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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Chatham County kicks Triangle butt in Census returns

Posted By on Thu, Mar 25, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Whether it be over college basketball, or vying for Google Fiber, there are some folks in the Triangle who just LOVE turning everything into a competition. That said, residents in Chatham County is leaving the rest of the Triangle in the dust when it comes to returning its U.S. Census forms. Durham (cough, cough) is choking on that dust. Numbers will be updated today at 4 p.m., but as of now, these are how the rankings shake out: Chatham County - 19 percent Orange County - 9 percent Johnston County - 6 percent Wake County - 5 percent Durham County -...

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Friday, February 12, 2010

HK on J rally in Raleigh: Postponed to Saturday, Feb. 27

Posted By on Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Democracy NC and N.C. Justice Center tell us so. It was going to be tomorrow (Saturday). Now, it's reset for Saturday, Feb. 27. Reason: Bad weather's comin'....

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Chatham County school board appoints replacement

Posted By on Tue, Feb 9, 2010 at 6:43 PM

The Chatham County school board appointed Gary Leonard, a retired English teacher, to represent District 4. Leonard replaces Gerald Totten, who died in December. Leonard, who lives in Bennett, was among six applicants, including two other retired Chatham County teachers, Mary Harris and Trudy Walters. District 2 school board member David Hamm said for him, Leonard was “a very clear choice.” "I've known him my whole career. He's always been real active in the community at all levels," Hamm said. “I can sum him up in a couple of words: he's a pure gentlemen who will put kids first.” Leonard...

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

First Chapel Hill, now Chatham County businesses burglarized

Posted By on Tue, Jan 5, 2010 at 2:48 PM

A dog wash, a beauty shop and a florist are among several northern Chatham County businesses that have been burglarized in the last month, and the method—busting through a window or glass door—is similar to recent break-ins at Chapel Hill stores. Since early December, several burglaries have occurred at businesses in Cole Park Plaza, Chatham Crossing and Chatham Downs. Max's Dog Wash and Snack Shack, was burglarized  Dec. 16, and again Jan. 3. On his or her first trip, the burglar made off with the cash; the second time, the thief took nothing of monetary value—just the owner's sense of security and...

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Friday, October 9, 2009

County denies Haw River Assembly petition; Commissioners to vote Monday

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 6:43 PM

A nonprofit group’s attempt to hinder a controversial rezoning case near Jordan Lake fell flat Friday, as Durham officials denied the validity of a petition filed by the organization. The petitioner, the Haw River Assembly, did not include signatures of enough landowners around the area to be rezoned, said Durham City-County Planning Director Steve Medlin. With its petition, the group was hoping to influence the outcome of a vote by Durham County Commissioners, who on Monday will decide whether to redraw boundaries protecting Jordan Lake and its watershed. Shifting the boundaries would allow Southern Durham Development to build a 164-acre...

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

NAACP Responds to Chapel Hill Police Charles Brown Report, Which Found No Wrongdoing

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 9:12 PM

The local NAACP chapter has issued a response to an internal investigation by the Chapel Hill Police Department, which found officers had acting appropriately in detaining a black Chapel Hill barber because he looked similar to a suspect. A statement from the chapter called the investigation " a strong argument for the immediate establishment of a Citizen Review Board." It also disputes key findings. You can read the full statement below:...

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Chapel Hill Leaders Clear Officers in Charles Brown Complaint

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 2:53 PM

Chapel Hill officials found no wrongdoing after investigating a complaint by Charles Brown, the black barber who was confused for another suspect and held by police. After hearing a closed session report at last night's meeting, the Chapel Hill Town Council released a memorandum today saying that all officers involved should be exonerated. "This investigation uncovered no evidence to support the claim by Mr. Brown that he was taunted by Chapel Hill Police Officers," it reads. "In all statements provided by officers, there was no indication that any of the officers mistreated Mr. Brown." The full document, delivered by Chapel...

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Chapel Hill Mayoral Hopeful Kevin Wolff Threatens Legal Action Against Media

Posted By on Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 6:47 PM

Kevin Wolff has issued a press release claiming he was misquoted in this Monday's N&O and threatening legal action if other reporters "alter any of these facts." Wolff was responding to this article in which Anne Bleyman, identified as a Mark Kleinschmidt supporter, says she received a push poll phone call from Wolff's campaign that asked if she'd vote for Wolff if she knew he was the only "moral" candidate.  Wolff's campaign manager, Steve Hill, said the word was "mayoral." Hill refused to release the text of the poll to the N&O. Today's release states that "An article appeared in...

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Monday, September 7, 2009

The 8th terrorist? Or FBI poppycock? The Guardian (UK) adds to the mystery.

