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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Ben and Jerry's Debuted its New Flavor at North Carolina Central University Today

Posted By on Tue, May 17, 2016 at 2:02 PM

Both Ben and Jerry were in Durham this morning. On the campus of North Carolina Central University, the ice-cream impresarios announced their Vermont-based company's latest flavor: Empower Mint, a blend of peppermint ice cream, fudge brownies, and fudge swirls.  Empower Mint is part of a larger effort the company is making this summer to register voters in states where voting rights have been rolled back. North Carolina is one such state.  "The biggest fraud of all is the idea that voter fraud exists," co-founder Ben Cohen told a rain-soaked crowd at the Greek Bowl, adding that there have been just two...

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Then They Came for Our Pornography: XHamster Bans Access in North Carolina over HB 2

Posted By on Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 6:42 PM

First, it was new jobs. Then we were denied our “Jungleland” singalongs. Now the backlash to HB 2 threatens to interfere with our ability to masturbate using the Internet. Is nothing sacred? Today, the guy who runs porn site XHamster.com announced that the company would be blacking out access for users with North Carolina IP addresses until the discriminatory law is repealed. Here’s the official statement: "We are appalled by the recent events that have transpired in North Carolina. We have spent the last 50 years fighting for equality for everyone and these laws are discriminatory which XHamster.com does not...

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Five Things You Need to Know About Amazon’s New-to-Raleigh Delivery Service, Prime Now

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 4:33 PM

Amazon launched its hyperfast delivery service, Prime Now, late last year. The service promises customers will receive “thousands of items” within a two-hour window of clicking the little yellow “checkout” button on their phones. Prime Now is free for those who hold an Amazon Prime account, which costs $99 per year (expedited one-hour delivery can be purchased for an additional $7.99). Yesterday, Raleigh was added to the roster of 25 major cities serviced by the program, so I decided to try it out. Here are five things I learned: 1. It all begins with an app, which takes...

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Google Fiber to Offer Free Internet Service to Affordable Housing Units in the Triangle

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 4:26 PM

The digital divide remains a problematic issue in our new century. A new partnership between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Google Fiber, though, may go a little ways toward bridging that gap. Google Fiber, which has been rolling out its superfast Internet connection throughout the Triangle, says it will soon offer free Internet service to HUD-assisted and affordable housing in the cities in which it operates — about 30 cities in all. That includes several cities and towns in the Triangle: Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Morrisville.  “For far too many low-income families, and especially their children,...

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Monday, January 11, 2016

What's the holdup on the 27-story high-rise in downtown Durham?

Posted By on Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 4:50 PM

There’s a giant hole in the ground at the southeast corner of West Parrish and Corcoran Streets in downtown Durham. We would know: It’s literally what we see when we look out the INDY office windows. At some point, we’re told, a 27-story high-rise tower is going to fill in that hole. One City Center, as the project is called, will contain retail and office space (Duke University has committed to lease 55,000 square feet), and luxury condos and apartments. The city of Durham and Durham County approved a combined $7.9 million in public incentives for the project.  But it’s...

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Shipt, an Uber-like grocery-delivery service, launches in the Triangle next week

Posted By on Thu, Jan 7, 2016 at 10:57 AM

“Like Uber but for ______” is essentially a meme at this point. Still, it’s the most efficient way to describe what Shipt does: The company’s mobile app connects people who don’t want to go to the grocery store with “shoppers” who buy them groceries and deliver them to their home. Founded in Birmingham, Alabama, in 2014, the company has been expanding throughout the South. It’s already in Nashville, Savannah, Charlotte, and ten cities in Florida. The Triangle — where Shipt will officially launch next Thursday, January 14 — will be its 23rd market. Though it doesn’t enter into official partnerships...

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

On Labor Day, what's wrong with labor in North Carolina?

Posted By on Tue, Sep 8, 2015 at 12:35 PM

Labor Day's come and gone. If you listen to some economists, so has the recession. But many are probably wondering when that message will get to them and their paychecks.  Over the holiday weekend, the left-leaning nonprofit N.C. Justice Center released a scathing report on the state of North Carolina labor. Key points? The unionization rate of N.C. workers is now just 1.9 percent, the lowest in the country. More than 60 percent of workers in the state are without employer pension plans. About 1.2 million workers do not have paid sick leave. More than 11 percent of the labor...

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

N&O's parent company stabilizes its stocks, for now

Posted By on Tue, Sep 1, 2015 at 2:47 PM

The News & Observer's parent company, McClatchy, has stabilized its floundering stocks, for the moment, Poynter's Rick Edmonds is reporting.  Two weeks ago, the New York Stock Exchange threatened to delist the California-based media company after stock prices fell below $1-per-share, the minimum threshold for the Stock Exchange.  But a $15 million stock buyback by the company—a move popular with companies seeking to shore up investor confidence—coupled with the decision to pay down almost $23 million in debt had McClatchy shares trading at $1.26 as of Monday.  Edmonds called the company's move a "slightly arcane practice." "The stock rally...

