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Re: “Live: The Milk Carton Kids surmount illness and hecklers in Durham

Allison -

As President/CEO of the Carolina Theatre, I have a correction to make.

The only seats that were "upwards of $60" were our Legacy Boxes, which are a premium private box with concessions service. There were 6 tickets in the boxes available to the public at that price.

All orchestra seats were either $40 (a premium on the best 20% of seats in the house) or $25, plus a $2 Facility Fee. The rest of the house was $25 + $2.

Bob Nocek

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Posted by Bob Nocek on 07/24/2014 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Fracking company makes offers in Durham

The full name of the individual is Frank L. Sides Jr. You can see a picture of him at:…
The company that exists at the Pittsburgh address given for Crimson Holding Corp., is actually called Campbell Development LLC. Their main office is in Fort Worth Tx, with branches in Pittsburgh PA (Marcellus) and Midland, TX (Permian). The phone number on the lease agreement is from a Youngstown NY land line. It makes sense to try to buy a lease in sensitive or urban areas: Get one owner to sell, and then extract money from adjoining land owners in exchange for promise not to drill...

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Posted by Westerngirl on 07/24/2014 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Driller apparently wants to frack Meadowmont in Chapel Hill

When pigs fly . .

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Posted by Henry Lister on 07/24/2014 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Local bearded man attends beard competition, flees in mortal terror

Hello, bearded people and bearded-people allies. I wrote the article in question, and I'd like to clear at least one thing up, as I think it's a valid concern. I'm not going to address the suggestion that I commit suicide, my apparent insecurity and failings both as a man and a writer and the edict that I go "write a homosexual article fag boy.. BE A MAN!!," because I'm not sure those are battles I can or care to win.

However, Micah and a few others have asked why I didn't mention the charity aspect of Saturday night's competition. I thought quite a bit about this both before the competition and before writing the piece, and I was prepared to grant some clemency to the competition for its charity component. However, both at the event and in advance of it, the Raleigh Rescue Mission felt shoehorned into the event and not a core component of it. For instance, there was no mention of the charity—you know, the good work such clubs do in the community—on the venue's listing for the event, best I could find; there were, however, extensive contest rules. And on the club's website, the charity is only mentioned once, and very briefly. And at the contest itself, the charity's director was referred to only "Mister Raleigh Rescue Mission." To me, that seemed dismissive, as if the charity's inclusion were only being used to validate the event for people who didn't *get* beard culture. I decided not to mention this in my piece, because I didn't want to appear only to be piling on more than I already was. I do commend the Triangle Beard and Mustache Club for raising funds for the Raleigh Rescue Mission, but I do hope that, next time, they will work to give the charity a stronger platform. And my issue is less about competitions, specifically, than beard culture, generally.

As for my charity credentials, however, I've helped raise a lot of money for charities during the last five years, but there's no need to go down that road. Have a nice day, and enjoy your beards.

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Posted by Grayson Currin, INDY Music Editor on 07/24/2014 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Driller apparently wants to frack Meadowmont in Chapel Hill

Frack the Old Well. It's old and there is already a hole in the ground, so it would save money that could be used for more exploration.

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Posted by Judy Payne on 07/24/2014 at 8:44 AM

Re: “Fracking company makes offers in Durham

I recently returned from a visit to Pittsburgh. My family and I experienced first hand health effects during our trip.

I would like advice on organizing for effective action in order to reverse this decision in North Carolina.

I believe that it's not over till it's over.

Please comment and give advice and information.


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Posted by annettebhall on 07/24/2014 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Local bearded man attends beard competition, flees in mortal terror

This just in, owner of beard commander (Jim vititow, a few comments down) talks shit about the people he sells his crappy beard commander products to. Seriously? You're a joke and your company sucks.

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Posted by Daniel Parker on 07/24/2014 at 6:39 AM

Re: “Local bearded man attends beard competition, flees in mortal terror

What a dick. Complete and total dick.

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Posted by Sarah Sandrock on 07/24/2014 at 3:56 AM

Re: “The story behind the heist at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences

The museum spent $10,000 on a model that was modeling clay and polymer resin??? Someone ought to investigate that crime.

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Posted by dulcimerdan on 07/24/2014 at 12:56 AM

Re: “Driller apparently wants to frack Meadowmont in Chapel Hill

Got a good belly laugh from this one-- these Crimson guys are funny. Frack Meadowmont, hahaha! I am a fan, keep it up.

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Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 07/24/2014 at 12:43 AM

Re: “How McCrory used Valerie Macon to attack 'cultural elites'

To MJKopechne: Your criticisms are a bridge too far. Be a good chap and quit it!

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Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 07/24/2014 at 12:24 AM

Re: “Local bearded man attends beard competition, flees in mortal terror

Interesting article. Interesting perspective. Typical responses from such a fun loving, secure, & manly crowd.

