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

I had a very similar experience with a corrupt North Carolina District Attorney and backroom dealings between the politically-motivated judge (I was an elected official who campaigned on reform and justice and integrity in Southeastern NC). Either the District Attorney falsified evidence and police statements or advised his (quickly promoted out-of-state) law enforcement associate to lie despite the contradictory report of medical first responders. Video and other evidence mysteriously disappeared and the DA had no concern for justice...his concern was smearing me as dramatically as possible in front of the media and boost his ambitions while discrediting me for requesting FBI, SBI, US Attorney and NC Attorney General Roy Cooper investigate misconduct and corruption in that same DA's Office and Courthouse where this behavior is commonplace,
So I got my payback. With no history of criminal activity, during my time in elected office I was stopped nearly 40 times by local law enforcement, repeatedly beaten, tazered, jailed in solitary for months, tried and slandered and my life has been ruined. There is no justice in North Carolina and it has gotten worse since the Governor started running the SBI.

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Posted by Injustice Anywhere on 01/09/2015 at 10:34 AM

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

My cuzz ain't never been know murderer they prayed on the weak and testimonies of non creditable people!!how u gonna give my cuzz life back!!FREE DERRICK MCRAE!!!

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Posted by Gathings ON Time Brandon on 01/09/2015 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Everyone from 8 to 80 can enjoy this white chili inspired by Ray Kroc and Fellini

David: I applaud your dedication and venturesome spirit in developing this dish! Sounds and looks yummy!

Being of Italian extraction, I have long made a somewhat similar dish, as shown to me by my grandmother (she was a native of Procida, a small island off the coast of Naples). The concept of making a "chili" was not part of the approach; it was more coming at it as a simpler, quicker "pasta fagioli" (pasta with beans) but w/o the pasta.

Carrots and milk/cream are not used (carrots were rarely used in southern Italian cooking, and milk/cream was just too pricey/unavailable for much common usage in peasant cooking). The nutmeg, sage, oregano, and cornmeal are spared too. It really is just a combination of white (cannellini) beans, chicken broth, diced onion, sliced garlic cloves, celery, sausage, olive oil, a splash of white wine, and a thickener of some sort (wheat or potato flour, or fine bread crumbs), then salt/pepper to taste. All simmered slowly until hot and thick. The grated parmesan cheese comes at the very end, just before serving or even added on top by the eater at the table.

Maybe a chili, maybe just a thick soup. But no doubt delicious.

Posted by Mike Voiland on 01/08/2015 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Let us praise dangerous playground equipment

David, Thanks so much for passing along that video. It was wonderful. Those English playgrounds in the video are delightfully "unsafe." I loved how Lady Allen noted that the kids could take their own risks, even dangerous ones. Life is full of risks, and these kids in the documentary are fully embracing them.

Posted by Lisa Sorg, INDY Editor on 01/08/2015 at 7:55 AM

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

So sad who would do this to a child an take away this young man life I pray that he finally gets his freedom

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Posted by Smackie Ellerbe on 01/08/2015 at 12:08 AM

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

So now we are linking the Republican party and tea Party to the KKK. Why, beacuase they dont carry the view of the extreme left. The writer wants to silence people that he doesnt agree with by linking them to a racist organization like thE KKK.

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Posted by yoda on 01/07/2015 at 10:34 PM

Re: “Let us praise dangerous playground equipment

Enjoyed your story! I have had a long interest in creative children's playgrounds and in how to strike a balance between safety and challenging kids on a playground. Here is a link to a video on the work of Lady Allen of Hurtwood (love the name!) who was once quoted as saying: "Better a broken arm than a broken spirit." Lady allen got a lot of her ideas from the "Adventure playgrounds" that were established in the many vacant lots of post WWII London.

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Posted by David A. Danehower on 01/07/2015 at 5:28 PM

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

There's no mention here of the independent Protestant churches so key to organizing ignorant white resistance to whatever a moneyed few want to protect. It's the basis of Nixon's Southern Strategy, copied from the way Big Oil ran (and still runs) fractious Louisiana. "Independent" Protestant churches, mainly Southern Baptists, have no scrutiny of their books by a national religious organization. Ministers are free to augment their salaries from innocuous sounding dot-orgs promoting "liberty", "conservatism" or whatever, but really laundering corporate cash for political purposes, handing out more GOP voting guides than prayer books. The unholy alliance of Southern Baptist preachers with bootleggers, mill owners, and unchristian exploiters of all kinds is well known, to the detriment of public health and education, the labor movement, civil rights, etc. Certain white independent Protestant churches have been known to aid white supremacists, providing them meeting places. Tammy Faye Bakker's 2nd husband Roe Messner got rich building cinder-block churches for the GOP. You could start with a long look at Raleigh's Mt. Olivet, but more so out in the state. The tax exempt status of a bunch of churches and dot-orgs needs to be revoked.