Posted By on Mon, Sep 7, 2009 at 3:38 PM

The case against Daniel Boyd and the other Wake County Muslims indicted on terrorism charges by a federal grand jury in Raleigh may turn on what the eighth defendant, who's still at large, has been up to in Pakistan. There's some new reporting on that angle in an excellent overview of the case published last week by the the Guardian, a leading newspaper in Great Britain. Since the Guardian's piece appeared, the eighth man, Jude Kenan Mohammad, failed to appear for a scheduled September 5 court date in Pakistan on minor charges, according to ABC News....

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

No Arrests in Carrboro on Wednesday

Posted By on Thu, Aug 6, 2009 at 11:58 AM

All's quiet on the Carrboro front. Officers in the Paris of the Piedmont filed 12 incident reports and responded to two traffic accidents Wednesday. No arrests were made. Among the incidents (police narratives in parentheses): • an animal call (Complainant states that there is a black snake in front of her front door. On arrival the snake had moved to the bushes in front of the house. I was unable to locate the animal. I advised her to call if it came back.) • three men attempting to smoke a blunt at the Carrboro-based Chapel Hill Tennis Club (Mr....

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Obamacare: He's on call ... well, his peeps are (in Durham, July 7)

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 5:35 PM

President Obama's "Organizing for America" operation is on the ground in NC, with forums on health care reform scheduled for Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill over the next couple of weeeks. The Durham event is Tuesday, July 7 at St. Joseph's AME Church. Raleigh (July 13) and Chapel Hill (July 20) events are at places TBA. All starts: 7 pm....

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

The next telecom battles at the legislature

Posted By on Thu, May 7, 2009 at 4:55 PM

Dogged grassroots activism, organized by the City of Wilson's blogging public affairs manager Brian Bowman, Greensboro politico Jay Ovittore at StoptheCap.com, and a network of interested geeks on Twitter (#stopthecap), beat back the anti-muni broadband bill into study committees in both the state House and Senate this week. But other broadband-related issues are still under consideration at the General Assembly, and for now, they're flying under the radar -- despite backing by the same telecom industry-friendly groups. The first involves a statewide map that promises to show exactly where broadband Internet service is and isn't available. That map, expected within...

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Public hearing on state budget set for Tuesday

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 11:47 AM

If you have something to say about the way the state spends its money—or your money, actually—then here’s your chance to comment. A public hearing on the state budget is scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, from 6-9 p.m. at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., in Raleigh. You can listen to the hearing online at ncleg.net or watch a live broadcast at several community colleges. The list is below. The public can offer suggestions and coments at the hearing or at any of the community college video sites. There are other ways as well: E-mail town.hall@ncleg.net...

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Maria Gunnoe, mountaintop removal activist, wins Goldman Environmental Prize

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Boone County, W.V. resident Maria Gunnoe is one of the six recipients of this year's Goldman Environmental Prize, which awards grassroots activists $150,000 to "pursue their vision of a renewed and protected environment." For the past five years--despite threats and intimidation to her family--Gunnoe has fought coal mining companies who employ the environmentally destructive practice known as "mountaintop removal" in her native Appalachia. In 2007, she helped win a series of federal lawsuits that halted the construction of new mountaintop removal mines in Boone County. She was featured in the Indies Arts Award-winning film, Mountaintop Removal. Last month, the...

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Sen. Vernon Malone has died

Posted By on Sat, Apr 18, 2009 at 12:30 PM

State Sen. Vernon Malone, D-Wake, died today at age 78 of an apparent heart attack at his home, the Indy has learned. The four-term senator represented District 14, including Southeast Raleigh. "He was extraordinarily well-respected in the senate," said state. Sen. Floyd McKissick, D-Durham. "He was incredibly articulate and passionate about education." Malone served as co-chairman of the education/higher education committee and its appropriations committee. He attended Thursday's legislative session, but according to state Rep. Ty Harrell, was absent from this morning's Wake County Democratic Party Convention. He held this eastern Wake County seat since it was created after the...

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

NC WARN: Utilities' nuke plant plans will explode electric bills

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 2:49 PM

A new report from NC WARN, co-authored by Duke University economist John Blackburn and environmental attorney John Runkle, says Duke Energy and Progress Energy would save electric ratepayers a bundle by getting serious about energy-efficiency programs and renewable energy (wind, solar, biomass and cogeneration) while cancelling four nuclear reactors they have on the drawing boards. Duke Energy should also cancel its planned Cliffside project near Charlotte, a coal-fired plant, the report says. Altogether, the four nukes and Cliffside will cost at least $35 billion and probably a a lot more than that, the two authors said today. Supplying the same...

