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Re: “Smash Mouth set to headline Raleigh Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon in April, inspire few

“We’ve got so many hits on this new record it’s ridiculous” says Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell. ------ ohhhhhh, so he'll be doing a COMEDY routine at the end of the race. Got it.

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Posted by Jake Anthony on 01/13/2015 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Smash Mouth set to headline Raleigh Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon in April, inspire few

wait. there is a band called 'smash mouth' that sings those songs? I am familiar with those songs, but I thought they were sung by a band called 'ass mouth.' is this possibly some kind of mistake? is one band a cover band of the other band? please help.

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Posted by Jeff Humphrey on 01/12/2015 at 9:58 PM

Re: “Dix Park: The Deal is Done

As is Chavis Park, Doug. But both are relatively small compared to Umstead, NCMA and, when it happens, Dix Park.

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Posted by Bob Geary, INDY Opinion Columnist on 01/12/2015 at 8:21 PM

Re: “Dix Park: The Deal is Done

Let the debate begin on the Parks future. Horace Greeley, viewing recent improvements to Central Park in The 1870's, observed with an apparent sense of relief," Well, they left it alone better than I thought they would." Note for the record: Pullen Park is an "active" park.

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Posted by Doug Johnston on 01/12/2015 at 7:16 PM

Re: “Dix Park: The Deal is Done

Hats off to all those who persevered!

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Posted by Doug Johnston on 01/12/2015 at 7:10 PM

Re: “The Klan of the 1960s has parallels to today's tea party

Just make stuff up.

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Posted by Tim Peck on 01/12/2015 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Live: Sorry, Jason Isbell, but Sturgill Simpson is too good

You can't get better than Sturgill Simpson. We just drove from Houston to Thackerville, OK just to see him perform and as soon as his set ended the majority of the crowd got up and left because they knew, just like us, that Jason Isbell wasn't going to top what Sturgill left on that stage. For someone on here to say that his songwriting isn't on par with Isbell's is a joke. Sturgill' songwriting is better than anyone in the industry right now. It has true meaning and depth that legitimately makes you think as opposed to the typical, half ass written stories of beer, guitars & girls. Sturgill Simpson is a breath of fresh air that the entire music industry needed.

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Posted by SWhite85 on 01/12/2015 at 11:35 AM

Re: “The Great Wall of Durham: Triangle Transit to address concerns about downtown light-rail design

For example, Birmingham, AL commissioned lighting underneath their railway viaducts. What used to be a pedestrian barrier between their North and South sides, is now a draw. We could certainly do a lot better than this with good planning from the beginning.…

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Posted by Carnot on 01/12/2015 at 8:30 AM

Re: “The Great Wall of Durham: Triangle Transit to address concerns about downtown light-rail design

Why not make it a park and public art space underneath? With some good design and interesting landscaping, it can become a destination in and of itself. Kind of like a reverse High Line. Plus, downtown is already lacking in public space.

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Posted by Carnot on 01/12/2015 at 8:25 AM

Re: “New condos to flank Durham Farmers' Market

Fritx, Thanks so much for that info. I've always wondered how that car came to be there, its history, etc. Thanks for solving the mystery.

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Posted by Lisa Sorg on 01/11/2015 at 8:59 AM

Re: “The Klan of the 1960s has parallels to today's tea party

I'm open-minded to both sides of the political debate, but this article is stretching it wayyyyyy too far...even for me!

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Posted by whattosay on 01/10/2015 at 6:45 PM

Re: “The Great Wall of Durham: Triangle Transit to address concerns about downtown light-rail design

Below are links to the Berlin pics referenced in article

Restaurants and shops under RR tracks in Berlin:




... and a nightclub:



Posted by Taylor Mingos on 01/10/2015 at 4:55 PM

Re: “New condos to flank Durham Farmers' Market

that car was owned by Ike Murray from Durham Brazing when he first got married, sadly vandals wrecked it in recent years and then a hobo made it a squat, life goes on...

Posted by Fritx on 01/10/2015 at 10:33 AM

Re: “The West Memphis Three are free ... what about the real killer?

I haven't watched the West of Memphis one yet, but I've seen all three of the Paradise Lost films. It's obvious the police were incompetent and/or corrupt by any reasonable professional standard. Let's look at the evidence for that:

