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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wake Commissioner: Help Is On the Way for Residents of Subsidized Apartment Complex in Garner Who Will Soon See Their Rents Hiked

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 4:01 PM

Wake County officials have begun efforts to help residents of a Garner subsidized apartment complex who face drastically increased rents and possible eviction. Commissioners first got word of the situation Monday when activist Octavia Rainey led a group of more than two dozen residents of Forest Hills Apartments to voice complaints at a Board of Commissioners meeting. ECP LLC, a Chapel Hill company, has sent letters to residents to let them know that they must either start paying market-rate rent on April 1—as much as five times the subsidized cost—or move out of the apartments. County commissioner Greg Ford said...

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Democracy in Crisis: Republicans Seek Leaks, Raise Possibility of Prosecuting the Press

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Republicans collectively twisted themselves into knots Monday in order to ignore what was really happening in the hearings on Russian election hacking and tried to use it as an opportunity for another attack on the free press. In case you missed it: FBI Director James Comey confirmed during the House Select Intelligence Committee hearing that the FBI is investigating connections between the Trump campaign and Russia. “The FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with...

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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

Garner Residents in Subsidized Housing Face Increased Rent, Eviction

Posted By on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 6:24 PM

Veteran east Raleigh activist Octavia Rainey quickly got the word when residents of a Garner apartment complex learned that their subsidized rents would quintuple to market rates by April 1—which meant, in short, that they were facing eviction. On Monday, she headed a delegation of more than two dozen residents of Forest Hills Apartments during Wake County commissioners' public comment period. Rainey and dozens of people who live in the Garner complex said they recently received letters from owners EPC LLC, of Chapel Hill, telling them they would have to pay market rent on April 1, and that they could be evicted if...

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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

Wake Commissioners to Legislature: Keep Juveniles Out of Adult Court

Posted By on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 7:20 PM

Referring at times to their own pasts, members of the Wake County Board of Commissioners noted Monday that teenagers of all backgrounds can make mistakes. But North Carolina teens shouldn’t have to pay for those mistakes for the rest of their lives, commissioners said, as they endorsed the passage of a state law that would try most sixteen- and seventeen-year-old offenders in the juvenile system instead of adult court. Filed March 8 by sponsors from both parties, the state measure, House Bill 280, would raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction so that cases involving sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds would fall under it unless the...

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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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The Morning Roundup: HB 2 Strikes Again

Posted By on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 9:21 AM

Roundup is back, friends. Sorry it's been a while. With that said, let's dig in. 1) HB 2 claims its latest victim: the Duke basketball team. Those of you who watched the NCAA tournament Sunday might not have been thinking about former (it still feels good to say that) governor Pat McCrory. Here at the INDY, we try to think of him as little as possible. But after suffering through UNC's near-loss and South Carolina's upset win over Duke, we started to wonder: Would the Blue Devils still be dancing if HB 2 hadn't cost North Carolina the chance to...

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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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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Wake County Principals, Leaders to Seek Solutions Following Race-Driven Incidents

Posted By on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 7:18 PM

Wake County Public Schools principals will converge on Cary Thursday to discuss the implications of two recent, high-profile episodes of racial disruption—incidents that have brought lost trust and even tears to some system parents. Board of Education Chair Monika Johnson-Hostler said Tuesday that the principals, Superintendent Jim Merrill and other leaders will look for answers in the wake of the episodes. Meanwhile, officials from the Raleigh-Apex NAACP appeared at WCPS headquarters to express their dismay at the incidents and to support the school system's efforts to deal with them. "The faith and the trust in protecting out school children has been lost,"...

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Reorganizing the Executive Branch and Deconstructing the Administrative State

Posted By on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 2:40 PM

On Monday, Donald Trump signed an executive order christened a "comprehensive plan for reorganizing the executive branch." The order directs the "Director of the Office of Management and Budget (Director) to propose a plan to reorganize governmental functions and eliminate unnecessary agencies (as defined in section 551(1) of title 5, United States Code), components of agencies, and agency programs.eliminate unnecessary agencies (as defined in section 551(1) of title 5, United States Code), components of agencies, and agency programs." That's right, to get rid of federal agencies. And we can guess which ones they will be. When Trump's budget is released...

