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Re: “Those Kids HB 2 Is Supposed to Protect? They Don’t Want Your Protection.

The author offers "Shower Club as a case study of this hypothesis." What is the hypothesis to which the author refers?

Posted by chiburbbi on 07/13/2016 at 12:55 PM

Re: “The 30 Years That Brought Us HB 2

Great writing and reporting.

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Posted by Gladdek on 07/12/2016 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Tuskha, the new project of Bowerbirds' Phil Moore, releases new video for "The Program"

Also Bri, we mailed out your tote. Sorry you didn't get it. We are happy to send you another one.

Posted by Beth Tacular on 07/12/2016 at 10:13 PM

Re: “Tuskha, the new project of Bowerbirds' Phil Moore, releases new video for "The Program"

The Tuskha record will not replace the Bowerbirds record. Tuskha was part of the Kickstarter project and was initially called "Island Dweller."

Posted by Beth Tacular on 07/12/2016 at 10:13 PM

Re: “McCrory Spent Nearly $7,500 in State Money Flying to TV Appearances to Defend HB 2

Wonder if the campaign paid for LaCivita to fly on the state plane.

Posted by ScottB on 07/12/2016 at 1:56 PM

Re: “On Tuesday, a Longtime Durhamite Celebrates Twenty Years at Ninth Street Bakery

Sorry I missed this. I worked 13 years part-time in pastry production at NSB and knew Jacqueline then (1985-1998). I see her once a year when I get hot cross buns for my choir and neighbors on Good Friday. She is such a special soul!

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Posted by Sam Marion on 07/12/2016 at 1:09 PM

Re: “DPS Board of Education Condemns ICE Raids; Teen's Sister Makes Tearful Plea at Meeting

Illegal immigrants should be sent back. .. get in line the right way, there is no right way to steal, rob or invade! If we went to Mexico or Honduras And over stayed our visas. .. not only would we be put out of the country, but we'd probably be put in jail and face heavy fines!

Posted by Tony P on 07/12/2016 at 11:51 AM
Posted by Starzz on 07/12/2016 at 3:07 AM