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Durham Chamber of Commerce lauds SCOTUS gay marriage decision

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 11:55 AM

Creative Commons LicenseBack in 2012, the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce was the first North Carolina business group to declare its opposition to Amendment One, a short-lived, voter-approved ban on gay marriage. Fittingly in 2015, the group is celebrating the Supreme Court's epic decision last week to order that gay marriage be permitted across the country. On Tuesday, Chamber Chairman Bill Brian described discriminatory policies such as Amendment One as "obstructions to talent attraction." The chairman's statement echoed those of major business leaders such as Apple, Facebook, Google and Coca-Cola, all of which officially stated their support for marriage equality...

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

New solar farm for Orange County?

Posted By on Tue, May 27, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Orange County commissioners will hold a public hearing tonight on a proposed solar farm on a 50-acre tract just north of Chapel Hill. The hearing will begin the process for builders to obtain a special use permit for the property, which is located off Mount Sinai Road near Cascade Drive. The applicants, Arizona-based Sunlight Partners LLC, intend to use roughly half of the land to build solar arrays, which will feed into the public power grid. County Planning Director Craig Benedict said Orange County currently has one similarly-sized solar farm already in construction in the White Cross area. Officials are...

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Liberty Warehouse developers roll out plans

Posted By on Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Roughly 150 or so Durham residents craned forward to look Thursday night as Liberty Warehouse's prospective developers unveiled their site plan at the Durham County Public Library. The verdict? Not much surprise and a somewhat mixed reaction. During a community meeting convened by Preservation Durham, builders from Chapel Hill-based East West Partners explained their intentions to convert the historic tobacco warehouse near Durham's Central Park into a 320,000 square-foot, mixed-use complex. Highlights include 246 apartments, 24,000 square feet of retail space and a 391-space parking deck at the project's center. At its tallest, the building will stand five stories....

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Carrboro Family Dollar hits another snag

Posted By on Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Carrboro planners may have rebuffed a Family Dollar developer's designs for settling in an Alabama Avenue historic neighborhood, but local opponents of the discount store aren't breaking out the party hats and streamers just yet. "We've been having these small victories," said community resident Anissa McLendon. "But we can't celebrate 100 percent, maybe we can celebrate about 80 percent." McLendon, along with a band of fired-up neighbors, has led protests and even a march to stymie Raleigh-based builder Will Stronach's plans to build a 8,100-square-foot Family Dollar in the largely residential community. The discount store would be built on less...

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Study shows growth in NC nonprofit arts & culture

Posted By on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 12:04 PM

North Carolina’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $1.24 billion in direct economic activity, and the Triangle region led the state, accounting for just under a third of the total amount in 2010. Moreover, in a time when economic growth has been scarce, jobs in the state’s creative industry have grown by more than 3.5 percent since 2006. Those numbers were among the findings announced Monday in Winston-Salem when the North Carolina Arts Council released the results of a statewide study into the economic impact of the arts. The study, “Arts and Economic Prosperity IV,” also found that arts and...

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Durham's first Super PAC has ties to Southern Durham Development

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 3:02 PM

If you’re a Durham County resident, you may have received campaign mailers supporting the slate of Michael Page, Brenda Howerton, Joe Bowser and Rickey Padgett for county commissioner. Here's the mailer: mailer_no_address.pdf That mailer was paid for by the innocuously named Durham Partnership for Progress. But innocuous it is not: DPP is actually an independent expenditure political committee—commonly known as a Super PAC—organized by developer Tyler Morris, a majority shareholder in Southern Durham Development. And not coincidentally, DPP is bankrolled, so far, by Southern Durham Development, which plans to build the controversial 751 South project in the sensitive Jordan Lake...

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA ends formal discussions with YMCA of the Triangle

Posted By on Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Young man (and other concerned parties), there's no need to feel down. The Chapel Hill Carrboro YMCA announced Friday that it ended its pursuit of a formal relationship with the YMCA of the Triangle. Talk of teaming up, including a possible merger, riled the community for 18 months. The Raleigh-based YMCA of the Triangle, which runs a dozen Piedmont-area YMCAs, does not list sexual orientation as a protected class in employment materials. Jennifer Trapani, president of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA Board of Directors, said the decision to no longer seek a partnership was mutual. The controversy played a part in...

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

In "Carrboro Commune" CVS takeover, no arrests, no SWAT team, plenty of controversy

Posted By on Sun, Feb 5, 2012 at 1:39 AM

A group of 20 anti-capitalist protesters occupied CVS-owned in property in downtown Carrboro for three hours Saturday night before walking out at the strong encouragement of town police and Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton, who each told them they would be charged with breaking and entering if they did not leave. The demonstration concerned a forthcoming rezoning application from CVS to build a two-story, 24,000 square foot building at 201 N. Greensboro St., to house a 24-hour drug store and office space. The anarchist demonstrators, who call themselves "Carrboro Commune" and align with "Occupy Everything," would rather the site be used...

