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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Note to convention center: spend $, run spellcheck

Posted By on Sat, Sep 20, 2008 at 12:30 PM

The Indy received an e-mail from a reader who reportedly shot a photo of a sign outside the elevator at the new $221 million Raleigh Convention Center, noting that all such signs contain this mistake. Maybe the letter "g" would have put the project over budget. Or perhaps droppin' the g is merely reflective of a regional dialect. ...

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Raleigh's Pullen Baptist gets props in NYT

Posted By on Sat, Sep 20, 2008 at 8:49 AM

In its US section, The New York Times has a feature about Raleigh's Pullen Baptist Church and its openness and inclusiveness towards gays and lesbians, unusual, the piece says because of the church's location in Jesse Helms land....

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Erick Daniels freed

Posted By on Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 1:42 PM

Durham Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson dismissed all charges against Erick Daniels, who has served seven years in prison for a robbery that he did not commit. In 2001, a jury convicted Daniels of robbing and burglarizing the home of Ruth Brown, a police department employee; a judge sentenced Daniels to 10 to 14 years in prison. Daniels, who was 14 at the time of the robbery and 15 at trial, has always maintained his innocence. A 2007 investigation by Mosi Secret in the Independent, "Stolen youth," supported Daniels' claims. (Link to "Stolen Youth" slideshow, AAN press release. Look...

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Elon Poll emphasizes N.C. voters' opinions over choices for President

Posted By on Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 1:07 PM

In an Elon University Poll released today, Barack Obama trails John Mcain by 5.3 percentage points in North Carolina, just beyond a margin of error of 4.9 percentage points. However, this data is based on a poll question that asked respondents if they would vote for the "Democratic party" or "Republican party" in the upcoming Presidential race. In the Elon news release, parroted by WRAL, the real news--involving actual people--is that North Carolinians have a far less favorable opinion of Barack Obama than of John McCain: 37 to 54. By comparison, the latest New York Times/CBS Poll shows respondents across...

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N&O loses investigative reporter Pat Stith

Posted By on Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 11:16 AM

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Pat Stith is retiring from The News & Observer, the paper reports today in a profile of the veteran investigator. At 66, he's at a point in his career where retirement is not a surprise, but the buyout offers the paper recently extended to all newsroom employees spurred his exit. Stith is a member of that generation of newspaper men and women who approach the job with a blue-collar work ethic. In this 2007 interview with WUNC's "The State of Things," he recalls the "real jobs" he worked alongside his father before becoming joining the profession....

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US Rep Brad Miller signs on to important LGBT bill

Posted By on Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 10:05 AM

The Indy published a story Wednesday about bi-national, same-sex couples living in exile because U.S. law doesn't recognize them as families. A bill in Congress, the Uniting American Families Act, would, as the Indy's Merrill Wolf reported, provide U.S. citizens the right to sponsor their partners for immigration, by adding the words "permanent partner" after every reference to "spouse" in the current law. The same day, U.S. Rep. Brad Miller, who represents North Carolina's 13th District, joined 115 House members in co-sponsoring the bill. District 13 includes parts of Wake, Granville, Alamance, Rockingham and Guilford counties, and all of Person and...

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Dix Hospital pushing patients to Butner

Posted By on Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 8:22 AM

There will be patients on Dix Hill through 2011, and maybe beyond, the N&O reports. But Dix Hospital itself is going away, with what's left of it doomed to be a "unit" of the state's new facility in Butner. Think back to 2001, when the Easley Administration was choosing between Raleigh and Butner. Put the patients in the middle of nowhere -- was Easley's call....

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Save the earth, buy a Big Mac?

Posted By on Thu, Sep 18, 2008 at 6:30 PM

We're not sure what to make of this, but give Ric Richards some credit: He's tearing down his traditional McDonald's location on Kildaire Farm Road in Cary, the one that wasn't particularly good for the earth or for the human body. In its place, he's erecting a $2 million Mickey D that may attain the coveted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification of eco-friendliness....

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Laurie Anderson received roses from Jack Kennedy

Posted By on Thu, Sep 18, 2008 at 5:09 PM

From our interview with her, done just before she boarded her plane to RDU yesterday: When I was a kid, I was a fanatical Jack Kennedy fan, and I wrote him a letter saying, "I'm running for the president of my student council, and I admire the way you're running your campaign. Can you give me any tips?" What a brat, you know. He sent me a really long letter, and it said, basically, "Find out what the students want and promise it." In other words, be a representative of people. Don't try to force your own ideas onto people....

