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Re: “Superior Court judge issues another smackdown to school vouchers

Also worth noting: This voucher plan, unlike the one in '56, didn't come with public approval -- far from it. The Republicans started a voucher bill through the General Assembly in 2013, but it ran into so much opposition that the GOP leadership -- Thom Tillis, Phil Berger -- set it aside and passed the voucher plan as part of the 2013-14 budget. In other words, without any chance for anyone to seriously debate it. That's how much public support they thought it had.

This year, they passed an amendment because they had to -- they'd forgotten to tell private schools that, if they wanted the vouchers, they weren't allowed to discriminate in admission policies on the basis of race. (Because, you know, federal law.) But they still allow the voucher-taking schools to discriminate on the basis of religion, sexual orientation or for any other reason because, at the end of the day, the school gets to decide who to admit and how much to charge each student, voucher or no voucher.

And, by the way, "school" is an oft-misplaced term here, because several of the "schools" which were lined up to take vouchers had fewer than a dozen students a year ago, pre-vouchers. One, which called itself Concord Christian School, had three students last year but was getting set to admit 11 more with vouchers this year, according to Eddie Speas, another of the plaintiffs' attorneys in the case.

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Posted by Bob Geary, INDY Opinion Columnist on 08/27/2014 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Durham City Council to discuss changes to police searches, pot arrests on Tuesday

Thanks so much for covering this important story.

Posted by Charlie Reece on 08/27/2014 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Sanford no longer backing fracking

"compulsory pooling, that could force unwilling landowners to allow drilling on their property"


Pooling would not put drilling pads ON their property. It allows capture of natural gas UNDER their property and compensation for developing their mineral rights.

“Forced pooling is to protect the person who has a lot of drilling taking place around them from them not getting anything,” said Representative Chuck McGrady of Henderson County.

Pooling protects the correlative rights of landowners and operators, and protects the environment from over-drilling.…

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Posted by Tim Peck on 08/27/2014 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Modern Oakwood house sees its day in court

I wonder how these lawyer fees affect Gail? I imagine they could pay for some REALLY nice blinds to shut out that "oddball" structure.

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Posted by Thea Neal on 08/27/2014 at 11:46 AM

Re: “As big chains fold, Triangle indie bookstores thrive on the personal touch

Fantastic coverage of the great bookstores we have here. And totally awesome that Gibson is coming back to Durham for his new book!

Between now and the fall, some more excellent goings-on for bookish folks: Lev Grossman (Thursday Aug 28), John Scalzi (Aug 28 and Aug 29), Stuart Rojstaczer (Sep 11), Kim Harrison (Sep 12), John Darnielle (Sep 18 and 22), ...

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Posted by Sam M-B on 08/27/2014 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Triangle soccer fans have a bevy of options

August, this article is part of our Fall Arts and Culture preview, which is why it doesn't mention big soccer events in the winter.

Posted by Brian Howe, INDY arts & culture editor on 08/27/2014 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Triangle soccer fans have a bevy of options

You could have mentioned that the NCAA Men’s College Cup, 2014 Division I Men’s Soccer Championship, will be held at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC, on December 12 and 14.

Posted by August on 08/27/2014 at 11:04 AM

Re: “New roles and bold gambits in Triangle theater

That's corrected now, above. Thanks, Devra.

Posted by Byron Woods on 08/27/2014 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Loose fracking rules could sink the state

Pooling protects the correlative rights of landowners and operators, and it protects the environment from the damage of over-drilling.

For more accurate information on pooling, contamination and chemicals, see these sources:

Fracking Awesome

Facts on Fracking in North Carolina…

FrackNation [movie]

Truthland [video]

Fracking: Just the Fact

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Posted by Tim Peck on 08/27/2014 at 10:30 AM

Re: “A warm, tasty evening at Durham's Oval Park Grille

The entire 3rd paragraph ("This dessert capped...") may be the best summary I've seen of the current restaurant scene in Durham. Great writing!

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Posted by J.P. McPickleshitter on 08/27/2014 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Sanford no longer backing fracking

Each and every one of us who went to a university should pressure their college to do similar. As it is, it already may be too late.

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Posted by Jack Wolf on 08/27/2014 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Re: RIDE: The Indy Bike Guide

I was fortunate enough to be in the Triangle when the RIDE issue was released - I am hoping to see something similar published here in Nashville by our local weekly, the Nashville Scene.

For future issues, it would be fantastic to also have a section on how to treat cyclists if you are a driver. I've come across unfortunate commentary from Triangle-area drivers about how cyclists "slow down [their] commute" and are being "selfish" on the roads. It's frustrating to have drivers buzz you as you are trying to take a hill with all your power, or who pass unsafely in a blind curve, when just down the road there is a nice straight stretch that they can use to overtake you safely. I'm trying to get there too, man, just not as fast as you are.

Many thanks
KJ Garner

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Posted by KJ Garner on 08/27/2014 at 10:17 AM

Re: “New roles and bold gambits in Triangle theater

Minor correction, please: The Common Ground Theatre fundraiser will be held Saturday, September 13th. Not the 3rd as listed in the article. Thanks.

Posted by stubborndev on 08/27/2014 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Regulatory Reform bill is a goodie bag for polluters and coastal developers

McCrory's deviant GOP majority are environmental and financial terrorists and need to be stopped. Everything they do is an atrocity.

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Posted by Remo on 08/27/2014 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Superior Court judge issues another smackdown to school vouchers

How many more atrocities does the GOP majority in the NC legislature have to commit before we collectively denounce them as insane. Can we have them committed? Can we have them arrested? They have ignored the intervention, AKA Moral Monday. It's time for a more concrete action.

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Posted by Remo on 08/27/2014 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Weird Al Yankovic Burlesque Tribute

This is going to be a great show! Local Performers and Performers from Greensboro! Come check out an awesome show that you are not going to want to miss!

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Posted by Ashe Smith on 08/26/2014 at 7:21 PM

Re: “New semester at N.C. State begins with Hofmann Forest protest

Thanks Indyweek for the great coverage!

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Posted by Ron Sutherland on 08/26/2014 at 12:37 PM

Re: “The snake, he dead

Without black snakes, rodents will proliferate and your coop troubles will increase tenfold. Next time -- and there will always be a next time because black snakes are nest predators -- wait until the snake is "stomach laden with take home", catch it, and release it elsewhere. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission might be consulted for legal relocation suggestions and whether or not a nuisance wildlife permit is required. The snake is an animal not unlike your dog, who would also undoubtedly "steal" a favorite food if left unmonitored.

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Posted by Jo Schmoe on 08/25/2014 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Bull City Burger & Brewery

Building a good hamburger appears to be very hard. BCBB uses excellent meat and, hence, has a good pattie but the bun sucks. And, PEOPLE LISTEN TO THIS-- you must also have tomato, raw onion sliced, pickles, crisp lettuce and all the usual condiments of high quality available. Otherwise, you are not making a hamburger. Sure, add other stuff if people want it but you must get the basics down or you are sunk. BCBB is currently sunk.

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Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 08/24/2014 at 8:35 PM

Re: “Cheers at Dain Phelan's place

And their burgers are pretty good, too.

Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 08/24/2014 at 8:29 PM

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