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Breaking: Anti-capitalist occupiers say they've taken new Carrboro CVS

Posted By on Sat, Feb 4, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Press release below. More to come, I'm sure....

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

N.C. DOT holds public hearing Tuesday on new billboard law

Posted By on Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 9:23 AM

The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 13, regarding a new state law that allows billboard companies and other outdoor advertisers to clear more trees around their signs. The law has already been passed. But members of the public can now weigh in on how billboard owners should contribute to planting new trees, shrubs and other vegetation on the sides and medians of highways to help make up for what they removed. Previous rules allowed billboard owners to trim trees within 250 feet of their signs to allow a clear view from roadways. The...

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Rowand art gallery vandalized; personal art collection to be auctioned

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Update: The Joe Rowand Art Gallery was vandalized Saturday, Nov. 26, according to a Chapel Hill police report. Two large flower pots were broken, the business' banner sign was torn and the building was spray painted. Damage is valued at $1,100. No arrests have been made. The report is here. policereport.pdfThe Indy redacted some personal information for privacy reasons. After declaring personal bankruptcy last year, Joe Rowand, former president of the now-defunct Somerhill Gallery, is auctioning 164 pieces from his own art collection Dec. 2–3 at Leland Little Auction and Estate Sales in Hillsborough. Rowand filed for individual bankruptcy around...

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Group calls for end to Carrboro's anti-lingering ordinance

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Three dozen Carrboro community members, including social justice activists, day laborers and elected officials, assembled in solidarity at the corner of Davie and Jones Ferry roads Tuesday morning and called for an end to the town’s anti-lingering ordinance. The controversial local law, which passed in 2007, forbids anyone from standing, sitting, reclining, lingering or otherwise remaining on that corner after 11 a.m. Day laborers often assemble on that corner trying to find work. Supporters of the ordinance say it’s needed to address a few people, many of whom aren't looking for work, who allegedly drink and cause public disturbances on...

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Chapel Hill food truckin’, What a long strange trip it’s been

Posted By on Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Chapel Hill inched closer to allowing food trucks within town limits Monday night at a Town Council public hearing. Council members received a proposed ordinance, already approved unanimously by the town Planning Board, which would: -allow food trucks to be located downtown in private lots, at least 100 feet away from a restaurant entrance, as long as the trucks and the lot owner each have a permit; -allow one food truck per 30 parking spaces in other commercial districts, with permits; -require food truck vendors to comply with local, county and state tax regulations and to display health permits at...

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Commissioners to consider 751 South sewer service request at Sept. 26 meeting

Posted By on Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 4:04 PM

County commissioners have asked for more information by their Sept. 26 meeting so they may decide whether to commit sewage treatment services to the proposed 751 South development, a large project planned for almost 170 acres near Jordan Lake. An engineer for Southern Durham Development has asked commissioners to allow the development to connect to county pipelines and send up to 600,000 gallons per day of wastewater to the Triangle Wastewater Treatment Plant on N.C. 55. The developer's request comes to the county a month after Durham's City Council postponed any decision to provide utilities to the development until a...

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A year on, Chapel Hill still doing prep work on food trucks decision

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 3:47 PM

If Chapel Hill were a restaurant, it would be dawdling in the kitchen while diners impatiently waited for their meals. After 11 months of deliberation, town officials still may not decide on legalization of food trucks until an Oct. 17 public hearing, at the earliest. File photo by Jeremy LangeParlez-Vous Crepe owner Jody Argote serves up some fare at Johnny's in Carrboro, where food trucks have been allowed for three years.Trucks flourish in neighboring Durham and Carrboro, but they are less welcome in Chapel Hill, where mobile vendors can operate only if they have special-event permits or if they park...

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Challengers join the fray in Orange County elections

Posted By on Mon, Jul 4, 2011 at 12:46 PM

The candidate-filing period opened with a flourish Friday in Orange County as mayors from Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough all signed up to defend their seats and challengers emerged in the Chapel Hill Town Council and Board of Alderman races. In Chapel Hill, Lee Storrow and August Cho filed as expected, and Laney Dale, a tech entrepreneur who moved to town four years ago, joined the race for the four open positions on the nine- member, including the mayor, council. Photo courtesy of Laney DaleDale, a member of the Parks and Recreation Committee, says he wants to make a bigger...

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Greenbridge set for June 27 auction

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 6:26 PM

The “best life in town,” as the commercials promised, is being sold to the highest bidder on June 27, when Bank of America plans to foreclose on Greenbridge—the 10-story, 217,000 square foot residential and retail development on West Rosemary Street in Chapel Hill. The property will be put up for public auction at the Orange County Courthouse at 10 a.m. that day, following months of financial troubles for the developers. File photo by Jeremy LangeThe property will be sold to the highest bidder, who will have to deposit either no more than 5 percent of the price bid or $750...

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