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Re: “Art of Cool: To find new fans, the festival listened to its early adopters

This is an excellent, well-written article that made me smile and be extremely grateful to have been on the scene when one didn't mention the term "jazz" in certain circles. I am also glad that I was present at the first planning meeting of the first Art of Cool festival a few years ago. I have been on the front line since 1978 when I was the host of a jazz show on WDBS-FM. My shift was from 2:30 am to 6:00 am, six nights/mornings a week. When people would ask me what I did for a living, I told them I programmed "jazz." Once, a person said: "Really, what is that? What does it sound like." Some folks would say right away: "I don't like it. It moves too fast. You can't dance to it. It sounds like a lot of noise." Thanks to the Art Of Cool, folks can't tell that lie no more. Ready or not the "noise" is coming!

Larry Reni Thomas
"Sunday Night Jazz"

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Posted by Larry Reni Thomas on 04/22/2015 at 11:17 PM

Re: “I Remember Joey

You can e-mail the author at E-mails change over time. Still love this article!

Posted by Rick Johnson on 04/22/2015 at 9:28 PM

Re: “Raleigh couple fills niche for classic Jewish comfort food

Sounds fantastic! Can't wait for the gluten free ones.

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Posted by Stephanie Hester on 04/22/2015 at 9:20 PM

Re: “Raleigh couple fills niche for classic Jewish comfort food

This is David Grossman the original Knish Maven. Feel free to contact me with any questions about my former business.

Posted by David Grossman on 04/22/2015 at 5:00 PM

Re: “How Red Hat Amphitheater's new Taco Bell food truck might be a missed opportunity

I think Taylor does a fantastic job with our downtown ampitheatre. We are lucky to have a die hard music fan like Taylor watching over such a great venue. As for the food options, there are plenty of resturaunts around the area for folks to eat at. If you don't like taco bell, get there early and enjoy one of the many brink and mortar places with in walking distance of Red Hat Ampitheatre (a luxury than many venues of this size dont have).

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Posted by WSPfunk on 04/22/2015 at 4:18 PM

Re: “The state GOP supports sweepstakes industry and empowers sleaze

Also have to agree how completely misleading this article is in every aspect.

To start with as has been previously stated you lead everyone in this article to believe that somehow by Chase and his wife making political contributions they did something wrong? That is completely misleading as anyone has the right to make or not make campaign contributions as a individual to whoever they please.

Secondly if you didn't notice and follow the Florida findings don't represent one part of it. If the state of Florida thought they could convict everyone they arrested don't you believe they wouldn't have settled on plea deals that gave most of the arrested assets back along with 0 jail time? I repeat 0 jail time for anyone except the attorney Kelly Mathis who is out on appeal bond waiting for a fair appeal if you follow his case at all which I am sure you don't as you only report what makes a good article for you. Along that line the article you shared also states quote "Chase Burns, who designed the software necessary to run the gaming centers, pleaded no contest to two counts of assisting in the operation of a lottery". Never said he plead guilty to a felony.

I'm sure your detailed investigation for this article lead you in to more than one Internet Cafe as most reports would do some due diligence instead of reporting after one finding? Actually I believe you probably went in one it seemed to be perfect for your story so heck why would you want to report anything else. There is a bad egg in every basket and the news loves to report about that one.

As you wrote this article I am sure you spend the time to research what exactly this bill could do for the state and what these Internet Cafes already do for the state. The money could contribute to education, health care, and local municipalities that desperately need the tax money. Not to mention I'm sure as an educated reporter you understand this will put thousands out of decent paying jobs(usually no less than $10/hr). Not to mention that thousands of buildings and spaces rented that will no long have anything in them.

No worries you will still have a job and money in your pocket and in the end thats all that matters I'm sure.

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Posted by FactsDon'tLieWritersDo on 04/22/2015 at 3:48 PM

Re: “How Red Hat Amphitheater's new Taco Bell food truck might be a missed opportunity

Taylor Traversari, who manages the amphitheater on behalf of the Raleigh Convention Center should be replaced ASAP due to his inability to see the market opportunity, his unwillingness to explore food options that benifit the customers and local vendors, and because he allowed the garbage that is Taco Bell to be promoted in an otherwise smart and progressive thinking community. WHY would you even think this was a good idea Taylor Traversari?? WHO ELSE was involved in the decision to offer Taco Bell instead of local healthy options? You call that creative?? You are fired.

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Posted by 2xwinner on 04/22/2015 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Raleigh couple fills niche for classic Jewish comfort food

Delicious knishes!! Wishing you all the best!

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Posted by Deana Chaimovich on 04/22/2015 at 2:04 PM

Re: “The state GOP supports sweepstakes industry and empowers sleaze

NJH80 -- The only fact in my column that you dispute is what happened to Chase Burns. In the Florida case I referenced, he pleaded no contest -- a guilty plea -- to two counts of assisting an illegal lottery. He received no jail time. Numerous accounts make it clear that Burns cut a deal with the prosecutors. The scandal caused the Florida Lieutenant Governor to resign.

Here's a story from the Florida Times-Union that recounts what happened and looks at the pros and cons of prosecuting the participants:…

To your point about internet time, I did not know, when I was "playing," that an internet option even existed until I asked a question of the cashier. In explaining how one of the games worked, she walked me through all the buttons on the screen and what they meant. One, located on the other side from the gaming choices, was labeled "internet." I hadn't noticed it. "You don't want to hit that," the woman said, helpfully.

I'd heard of so-called "internet cafes," but to that point, I was thinking this place must not be one … and was wondering what it was I'd supposedly "bought" that would justify calling this anything except gambling. To be clear, I told the cashier I wanted to play the games, and she asked me for how much?

