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Re: “Trump Names N.C. Senator Facing Lawsuit and Department of Labor Investigation to Advisory Committee

Senator Jackson has ignored the Croatan Indians causing retaliation. His corporate logo is a coon eating a watermelon

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Posted by Randy Davis on 08/17/2016 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Hell Is Hot: How Squirrel Nut Zippers Accidentally Sold a Million Records

Great article, thorough and well-researched. Plus oral histories are a cool way to tell a first-hand authentic story. Too bad Katharine didn't want to be interviewed, but what can you do.

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Posted by aburtch on 08/17/2016 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Superheroines Historical and Fantastical Power Two Memorable Women's Theatre Festival Shows

Great review! Fans of Decision Height and the Women's Theatre Festival may also want to check out The ArtsCenter's interview with WTF's Ashley Popio and Emily Rose White:

Posted by The ArtsCenter on 08/17/2016 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Hell Is Hot: How Squirrel Nut Zippers Accidentally Sold a Million Records

Please do not forget that the "Hot" CD was also a state of the art "ECD" - enchanced audio CD complete with an interactive presentation.

Here's an explanation from at 1996 NC news story

Here's a link to the documentary that was made on the Zippers with the release of "Hot"

The Squirrel Nut Zipper being made in Cambridge

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Posted by Clay Walker on 08/17/2016 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Hell Is Hot: How Squirrel Nut Zippers Accidentally Sold a Million Records

Saw them on the 4th of July, 1995 at Kenan Stadium perform the National Anthem and a few songs before the fireworks display. It was magical all around!

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Posted by hockeygalnc on 08/17/2016 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Richard Burr Wraps Himself in the Flag, Forgets What It Stands For

Burr if anyone has noticed is nothing but an asshole and a corporate lackey...He works for corporate and not for the citizens of this state he has supported everything bad that has happened here in our beautiful state and left to republicans our state will be nothing but poisoned water and land and long as his rich buddies make enourmous profits at our expense....All of us who work for a living will suffer the theological and corporate bull shit these assholes have pulled on us.....They havent saved us a dime on fact we pay more now than ever and get nothing in return...They are LIARS and CROOKS period.

Posted by Tony D on 08/17/2016 at 1:19 PM

Re: “In North Carolina, the Rich Get Richer, While the Middle Class Disappears

McCory=AsshOle......2016 is our time to kick these crooked scum suckers out of office.

Posted by Tony D on 08/17/2016 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Coal Ash and North Carolina: A Timeline

GET rid of McCory....He is the asshole of assholes....

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Posted by Tony D on 08/17/2016 at 12:43 PM

Re: “The General Assembly and the Equal Protection Clause: A Love Story

Equal Justice Under Equal Law*.

* Some Are More Equal Than Others

Posted by Jon Howell on 08/17/2016 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Wake’s Early Voting Debate Illustrates Why It’s Time to Rethink Partisan Elections Boards

The republicans were voted into office in NC using the same voter laws they now want to change....Why are they afraid of voter fraud when it clearly does not exist except for the republicans..They are the only frauds I see.....They are afraid of voter revenge for all the crazy shit they have done so they try and rig the vote so they cant be voted out....They alll need to be voted out...They are sleazy crooks and used car salesman.....They lie they cheat and now they want to defraud the people of the right to vote....Lets hope 2016 sees a lot of them gone...especially that scum sucking dirtbag McCory..send him back to duke power thats who he really works for.

Posted by Tony D on 08/17/2016 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Hell Is Hot: How Squirrel Nut Zippers Accidentally Sold a Million Records

I kinda discovered the Zippers by accident while going through bins of CD's at Borders. (Remember CD's? Remember Borders?) The Inevitable had an interesting sound. Did I care that it had a sort of swing vibe? I did not. It had a few cuts that had an old-timey feel, but what I liked about it was that it sounded different. It wasn't quite like anything out there at the time. Of course, when Hot came out, I snapped it up immediately.

At the time, my daughter lived not too far from the actual Squirrel Nut Zippers factory in Cambridge, MA - the one pictured on the cover of Hot. It's smaller than you'd think... like the band's career, alas.

Swing, schming. The Zippers were unique, and I miss them.

