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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 17, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Lebron Doesn’t Quit, Bernie Almost Does

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 7:45 AM

Happy Friday, everyone. Let’s make this short and sweet and get to the weekend already.  1. Bernie Sanders didn’t quite concede last night.  The Vermont senator didn’t officially quit or endorse Hillary Clinton, but in a message to supporters released last night, he said he’ll soon be joining the fight to defeat Trump (who, frankly, is doing a pretty bang-up job defeating himself, but the more, the merrier, I guess). “Our vision for the future of this country is not some fringe idea,” he said.  Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Thursday in an address to his supporters that he...

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Friday, March 18, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Richard Burr Ain’t Budging from That Indefensible Position That Will Cost Him His Job

Posted By on Fri, Mar 18, 2016 at 8:43 AM

It’s been gorgeous out all week, hasn’t it. Surely that will continue through the week— Oh.  Thanks for nothing, Mother Nature.  On to the Roundup.  1. Richard Burr’s not backing down on SCOTUS. Burr, like most Senate Republicans, is still adamant that he will not consider a Merrick Garland’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court no matter his constitutional responsbilities, because something something voters something something.  This is, by the way, an untenably stupid, incredibly indefensible position.  In the weeks, if not months, ahead, we can expect the Republican Senate leadership to make the fight over the nomination about its timing,...

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Friday, March 11, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Hillary and Bernie Come to Town, Republicans Play Nice (For Once)

Posted By on Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 8:42 AM

So that Republican debate last night was … civil? Weird. Per POLITICO, GOP insiders generally think Marco Rubio had the debate he needed, but it probably came too late to stop Trump.   Marco Rubio delivered a strong debate performance on Thursday night – but it probably won’t save him in Florida next week against Donald Trump. That’s the verdict rendered by The POLITICO Caucus, a panel of activists, strategists and operatives in key states participating in the presidential primary process this month — including Florida, North Carolina and Ohio, which vote on March 15. A majority of Republican insiders...

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Monday, February 8, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Well, That Was … Ugly

Posted By on Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 8:48 AM

1. Let’s get this out of the way. The Panthers lost, and lost badly. The referees were godawful, yes—seriously, how the fuck was that not a catch?—but even a fairly called game wouldn’t have saved the squad that showed up last night. Denver’s defense was unbending, Carolina’s offense was dazed, and Cam Newton kept throwing the ball over everyone’s goddamn head. So, yeah, blerg.  And look on the bright side: Beyonce, the only redeeming part of that train wreck of a halftime show, is coming to Raleigh in May. Now let’s never speak of last night again. Fortunately for...

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Monday, September 17, 2012

UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp to resign

Posted By on Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Embattled UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp is on the way out. WRAL reported Monday morning that Thorp will step down at the close of the 2012-13 academic year, ending a watch that has been plagued by allegations of academic improprieties, primarily associated with the school's football program. The school confirmed the news in a press release later Monday morning. This comes after Thorp met privately Friday with the UNC Board of Governors, the panel in charge of the state's public universities. The release said Thorp on Sunday told UNC President Tom Ross of his plans to resign. "I will always...

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

City unveils plans tonight for Old North Durham Park

Posted By on Wed, Nov 16, 2011 at 4:27 PM

file photo by D.L. AndersonOld North Durham Park is the site of the only full-sized soccer field in downtown Durham. After months of scrappy debate, Durham’s Parks and Recreation department tonight is expected to unveil the fate of Old North Durham Park, a 3.6-acre space at Geer and Foster streets. The city has scheduled a community meeting for 7 p.m. at the downtown Durham Armory, 212 Foster St. The park currently hosts the only full-sized soccer field in downtown, and one of only a dozen full-sized fields in the city. The space is owned by the city and shared the...

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

World Cup reveals "hopefulness, a newness, a sense of progress" in South Africa

Posted By on Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 1:01 PM

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA — Cape Town, June 29, noon, and the streets are filling up with fans of Spain and Portugal wearing their scarves and wigs and jerseys, the national flags draped across their backs, faces painted. The vuvuzelas already blare, as they do almost every moment. Andy Mead/YCJBzzzzzzzz off, vuvuzelas.So let’s talk about the vuvuzelas. They are, indeed, a South African tradition, and there are some beauts — beaded and painted masterpieces. But Coca-Cola has got hold of them, too, and filled the Fan Fests — the giant outdoor viewing areas with the jumbotrons and music acts —...

