little Raleigh Radio, one year on

LRR was an amazing breath of fresh air... I love everyone there.

Posted by James Miller on 12/19/2014 at 10:58 PM

Re: “Raleigh's Planning Department to be reorganized

Doesn't Ken Bowers serve as a member of the Triangle Urban Land Institute alongside developers? I am a long time resident of the Bedford Community and have stood up against rezoning.

ULI' s CEO, Patrick Phillips spoke a few years ago regarding the subject of "burbs" and growth. I am attaching an excerpt from Triangle Business Journal.

"Exurbs are out. Development of inner-ring suburbs is in. That’s the message that Urban Land Institute CEO Patrick Phillips relayed on Saturday at an urban design conference in Raleigh for real estate developers and land planners.
N.C. State University’s College of Design, along with the Raleigh Department of City Planning, invited Phillips as the keynote speaker for the eighth annual event held at the Raleigh Marriott City Center hotel downtown.
In a presentation titled “Sustainable Suburbs: Re-imagining the inner ring,” Phillips says first-tier neighborhoods, or those just outside the central business districts, are emerging as “major magnets” for urban growth.
“Exurbs,” which are neighborhoods in areas that require longer commutes into core business districts, have taken the brunt of the foreclosure filings resulting from the recession.
“It’s clear that the disconnect between housing and jobs, long daily commutes, and time wasted in traffic is causing more and more people to rethink how and where they are living,” Phillips said. “This bodes well for first-tier suburbs. Not so well for the exurbs.”
Phillips cited findings from ULI’s publication “Housing in America”, which shows a desire by both baby boomers and Generation Y to live in more pedestrian-friendly, transit-oriented, mixed-use environments that de-emphasize auto dependency."

If I wanted to raise my family under the city lights, I would have purchased a home downtown and we are already fighting traffic and long commute times. The majority Does Not Want This Rezoning! Will Ken Bowers be listening or does he have too many friends on the other side of the fence to make the right call?

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Posted by Debbie Stewart on 12/19/2014 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Talking with The Wusses about the best and the wimpiest soft rock

Genius, pure genius.

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Posted by Lisa Sorg, INDY Editor on 12/18/2014 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Talking with The Wusses about the best and the wimpiest soft rock

This is the best interview I've ever read. I've been a fan for 37 years!

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Posted by mollyjones on 12/18/2014 at 1:25 PM

Re: “From the archives: Charles Koch could be teaching history to your kids

How horrid that our children might learn how to become billionaires, rather than relying upon a Nanny State!

Posted by Terri Boseman Tompkins on 12/17/2014 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Hands up, don't shoot

Not going by the protest all over the world.You must just got in from Venus

Posted by Douglas Johnson on 12/17/2014 at 8:24 AM

Re: “Poppies: A concrete field of fallow development

All good points, Paul. Thanks very much for your analysis.

Posted by Lisa Sorg, INDY Editor on 12/16/2014 at 6:00 PM

Re: “Poppies: A concrete field of fallow development

I'm interested if Hawthorne responds. It seems to me that they hesitated and the other properties around them beat them to the punch. The whole strip center around the corner got a face lift, with Fresh Market replacing Food Lion and AtHome replacing KMart. As you said, Sitar is doing better than ever in the new location. University Marketplace needs a solid anchor and I think that's going to be tough to find.

A quick drive around the old South Square area tells you what the anchor should NOT be: anything auto related and more office space. Even the grocery store is a hard sell now that Harris Teeter pulled out of Homestead (near 54 & Fayetteville Rd) - that seems like a much more attractive option for a new South Durham grocery store.

Posted by Paul Scheidt on 12/16/2014 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Expert challenges investigation of scene of Lennon Lacy's death

Watch it be a cop or one of their friends.

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Posted by JeffTech on 12/15/2014 at 5:52 PM

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