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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Morning Roundup: Charles Murray Talks About White People Problems at Duke; Trump Threatens N.C. Republican

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 9:05 AM

Good morning, one and all. Away. We. Go. 1) Charles Murray avoids calling blacks inferior during his lecture at Duke University Tuesday. Amazing when the headline is about somebody not making the horrific comments he's become kind of known for. But his lack of blatant racism begs the question: Is our buddy Charles, a man labeled a white nationalist by the Southern Poverty Law Center, evolving? We doubt it. But anyway, INDY reporter Sarah Willets burned some of her remaining hours on Earth last night having to listen to this guy do his thing. Click here to read all about it. Oh,...

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Charles Murray's Duke Appearance Avoids the Blacks-Are-Inferior Thing, Talks About “Cognitive Elites” and the White Working Class

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 7:30 AM

Charles Murray much preferred his most recent visit to Duke University to his last stop four years ago. The controversial social scientist spoke at the school Tuesday night as part of a nationwide tour connecting the themes of his 2012 book, Coming Apart: The State of White America to the 2016 election. Considered a white nationalist by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Murray is best known for a 1994 book he coauthored, The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life, which argued that intelligence is at least partly genetic and accounts for socioeconomic differences between whites and...

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Guy Who Thinks Blacks Are Intellectually Inferior Is Speaking At Duke Tonight, Who's Coming With Us?

Posted By on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 1:56 PM

Social scientist Charles Murray, a man classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a white nationalist, will speak at Duke University tonight. According to The Chronicle, Murray is expected to speak about his 2012 book Coming Apart: The State of White America, in an event cosponsored by the Duke College Republicans and the Duke contingent of the American Enterprise Institute, where Murray is the W. H. Brady Scholar. The discussion begins at six p.m. at the Doris Duke Center, 420 Anderson Street.  The "secure location" was chosen after protests erupted during an appearance by Murray earlier this month at Vermont's Middlebury...

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The Morning Roundup: Durham Cop Won't Face Charges; FBI Director Says Putin Wanted Trump, Hated Clinton

Posted By on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 8:48 AM

Happy Tuesday, everyone. Yesterday was loaded with headlines, so let's get to it. 1) Durham District Attorney will not prosecute cop who fatally shot Frank Clark. It's been four months since Durham PD Master Officer Charles Barkley shot McDougald Terrace resident Frank Clark and it looks like, for now anyway, the case is closed, as D.A. Roger Echols told the public, via a statement, that he would not pursue criminal charges against the shooter. It's worth noting that the DPD is keeping Barkley on administrative leave until it completes its own investigation into the matter, but here is what Echols...

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Monday, March 20, 2017

CONFIRMED: District Attorney Roger Echols Will Not Prosecute DPD Officer Charles Barkley for Killing Frank Clark

Posted By on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 11:06 AM

Last week, the INDY reported that the SBI had completed its investigation into Frank Clark’s death at the hand of Durham Police Master Officer Charles Barkley and had referred the case to Durham County District Attorney Roger Echols. This morning, we learned from sources close to the investigation that Echols has decided not to prosecute Barkley. Then, moments ago, a formal announcement was made, via a statement from Echols that said there was not "probable cause" found by investigators to suggest foul play by Barkley—or warrant a prosecution. Here's what he had to say. Dave Hall, an attorney with...

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

SBI Completes Investigation into Frank Clark’s Shooting, Case Is Now in Durham County District Attorney’s Hands

Posted By on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 11:15 AM

A spokesperson for the State Bureau of Investigation told the INDY Tuesday evening that the bureau's investigation into the November 22, 2016, officer-involved fatal shooting of Durham resident Frank Clark has concluded and that "the case is pending the district attorney's review and decision." In other words, Durham County District Attorney Roger Echols now knows the facts of the case and is expected, by the end of the week, to determine whether or not Durham Police Department Master Officer Charles Barkley will be prosecuted for fatally shooting Clark. As Clark’s friends and family wait to learn what, if any, action...