She offered nothing else for sale and I saw no signs offering internet time. Perhaps I missed them.

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Posted by Bob Geary, INDY Opinion Columnist on 04/22/2015 at 1:52 PM

Re: “How Red Hat Amphitheater's new Taco Bell food truck might be a missed opportunity

From experience with food trucks and venue ownership, a local partner is better. It helps hardworking startups to get their foot in the door and keeps the flavor of the city within the venue's walls. The venue should however consider how much extra work this puts on their employees + marketing + booking structure. I can't hate on the taco bell move, especially because they had the $ to put down for sponsorships. Venue's need $ to survive and grow. Sometimes it doesn't pay to take the risk to build a new functionality in the beginning in exchange for operating capital. In the long run, it is definitely important to consider the ways you can add to the community.

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Posted by David Machinist on 04/22/2015 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Live: Celebrating an amped-up Record Store Day at Bull City Records

Chaz is the best. And his store is pretty great too.

Posted by Fuzzsonic on 04/22/2015 at 12:46 PM

Re: “The state GOP supports sweepstakes industry and empowers sleaze

Your facts are incorrect and misleading. The bills that have been introduced are both bi-partisan and will save thousands of jobs in this state, not to mention the millions of dollars in revenue that will be created.

Regarding Chase Burns, or anyone else at that. He did nothing illegal by making political contributions. Many business owners and corporations support the candidates they believe will be in the best interest for the future of their business. If you don't like that, you should push for the contribution laws to be changed. Chase also won his case.

These businesses have been in the state for 8 years and have done no harm. In fact, they have created a significant amount of revenue on the local, state and federal level. They have also created thousands of good jobs and generated a lot of business in real estate.

You obviously didn't need anyone to tell you that you were purchasing internet time because you mentioned it and that's what the business sells. The promotion works the same as any other retail promotion. You purchase your internet time, you receive free entries into the promotion, if you choose to reveal those entries you can select to use a revealer or you can reveal them all at once. If you win a prize you can then go to the cashier and redeem it.

Regardless, it's a free, no purchase necessary, retail promotion designed as a marketing tool to drive customers to that business.

You used the term "sleaze." The owners of these businesses are, for the most part, good people from local communities throughout the state. They are small business owners providing jobs and stimulus. Some operators own several other businesses in their communities. You seem to be a closed minded individual and you're trying to demonize and dramatize an industry to create an stir up your audience and create an "interesting story" about something you truly know and care nothing about.

You sir, are the sleaze.

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Posted by NJH80 on 04/22/2015 at 12:43 PM

Re: “How Red Hat Amphitheater's new Taco Bell food truck might be a missed opportunity

If Taco Bell is just looking for exposure, why don't they just save the expenses from the food truck (that is NOT selling well) and sponsor the amphitheatre anyway? That way, TB still gets its name on all the promotional stuff and banners, and the local food trucks who DO make money will get exposure AND business.

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Posted by Todd Buker on 04/22/2015 at 12:23 PM

Re: “How Red Hat Amphitheater's new Taco Bell food truck might be a missed opportunity

Great article. There are several real taco trucks in Raleigh, serving the best and most real Mexican food in the City, made by Raleigh residents from Mexico. The City should be proudly promoting this excellent local cuisine, instead of selling out to $#!% like Taco Bell.

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Posted by Matthew Brown on 04/22/2015 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Southeast Raleigh residents riled about Passage Home

Passage Home may have good intentions, but I have to agree with Ms. Williams. As long as the City keeps concentrating programs like this, and public and subsidized housing, in the historic black neighborhoods, the young black middle class will not return to these neighborhoods, and these neighborhoods will never be truly healthy. The young black middle class perceives these areas as the “hood” and chooses instead to live in new subdivisions. That is a shame. These are wonderful neighborhoods with rich history and some great architecture. Raleigh needs the young black middle class to move back to the old neighborhoods, just as the young white middle class already has. The City says it has a “scattered site” public housing policy, but the inner part of southeast Raleigh has by far the greatest concentration in all of Wake County, along with a concentration of feeding programs and halfway houses. I hope the older black middle class can survive in these neighborhoods until City policy changes.

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Posted by Matthew Brown on 04/22/2015 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Raleigh couple fills niche for classic Jewish comfort food

Awsome, way to go cuz!!!!

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Posted by Richard Stein on 04/22/2015 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Raleigh couple fills niche for classic Jewish comfort food

My uncle and grandmother used to make knishes in Durham as the Knish Maven over fifteen years ago and distributed them to local supermarkets. The triangle wasn't really ready for them then, maybe they will be now.

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Posted by Alec Grossman on 04/22/2015 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Raleigh couple fills niche for classic Jewish comfort food

Best kanish I ever ate. The sweet potato is amazing. Highly recommended!!

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Posted by Israel Abitbol on 04/22/2015 at 11:26 AM

Re: “How Red Hat Amphitheater's new Taco Bell food truck might be a missed opportunity

Really Traversari? Are you an idiot?! Food trucks aren't looking for exposure? Only money?! i hope someone rethinks why they gave you the job in the first place...

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Posted by Jess Fox on 04/22/2015 at 10:18 AM

Re: “How Red Hat Amphitheater's new Taco Bell food truck might be a missed opportunity

"But we want to have it available for people who haven't had the chance to taste Taco Bell lately." ...........................because it's not like there's a Taco Bell in every WalMart parking lot and on the corner of every suburban intersection in America, right?

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Posted by Jake Anthony on 04/22/2015 at 10:12 AM

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