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Racially Charged Incident Videotaped in Wake School

Posted By on Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 6:05 PM

Two incidents of racial violence that have unfolded in a single week in Wake County Public Schools—both videotaped and widely circulated on social media and one including a chant of “KKK!”—have administrators seeking ways to stop such incidents from occurring in the system. But whatever next steps Wake County officials undertake will come in addition to the current practice of cautioning students in their code of conduct and elsewhere against racist conduct and bullying. (Students already receive training that forbids the use of the racially derogatory language heard in a video made by Leesville Road Middle School students and another shot at Wake Forest High...

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The Loyal White Knights of the KKK Plan a Cross-Burning in Asheboro. Sorry, People of Color, You’re Not Invited.

Posted By on Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 11:52 AM

You might remember the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan from such recent events as their Trump victory "parade" in early December—which amounted to a handful of pickup trucks making their way through Roxboro as the drivers shouted "white power." Or maybe you remember the stabbing between members that unfolded the night before. From The New York Times: Well, they’re back, in all their racist glory. According to the organization's website, a good old-fashioned cross-burning is coming to the Old North State May 6—but only after speeches, a dinner and a "klavern meeting." Here are the details, in...

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Let These Two Middle Schoolers Tell You Why International Women’s Day Matters

Posted By on Wed, Mar 8, 2017 at 1:04 PM

Laura Gonzalez and Belen Willott are no strangers to activism. Gonzalez recently participated in the nationwide Day Without Immigrants strike. Willott is in a feminist book club. Both joined January’s Women’s March in Raleigh and a rally put on this morning by Action NC as part of International Women’s Day and a corresponding day of strike, A Day Without a Woman. Both have also yet to finish middle school. Gonzalez and Willott, on opposite sides of their respective thirteenth birthdays, attended Wednesday’s rally in downtown Durham with their mothers in tow—joining about eighty others—waving signs with the standard symbol...

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Wake County Residents: Make Schools Safe Zones for Undocumented Children

Posted By on Wed, Mar 8, 2017 at 8:31 AM

Several people spoke out Tuesday to urge members of the Wake County Board of Education to make every county school a safe zone for undocumented children. But Martha Hernandez's remarks seemed to hit the hardest. Hernandez, whose daughter, Alejandra, attends Centennial Middle School, spoke in Spanish, her words repeated in English by Angela Mills, an interpreter provided by the school system. Hernandez told the board she appeared not only as a mother of her child, but as a resident who's concerned about all children. "I would like you to understand that children cannot focus on their education and their future when...

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Supreme Court Sends Transgender Teen's Bathroom Case Back to Lower Court

Posted By on Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 12:01 PM

The Supreme Court has asked a lower court to reconsider its previous ruling in a favor of a transgender student who sought to use the boys' bathroom at his Virginia school. The case, involving seventeen-year-old Gavin Grimm and the Gloucester County school board, is being watched closely in North Carolina, because a ruling would have a direct bearing on portions of House Bill 2 that require people to use public restrooms corresponding to their birth certificates.  The Supreme Court was set to hear oral arguments in the Virginia case later this month, but on Monday the curt decided to vacate...

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Sorry, President Trump, But Your Raleigh Supporters’ Rally Was Definitely Not the Biggest of Them All

Posted By on Sat, Mar 4, 2017 at 8:48 PM

It was a quiet Saturday morning at Halifax Mall as a crew began to set up a small stage embellished with American and Trump flags. Merchandisers were hanging up red shirts with slogans like “Pumps for Trump” and, of course, “Make America Great Again.” A slow but steady trickle of Trump supporters began to populate the lawn for the March 4 Trump/Deplorables United rally that was held in Raleigh this afternoon. Things were about to get loud. Enter stage left: a group of counterprotesters with signs reading “Total Liberation from Domination” and “Against White Supremacy and Patriarchy.” Orchestrating...