Re: “Jillian Johnson Won’t Back Down over Cop-Related Facebook Post

Unlike many of those commenting on this story on some sites,
I live in Durham,
and worked for the police (elsewhere) for years,
and would only make ONE correction to Jillian’s remarks:
It’s true that “[SOME OF] the most dangerous people with guns are cops
& soldiers”
especially when, as in Durham,
the use of guns by cops
is undocumented
with no after-action review. Very unprofessional, and NOT consistent with best practices,
and one of the main reasons the Police Chief was replaced,
and largely why Jillian was elected.
ANY angry stranger pointing a gun at you is dangerous, and cops here do it so often that
cops are most certainly among the most dangerous people with guns, especially since
cops’ GUN PLAY here is undocumented.
Many millions of people have been killed in the past century by soldiers and
many thousands of people have been killed by cops in this country alone,
including thousands lynched, almost always with law enforcement as accessories,
and sometimes even the perpetrators,
as well as, even now, actively or passively encouraging criminal violence
& teaching/modeling violence to kids who emulate them.
For those of you who don’t know Durham, it is the only jurisdiction around here that
does not require cops to document the use of weapons. I’ve been stopped by cops
here in Durham HUNDREDS of times going to work, leaving work, going to Church, etc.,
with blatant racial remarks from cops
a common feature of most of those stops.
I’ve been stopped at gunpoint, searched at gunpoint, & explicitly threatened with death
by cops. 2 cops told me they could shoot me for wearing those little LED safety
blinkers you get at bike shops, accusing me of playing laser tag (bad training;
if you’re gonna tell cops they can shoot people for playing laser tag,
then you need to explain the difference
between LASERS and LEDs (like tail-lights on cars, or bicycle safety blinkers);
one cop slashed a knife across my throat telling me not to report dirty cops
and 2 cops confronted me at a bus stop
when they heard I was asking around about
cops selling drugs and said “Yeah there’s cops selling drugs,
but it’s none of yer business;
keep yer nose out of it; we know where you live; next time you won’t just be beaten
[as I have been; I complained about a beating BEFORE as well as after I was beaten];
we’ll just shoot you down like a dog in the street; just another drive-by.”
After one of several times I saw cops blatantly committing armed robbery,
a cop got all up in my face and asked me “What do you think about this?” and I said
“I think your men are thieves; I saw that; I’m a witness” and he told ordinary
street criminals (not cops) that I was an informant, that they pay me for information,
very nearly getting me killed hours later. [Fortunately, my executioner was killed.]
One of the most dramatic arrests of gun-runners EVER by the ATF was
the arrest of 5 men, including a guy with a Federal Firearms license,
a security guard, a manager at RDU international airport, and 2 cops,
one of them right here in Durham, someone I had seen committing what
could be described as armed robbery [I’ve seen more blatant examples];
those 5 guys sold over a thousand guns all up & down the East Coast, and
many of those guns were used in homicides.
Cops here still take money, drugs, and (allegedly) guns.
When I wrote to the police chief about a drug-dealer
who wanted to talk about cops taking guns
and letting him go (he gave me his name & ‘phone number),
La-La-La-Lopez did not reply, and when I tried to complain about
a cop pushing his way through a crowded bus with gun drawn,
to wake up a sleeper (homeless?)
he wouldn’t hear it and
he said cops pulling their guns like that is not documented because
“it happens all the time” and his spokesman said it’s “normal behavior”.
Cops here in Durham call cops who jerk their guns out “all the time” “jerk-offs”.
100 cops jerking out their guns 100 times in 100 cities is 1 million chances
for some “jerk-off” cop to shoot someone (oops).
1 tenth of one percent of 1 million is 1,000;
that’s about how many people are killed by cops in the USofA every year.
MOST bad shoots are preceded by “jerk-off” cops jerking out their guns
for no good reason,
just itching to shoot someone.
“Our job is not law enforcement; it’s social control. We’re hire to come to Durham to
patrol the inner city, keep people in their place and go home after our tour of duty.”
“Ah don’ lahk yew, boy.” “Yew don’ blong’ heah.” -As cops have told me.
Living, working and tutoring kids in Durham’s “Target Areas” has made me a target.
SOME OF the most dangerous people with guns are cops and soldiers.
Police chiefs in places like Durham where use-of-force searches against PEDESTRIANS
by greedy cops looking for drugs and money are undocumented
have no clue which of their cops are “jerk-offs” or
armed robbers.

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Posted by Chris Tiffany on 07/11/2016 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Five Terrible Things the Legislature Did During the Short Session

@chuckde424 - We also had a section in the physical paper on things that the legislature was considering doing but didn't, which touched on a few things you mentioned. That's now online.

http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/the-short…

Posted by pblest on 07/11/2016 at 12:05 PM

Re: “The Morning Roundup: The Criminal Justice Edition

You can bet the NC Sheriffs' Association will endorse Newton. There are few to the right of them and the groups leader, Sam Page, is a textbook example of a brown shirt.

Posted by ScottB on 07/11/2016 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Chatham County has a plan to stop frackers. Can it possibly work?

@Goaglen, Just ignore Tony D. He's The Indy's resident left-wing troll. Every time he comments he drops swear words and hate towards conservatives and Republicans and fails to put forth any rational ideas. All he does is sputter. If you read his comment history you'll see he previously fantasized about someone being raped. He's a sick man.

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Posted by Dude on 07/10/2016 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Chatham County has a plan to stop frackers. Can it possibly work?

As to the issue of fracturing for gas and oil deposits, this rag and the opposition to the practice deny science and fifty years of experience in other parts of the country. They spread fear and lies for the most part, and emphasize a few incidents related to bad management, poor regulations, and non drilling accidents.
The party which claims to be for everybody does not want senior citizens warm in the winter paying less for heating and cooking fuel, or the lowest environmental impact of any fossil fuel available.
I was raised in an area where pressure fracturing was used and I remember none of these horror stories told to you by liars and thieves.

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Posted by Goaglen on 07/10/2016 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Chatham County has a plan to stop frackers. Can it possibly work?

Tony D, How about a mutually beneficial deal? You get rid of the (what did you call our governor?) as***g in the White House and we'll consider our governor next fall. Our request is immediate, not next January. That includes a gag order on O************ ( I refuse to spell out any of my names for him)
That's called Tit-for-Tat.
As to your prejudice, you express a view demonstrating an allegiance so blind that even patient Job would refute your claim to righteousness. For every one discredit you find for Republicans, I will find at least two for Democrats. That is just in the boundaries of North Carolina mind you.
You could learn some manners online. But, then again, you are a Democrat. Se we should lower our expectations.