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Ben Folds Five is coming: Freak out

Posted By on Thu, Sep 18, 2008 at 4:50 PM

Some great wishful thinking posts today on Craigslist, in search of Ben Folds Five tickets for tonight's sold-out show at UNC-Chapel Hill's Memorial Hall. My favorite: "No ticket brokers please we are grad students!" We've got two big ol' bars on BFF and some tunes from The Unauthorized Biography... here, and the News & Observer has a good story (though I am curious about the 1,600 tickets sold for the 1,434-seat venue) with an interesting headline here....

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"A Just, Green Economy": Conference in Durham Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Sep 18, 2008 at 3:52 PM

A coalition that includes the state NAACP, N.C. Council of Churches, N.C. Conservation Network, SURGE (Students United for a Responsible Global Environment), NC WARN and N.C. Fair Share are behind the conference Saturday on the N.C. Central University campus. The subject: How to get from here (our gluttonous and wastefully oil-dependent culture) to there -- a healthy, "green" economy fueled by sustainable energy sources that don't pollute the environment and do create jobs here at home. "Growing a Just, Green Economy" will feature keynoter Majora Carter, founder of Sustainable South Bronx and past winner of a MacArthur Foundation genius award....

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State ethics commission beset by ethics problems

Posted By on Thu, Sep 18, 2008 at 3:52 PM

The State Auditor issued a damning report today on the NC Ethics Commission, alleging, among other breaches, that the Commission's Executive Director refused to grant the auditor's investigators "ready" access to records, that the General Counsel for the Lt. Governor's office was allowed to view a statement of economic interest report behind closed doors--a policy violation, and that a Commission office assistant was fired after noting in the public records log that those documents had been viewed in secret.  “This report not only confirms the Office of State Personnel’s study and the State Budget Office study that there are many...

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"Judges are human..."

Posted By on Thu, Sep 18, 2008 at 3:11 PM

That's what Mark A. Perry, a candidate for District Court judgeship, wrote in response to an Independent Weekly questionnaire posed to him earlier this year. The Raleigh lawyer was arrested and charged with driving while impaired Tuesday night after a Raleigh police officer saw his car weaving across traffic lines on Wade Avenue. Perry blew a 0.09 on a breathalyzer test, one point over the legal limit of 0.08. The News & Observer reports that this is not Perry's first such arrest. His previous DWI conviction came in 1995....

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Cat's Cradle to Durham?

Posted By on Thu, Sep 18, 2008 at 11:24 AM

A friend of the Triangulator this morning hipped us to a bit of news that came out of Tuesday's Carrboro Board of Alderman meeting. From Wednesday's News & Observer report: A developer proposing the renovation of the nightclub's East Main Street shopping center urged the Carrboro Board of Aldermen to approve the project Tuesday night, saying any further delay could send Cradle owner Frank Heath packing. "It's absolutely an integral part of our project," Laura Van Sant said in an interview Wednesday. "It is a fact he has landlords in Durham offering him free space." In a email statement to...

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"Citizen McCain" author drops him

Posted By on Thu, Sep 18, 2008 at 11:04 AM

Elizabeth Drew, author of the 2002 (with '08 paperback update) "Citizen McCain," tells why she used to find him refreshing, but sees nothing there any more to like. Bottom line: McCain’s recent conduct of his campaign – his willingness to lie repeatedly (including in his acceptance speech) and to play Russian roulette with the vice-presidency, in order to fulfill his long-held ambition – has reinforced my earlier, and growing, sense that John McCain is not a principled man. In fact, it’s not clear who he is....

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Cuts at McClatchy's online newsroom

Posted By on Thu, Sep 18, 2008 at 10:47 AM

It's sad to see the remnants of Nando Times, once the most innovative online operation in the daily newspaper business, being cut down at a time when newspapers need to focus on their online operations more than ever. The N&O reports today that its parent company, McClatchy, cut 16 jobs, or 11 percent of the workforce, from McClatchy Interactive. About 10 of these people are newsroom employees; others wrote code and worked on business development, the story said. It was unclear from the story how many of these people work in Raleigh. Yesterday was the deadline to accept buyout offers...

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A pub into Yancy's

Posted By on Thu, Sep 18, 2008 at 10:41 AM

Jedidiah dishes the news over at New Raleigh....