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Starwatcher alert: 'Main Street' to film at a dozen Durham sites

Posted By on Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 5:20 PM

A dozen locations around Durham, including the Dog House restaurant, have been staked out for the production of Main Street, a film starring Orlando Bloom, Andrew McCarthy, Ellen Burstyn, Patricia Clarkson and Colin Firth, according to the Durham News Service. Check out the Triangle's arts blog, Artery, for a map of the locations and a shooting schedule....

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Dr. John Hope Franklin, 94: An emeritus life ends

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2009 at 3:43 PM

Dr. John Hope Franklin, the revered Duke professor emeritus and American man of letters, died this morning. He was 94. “If the house is to be set in order, one cannot begin with the present; he must begin with the past.” -- John Hope Franklin [From Gov. Bev Perdue: “John Hope Franklin was a tremendous leader, historian and friend to North Carolina and to the nation.” said Governor Perdue.  “He personified giving and his work to advance the understanding of African-American contributions was unmatched by any other.  He will be sadly missed.”] Former Indy arts editor, olufunke moses, profiled...

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Iraqi visitors to Raleigh wonder: Who runs your government, again?

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2009 at 2:40 PM

  For an hour yesterday, Raleigh City Councilors Russ Stephenson (center, in the blue shirt) and Nancy McFarlane attempted to explain our uniquely American system of democracy to nine visiting Iraqi mayors, clerics and researchers from Anbar Province. (Anbar: heart of the Sunni triangle. Raleigh: heart of the Research Triangle.) When we caught up with Stephenson today, he was afraid that perhaps something got lost in the translation -- as rendered by a total of six translators. The Iraqis quickly grasped our "Dillon Rule," which says that no local government in North Carolina can do anything without prior authorization from...

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Armed and shovel-ready in Raleigh

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Finally, some stimulus money for the Cap City. For transit? Nope. It's for military operations -- a new N.C. National Guard HQ with room for the Highway Patrol, state Emergency Management and some DOT stuff. Location is off District Drive, on the other side of Blue Ridge Road from the N.C. Museum of Art. Details below from an effusive Gov. Bev Perdue:...

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Right wing rhetoric on sex education

Posted By on Wed, Mar 11, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Right wingers in the state legislature are grandstanding over a bill that would offer comprehensive sex education to students across the state. Under the bill, every school district would offer parents a choice between the old abstinence-only track and a track that emphasizes abstinence but also teaches medical facts about preventing pregnancy and STDs. In a WUNC news report this morning, Rep. Ruth Samuelson (R-Mecklenberg) told reporter Laura Leslie that she objects to language in the bill that specifies a comprehensive program would teach “respect for marriage and committed relationships,” because she believes it's too broadly worded. This is gonna...

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Monday, March 9, 2009

Labor still short a vote or two in the Senate on EFCA?

Posted By on Mon, Mar 9, 2009 at 1:35 PM

The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), the subject of our cover story this week, passed the U.S. House in 2007 but died in the Senate, where the filibuster rules say you need 60 votes out of 100, not just 51, to pass most legislation. What are its chances in the current session? Once again, House Democrats are poised to pass it. But according to Talking Points Memo, Senate approval remains problematic. The 58-member Democratic majority (59 if Al Franken prevails, as seems likely, in the Minnesota recount) may not be solidly in favor; even if they are, where's the Republican...

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Indy's Maximov fares well at American Crossword Puzzle Tournament

Posted By on Sun, Mar 1, 2009 at 8:39 PM

Indy contributing writer Mark Maximov squeaked into the top 10 percent of finishers at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, placing 64th in a field of 684. When compared to other players in his skill level—Division B—he placed 35th. And when competing against players in the Southern Division, Maximov finished an impressive third. During the three-day tournament, held in New York, players had to complete seven puzzles. The four top finishers logged a total of 11,930 points; Maximov scored 10,715. Maximov writes about film for the Indy....

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Ways and Means and ... broadband connectivity

Posted By on Mon, Feb 16, 2009 at 5:04 PM

Speaker of the N.C. House Joe Hackney has decided the House's standing Ways & Means committee should become the Ways & Means/Broadband Connectivity committee. That may seem more than a bit random. Here are two explanations: Broadband access is a big issue for Hackney, who says lack of access to high-speed Internet service in tops the list of constituent complaints. "We get a lot of inquiries," Hackney told the Indy. His staffers are sometimes able to help residents by communicating directly with the phone and cable companies that serve their area. But many of those residents don't find satisfaction because...

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Friday, January 23, 2009

SAS founder to Obama: Use my software

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2009 at 1:13 PM

Jim Goodnight tells BusinessWeek that one way to reform the U.S. education system would be to use the SAS Curriculum Pathways software his company created and recently began offering for free to all American schools. "We have the most complete set of curricula available," he told the magazine, "so let’s not reinvent the wheel."...

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