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Re: “Did a prosecutor and police send an innocent teenager to prison for murder?

About the documentation of racial profiling that runs rampant in corrupt Richmond County, North Carolina and the towns of Rockingham, Roberdel, and Hamlet...it doesn't phase me that to this day it continues. This young man was prime bait in the set-up of a murder of a white man and was sentenced to prison by the misconduct and corrupt individuals which includes not only the DA's Office and the County Courthouse but also by the local law enforcement and other individuals who sent a young man to prison for a crime he didn't commit. Rockingham has always been "cracker territorial" in the way they do young men down there and set them up on false charges, false indictments, and whatever. It also reminds you that they powers that be still practiced there racial intent on young black males and the sad part is the the town of Rockingham hasn't changed. It's still racist citywide. Derrick McRae has lost half his life in prison while sitting in bars on a murder he didn't commit. And speaking of justice in the state of North Carolina this has gotten ten times worse ever since that put that bastard of a governor in charge. Raymond George, Chapel Hill,NC

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Posted by rgj5366 on 01/15/2015 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Moogfest seeking move to Durham in April 2016

Durham's Full Frame saw an attendance last year of 12,000.
http://fifteen501.com/News.aspx?li=6279

Moog Fest saw 7,000 ticketholders last year and an estimated 25,000 people attending free events (32,000).
http://nytimes.com/2014/04/29/arts/music/m…

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Posted by Bri Flannery Aab on 01/15/2015 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Moogfest seeking move to Durham in April 2016

re:venues -- I'd like to see some venues be non-traditional ones (parking garages, vacant lots, rooftop decks)

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Posted by Taylor Mingos on 01/15/2015 at 7:54 AM

Re: “Moogfest seeking move to Durham in April 2016

Marriott will no longer the only hotel option in downtown...

21C Hotel (opening in a few months in Hill/Suntrust building)
Aloft Durham (2015)
Hotel Durham (2015)
Jack Tar (opening 2016 i think?)
Marriott Residence Inn (2015)

Add to that he new hotels in proximity to but outside of downtown (recently opened ninth street Hilton, and proposed new hotels off 15-501/i-40) and I could see this happening.

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Posted by Taylor Mingos on 01/15/2015 at 7:53 AM

Re: “Moogfest seeking move to Durham in April 2016

Full Frame Film Festival attracts at least as many people as MoogFest. There's room - just make sure that MoogFest doesn't coincide exactly with the other festivals. It's probably time for a major arts summit of the leaders/instigators of the great arts festivals, to coordinate a massive, sustained Summer Of The Arts all season long. I would buy tickets for every event. Also, try not to equate Durham with Raleigh. Durham has more interesting things afoot, and is frankly less conservative than our venerable neighbor to the East. The combination of Durham, Chapel Hill/Carborro & Raleigh is pretty hard to beat.

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Posted by chuck.pell on 01/15/2015 at 12:04 AM

Re: “Clint Eastwood's biopic of a deadly American Sniper downplays the unsavory details of Chris Kyle's life

"What rescues this killer from himself, ultimately, is saving fellow veterans, but there are those who can’t be saved, and while Eastwood is willing to glance in that direction, he doesn't quite have the courage to go all the way into the dark. The director might say the event in question was too close, personally and chronologically, but there was a chance to be taken and he missed it ... None of that erases the scourging sadness of all that has preceded it in this great and terrible film." -- Ty Burr

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Posted by George Kafantaris on 01/14/2015 at 10:07 PM

Re: “Moogfest seeking move to Durham in April 2016

I wouldn't be surprised if this is a bluff to get Asheville to pony up more sponsorship next time. (Or at least keep subsidizing it as they did in 2014.)

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Posted by Ruby Sinreich on 01/14/2015 at 9:59 PM

Re: “Moogfest seeking move to Durham in April 2016

Kool but Durham is not Asheville. Durham-Raleigh not really a electronic music haven either.

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Posted by Larry Sarzyniak on 01/14/2015 at 9:45 PM

Re: “Moogfest seeking move to Durham in April 2016

I live in Durham so I'm very well aware of the venues you mention. But I've also attended all of the Moogfests and Mountain Oasis festivals that have been held in Asheville so I have some perspective on this. I simply don't think Durham has nearly enough hotel rooms, restaurants, bars, or shopping/entertainment options to handle the tens of thousands of people that would decend on downtown for a festival of that stature. Full Frame fest practically puts downtown in a headlock every year and its attendance isn't close to a Moogfest or a Mountain Oasis.

Again, I'd love to see Moogfest come to my town, but I wonder how successful it would be in this small city and if the attendee experience would be positive or not.

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Posted by Shocka Kahn on 01/14/2015 at 9:03 PM

Re: “Moogfest seeking move to Durham in April 2016

Nonsense. Durham has the DPAC and Carolina Theater for the big-name acts, and many awesome smaller venues (Motorco, Pinhook, Beyu Caffe) for the smaller ones. The Marriott Hotel is right in the middle of these. Relocating MoogFest to the Triangle will provide access to much larger audiences and easier transportation. It's a great idea and I really hope it happens!