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Gardner says, "Never misused" his office in pool deals

Posted By on Thu, Sep 18, 2008 at 10:09 AM

Kenn Gardner finally answered questions yesterday about his work as architect-designer for the Triangle Aquatics Center in Cary and his opposition (but now he says it wasn't really opposition) to a rival Cary Aquatic Center. He talked to the N&O's Michael Biesecker; doesn't sound like Biesecker was persuaded that Gardner had no conflict of interest when he pursued public grants for the TAC. And why did Gardner mislead the public about his deal with TAC? He said in public he had "not beeen paid a dime" and was "donating" his services while knocking the Cary project. Turned out he expected...

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Commissioners move slowly forward on new waste transfer station

Posted By on Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 5:45 PM

With their meeting room at the Southern Human Services Center overflowing with onlookers, the Orange County Board of Commissioners inched closer to finalizing a list of possible sites for a proposed solid waste transfer station. Consultants for the project presented county leaders with a report detailing their findings and a ranked list of ten possible locations before proposing that it be further whittled down to the top six. (A map of the prospective sites can be found below.) But the commissioners balked at the prospect of moving forward before the "community based criteria" could be applied to the list, a...

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Some of my best friends are oceans

Posted By on Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 4:39 PM

John McCain may not know much about "the e-mail," but he knows an ocean when he sees one. Science Debate 2008 worked with leading organizations to craft vital questions regarding science, the environment, stem cell research and other pressing scientific issues for presidential candidates. John McCain and Barack Obama both answered the questionnaire. Here's the question about the health of the nation's oceans and ecosystems: Scientists estimate that some 75 percent of the world’s fisheries are in serious decline and habitats around the world like coral reefs are seriously threatened. What steps, if any, should the United States take during...

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Obama calls out McCain for lying in Spanish

Posted By on Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 4:08 PM

Many have wondered when Barack Obama would strike back against John McCain's truth-stretching political ads, which have alternately painted Obama as a celebrity, a pervert and--most recently--an opponent of immigration reform. Earlier this week, Obama released an ad that takes bits of quotes from the media, and ends with, "It seems deception is all he has left." The ad is negative, for sure, but it's a bit general, and relies too much on the media to deliver any solid blows. But, with a newly-released Spanish-language ad (click through for video), which takes McCain to task for spreading mentiras ("lies") about...

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NC State cops doling out brownie points

Posted By on Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 3:43 PM

Here's a good use of student fees: Brownie points. The NC State campus police are issuing bracelets to students who exhibit good behavior, according to a report in the Technician, the campus newspaper. The Big Brother-sounding Responsible Behavior Initiative (aka Everything I Learned in Kindergarten) is in charge of the program. Examples include "being a designated driver, controlling waste, providing alternatives to alcohol and self-policing at organizing events and promoting better quality of life around campus." Fraternities are eligible for the RED PIG award, an acronym, which includes "I" for Introspection and self-control. The responsible_behavior_brochure has all the puritanical details....

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What's in store for future investment bankers of America?

Posted By on Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 1:33 PM

Looks like Duke University's undergraduate career center is going to have to retool in light of the Wall Street meltdown. Today's Chronicle story quotes seniors who hope their job offers from Merrill Lynch won't disappear, as well as this wisdom from Investment Club President Jay Schulhof: "For those who do manage to land a job, rising to the top will be easier as those above them are laid off," he said. "Having an investment banking job at age 21 is not necessary to be successful, and I think these events will help Duke students realize this fact."...

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Please, no giant squirrels ... or, Raleigh's book of "Big Ideas"

Posted By on Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 12:45 PM

They've got it covered over at the Raleigh Philosophical Society. Raleigh planning director Mitch Silver and his gang collected everybody's "big ideas" and threw in a few of their own. At the back of "Big Ideas" book, they've listed the 20 19 ideas (I'm not gonna count the squirrels) worthy of serious exploration. I've copied them below....

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WSJ: U.S. seizes control of AIG

Posted By on Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 11:53 AM

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the U.S. government has taken over an 80 percent equity stake in American International Group, Inc., one of the world's largest insurers, in exchange for providing the company an $85 billion dollar bailout. In a company press release, AIG writes, "In return for providing this essential support, American taxpayers will receive a substantial majority ownership interest in AIG." Thanks! From the WSJ: The step marks a dramatic turnabout for the federal government, which had been strongly resisting overtures from AIG for an emergency loan or some intervention that would prevent the insurer from...

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