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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Today’s Is HB 2’s First Birthday. Don’t Let It Have a Second.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 5:31 PM

The process by which HB 2 was birthed, debated, voted on, passed, and signed into law exactly one year ago today lasted a little less than twelve hours. But the bill has defined our politics—and, to the outside world, our state—ever since. Corporations fled. Big-name concerts canceled. The NBA, ACC, and NCAA all pulled marquee events. (This afternoon, news broke that the NCAA had issued an ultimatum: repeal HB 2 soon or lose NCAA events until 2022.) North Carolina has lost hundreds of millions of dollars. The governor lost his reelection bid. The state’s reputation as an intellectual bastion of...

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Morning Roundup: Terror in London, Obamacare Repeal on the Ropes

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 9:21 AM

It's Thursday. Let's catch up on some headlines. 1) Terror attack leaves four dead, dozens injured in London. In what is being described as act "inspired by international terrorism," a man drove an SUV through a crowd Wednesday and then stabbed a police officer outside Parliament, prompting the evacuation of several high-ranking officials, including the prime minister. From The New York Times: At least four people, including the assailant, were killed and at least 40 others injured in the confusing swirl of violence, which the police said they assumed had been “inspired by international terrorism.” It appeared to be the...

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Kaiser Family Foundation: Elderly Tar Heels Will Suffer Disproportionately Under Trumpcare, Premiums in N.C. Will Skyrocket

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 4:23 PM

Tomorrow, the House will vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with Paul Ryan's much-touted alternative, the American Health Care Act. The GOP proposal—or Trumpcare, as it's known—would, among other things, make massive cuts to the Medicaid program and stealthily cut taxes for wealthy Americans (shocker). Given that the Republicans have been griping about the ACA for years, you'd think they'd have enough support to ram the bill through. Not necessarily. In fact, the bill faces opposition not only from conservative factions of the GOP wing, including members of the Freedom Caucus, for not going far enough, but also...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

Raleigh Raises Fees on Developers

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 12:11 PM

Representatives of developers maintained at a Tuesday Raleigh City Council meeting that they are already paying plenty in fees to Raleigh, just before council members agreed to proceed with a planned $6 million hike in development services charges that will go into effect in July. Developer Michael Kaney, who served on a committee that advised the city on the new rules, pointed out that new buildings in Raleigh require a number of other payments in addition to those considered as the new fees were being devised. They cover the impact of everything thoroughfares to stormwater, Kaney said. However, the developers'...

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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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Cooper, Stein Move to Ditch Voting Law Appeal; Berger, Moore Not Happy About That

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 2:25 PM

North Carolina's governor and attorney general are taking steps to withdraw a request for the U.S. Supreme Court to review the state's 2013 voting law, which was struck down by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals last year. Governor Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein, both Democrats, announced the move this morning. “We need to make it easier for people to exercise their right to vote, not harder, and I will not continue to waste time and money appealing this unconstitutional law,” Cooper said in a statement. “It’s time for North Carolina to stop fighting for this unfair, unconstitutional law...

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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 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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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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Cooper Offers HB 2 Compromise. It's a Bad Deal.

Posted By on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 12:01 PM

We supported Roy Cooper during his gubernatorial run. Sure, the INDY endorsing Pat McCrory was never a viable option, but we believed as much in the man running against him as we did in the notion that even one more day of McCrory in the Executive Mansion would spell more disaster for our state. With that said, the governor made a misstep when he released his "compromise" on HB 2—a three-step plan that would, hooray, bring basketball games back to North Carolina (as if that's really the point)—this morning. The truth is, nothing short of a clean repeal makes sense. Equality...

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions Takes Aim at Transgender Rights

Posted By on Sat, Feb 11, 2017 at 7:14 PM

On the second day of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s tenure, the Justice Department filed a legal brief Friday that represents a beginning to the rollback of protections granted by the Obama administration to the transgender community. The Washington Post published the brief, which seeks to strip people of the right to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity. The Obama administration had argued that right was covered by Title IX. The Trump administration is now arguing that it doesn’t. From The Huffington Post: In a legal brief filed on Friday, the Justice Department rolled back an Obama administration move to...

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Safe Water Being Distributed Today at Sites in Chapel Hill, Carrboro

Posted By on Sat, Feb 4, 2017 at 10:04 AM

OWASA customers who have been unable to use their water since a line breakage forced officials to shut down a Chapel Hill water treatment plant Friday are being urged to visit one of the many public water distribution sites that opened this morning at 10 a.m. The sites are: CHAPEL HILL: Hargraves Community Center, 216 N. Roberson Street Southern Community Park, 1000 Sumack Road CARRBORO: McDougal Elementary School, 890 Old Fayetteville Road Carrboro High School, 201 Rock Haven Road In addition to the declaration of the water being unsafe for use, customers have been asked to use bottled water to flush...

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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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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Protest Planned for Tonight at Duke

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 10:45 AM

More than three hundred people have, via Facebook, expressed interest in attending a "No Wall, No Ban" rally on the steps of the iconic Duke Chapel this evening—the latest in a series of gatherings that have unfolded locally in response to President Donald Trump's rhetoric and executive orders. Here are all the details, in case you'd like to be there: Organizers of the event say it is part of "Resist Trump Tuesday," which, frankly, has a nice ring to it. Here is a description, in the group's own words: See you there....

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

State Senator Receiving Shipments of Lard After Anti-Women's March Tweet

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 10:26 PM

Apparently, Twitter isn't for everyone ... and state Senator Joyce Krawiec is learning that the hard way. A few days ago, Krawiec, a Republican, thought it would be a good idea to post this. (The tweet was later deleted, but screenshots are forever.) How did the women she insulted respond? Some took to social media to lay into Krawiec. Others, it seems, sent her lard. You read that right. Cases of lard are showing up at the senator's Raleigh office. From the N&O: Amazon shoppers had sent at least 10 boxes of lard to the Yadkin County senator by Thursday...

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