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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Durham Council Members Unanimously Voted to Tweak the Comprehensive Plan, But They’re Not Happy About It

Posted By on Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 9:30 AM

On Monday night, the Durham City Council approved a land use change for nearly 55.9 acres—just east of South Miami Boulevard and south of Stirrup Creek Drive, dubbed Patriot Business Park—from the compact neighborhood tier to the suburban tier.  The change was for just a portion of a 101.57-acre site. Laura Woods, with the City-County Planning Department, told the council the change would be consistent with other portions of the site and is a prime site for industrial uses—which is what the developer wants to use it for. While the council voted unanimously to change the land designation in the comprehensive...

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Durham Sheriff Hopeful New Grant Will Provide Needed Improvements for Mental Health Treatment

Posted By on Mon, Oct 3, 2016 at 5:41 PM

The Durham County Sheriff’s Office is hopeful to have its mental health detainee pod up and running by the end of the first quarter of 2017. With the help of a three-year, $228,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice and an additional $55,205 in matching funds from the county, the jail will be able to provide better care for detainees suffering from mental illness. According to the sheriff’s office, at least 20 percent of the inmates in the jail receive some form of mental health services, including medication. So the sheriff’s office, along with the county’s Criminal Justice...

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Pharmaceutical Company Pulls Incentive Agreement with Durham, Will Still Build $31 Million Facility

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 3:00 PM

The generic drugmaker Aurobindo Pharma U.S.A. Inc. will not longer be pursuing $200,000 in incentives through the city of Durham. The city was alerted to the agreement termination in a letter from the company on September 6. The city council was told today in an email from city manager Tom Bonfield.  The letter, from Ninad Deshpanday, the North Carolina president of research and development for Aurobindo, says the company still plans to "hire and invest" in Durham, but "some of the compliance requirements related to the agreement are not able to be met by us from a practicality standpoint or...

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Durham County Could Be Next to Offer $15 Minimum Wage

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 2:30 PM

In June, the Durham City Council approved a plan to have all full-time city employees make a $15-an-hour minimum wage by 2019. Now the Durham County Board of Commissioners looks poised to follow suit.  On October 4, during the board's work session, a resolution amending the county's minimum wage will be presented to the board. The $15-an-hour wage would apply to all "full and part-time employees of the County, including seasonal and employees in the job placement program with the County.”  The $15 figure is determined by a "Minimum Living Wage" equation—which places the wage at least 7.5 percent...

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

South Durham Continued to See Growth in 2015. Northern Durham, Not So Much.

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 5:15 PM

The maps presented to the Durham County Board of Commissioners on Monday illustrated a point that many in Durham had an inkling about—development south of Interstate 85 in Durham continues to boom, while development north of I-85 is lagging behind.  The Durham City-County Planning Department, as part of its annual report to the county commissioners, on Monday showed maps of rezoning and land-use plan changes throughout the year. The red dots tell the tale. In 2014 and 2015, the changes focused in the southern portion of the county. Commissioner Wendy Jacobs says seeing where the zoning and plan amendment changes are...

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Who Wants to be the Next Durham School Board Member? One of These Eleven People

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 10:45 AM

With the resignation of Sendolo Diaminah in August the Durham Public Schools Board of Education must fill a vacant position, and there's no lack of interest with thirteen applicants vying for the spots. However, two of the applicants—Florida DeVaul Dudley an Shonda Wilson—were removed from consideration because they do no live within District 2.  Diaminah resigned after his attendance at meetings was called into question (he'd reportedly missed at least nine out of sixteen meetings). Now, the board is charged with appointing someone by October 24—sixty days after Diaminah resigned.  The eleven candidates include two familiar faces—Frederick Davis, who Diaminah was...

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Donald Trump Jr. Tastes the Rainbow and a Poll That Makes You Go Hmmm

Posted By on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 8:40 AM

Good morning, everybody. Let's get going. 1) Donald Trump Jr. hates Skittles ... and refugees. Remember when you were a kid and people warned you to stay away from red M&Ms? Well, Donald Trump Jr. apparently didn't understand the difference between fact and urban legend. Or maybe, this explains more than we think. I mean, we all remember Ronald Reagan's affection for jellybeans. Perhaps, the former president was simply picturing things he didn't like before sending them down the hatch. "Umm. Those kids smoking pot are the red ones. I LOVE the red ones. Wait. This sugar high is giving...

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

New Durham Police Headquarters Poses Funding Questions for County Commissioners

Posted By on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 2:41 PM

In Durham, there's a lot of municipal crossover, but this week my life covering the city and county collided once again as the Board of County Commissioners held a special meeting to discuss the new Durham Police Department headquarters on East Main Street.  Why? Because the county's emergency communication office will be housed in the complex, much like it currently is in DPD's West Chapel Hill Street HQ. Because the city and county share some services, they have an inter-local agreement to help determine who pays what. This isn’t new. The county commissioners have a memorandum of understanding with the school board,...