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Posted by MBH on 01/07/2015 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Year in review: An evolving chronicle of best (and worst) practices on local stages

Living in Durham and teaching at Duke has been incredible. I have had amazing support and encouragement from my colleagues, the Duke Theater Studies Department, SteetSigns, Duke Performances, Manbites Dog, the greater Durham arts community and so many others. Leaving was one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make, and this difficulty came from knowing that I was losing an incredibly supportive community that believed in my work and encouraged me to grow and make. I am so very grateful.

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Posted by torry.bend on 01/07/2015 at 12:31 PM

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

LOL that PU would call anything "tiresome".

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Posted by BullCityBrian on 01/07/2015 at 10:32 AM

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

Tiresome and irrelevant. Plus it makes the left look so out of touch and so weak to invoke the bogey man of the KKK. If anything, Jim Crow, segregation, and the KKK were most closely associated with the Democratic party but even that doesn't matter now.

But one thing is a real concern going forward-- keep trashing the individual, showing preference to one group over another and ratcheting up the "social justice" community organizing and there very well could be an ugly backlash. Art Pope/the Koch brothers should be the least of anyone's worries, they play within the rules.

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Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 01/07/2015 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Assessing an active but stratified N.C. literary scene—plus, some cool 2014 titles you might have missed

Hey, thanks for the shout out for Wink of an Eye! The article was pretty cool, too :)

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Posted by Lynn Chandler Willis on 01/07/2015 at 8:06 AM

Re: “Rezoning for North Raleigh Publix delayed another 60 days

Unlikely to be happy with the decision is an understatement.

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Posted by NoRezoning on 01/06/2015 at 7:23 PM

Re: “A college student's new nonprofit wants you to listen locally

Way to go Clint Bowman!

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Posted by Mindy Sopher on 01/06/2015 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Two new dismissals reported following inmate's death

Dr. John, If you're the same John Monguillot that you refer to in your comment, please email Billy Ball at

Posted by Lisa Sorg, INDY Editor on 01/06/2015 at 7:58 AM

Re: “Let us praise dangerous playground equipment

kids today are made of jelly

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Posted by wideNCawake on 01/05/2015 at 2:36 PM

Re: “25 area songs to take from 2014

Is that Arcade Fire split from Merge official? It seemed like Reflektor was released jointly by Merge and Virgin EMI, I guessed mostly to handle the high profile release, but that Merge was still their "official" US label? I did notice less promotional fervor for it on Merge's end, compared to The Suburbs...

Nevertheless, I'm interested to see what Merge does in this next era, with fewer high profile bands (She & Him split for the majors as well) and what seems to be a new artist roster of smaller acts with devoted fanbases primed for a little more exposure (Waxahatchee, Spider Bags, Reigning Sound, Hiss Golden Messenger).

Posted by Jeff Lakin on 01/05/2015 at 12:28 PM

Re: “The Triangle's 25 Best Albums of 2014

Mea culpa: On the day this was published, I realized that I'd left out Lud's wonderful Defenestration Boulevard after convincing myself, somehow, that it was issued in 2013. It's one of my favorite local records of 2014, but rather than throw off the order of what's above, I'll simply admit the mistake here and link you to my February review of the LP. Sorry, Lud!…

Posted by Grayson Currin, INDY Music Editor on 01/05/2015 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Two new dismissals reported following inmate's death

IndyWeek should report ALL personnel actions regarding this case, i.e. that John Monguillot has been reinstated at a lower level position. Not to do so undermines your credibility as a news site as well as opens you to questions about interfering with one's reputation or employability. And if you choose not to publish this comment, basic journalistic fairness.

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Posted by Dr. John on 01/04/2015 at 12:03 PM

Re: “25 area songs to take from 2014

I was surprised that there was no mention of The International Bluegrass Music Association but was also elated to see the Band Together nod. Thanks for all you guys do for the music community. These are two grandiose lists - thanks Grayson and The Indy!

Posted by Danny Rosin on 01/04/2015 at 8:33 AM

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