a. despite the fact that it is well known in law enforcement that parents are (and should be) prime suspects, until they are ruled out, in a child abduction or murder, the West Memphis police failed to test the hair sample they collected from Terry Hobbs, or ever seriously consider either him or Mark Byers as supects:
b. despite the fact that the chances are astronomical of a man walking into a nearby fast food restaurant with muddy pants and shoes and blood all over his arm on the same night as the murder of three boys who had been dumped in a nearby muddy stream being UNRELATED to that same murder, the police "lost" the collected blood evidence and made no attempt to canvas the area and find the suspect;
c. the police did no canvas of the immediate neighborhood where the victims lived--had they done so they would have found out that Hobbs' statement that he hadn't seen the boys was contradicted by a neighbor who same him collecting the boys on the sidewalk after 6pm;
d. they offered up a lost fishing knife found in a nearby lake six months after the murder as evidence that it was the murder weapon though no positive physical connection could be made between the knife and the murders;
e. they claimed that the case was an "11" despite the fact that they had ZERO physical evidence tying any of the three boys to the murders;
f. they coerced a confession in which somehow one of the killers thinks the killing happened in the morning, and they have to repeatedly lead him to a later and later time, before he finally gives them the answer that coincides with the crime scene; also a confession in which the killer is aware of none of the specifics of the crime scene until they are volunteered by the officers and in which he misidentifies the ligatures--after having been told about them--as having done with rope rather than shoe laces.
g. the fact that Jesse wouldn't turn state's evidence on his friends in spite of the offer of a vastly reduced sentence didn't cause them to rethink their position. Gee, this guy is a psychopath killer who murdered and mutilated three little boys, but he won't tell the "truth" about his co-killers to get out of jail decades earlier. Does that make sense to anyone with a brain?
h. they offered as "evidence" of motive symbols you can find graffitti'd on any urban or rural train trestle--"satanic" symbols--and a book on the occult that Nichols bought from a library sale for a dime.

One could do the same number on the prosecution, and I completely agree with the post above that is amazed at the incompetence of the attorney who is arguing for the state before the supreme court regarding the DNA evidence statute. Not only is the state's argument "Orwellian"--all means the opposite of all--none of the exculpatory evidence is to be considered under the law; but the attorney trying to make that case clearly doesn't even have a clear line of legal reasoning, and starts to sputter in the first 60 seconds of questioning. I have to admit that watching these films and these cops and these attorneys, I find it hard not to fall back onto stereotypes of the South as ruled by bigotry, stupidity, and a toxic version of Christianity.

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Posted by David Charbonneau on 01/10/2015 at 2:24 AM

Re: “Did a prosecutor and police send an innocent teenager to prison for murder?

I had a very similar experience with a corrupt North Carolina District Attorney and backroom dealings between the politically-motivated judge (I was an elected official who campaigned on reform and justice and integrity in Southeastern NC). Either the District Attorney falsified evidence and police statements or advised his (quickly promoted out-of-state) law enforcement associate to lie despite the contradictory report of medical first responders. Video and other evidence mysteriously disappeared and the DA had no concern for justice...his concern was smearing me as dramatically as possible in front of the media and boost his ambitions while discrediting me for requesting FBI, SBI, US Attorney and NC Attorney General Roy Cooper investigate misconduct and corruption in that same DA's Office and Courthouse where this behavior is commonplace,
So I got my payback. With no history of criminal activity, during my time in elected office I was stopped nearly 40 times by local law enforcement, repeatedly beaten, tazered, jailed in solitary for months, tried and slandered and my life has been ruined. There is no justice in North Carolina and it has gotten worse since the Governor started running the SBI.

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Posted by Injustice Anywhere on 01/09/2015 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Did a prosecutor and police send an innocent teenager to prison for murder?

My cuzz ain't never been know murderer they prayed on the weak and testimonies of non creditable people!!how u gonna give my cuzz life back!!FREE DERRICK MCRAE!!!

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Posted by Gathings ON Time Brandon on 01/09/2015 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Everyone from 8 to 80 can enjoy this white chili inspired by Ray Kroc and Fellini

David: I applaud your dedication and venturesome spirit in developing this dish! Sounds and looks yummy!

Being of Italian extraction, I have long made a somewhat similar dish, as shown to me by my grandmother (she was a native of Procida, a small island off the coast of Naples). The concept of making a "chili" was not part of the approach; it was more coming at it as a simpler, quicker "pasta fagioli" (pasta with beans) but w/o the pasta.

Carrots and milk/cream are not used (carrots were rarely used in southern Italian cooking, and milk/cream was just too pricey/unavailable for much common usage in peasant cooking). The nutmeg, sage, oregano, and cornmeal are spared too. It really is just a combination of white (cannellini) beans, chicken broth, diced onion, sliced garlic cloves, celery, sausage, olive oil, a splash of white wine, and a thickener of some sort (wheat or potato flour, or fine bread crumbs), then salt/pepper to taste. All simmered slowly until hot and thick. The grated parmesan cheese comes at the very end, just before serving or even added on top by the eater at the table.

Maybe a chili, maybe just a thick soup. But no doubt delicious.

Posted by Mike Voiland on 01/08/2015 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Let us praise dangerous playground equipment

David, Thanks so much for passing along that video. It was wonderful. Those English playgrounds in the video are delightfully "unsafe." I loved how Lady Allen noted that the kids could take their own risks, even dangerous ones. Life is full of risks, and these kids in the documentary are fully embracing them.

Posted by Lisa Sorg, INDY Editor on 01/08/2015 at 7:55 AM

Re: “Did a prosecutor and police send an innocent teenager to prison for murder?

So sad who would do this to a child an take away this young man life I pray that he finally gets his freedom

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Posted by Smackie Ellerbe on 01/08/2015 at 12:08 AM

Re: “The Klan of the 1960s has parallels to today's tea party

So now we are linking the Republican party and tea Party to the KKK. Why, beacuase they dont carry the view of the extreme left. The writer wants to silence people that he doesnt agree with by linking them to a racist organization like thE KKK.

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Posted by yoda on 01/07/2015 at 10:34 PM

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