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

In INDY Interview, Chelsea Clinton Says She ‘Can’t Imagine’ Why People Don’t See Her Mother Like She Does

Posted By on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 12:01 PM

Chelsea Clinton, days after having her ailing mom over for a quick pick-me-up in New York City, came to North Carolina to campaign in her mother’s name, and to rally the millennial voters Hillary Clinton will need to carry her over the finish line in the Tar Heel state.  The latest Quinnipiac University poll found Clinton up four points over Donald Trump, with 47 percent of voters saying they’d likely vote for her. That changes slightly when you throw in Gary Johnson as a third-party candidate, but we’ll get to that later. Last month’s Public Policy Polling results showed...

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Durham City Council Asserts Its Commitment to Downtown Affordable Housing—In About Four Years

Posted By on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 1:15 PM

It’s been over a year since the group Durham CAN pinpointed a nearly two-acre parcel of ripe-for-development land on Jackson Street as an opportunity to build affordable housing. Last year, Self-Help Credit Union told the city council it would be interested in helping create a mixed-income development, where at least 80 percent of the units on will be available for renters making at or below 60 percent of the area median income. Last September, the council decided not to fast-track the project, saying it wanted its staff to review its options. In November, staff members gave the council three...

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Donald Trump Is Pretty Confused, and Bill Clinton’s Coming to Durham

Posted By on Tue, Sep 6, 2016 at 8:47 AM

Hope everyone had a solid Labor Day. Now, let's get back to it. 1) Donald Trump doesn't know, "OK?" It seems like a pretty fair assessment of Donald Trump's last several months to say that he disagrees with quite a few people. But now, the White House hopeful can add another foe to his list. Himself? That's right. Remember the super-hyped immigration speech he delivered in Phoenix last week—the one where he said this: For those here illegally today, who are seeking legal status, they will have one route and one route only. To return home and apply for reentry...

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Op-Ed: On Labor Day, A Tale of North Carolina’s Two Economies—and How to Give Those at the Bottom a Leg Up

Posted By on Mon, Sep 5, 2016 at 9:36 AM

At first glance, North Carolina’s workers have a lot to celebrate this Labor Day. In many ways, it is the best of times. An economy based on textile and furniture manufacturing a generation ago is being rebuilt with the help of industries such as banking, high tech, health care, and pharmaceuticals. Our Tar Heel State is now adding jobs at the ninth-fastest rate in the country, and several areas are emerging as small-business hot spots. With the famed Research Triangle Park just down the road, a host of health and technology companies have fled the expensive Northeast Corridor to set...

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Friday, September 2, 2016

Durham County DA Dismisses Charges Against Darryl Howard Days After Judge Vacates Conviction

Posted By on Fri, Sep 2, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Darryl Howard, who spent twenty-one years in jail for a crime he said he did not commit, doesn't have to worry about whether or not he'll once again face a jury for the 1991 murders of Doris and Nishonda Washington.  The fifty-four-year-old was convicted of the murders in 1995. Howard has maintained his innocence, and in 2014, Judge Orlando Hudson ordered Howard released and granted a new trial. But after the state appealed, the N.C. Court of Appeals ruled that Howard would receive a new evidentiary hearing  to determine if his case could be retried.  On Wednesday, Hudson came to...

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Durham Is Getting a New Dog Park

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 9:37 AM

Rejoice, ye dogs of Durham! (Or, maybe don’t. Read on.) The city’s Parks and Recreation Department received a $25,000 grant this month to build a new and much-needed off-leash dog park at Duke Park. The grant is one of twenty-five given by PetSafe, a company that sells pet-behavior products, as part of its “Bark for Your Park” program. Right now, the city has three dog parks: a postage stamp in downtown Durham, a former Little League field in Northgate Park, and the way-out-in-the-burbs Piney Wood. The Northgate park lies in a floodplain and, whenever it rains, devolves into a muddy...

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Durham Pool Closing Leaves Swimmers Looking for Alternative Facilities Months Before the Season Starts

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 12:49 PM

UPDATE: Durham Parks and Recreation Department reached out to the INDY saying it is working with all of the displaced teams to find practice space and will be updating us when that happens. With the Summer Olympics behind us, you’d think pools would be eager to accommodate swimmers who want to go for gold or train for their college team. But the already-limited indoor public pool space in Durham will drastically decrease this fall, as the city’s Parks and Recreation Department has decided to close the Edison Johnson Aquatics Center on Murray Avenue on November 7 for repairs. Assistant director of...

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Ex-Provost's Stepson Named in Latest Title IX Suit Against Duke

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 3:50 PM

A lawsuit filed in Durham County—and then shuttled to the North Carolina Middle District— earlier this month alleges the stepson of  former Duke University provost Peter Lange participated in at least one sexual assault of a female student.  The complaint states a former Duke University student was “subjected to a drug-facilitated rape” by two students, including the stepson of Lange, who at the time was provost of the university. Lange is no longer provost, but he is listed as a professor with the university’s Sanford School of Public Policy. After the assault the woman reported it to university officials...

