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Re: “Cops find drugs at Raleigh Phish show, very proud of selves

My comments to WWAY for slamming a local businessman & his family as well as the response from them:
I get your point but why did you have to bring up his family ties & business?
How is that newsworthy?
Why don't you bring that information to all the rest of the "criminals" that are arrested?
His family and business ties are exactly what make it newsworthy compared to most other similar arrests. The story is actually about two guys from Wilmington who got arrested at that show, but Brad is what makes it newsworthy because everyone knows him. He is literally the face of a very successful business. ALE sent out a news release Saturday to the media in Raleigh with all 65 people arrested. If that list just had a couple guys named Bradley and Matthew on it, the story for us would have at most been that two guys from Wilmington were among the 65 people arrested for drugs at a Phish concert, which in and of itself is interesting if only because everyone has the same response to the notion that there were people with mushrooms and weed at a Phish concert. Likewise, if Dave Berry gets arrested for drug possession at a concert, it's probably not a story. But if Dave Barry, the famous writer, gets arrested, it is! If my sister gets arrested? No big thing. If I get arrested, as my predecessor did, it's a big deal, because we are held to a different standard because of our job.

Does that make sense?

To your point about other criminal suspects, we've reported relevant connections when possible, as, in this situation, it creates context. When Bryan Causey was arrested years ago it wasn't so much about what he did, but that his dad is Sid Causey, who was sheriff at the time. You'd be shocked if you saw the number of people who get arrested each day in Brunswick County for DWI, but when one of them was named John Ingram VI, his dad, the sheriff, called us and said, "What do you want to know?" because he knew it was better to get out in front of what he knew was going to be a story as soon as everyone found out.

Believe me, I get that no one wants to see a story like this about someone they know/like. But the simple fact that SO MANY people have reacted to it proves that it is news. Strange but true.

Anyway... thanks again for your feedback. I wish I could have a rational discussion like this with everyone who questions why we report what we do.


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Posted by Dave Berry on 08/20/2015 at 3:25 PM

Re: “The show must not go on: Does The ArtsCenter have a cancellation problem?

Last October they did the same thing to my band...cancelled on me two days before my scheduled show. In my opinion, and from experience, two days is still enough time to sell a few more tickets, and some people simply prefer to buy at the door. They were kind of rude to me and wouldn't budge when I tried to come up with a solution. I would never attempt to book another show here because now it is too late of a risk for me. It is on the artists shoulders to sell tickets, but obviously also the responsibility of the venue to promote their shows. Hope they get better management, I would hate to see a perfectly good Arts Center close. - Gina Sicilia

Posted by ginaSicilia on 08/20/2015 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Cops find drugs at Raleigh Phish show, very proud of selves

Hey that's a lot of money in one night at this municipal fundraiser. It's like, 20 grand plus whatever kickback they will no doubt get from whichever private prison they send the several who might actually get locked up.

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Posted by Hepstyle on 08/20/2015 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Bull City Rumble 11

Great event.

Posted by mikedeans1 on 08/20/2015 at 1:44 PM

Re: “In Chatham County, a nonprofit will build tiny homes for the homeless

But what would you rather live in, a permanent tiny home, or a trailer? A tiny home neighborhood would have charm and style, and NOT be just another trailer park.

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Posted by SouthernSquire17 on 08/20/2015 at 11:34 AM

Re: “In Chatham County, a nonprofit will build tiny homes for the homeless

But what would you rather live in, a permanent tiny home, or a trailer? A tiny home community would have charm and style, and NOT be just another clump of trailers.

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Posted by SouthernSquire17 on 08/20/2015 at 11:32 AM

Re: “DENR head takes a potshot at the EPA’s climate change plan

The premise of this skidmark publication and glorified blogger for this article is laughable. The fact that the head of the Dept of Environment is blasted for issuing a pov while the opinion of an Attorney General (that has nothing little more than announce a satellite radio class action lawsuit) is heralded and taken blindly as truth is straight garbage.

We get it. skIndy Weak likes democrat Roy Cooper because Democrats are #1 and anything he says is #lolsoAwesome. But wait, if the decorated head of a Dept, who has 100x the education and knowledge on the issue offers disagreement? Oh he's bad and funded by [insert false flag here]. But overall great job by the author, keep this up and you'll be carrying cords at msnbc one day!

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Posted by Calli on 08/20/2015 at 6:49 AM

Re: “Dim Sum House's Baked Pork Buns

Great article. Thanks for the info, very helpful. BTW, if anyone needs to fill out a “2011 TSP-3”, I found a blank form here: "" and also here "3 beneficiary"

Posted by Katherine Dimacale on 08/20/2015 at 5:34 AM
Posted by ThRaShMeTaL247 on 08/20/2015 at 3:22 AM

Re: “180 minutes wandering downtown on night one of Raleigh’s outdoor-drinking crackdown

Regarding ORULZ comment. - I know a guy that owns a bunch of property that he can lower his lease price on right now. Nothing is stopping him at all. And coincidentally he owns a few bars and restaurants. Win/win right? Sure let's enact ordinances that will hurt lawful business owners that were attracted to downtown by the City when they made their Livable Raleigh plan a few years ago. They asked for our investment and we answered their call. Now instead of enforcing rules that were already in place we have this over-reaching "experiment" that will be paid for by the businesses and staff. Are we judging its success by loss of jobs and closure of businesses? Sounds like it. The fact that Councilman Maioriano didn't recuse himself from voting considering his law firms close ties to 2 of the 5 complainants is incredible. He's not running again because he has recused himself 50% of the time. Why was this different? Let's see who he works for after the elections and we might have an answer.

