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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

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 Parks and Recreation Jason Jones says the repairs should take about eleven weeks.  Originally the pool was set to close after the swim season, which begins in October, wraps up after the...

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Friday, August 26, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Hillary Shot a Campaign in Reno Just to Watch It Die

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 8:46 AM

Good morning! I didn’t come up with that headline, but damn if it doesn’t fit.  Let’s dig in:  1. Behold the evisceration.  In Reno yesterday, Clinton laid into the Trump’s campaign’s alliance with what’s known as the alt-right, which is a polite term for white supremacists, including the hiring of Breitbart CEO/alleged wife beater Stephen Bannon.  Watch it below; the good stuff starts around the eight-minute mark. Or read a transcript here.   State regulators fined one of Trump’s casinos for repeatedly removing black dealers from the floor. No wonder the turn-over rate for his minority employees was way...

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

In a New Ad, Richard Burr Loves (the Wrong) Black People

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 4:46 PM

Close your eyes and picture a campaign ad that screams, “I love black people.” Can you see the African-American preacher? How about the wide-eyed black schoolchildren in bright clothing and clean, spacious classrooms? Splice in a few quotes from said preacher about how Burr is, “genuinely interested” in the black community — how he has worked tirelessly to “narrow the education gap.” Sounds downright touching, doesn’t it? Here, take a look.  Maybe Senator Richard Burr really gets it. Wait. What’s that you say, Talking Points Memo? Two pieces of the footage from Getty’s iStock catalogue that were used in the video are...

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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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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

Durham Ponders Possible Pot Enforcement Priorities with Push From FADE

Posted By on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 6:34 PM

As some states continue to deprioritize, or even decriminalize marijuana, Thursday the Drug Enforcement Administration denied bids from Rhode Gov. Gina Raimondo, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and a New Mexico nurse practitioner Bryan Krumm to loosen up federal restrictions on marijuana.  Marijuana, as reaffirmed, is a Schedule I drug.  The Controlled Substance Act puts it in the same classification as heroin and LSD.  The North Carolina Controlled Substance Act classifies marijuana as a Schedule VI drug.  Schedule VI drugs are defined as those with "no currently accepted medical use in the United States, or a relatively low potential for abuse." That...

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Durham Co-op Continues to Sell Driscoll's Berries, Tells Customers to "Shop Your Values"

Posted By on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 5:18 PM

After getting questions about whether or not the Durham Co-op would continue to stock Driscoll's berries at the store, the market issued a statement telling shoppers to "shop your values" because in order to keep berries in the store it'd have to keep Driscoll's on the shelf. The Co-op was asked to boycott the berry distributor in light of some not-so-great farm labor practices at two of its partner farms.  "Farm labor is an important issue in the current food market, and it’s one that deserves our attention," the statement read. "However, it is also a very complex issue that...

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

On Donald Trump and the Silence of His Defenders

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 12:51 PM

“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” —Edmund Burke If Donald Trump were a better politician, this is the headline we’d be talking about this morning: “Emails Renew Questions About Clinton Foundation and State Dept. Overlap.”  A new batch of State Department emails released Tuesday showed the close and sometimes overlapping interests between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department when Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state. The documents raised new questions about whether the charitable foundation worked to reward its donors with access and influence at the State Department, a...

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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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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Clinton Sees Lead Over Trump in N.C. and Is Probably Not the Devil

Posted By on Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 11:16 AM

Hillary Clinton is narrowly beating out Donald Trump in the latest North Carolina Public Policy Polling survey. This is her first lead in the state since March.  Clinton leads Trump 43 percent to 41 percent in the poll released today. Her favorability has remained basically unchanged, however Trump's is starting to see a downward spiral. In June, North Carolina voters polled a favorability rating of 39 percent for Clinton, and this month that's up to 40 percent.  Where as Trump has seen a continued decline in his already low ratings—only 37 percent of voters have a favorable view of...

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Friday, July 22, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 8:01 AM

1. The Speech If you missed Trump’s RNC acceptance speech last night, you can find the text of the speech here; but really, to get the whole effect, you need to watch the video—seventy-six minutes (that’s six minutes longer than Bill Clinton in 1996 and the longest convention speech in modern history) of an angry old man yelling about how terrible everything is and what a dystopian hellscape America has become and how Syrian refugees and Mexican immigrants are going to murder your children while Hillary Clinton watches and cheers.  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/22/us/politics/donald-trump-rnc-speech.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=span-abc-region®ion=span-abc-region&WT.nav=span-abc-region Americans watching this address tonight have seen the...