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Durham Mayor Bell Takes a Victory Lap at His Final State of the City Address

Posted By on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 11:03 AM

When Durham Mayor Bill Bell gave his first State of the City address in 2001, the venue—Bay 7 at American Tobacco—was still under construction. Plastic sheets hung over unfinished walls, and heaters were brought in to keep guests warm. Bell returned to the same spot Tuesday for his final State of the City address. This time, however, it was clad with exposed brick and strands of glowing lights. The setting was a fitting backdrop for Bell’s message: Durham has come a long way since 2001, but there’s always more work to do. During the lunch, Bell was interviewed...

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Michael Peterson, a Convicted Killer, Is a Free Man

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 1:37 PM

Michael Peterson walked out of the Durham County Courthouse on Friday a free man after entering an Alford plea to the charge of voluntary manslaughter in the killing of his wife, Kathleen Peterson, in 2001. The Alford plea allows Peterson, a novelist and former Herald Sun columnist, to accept a guilty verdict without admitting guilt. Convicted of first degree-murder in 2003, Peterson served eight years in prison before that conviction was overturned by a judge in 2011. He has already served ninety-eight months in prison, not including house arrest, more than the eighty-six-month maximum sentence his plea agreement carries. After...

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Durham PD’s Five-Day Report on Kenneth Bailey’s Shooting Is Basically What You’d Expect

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 4:04 PM

Earlier today, the Durham Police Department released its five-day report on the officer-involved shooting that killed a twenty-four-year-old man last week. Kenneth "Simba" Bailey was shot at about 2:20 p.m. on February 15 on Glenbrook Drive, after officers attempted to apprehend him for violating his pre-trial release terms. That night, police chief CJ Davis said Bailey ran from officers and pointed a gun at them, prompting them to fire. Several residents of the Club Boulevard neighborhood, however, told the INDY that Bailey was shot from behind. According to the five-day report, three Selective Enforcement Team officers wearing tactical vests knocked...

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Updated: Jewish Day School Evacuated Amid Bomb Threat. Police Clear Scene.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 11:29 AM

A concerned parent who received an automated message from Lerner Community Jewish Day School told the INDY moments ago that the Durham school was being evacuated amid a bomb threat. The auto-call went out at 10:58 this morning. The incident comes amid a wave of similar threats made against American Jews since Donald Trump was sworn in as the nation's forty-fifth president. From NPR: Several Jewish community centers across the U.S. were targeted by bomb threats on Monday, according to the JCC Association of North America, in the fourth wave of such threats in the past two months. In total,...

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Durham Releases Five-Day Report on the Kenneth Bailey Shooting

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 11:15 AM

Twenty seconds after a Durham police officer radioed that he was engaged in a foot chase, the officer told dispatch, "I've got shots fired. I've got a man down." According to the five-day report just released by city manager Tom Bonfield, there was, over the communication system, no mention of a gun in the hands of Kenneth "Simba" Bailey. Nor was there any mention of police being fired upon. Instead, the initial police report on the incident reported that “The man that was running pulled a gun and was shot by a police officer.” He died at the scene....

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Durham Mayor Moves Forward with HB 2 Compromise the City Council Already Rejected

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 3:22 PM

Durham Mayor William Bell is sending a House Bill 2 repeal compromise to the governor’s office─despite council members’ rejection of the same proposal two weeks ago. Bell announced during the council’s meeting Monday that he would be sending a letter to Governor Roy Cooper and Republican leaders Senator Phil Berger and Representative Tim Moore. He said he plans to mail the letter today, copying Durham city officials, the North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, and Representative Darren Jackson and Senator Dan Blue, who introduced an HB 2 repeal bill last week in concert with Cooper. Bell’s decision to send the...