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Posted by Michael Pelz-Sherman on 01/14/2015 at 8:23 PM

Re: “Raising the quality of life trumps giveaways to corporations in creating jobs

Medicaid is NOT a disaster; it's one of the only federal programs that provides healthcare to the poor and near-poor among our citizens. One would only call it a "disaster" if one holds contempt for the disadvantaged and disagrees that the nation should help all its people enjoy "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." "

Also, how is expansion unaffordable? You say "we can't afford it," and I say we can. If NC expands it, it would not cause federal withholding taxes for NC'ers to rise. In fact, NC'ers, through existing (not additional) taxes and withholdings, are already paying for its expansion in other states. What we cannot afford are things like continued federal subsidies for corporate enterprise.

Hard to believe that there are people "praying" for some 5M of their fellow citizens to lose health insurance/healthcare. Then again, what should one expect from people with avatars such as ProudlyUnaffiliated's......?

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Posted by Mick Voiland on 01/14/2015 at 7:17 PM

Re: “Moogfest seeking move to Durham in April 2016

I hope that these rumors are true but I really don't quite understand how Durham has the infrastructure and venues necessary to pull off something like Moogfest.

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Posted by Shocka Kahn on 01/14/2015 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Raising the quality of life trumps giveaways to corporations in creating jobs

Medicaid is a disaster and ObamaCare's expansion of it is not paid for by some magical wizard in Washington DC, the people (translation for readers of IndyWeek: us, the 99%) must pay for this and we cannot afford it.

I am praying that complete rejection of ObamaCare continues from Republican Raleigh, though hopes are dimming as they get more comfortable "governing" as the smartest people in the room and in their own minds.

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Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 01/14/2015 at 5:01 PM

Re: “The Klan of the 1960s has parallels to today's tea party

After watching the documentary (how many of you right-wingers watched it?) last night, I have to agree wholeheartedly with Bob's assessment. The parallels between today's Tea Party and yesterday's Klan are blatantly obvious, and every time they try to strong-arm a politician into passing laws that hurt minorities and women the parallel lines move closer.

Deny it all you want, the stench of racism and white supremacy won't go away.

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Posted by SC Harrison on 01/14/2015 at 2:51 PM

Re: “No carbs? Go nuts with cashews

Pork crackling, crispy bacon, crispy kale? There's load of low-carb crunchy foods.

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Posted by Matt Mitchell on 01/14/2015 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Raising the quality of life trumps giveaways to corporations in creating jobs

If it's jobs, the economy, and "bottomline" aspects that so energizes the GOP, I do not understand its resistance to expanding Medicaid. The feds will pay for most all of the expansion; it will add some 25,000 jobs via NC's healthcare and related businesses; it will help keep smaller hospitals open in more rural areas, thus clearly and specifically helping those economically-challenged locales; and, QoL-wise, it could send a signal to doctors, other health providers, and prospective newcomers to NC that the state is not a resistant and regressing backwater.
Of course, it might be something else ---like senseless standing on political ideology and/or loathing of the current POTUS--- that stops the GOP from helping up to 500,000 near-poor NC'ers get decent healthcare.

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Posted by Mick Voiland on 01/14/2015 at 1:23 PM

Re: “Raising the quality of life trumps giveaways to corporations in creating jobs

Ripped from the headlines, a case study of incentives as a "tool" for economic development: How Chiquita Brands was brought to Charlotte … only to leave. http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/01/14/447…

To be fair, at least the JDIG incentives program that I mention in the column is based on actual jobs actually created -- but even then, the jobs may be short-lived. Better to build an economy organically, with investments in schools, universities and other Quality of Life infrastructure. Like a great Dix Park.

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Posted by Bob Geary, INDY Opinion Columnist on 01/14/2015 at 1:00 PM

Re: “The secret to the perfect summer drink is the copper cup

Moscow mules are not only the most popular cocktail in America now for good reason but they are delicious! However, they MUST only be consumed in the traditional Moscow Copper Co. Original Mule mug. They are the only original pure copper mule mug and the drink was invented in this mug…http://www.moscowcopper.com

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Posted by JJ Resnick on 01/14/2015 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Clint Eastwood's biopic of a deadly American Sniper downplays the unsavory details of Chris Kyle's life

Anybody who has read Chris Kyle's book knows that the man is a warrior not an intellectual or a philosopher. It is his life's story and I am quite sure that Clint Eastwood has done a superb job of adapting it to the screen. Can't wait to see the movie! Chris Kyle -- sniper, patriot, warrior -- America thanks you and rest in peace.

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Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 01/14/2015 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Clint Eastwood's biopic of a deadly American Sniper downplays the unsavory details of Chris Kyle's life

Your point about Kyle's inability to understand the larger ethical context or the almost chthonic forces that drive him rings true. I've read the book (which is awfully written) and will probably see the movie; thank you for the on-ramp.

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Posted by Paul Baerman on 01/14/2015 at 11:10 AM

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