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Friday, July 15, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Vive La France

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Another day, another terrorist attack. This story is way too damn familiar.  Last night, while a crowd of French people in Nice were watching fireworks on Bastille Day—a French holiday celebrating the day French peasants stormed the Bastille in 1790, a key event in the then-nascent French revolution—an as-yet-unnamed French-Tunisian man with a truck packed with weapons and explosives essentially mowed them over, killing at least eighty-four.  Police told to NBC News that 84 people were now confirmed dead following the attack in the coastal city of Nice. Bastille Day celebrations were transformed into scenes of chaos and carnage...

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Friday, July 1, 2016

The Morning Roundup: The HB 2 ‘Fix’ Won’t Appease the NBA, Appears DOA

Posted By on Fri, Jul 1, 2016 at 8:13 AM

1. Well, that went nowhere fast. Earlier this week—around the same time the legislature moved $500,000 in disaster relief money to its HB 2 defense fund and irony died—word leaked that Republicans were considering tweaking the law so as to keep the NBA from pulling its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte. Because, you know, making marginalized people suffer is all well and good until it pisses off sports fans. The proposed fix would basically require trans people to carry a state document indicating that they had undergone gender reassignment to use the facilities in schools and government buildings (nothing...

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Friday, June 10, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Delete Your Account

Posted By on Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 8:35 AM

And we’ll begin with Barry Bamz slow-jamming the news with Jimmy Fallon. To be honest, I’m not sure when—or if—we’ll see another president so effortlessly adept at pop culture. Surely won’t be Hillary. Although this was pretty astute use of social media.  (Here, by the way, is the inevitable Vox explainer on what “Delete Your Account” means.) Which brings us to the Roundup:  1. Democratic elites rally around Hillz.  Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Elizabeth Warren—probably the three biggest ostensibly uncommitted names in the Democratic Party—all came out yesterday to endorse Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, shortly after the...

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Wake County Judge Michael Denning: 'China Wouldn't Be So Bad If It Weren't for All the Chinese'

Posted By on Mon, Jun 6, 2016 at 4:25 PM

Little-known fact: There is another primary election tomorrow, June 7. The INDY made its endorsements last week. You can peruse those here before you go vote.  One of the races is for judge in Wake County Superior Court District 10C—the northwest part of the county. We've endorsed Becky Holt, who has worked in the Wake County District Attorney's Office for twenty-seven years. One of the other candidates—Tuesday's nonpartisan primary will narrow the race from five candidates to two—is Michael Denning, who is currently a judge in Wake County District Court. Denning was elected to the bench in 2010, and ran unopposed in...

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Friday, May 27, 2016

The Morning Roundup: The End of Days Is Officially Nigh

Posted By on Fri, May 27, 2016 at 8:29 AM

1. The Four Horseman are suiting up. We’ll begin with an item that, while not really being “news,” is nonetheless kind of mind-boggling: Donald Trump—the orange-hued reality-TV insult comic, the animated incarnation of those conspiracy chain emails your aunt sends you—will officially be the Republican Party’s nominee for president. Of the United States.  God help us all.  The New York billionaire shrugged off signs of discord in his party hours after sewing up the number of delegates needed to clinch the GOP nomination, a feat that completed an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and set the...

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Friday, May 20, 2016

The Morning Roundup: We Are Governed by Morons

Posted By on Fri, May 20, 2016 at 8:54 AM

Happy Moogfest Friday, everyone! There’s a lot in the news this morning, so let’s jump right in.  1. We’ll begin with Congress, home to many a moron.  Yesterday Republicans in the House decided, in a very close vote that required a ton of arm-twisting, that it’s just hunky-dory for federal contractors to openly discriminate against LGBTQ folks.  Democrats shouted “Shame! Shame!,” but seven Republicans switched their votes under pressure from House leaders Thursday and defeated a measure to protect gay rights. “They literally snatched discrimination from the jaws of equality,” Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney said.The final vote was 213-212 after...

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Friday, May 6, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Bathroom Segregation Now, Bathroom Segregation Forever!

Posted By on Fri, May 6, 2016 at 8:26 AM

Greetings and salutations, fellow Friday enthusiasts! Let’s jump right in.  1. Bathroom segregation now, bathroom segregation forever.  So House Speaker Tim Moore, who has a long history of hating on the gays, has decided that no, North Carolina will not answer the Department of Justice on HB 2 by the Monday deadline.  The department sent state leaders a letter Wednesday saying that the law violates the Civil Rights Act and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 – a finding that could jeopardize billions in federal education funding. Those laws ban employment discrimination and discrimination in education based on...