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Posted by Elisson on 08/17/2016 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Coal Ash and North Carolina: A Timeline

“We got a little rule back home: if it's brown, drink it down; if it's black, send it back.“

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Posted by Jon Howell on 08/17/2016 at 12:30 PM

Re: “The Morning Roundup: Early Voting, Chatham Zoning, Wake Schools, Tim Kaine

“The more [early voting] sites we have, the more opportunities exist for violations.”

By that logic, the only way to eliminate fraud is to eliminate voting.

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Posted by twatts1000 on 08/17/2016 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Coal Ash and North Carolina: A Timeline

Burn 'em down, SELC.

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Posted by ScottB on 08/17/2016 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Is Pat McCrory’s DHHS Willing to Jeopardize Lives to Appease the Boss’s Former Employer?

The McCrory cabal lies on spec.

Posted by ScottB on 08/17/2016 at 10:51 AM

Re: “The General Assembly and the Equal Protection Clause: A Love Story

They have considerable difficulty with the Establishment Clause also.

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Posted by ScottB on 08/17/2016 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Hell Is Hot: How Squirrel Nut Zippers Accidentally Sold a Million Records

Fantastic article; as someone who moved to the area 15 years ago and missed the original SNZ as a "local" band, there's so much fantastic oral history collected here both of the band itself and the "scene" (for lack of a better term) back then.

There's also a related event coming up this Saturday, which I hope is OK to comment here:

The Kraken, “Chapel Hill’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Roadhouse,” will host a fundraiser for community radio station WCOM on Saturday, August 20, starting at 7PM.

Five musical acts have committed to perform.

Katharine Whalen, lead singer of the original Squirrel Nut Zippers, continues to make outstanding music solo and with several groups. The Milagro Saints play roots rock Americana with great original material as featured on their new album, Stranger Times. The Cosmic Country Band keeps alive the sound of Austin in the 1970s led by Lisa Rhodes who was there. Hank and Brendan, a Carrboro guitar and banjo duo, shatter preconceptions with music ranging from Yes to Reno & Smiley. From Carthage, Mama Molasses delivers soulful Americana music.

Additional artists may be announced as confirmed. Orange County’s Grilled Delights food truck will be there.

All donations will benefit WCOM, your all-volunteer non-profit community radio station.

The Kraken is located five miles west of Carrboro at the intersection of NC 54 and Dobson’s Crossroads Road.

For more information about the Kraken and for WCOM-FM 103.5

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Posted by Sam M-B on 08/17/2016 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Hell Is Hot: How Squirrel Nut Zippers Accidentally Sold a Million Records

good for them love their music

Posted by Fritx on 08/17/2016 at 9:39 AM

Re: “From 2010–2014, Wake County Found 40 Private Wells with Dangerous Levels of Uranium. Then It Stopped Testing.

Yes. If course. That's correct. I'm not saying that U-238 is not a concern; obviously it is, or a maximum exposure level would not have been published. And rightly so. But to say it's fissionable is badly out of context, and it's a fact that the rate of alpha emission from U-238 is far less than other items; if that were not true, the maximum exposure levels would be far lower than they are.

Note that dissolved arsenic is also a concern in some Wake County groundwater, and it's a combination of naturally occurring arsenic and residue/runoff from old agricultural chemicals. Personally I'd be a lot more worried about that. But to each, his own.

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Posted by ct on 08/17/2016 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Sweepstakes gambling on the way out in NC?

To those think it is addictive and a problem are the ones sounds like had the problems and not winning. No one makes you run from city to city or cafe to cafe to play the games. As a convenience store clerk I have seen customers spend just as much on lottery tickets and scratch offs and then say "oh well guess I ride over to VA and try my luck there" explain to me what is the dang difference. I liked the cafes and I was not always a winner it did not take me away from my family, I did not spend all my earnings there and I did know when to walk away. I even help my winnings on my account and would go cash in when I needed gas or something. As consumers we spend all our money chasing sales, black Fridays etc no one is "protecting" the poor from that....these shopping gimmicks hits the poor community sometimes even greater. It is mind over matter and no one can control ones mind you have to have the will to say no or go. Everyone looking for someone to blame just be responsible and accountable for YOUR OWN ACTIONS!

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Posted by nickie on 08/17/2016 at 9:23 AM

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