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Durham gets Google endorsement from W.Va. mayor

Posted By on Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Durham just got another small push in its efforts to bring Google's high-speed Internet access project to the Bull City—the endorsement of the mayor of Morgantown, W.Va., whose home team lost to the Duke Blue Devils in the semifinals for the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. When it became apparent that Duke's men's basketball team was going to meet the West Virginia Mountaineers on April 3, Durham Mayor Bill Bell and Morgantown Mayor Bill Byrne made a friendly wager. The mayor of the losing team's hometown had to write an endorsement bolstering the other town's application for the Google project. Well,...

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

David Price to return to Durham Bulls? [Update: Yes]

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2009 at 8:06 AM

UPDATE MARCH 26: Wednesday evening, the Bulls announced that Price has been assigned to Durham.  The rumblings are getting louder, and Adam Sobsey has been listening over at Triangle Offense. And there's bad news for Fernando Perez, last year's super-fast center fielder who ended the season on the Tampa Bay World Series roster and also was seen down there co-hosting a rally for presidential candidate Barack Obama....

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Wafting on the Eno dries up

Posted By on Tue, Feb 24, 2009 at 6:32 PM

After 19 years of leading men, women and children on bucolic, low-key trips on the Eno River and millpond, "Riverdave" Owen and his partner Riojosie announced on their Web site yesterday that the program, administered in conjunction with the Durham Parks and Recreation department, will cease operations. The reason: a dispute over proposed changes in their contract with the city. The biggest disputes seem to be that the city will no longer allow them to stage their excursions from the old blacksmith shop and that the city is now requiring them to purchase liability insurance (according to Riverdave, his program...

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Durham, Chapel Hill mayors to gamble on sporting outcome

Posted By on Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 5:15 PM

A high-profile game sure brings out the politicians. Super Bowl winners often get face time with presidents (or voice time with them), for example. Sometimes politicians even want to be seen with athletes who've just disgraced themselves in front of the entire planet: In 2006, after Zinedine Zidane notoriously headbutted Marco Materazzi in the World Cup final, French politicians eager to be seen with a French-Arab hero rushed to Zidane's side. Still, it doesn't always benefit the politician to be at the ballgame, of course. Especially when the team is the Philadelphia Flyers. Just ask Sarah Palin.  The stakes are a little...

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Kay Yow, 66, a fighter to the end

Posted By on Sat, Jan 24, 2009 at 2:55 PM

Yow, the NCSU women's basketball coach and much more, died this morning....

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Friday, January 9, 2009

Hoop Dreams director to curate sports films at Full Frame

Posted By on Fri, Jan 9, 2009 at 6:11 PM

  The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival announced today that Steve James, director of one of the most successful documentaries ever, the 1994 epic Hoop Dreams, will curate a sports-themed program at this year's festival, which runs April 2-5. James' sidebar will be called This Sporting Life, and will not be limited to documentaries. Instead, the series "will include some of the lesser-seen dramatic films that take place in the world of sports. Selections will include those that specifically anticipated the emergence of the sports genre in documentary filmmaking, which continues to be honest, vibrant, and original." Any suggestions...

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Wolfpack hurts with ailing Kay Yow

Posted By on Tue, Jan 6, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Women's basketball coach Kay Yow, battling stage-four breast cancer, is missed. WRAL interviewed her oncologist, who wasn't optimistic about her returning any time soon. (Update: Yow is stepping aside for the rest of the season. The N&O reports; Caultor Tudor adds the good thought that, just because her season is over doesn't mean her influence goes away....

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Rodney Rogers, NBA standout and hometown hero, is paralyzed

Posted By on Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 12:46 PM

Rodney Rogers, a Durham native and former ACC Player of the Year who went on to win NBA’s Sixth Man award, is paralyzed from the shoulders down, according to a report in today’s News & Observer. Rogers was involved in an ATV accident in Vance County, the N&O reports. Barry Saunder's story reveals a man who--despite earning millions over a celebrated 12-year professional career--gave back to the Bull City. Read the full Triangle Offense post here....