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Monday, May 2, 2016

The Morning Roundup: In Which the NCGOP Ditches #NeverTrump for #OKFineTrump

Posted By on Mon, May 2, 2016 at 8:48 AM

Good Monday morning, fellow worker bees. As you make your way back to the mine, here are some stories we’ve been watching. But first, if you haven’t already, you really need to check out Mandy Locke’s ongoing series in The News & Observer. Locke, one of the best investigative reporters around, is digging into the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office. It’s not pretty. Here is part 1 and part 2. Onward.  1. N.C. Republicans impeach Hasan Harnett. Harnett, the NCGOP’s first African-American chairman and a tea party favorite, was deposed Saturday at a meeting of the party’s executive committee.  The North Carolina Republican...

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Friday, April 29, 2016

The Morning Roundup: McCrory Can’t Believe We’re Talking About This

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 8:16 AM

Beleaguered by the still-mounting HB 2 backlash, Governor McCrory sought out some friendlier quarters, this time Fox News’s The Kelly File. As has become Republican practice, host Megyn Kelly didn’t talk about all the controversial things HB 2 did—eliminating workplace discrimination lawsuits, overriding living wage ordinances, etc.—instead choosing to focus on the only issue they think matters (and have not-terrible polling on): which bathroom transgender people decide to use.  Kelly pressed McCrory several times on the rhetoric surrounding HB2. "What is the fear about the transgender situation in the bathrooms?" she asked. "Mine is not a fear," McCrory responded....

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Friday, April 8, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Here’s Some More HB 2 Stupidity, You’re Welcome

Posted By on Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 8:47 AM

Lots of news to get to on this beautiful Friday morning. But first, a quick reminder: Full Frame is in full swing, and there are lots and lots of flicks worth checking out.  OK, let’s go:  1. Stop fighting, guys!  The Democratic presidential primary has gotten ugly—not ugly on the level of Donald Trump’s hands, but ugly by the standards of what to now has been a mostly high-minded contest. The metrics of the race haven’t changed—Bernie is doing better than anyone thought; Hillary still has a basically insurmountable delegate lead—but the tone has, with the candidates going back and...

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Morning Roundup: “Some Have Called Our State an Embarrassment”

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 8:20 AM

Happy Wednesday, all. Except it’s not a happy Wednesday for Pat McCrory. Actually, it hasn’t been a very happy week for him at all—ever since the legislature rammed through and he signed HB 2—what with the denunciations from business leaders, the protests in the streets, condemnations from various city officials, the “fact-check” that went nowhere, and the decisions of several state and municipal governments to ban publicly funded travel to North Carolina.  So Pat, under fire, released this five-minute video yesterday, railing against “politicians who have exploited differences and divided people”—by which he presumably does not mean the Republicans who...

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Friday, March 25, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Welcome to the Fallout, Day 2. We’ve Really Screwed the Pooch Here, Haven’t We?

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 9:03 AM

Morning, everyone. Let’s dive right in.  1. Did the General Assembly really not see this coming?  It’s a question worth asking. As the INDY has reported on this here blog Wednesday, it was readily apparent to anyone with eyes and a brain what would happen after the legislature rammed through the knuckle-dragging House Bill 2. Indeed, it’s happened in other states that ginned up anti-LGBT legislation. The response was utterly predictable, at least to everyone outside of 16 Jones. Businesses don’t like this—especially businesses seeking young, urban employers, which are basically the ones powering the entirety of the state’s economy right...

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Could Donald Trump, Who Loves the Poorly Educated, Take Richard Burr Down with Him?

Posted By on Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 2:06 PM

As Donald Trump has inched closer and closer toward the nomination, the possibility that he could take the whole damn Republican Party down with him in November has become even more likely, so much so that archconservatives like Erick Erickson are plotting to drum up support for an "independent conservative" to keep Trump from winning, which would effectively hand the election to the Democratic nominee. But according to a new poll on North Carolina's elections, a Trump nomination could have trickle-do effects as well: it seems Senator Richard Burr isn't in a great position to keep his job if Trump drives...

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Monday, March 21, 2016

The Morning Roundup: The Legislature’s About to Blow a Bunch of Money to Put LGBTs in Their Place (Sigh)

Posted By on Mon, Mar 21, 2016 at 8:45 AM

1. The potty protectors are back on the case. Two weeks after publicly mulling a special session to override Charlotte’s new LGBT ordinance and then deciding not to—these things cost $42,000 a day, and the legislature will be back in session April 25 in any event—Republican lawmakers announced that they will likely convene a special session this week after all. (Not coincidentally, some Bible-thumpers held a fearmongering rally last week demanding that the legislature do just that.) Per WRAL:  Leaders of the state House expect to return to Raleigh this week to respond to Charlotte's transgender nondiscrimination ordinance. Last...

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