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Posted by Kenneth Yowell on 08/20/2015 at 12:04 AM

Re: “Cops find drugs at Raleigh Phish show, very proud of selves

Thanks Obama!

But seriously. The ALEs budget has been cut in recent years. No secret there.

This was a fairly transparent propaganda ploy by Agent Josh Batten to justify his existence. It's probable that his job is literally on the line, or will be in the next budget session.

But now he can say "Who will bust those hippies in 2016 if you fire us???". And he actually believes people care about this. LOL. Bless his heart.

I would be really curious to see who ordered this. Is that something we can ascertain with a FOIA request? Did Josh Batten make the call? Or one of his superiors? And if so, who?

Perhaps it's time to re-examine the NC ALE's $10M yearly budget and... I dunno... maybe hire some teachers?

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Posted by teknobabble on 08/19/2015 at 10:18 PM
Posted by Roger 1 on 08/19/2015 at 8:50 PM

Re: “180 minutes wandering downtown on night one of Raleigh’s outdoor-drinking crackdown

So, is the problem with alcoholic behavior or from noise? Or does the former beget the later? My take is that where there is excessive alcohol, drinking, there will be lots of noise. So, perhaps the problem is with the number of liquor & beer licenses per square foot. if Raleigh wants to revitalize the downtown and compete with other metropolitan areas, then it's got to work out a formula mix that works. Knee jerk legislations don't do that.

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Posted by NCSilverBear on 08/19/2015 at 5:51 PM

Re: “PopUp Chorus' new fragments prepare to launch

The Chapel Hill/Durham/Raleigh area is extremely fortunate to have two, (not one but two!) ad hoc choruses. Do we only have a single open mic night? just one Karaoke night? Of course not-and two choruses for the people may be just what we need. Having been part of #PopUpChorus since fall 2014, I am very excited that it is flourishing, and very excited that there will be #FlashChorus as well. The more the merrier!

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Posted by pcf2244 on 08/19/2015 at 5:40 PM

Re: “Eldritch Horror, one of North Carolina's early death metal bands, returns from the grave

I'm glad to hear this! Music is ageless..Rock on my brothers..even if its in 7/8 time...Carl Peterson

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Posted by qixstix on 08/19/2015 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Live: Finding myself—or at least my tolerance—at my first Phish show

I've never stayed till the end of a phish concert. About 3 songs from the end I start thinking of the parking lot hassle and make a bee line to my car. I listen to the recording later and know that I've made the right choice. Maybe the 3 shows in Denver will be different. I'm coming by train.

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Posted by David Black on 08/19/2015 at 3:38 PM

Re: “PopUp Chorus' new fragments prepare to launch

Thanks so much for the piece, David. Last night was way too much fun and we actually had our biggest ever crowd at 234 to sing Jolene and Birdhouse. Will be sharing the videos in the next few days. Collier Reeves, Amelia Shull and Jonathan Henderson did a brilliant job or leading the musical festivities, and we are poised for more #PopUpChorus events. Details to come!

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Posted by Lauren Bromley Hodge on 08/19/2015 at 2:27 PM

Re: “180 minutes wandering downtown on night one of Raleigh’s outdoor-drinking crackdown

"Two drunk bros outside The Big Easy are about to fight. 'Are you fucking retarded?' one yells. 'Are you fucking retarded?' Apparently the other guy had grabbed a woman's ass."

And here we have the real problem with downtown Raleigh...

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Posted by Charlie_B on 08/19/2015 at 2:27 PM

Re: “DENR head takes a potshot at the EPA’s climate change plan

The tinfoil hat crowd in Raleigh needs to stop watching Fox News. It's about political inflexibility and energy/fossil fuel industry greed. Look in the bank accounts of the right wing climate naysayers. Their proof? None! Climate change and its effects are global. Gov. McPope needs to think large and longterm. Msg. to Pat: rise above the pressure of partisanship, become a good steward of/for the people of N.C.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by cityfox on 08/19/2015 at 2:21 PM

Re: “The Chamber has an epiphany: We need better teachers

Simple proof that short sighted selfishness of representatives who serve only the wealthy is a massive failure. Everyone who isn't on the take already knew this. Tax cuts for the wealthy equals deterioration for all society. Infrastructure, environmental protection, education and every other measure of civilization. Stop voting for republicans!

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Posted by Remo on 08/19/2015 at 2:14 PM

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