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Duke Basketball season starts tonight

Posted By on Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 3:46 PM

...but we're guessing Reggie Love won't be in the stands. But we will be: Follow the action at Triangle Offense....

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Tampa Bay Rays (and ex-Bulls) campaign with Obama

Posted By on Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 7:27 PM

In a fortuitous bit of timing, Barack Obama arrived in Florida the day after the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Boston Red Sox for the American League pennant. In a rally at George Steinbrenner Field, Obama was introduced by the savior of Game 7, rookie pitching phenom David Price.  Among the half-dozen players joining Obama were at least two other members of the 2008 Durham Bulls: the Howard Zinn-reading lightning bolt Fernando Perez and the fence-busting slugger Jonny Gomes. The Boston Globe has the report—a rueful one, given the fate of their Sox. (That's Perez on the left in the...

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Philadelphia Flyers hockey fans luv Palin ... not.

Posted By on Sat, Oct 11, 2008 at 9:46 PM

We've got the video and post at Triangle Offense....

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

St. Aug's gets public spanking by NCAA

Posted By on Wed, Oct 8, 2008 at 8:12 AM

St. Augustine College is on three-year probation after racking up a series of NCAA violations. Read the post on Triangle Offense....

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Lulu founder and CEO Bob Young gets into the sports business

Posted By on Wed, Oct 8, 2008 at 1:13 AM

Bob Young, founder and CEO of Lulu, the Triangle-based online self-publishing company, has emerged as a white knight for the Carolina RailHawks USL-1 soccer club in Cary. Tim Candon of WRAL.com has the scoop, by way of Triangle Offense....

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Former UNC b-ball great Tommy LaGarde joins Original Mavericks for Truth

Posted By on Tue, Oct 7, 2008 at 10:36 AM

If you were a fan of Tar Heels basketball in the 1970s, you remember Phil Ford, Walter Davis and Mitch Kupchak. You also remember 6'10" center Tommy LaGarde. LaGarde also played in the NBA, for the expansion Dallas Mavericks. In fact, he was an Original Maverick. It seems that lately LaGarde has been searching his memories, trying to remember if a certain duo also wore the jersey of the Original Mavericks. We've got the video over at Triangle Offense....

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Sunday, October 5, 2008

The New York Times [hearts] Fernando Perez

Posted By on Sun, Oct 5, 2008 at 2:47 PM

It didn't take long for the Times to catch up with hometown hero Fernando Perez, a season-long highlight  for the Durham Bulls who is now on the Tampa Bay post-season roster. Perez, a New Jersey native and Columbia grad, reveals that in his off-hours, he likes to read Annie Dillard, Howard Zinn and... Hermann Hesse. We've got the story link, and a video, over at Triangle Offense....

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Ex-Bulls join Tampa’s post-season roster; Rays win Game 1 behind two Longoria homers

Posted By on Thu, Oct 2, 2008 at 6:33 PM

The Tampa Bay Rays got off to a fast start in Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Chicago White Sox, behind two record-setting home runs by rookie phenom Evan Longoria. The Rays prevailed, 6-4. Longoria, who began this season in Durham (albeit briefly), became the first rookie to hit two home runs in his first two post-season at-bats. The only other, non-rookie, player to accomplish the feat? Minnesota's Gary Gaetti, who is now the Bulls' batting coach. We've got more over on our sports blog, Triangle Offense....

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Last stand for Bulls tonight?

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 12:06 PM

Perhaps it's because Dan Johnson (and Fernando Perez, Justin Ruggiano et al.) are in Tampa now, but the Bulls have fallen behind two games to none in the best-of-five International League finals against the Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre Yankees. In Pennsylvania last night, the Bulls lost 1-0 in a 13-inning pitching duel. Tonight, the teams take the field at Durham Bulls Athletic Park at 7:05 p.m. In a clash of multimillion-dollar pitching prospects,  Jeff Niemann starts for the Bulls while the Yankees' dubious $20 million investment, Kei Igawa, starts for the visiting nine. In news from yesterday, Bulls lefty hurler David Price,...

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