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Early Voting in Durham County Tops 1,440 Hours Over Seventeen Days

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 10:20 AM

Update: Here's the full schedule sent to the State Board of Elections on August 18.  The Durham County board of elections enterim director described the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion this month on North Carolina’s voter I.D. law “abrupt,” but the board is doing what it can to make the best of a less-than-desirable situation on its end.  Just weeks after it finalized a twelve site, ten-day early voting plan it had to amend it. Now there is a modified seventeen day schedule. The first week of early voting—October 20 through the 26—voting will be open at...

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Durham Judge Moves Custody Hearing Out of County, Appeals Court Returns Case to Durham

Posted By on Wed, Aug 17, 2016 at 3:02 PM

Custody hearings can be complicated enough to begin with—but one case in Durham County is especially co mplicated because the children in question could be sent back to El Salvador where their father is alleged to be connected to Mara 18, a "gang that controls many communities and subjects local residents to violence and terror."  The case is an example of how hard it can be for relatives to gain custody of children born outside of the U.S.  Let's breakdown the case a bit— Aurora Zetino-Cruz has been living in North Carolina for fifteen years, and in May 2014 her...

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

With Land Purchased, Scrap Exchange Can Move Ahead on Expansion Plans

Posted By on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 12:32 PM

The Scrap Exchange's plan to buy all ten acres of land where the Lakewood Shopping Center and expand its reuse empire is one step closer to becoming a reality this week.  This morning the reuse art center announced on its Facebook that the purchase was made—ten acres, 82,000 square feet of leasable space—for $2.5 million.  Two years ago when the Scrap Exchange moved its operations to the old move theater in the shopping center, Ann Woodward—the nonprofits executive director— told the INDY she wanted to create a reuse district, much like on in New Orleans where artists could set up...

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

With Bond Money Raised, Wildin Acosta Can Come Home

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 9:58 AM

Supporters of Riverside High School student Wildin Acosta, who's spent the last six months in a Georgia detention facility, helped raise over $10,000 this week to get him back to Durham.  Acosta was picked up by immigration officials on his way to school in late January after not appearing before an immigration judge. He and his family fled their native Honduras to escape gang violence.  In March, the 19-year-old was set for deportation back to Honduras, but after a stay was issued, his case was reopened and in July he was granted an appeal.  And this week he faces the...

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Planning Department Says Durham County GOP Headquarters in Violation of Zoning Rules

Posted By on Mon, Aug 8, 2016 at 1:44 PM

Last week the INDY questioned whether or not the Durham County Republican Party was operating illegally out of a house on the 200 block of North Briggs Avenue. At that time, Steve Medlin, the director of the City-County Planning Department, told the INDY said the house was “most likely a zoning enforcement violation.” The house the GOP is using is zoned Residential Urban 5(2), a zoning designation that would allow for mostly single-family and two-family residential units. There are some other uses allowed, including family care homes, group living facilities, schools, museums, and government facilities.  But those additional uses require the property owner to...

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Is the Durham GOP’s New Headquarters Violating Zoning Laws?

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 2:38 PM

About six weeks ago, Trace Ramsey noticed new neighbors moving their belongings into 215 North Briggs Avenue, the long-vacant house next door to him in east Durham. Not long after, he says, he observed people out in the yard, trimming the lawn and the bushes. But nobody was sleeping there at night. “So, a few weeks ago, I walked over and peeked in the window,” Ramsey says, “and there was this big ‘DURHAM REPUBLICANS’ banner in the living room.” Ramsey did a little research online and discovered that his new neighbor was, in fact, the Durham County Republican Party....

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Wildin Acosta Case Reopened by Board of Immigration Appeals

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 1:29 PM

The twisting saga of Durham teenager Wildin Acosta took another turn today.  Acosta, a Riverside High School student arrested by Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) outside his parents' house this past January, has been in Stewart Detention Center, in rural Georgia, for nearly six months. (We visited Acosta this spring.) The nineteen-year-old is part of a great wave of Honduran immigrants who have been taken into custody at the U.S.-Mexico border, fleeing violence in their home country. Acosta was a minor at the time he crossed. Federal law grants minors a date in front of a U.S. immigration judge—and, in the meantime, the...

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Light Rail Funding Once Again Jeopardized by State Budget

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 12:07 PM

You'll recall that, last year, the Durham to Orange Light Rail Transit project was derailed by a sneaky, last-minute provision inserted into the state budget that capped state spending on light-rail projects at $500,000. The D-O LRT funding plan called for the state to contribute $400 million. Because of the way the budget process works, it's difficult to know who was responsible for slipping the provision into the budget, and because the Republican leadership is spineless and secretive, not a single GOP official stepped forward to claim authorship of it. Democracy, baby! Some Republicans, including Gov. Pat McCrory (who pushed...

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Friday, June 24, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Anarchy in the U.K.

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 8:18 AM

So, there is some news this morning from across the pond. By a 52–48 margin, the United Kingdom—swept up in the same sort of economically illiterate, racism-laced populism that gave rise to Donald Trump—voted yesterday to leave the European Union. From The New York Times:  Britain has voted to leave the European Union, a historic decision sure to reshape the nation’s place in the world, rattle the Continent and rock political establishments throughout the West. Not long after the vote tally was completed, Prime Minister David Cameron, who led the campaign to remain in the bloc, appeared in front...

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