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Posted by Jim Vititow on 07/23/2014 at 11:52 PM

Re: “Local bearded man attends beard competition, flees in mortal terror

Mr Currin, My apologies if our appetite for fun and community support offend your delicate sensitivities. While I can see from your writing you prefer to observe and denigrate those who actually go out and attempt to impact their community while enjoying life and not taking themselves all too seriously, there are those of us who do not hide ourselves and do what we can. The Triangle Beard and Mustache Club is a community of people who seek to render assistance in their community to organization which benefit the less fortunate. This is a goal to aspire to, not something to hide and be ashamed of. The gentleman you used for the cover of your piece is a dear friend and leader in the bearded community.

Yes, we are a bit loud and rambunctious at times and yes, sometimes we look like people from another planet. When it comes right down to though, we are people working inside our own communities to make them a better place. Maybe it's about time you did the same. You obviously have a talent for embellishment, maybe its time to use it for something a little more positive.

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Posted by Dan Voss on 07/23/2014 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Local bearded man attends beard competition, flees in mortal terror

You suck. Your article sucks. Your face sucks. Please kindly refrain from more competitions and also please stop writing.

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Posted by Daniel Mitchell on 07/23/2014 at 10:00 PM

Re: “Local bearded man attends beard competition, flees in mortal terror

I just don't understand why you're being so harsh and cynical. I mean, these events about 2 things - 1- Raising money and awareness for a good, if not great cause. 2 - Having fun. Yes, we know that growing facial hair doesn't compare to dedicating your entire life, training your entire life, to try to be the best you can be at something. You're right, all you have to do to grow a beard is not shave. And as far as being a beer and bacon crowd, I fail to see how that's an insult. You and the snarky wine crowd can go act like juveniles and try to fuck another crowd with a thesaurus, because we're not going to let it fly here. You are way off base here with this article, and shame on you for trying to take away from the positivity of the event. Like others before me have asked, when's the last time you organized an event that raised over $2,000 for charity? I just don't understand. You should seriously be ashamed of yourself.

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Posted by Daniel Parker on 07/23/2014 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Fracking company makes offers in Durham

"That type of pressure is a tactic that companies use to make landowners feel like they’re running out of time.”
Why would they run out of time?... that oil, murky or not is not going anywhere. But more importantly, the area is too populated for fracking here, so why do they keep talking about it. Just no Fracking here!

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Posted by luedart on 07/23/2014 at 9:48 PM

Re: “Local bearded man attends beard competition, flees in mortal terror

Grayson Haver Currin...

You completely missed the entire purpose for which the beard clubs and competitions serve. The bearded community is a tight family of brothers and sisters which give many hours and dollars to give back to local charities. We exist to serve our respective communities by GIVING, CARING, SHARING, and just plain having fun at our competitions.
If your heart was in the right place you too would see the meaning of all the work we do for charity. Giving to others in need without any return expectation is what CHARITY work is all about. Do it because it's the right thing to do and we do it because we want to.

Beard Ed...

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Posted by Beard Ed on 07/23/2014 at 9:29 PM

Re: “Local bearded man attends beard competition, flees in mortal terror

The guy on the far right of my profile pic is my of the people you are making fun of...Had you spoken to him (the club vice president) or Justin (the club president you mocked)...if they knew you were so miserable they would've bought you a drink :)

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Posted by clovergirlmeg on 07/23/2014 at 9:28 PM

Re: “Local bearded man attends beard competition, flees in mortal terror

It was a great event, with great people! A packed house...had to turn away about 100 people. So, if this guy hated it so much he should've left to make room for someone else to enjoy! It's all about having a good time & raising money for charity. Thank you to everyone who made it out!!!

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Posted by clovergirlmeg on 07/23/2014 at 9:11 PM

Re: “McCrory's sham unemployment claims

"If McCrory wants to generate economic growth in his own state, there's a more reliable way to do it. Accept Medicaid expansion, which would bring $9.5 billion in federal aid to North Carolina over the next three years—at no cost to state taxpayers—and create 40,000 jobs, according to a report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers entitled "Missed Opportunities: The Consequences of Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid."

I loved fairy tales when I was a child because they reinforced my episodes of magical thinking -- if something happened that I liked (or disliked) I could attribute it to my wishes (I wished my grandfather and grandmother would invite me to their farm, so when they did, I attributed it to my wish). No connection to reality, but it worked for me because I had no actual influence over the decision of my parents to allow me to visit them -- so my wishes proved powerful (in my mind). Magical thinking. Mr. Geary seems to believe that $9.5 billion in federal aid is available "at no cost to state taxpayers" because he wants that to be true. Magical thinking is most dominantly present in children between age 2 to 7 years old. During this age, children strongly believe that their personal thought has a direct effect on the rest of the world. is distressing that liberals may actually believe what they perceive as reality when there's no basis for that belief. In this case, I suspect Mr. Geary does not understand that borrowed money or what we want today has to be repaid in the future -- with interest. And that if we continue to borrow -- like people who abuse credit cards or, more accurately in this case, are addicted to gambling -- but they can lose what they and taxpayers have, including our children's future. In other words, they make promises others have to keep. If that fact is ignored, it's magical, infantile thinking. But the results are anything but magical.

Posted by Rataplan on 07/23/2014 at 9:01 PM

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