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Mother of Kenneth Bailey, the Man Shot and Killed by Durham Police Wednesday, Asks the Media and Community for Respect

Posted By on Sun, Feb 19, 2017 at 6:15 PM

The mother of a man fatally shot by Durham police has spoken out, asking for respect while the family grieves the death of Kenneth Lee Bailey. Bailey's mother, Louise Pratt, issued a statement Saturday via Walltown Neighborhood Ministries. According to the statement, Bailey grew up in Walltown. The twenty-four-year-old was shot by Durham officers Wednesday in the Club Boulevard neighborhood after police went there to arrest him for violating a pretrial release curfew.  Since the shooting, she writes, “I have learned that people tried to explain my baby's life and death by running a background check. They reported things that were...

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Friday, February 17, 2017

In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 1:50 PM

We’re just going to let this thing speak for itself. To Stephen Miller, Duke University Class of 2007, Our class’s upcoming ten-year reunion serves as an occasion to reflect on how much has changed since we left campus. After graduation, some of us remained in Durham and some of us moved to Dar es Salaam. Some embarked on medical school and some started novels. We can now be found in every type of professional field in every corner of the globe—but no matter who or where we are, we’ve striven to embody the ideals instilled in us by our Duke...

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Durham Projects $4.7M Budget Shortfall, May Hike Property Taxes

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 1:32 PM

The city of Durham is looking at a projected shortfall of $4.7 million as it gets ready to craft a budget for the next fiscal year. The projection is based on expected costs, so depending on what projects are green-lighted before the city officially adopts a budget in June, that figure could change. At a preliminary budget meeting Friday, budget and management services director Bertha Johnson said it would take a property tax increase of 2.47 cents per $100 of property value to fully close that gap, provided no other sources of additional revenue are found. The city's current property...

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Durham Police Shooting Update: Cops Were After Kenneth Bailey Because He Missed Curfew; Stepmom Says “He Was Not a Fighter”

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 9:58 AM

If it weren't for the wind, Gloria Bailey might not have caught a final glimpse of her stepson. "You could see his chest and his feet," she says, recalling how the cold air lifted a sheet covering twenty-four-year old Kenneth Bailey's body, briefly revealing the quiet man she’d known since he was four. Bailey, better known as Simba, was shot dead by Durham police Wednesday afternoon while visiting with his family in their home on Glenbrook Drive, in a Durham Housing Authority neighborhood off Club Boulevard. According to the Durham Police Department, officers were looking for Bailey because he had...

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Durham Police Fatally Shoot Black Man in Durham Housing Authority Neighborhood near Club Boulevard

Posted By on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 7:54 PM

Durham police shot and killed a man Tuesday afternoon on Glenbrook Drive. Few details have been released about the shooting, which drew a crowd of neighbors and others who heard about the shooting on social media. The shooting occurred at about two thirty p.m. in the Durham Housing Authority's Club Boulevard neighborhood. Although police have not yet released the name of the man killed, residents of the neighborhood identified him as Kenny "Simba" Bailey. One resident, who asked only to be identified as Linda, says she was watching television when her boyfriend came in the room and said "the police just...

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Go to Court, Stay Out of Jail

Posted By on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 4:35 PM

Durham County is testing whether reminding people about their upcoming court dates will reduce overcrowding at the county jail. The new notification system will be funded by a $50,000 Safety and Justice Challenge Network Innovation Fund Grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. It will be the only system of its kind in the state, says Gudrun Parmer, director for the Criminal Justice Resource Center, the lead agency on the project. With the grant in, Parmer says Criminal Justice Resource Center staff decided to "do something very different and focus on our court system rather than the jail...

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Friday, February 10, 2017

No More Free Rides, Kids: Parking Meters Coming to Downtown Durham

Posted By on Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 5:26 PM

We told you last year that it was coming—that metered parking would replace Durham's current follow-the-sign-and-hope-you-don't-get-a-ticket system. And in a few weeks, the Bull City will, indeed, be home to hundreds of meters, as officials look to alleviate the problem of having too many vehicles downtown at once. Here's a map of just where you'll find meters beginning February 27: And here are the answers to some questions one might have as he/she looks ahead to the prospect of having to feed a meter: So there you have it. And while the $1.50/hour rate seems a bit high for our...