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Posted by Goaglen on 07/10/2016 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Five Terrible Things the Legislature Did During the Short Session

The continued attack on urban areas, generally not controlled by the governing party, would seem to be something that you might have mentioned. Derailing DOLRT, redistricting Wake county commissioners and school boards, taking the airport away from Charlotte, attempting to redistrict Asheville, and the effort to undermine business improvement districts -- which exist and thrive in every major city in the state.

Posted by chuckde424 on 07/10/2016 at 12:17 PM

Re: “The Durham-Orange County Light Rail Line Is on the Ropes Again. That Might Be a Good Thing.

Bonnie, this ridiculous position of the legislature to undue the rigorous decade of work that had been done by the NCDOT, GoTriangle, and the USDOT, experts in this field, has only been confirmed for week or so. Our elected officials are seeking ways to come up with the difference. My bet is that they do find the money but the question is whether we loose our place in line with the federal government and that the project gets delayed -- likely to result in greater cost. While the half cents sales tax was designed to generate the 25% local match, I understand that its actually generating more like 30-35% of the needed funding. So the gap created by this action by the State legislature may be less than $100 million -- Think about it this away, assuming my math is correct, we may be just a mile away from being able to accomplish this project. In these early days, the answer is not clear but clearly its also not over.

The funding limitation actually will impact any technology that we use and will impact Wake county as well as Durham-Orange. So this is not an LRT issue or an attack on Durham. Its an attack on urban living in NC. The legislature does not want to fund the needed infrastructure in Urban areas even where the development and growth of urban areas is the economic engine of the state. Over 40% of the tax base of the state is in the Triangle. Yet they have no problem spending $600 million for the Bonner Bridge to the outer banks that will be crowded two days week for three months per year. Uban infrastructure is so important to this state. My faith is in our local elected officials.

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Posted by chuckde424 on 07/10/2016 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Half of Chatham County Has No Zoning Restrictions. That Could Soon Change.

The people in that part of the county have the right to deny zoning. They do not want it. That was evident at the public hearings held there.
The statement that the referendum was held symbolically in the last general election has nothing to do with the will of the people on this issue. The reason that Chatham is the only divided county in North Carolina is that the people decided to do it that way in the real referendum ca 1980 when zoning was first introduced.
The job of the commissioners is to listen to the people who live here, were raised here, work here, and obey their wishes. Their job is not to foist off on those residents their own personal agendas, the way they want to rule the unclean masses, the ignorant ones.
Further, The use of Hillary's logo superimposed over the flag of the state of North Carolina is not only optimistic, it fortells how that administration will rule over NC.

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Posted by Goaglen on 07/10/2016 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Five Terrible Things the Legislature Did During the Short Session

Good overview article. Top 5 can't begin to cover the damage of the NCGA . Also in the last weeks of work for the legislature was bill to allow concealed carry withOUT a permit, blocking funding for schools and roads for 1-2 years for Sanctuary Cities at the sole discretion of the State Atty Gen (I can only assume they believe that will become a R after Nov).

And that it was not the people's voices heard with regards to HB2 but the NBA's speaks loud and clear- now we must rely on sports, music and entertainment to protect our rights and if that isn't a failure of the State, I don't know what is.

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Posted by Cristel Gutschenritter Orrand on 07/10/2016 at 10:46 AM

Re: “To save his marriage, a domestic abuser gives PEACE a chance

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Posted by Cathey Isidra on 07/10/2016 at 12:10 AM

Re: “The Quiet Battle for the N.C. Supreme Court Matters More Than You Think

To Mr. Mortimer: Yes, a retention election is probably less a function of partisan politics than regular election contests, but before they can be held in North Carolina, it seems to me that North Carolina's Constitution should be amended. The poor thing is battered enough by rogue judicial injuries against it, as it is.

I have seen injury piled on injury against NC's Constitution. Some of these appellate judges ought to conspire among themselves to uphold it for a change.

Posted by Joel Bond Gunch on 07/09/2016 at 7:27 PM

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