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Breaking: Rolesville SRO Who Slammed Student Resigns

Posted By on Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 6:06 PM

Ruben De Los Santos, the Roleseville police officer caught in a viral video slamming a high school student to the ground, has resigned. According to a press release from the Rolesville police department, De Los Santos submitted his resignation letter yesterday. He had been on paid administrative leave since the video made the rounds on social media in early January, triggering a backlash. In a statement, Rolesville police chief Bobby Langston thanked De Los Santos for his work and said he was "even selected as 2016 Officer of the Year for the Town of Rolesville Police Department." The State...

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Activists Urge Wake Schools to Become Safe Zones for Undocumented Students

Posted By on Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 5:26 PM

A far-reaching coalition of activists will urge Wake County school board members at a Tuesday meeting to make each of its schools a “safe zone” for undocumented students. Board members received notification in a Friday email from than two-dozen social justice and immigration rights groups including El Pueblo, Great Schools in Wake, and the Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children. School board member Jim Martin said Friday that he was aware of the fear many undocumented families are experiencing but added that the protections the coalition requests are covered under school board policy, federal guidelines, and Supreme Court...

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Two N.C. State Reps Want to Label Some Disruptive Protesters Economic Terrorists, Criminalize Blocking Streets During Protests

Posted By on Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 4:07 PM

A bill introduced in the state House today could label some disruptive protesters as "economic terrorists" and criminalizes blocking streets while participating “in a riot or other unlawful assembly.” House Bill 249, which has the short title "Economic Terrorism," was filed today by Representatives John Torbett and John Faircloth, Republicans of Gaston and Guilford counties, respectively.   The bill seems to fall in line with others filed recently by Republican legislators nationwide in an attempt to curb protesting. While much of the bill refers to activities that are already criminalized in North Carolina, one provision would add a new penalty...

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Here’s How N.C. Politicians Are Responding to the Breaking Sessions Scandal

Posted By on Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 11:57 AM

As we reported earlier this morning, last night The Washington Post broke a potentially blockbuster story that the attorney general, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, had lied under oath during his confirmation hearing in January when he said he’d had no contact with Russian officials during last year’s presidential campaign, when he was a top surrogate for Donald Trump. Since this morning, the INDY has been calling every member of Congress from North Carolina, both Democrat and Republican, seeking comment on the matter. Here are the responses we’ve collected so far, both from press releases and from other media sources,...

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Breaking: Representative G.K. Butterfield Calls for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s Recusal from Trump-Russia Investigation “At Minimum”

Posted By on Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 10:42 AM

After news broke last evening that Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied under oath during his confirmation hearing in saying that he’d had no contact with Russian officials during last year’s presidential campaign, forty-seven Democrats and counting—most recently including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer—have called for Sessions’s resignation. Just now, in a press release, Democratic U.S. Representative G.K. Butterfield didn’t quite go that far, though he does call for Sessions to recuse himself from any investigation into the Trump campaign’s communications with Russia and an independent commission to oversee the inquiry. His statement is below. WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman G....

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

North Carolina May Soon Allow Legit Sunday-Morning Brunch Just Like a Grown-Up State!

Posted By on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 3:25 PM

If a bipartisan group of North Carolina senators have their way, you could soon enjoy an actual Sunday morning brunch, bloody Mary and everything. Senators Rick Gunn, Dan Blue, and Kathy Harrington—Blue is a Raleigh Democrat, Gunn and Harrington are Republicans—are the primary sponsors of Senate Bill 155, Economic & Job Growth for NC Distilleries, which was filed today.  Under current state law, restaurants cannot sell alcohol before noon on Sundays, because your ass should be in church and not chasing the hair of the dog. This bill would change that, allowing counties and cities to pass ordinances allowing licensed...

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