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Durham City Council Moves Forward With Mixed-Income Project Near Durham Station, But Questions Remain

Posted By on Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 2:07 PM

A mixed-use, mixed-income housing project next to the Durham Station Transportation Center is moving forward—though it’s unclear how exactly the developers will be able to meet all of the city’s goals and still make the development viable. On Thursday, the Durham City Council voted to move ahead with DHIC Inc. and Self-Help Ventures’ proposal, the only one the city received for the project. In September 2015 the city decided the site should be used for a mix of commercial and housing units, with 80 percent of the apartments set aside for tenants earning less than 60 percent of Durham’s...

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Durham City Council Rejects Mayor Bell’s HB 2 Compromise

Posted By on Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 3:40 PM

An attempt by Durham Mayor William Bell to compromise with legislators in an effort to get HB 2 repealed died during a city council work session today. The suggestion came after the council heard comments from members of the advocacy group Open for All NC calling on the city to take action. Bell suggested that Durham partner with other cities to again urge legislators to repeal HB 2 but also promise not to pass its own antidiscrimination ordinance—that cities other than Charlotte could still pass their own antidiscrimination ordinances was a cited by lawmakers as a reason for not repealing...

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Durham Council Considers Ending Primaries, Citywide Elections for Ward Representatives

Posted By on Tue, Feb 7, 2017 at 4:58 PM

The Durham City Council has again revived talks of eliminating primary elections for council seats and instead holding a runoff if the general election doesn't produce a clear winner. But residents who spoke during a public hearing on the issue Monday seem more interested in overhauling the city's ward system.  According to city attorney Patrick Baker, state law mandates that ward representatives should be elected only by voters in their ward. Durham's system, in which ward members are elected citywide, was approved as an exception to the law. Baker said the city would need to amend its charter to...

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After Eight Years, Durham Cops and Firefighters Finally Get a Raise

Posted By on Tue, Feb 7, 2017 at 7:48 AM

Durham’s boys in blue are about to get some more green. The Durham City Council on Monday night approved a pay increase for Durham officers and firefighters boost recruitment and retention. It’s the first pay adjustment in eight years for the city’s first responders. The change shifts the city’s salary schedule to be more competitive with other cities. Police recruits will see their pay rise from $33,000 to $37,029 and fire recruits from $33,000 to $34,388. With 482 police officers and 298 firefighters, the increase will cost the city about $3.6 million annually. The city began looking at raising police...

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Two HRC Members Blast Commission's Jail Recommendations

Posted By on Fri, Feb 3, 2017 at 11:44 AM

Apparently, two members of Durham's Human Relations Committee are none too pleased with their fellow commissioners—and have no interest in being associated with the HRC's call for reform inside the Durham County Detention Facility. Commissioners Richard Ford and Ricky Hart penned this "minority report," which was obtained by the INDY, in which they argue the HRC is "without jurisdiction" and that the body's report deals with "numerous issues beyond the scope of the DCDF." If you have been following this issue, you might remember Hart, who, before the HRC voted to approve its draft of recommendations, suggested that the group's...

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

After a Weekend Shooting, Neighbors Pressure the Durham City Council to Help Close the Emerald City Ultra Bar and Lounge

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2017 at 6:11 PM

A weekend shooting outside a Durham club has prompted both a string of complaints to the Durham City Council and a social media campaign in support of the venue. Emails obtained by the INDY show that council members, residents, and police alike are concerned with violence at Emerald City Ultra Bar and Lounge. Since Saturday's shooting, which killed thirty-year-old Stacy Nichols Jr., four residents have emailed council members—some repeatedly—describing scenes of gunfire in their neighborhood. “I moved to Durham in 1994 and have lived in the Tuscaloosa/Lakewood neighborhood for the last 16 years at [address redacted],” one resident wrote yesterday....

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