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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Online at WRAL: N.C. Supreme Court hears case on doctors & executions

Posted By on Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 5:53 PM

For nearly a century, state law has required that a physician be "present" during executions. But does present mean merely that a doctor is on hand to pronounce death, as it doubtless did in 1909 when the state centralized executions in Raleigh and started using the electric chair instead of hangings? Or does present mean, now that lethal injections have replaced the chair, that the doctor is available to take an active role? The legal dispute over that issue, as fought out between the N.C. Medical Board and the Easley Administration's Department of Corrections -- represented by the Attorney General...

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Q: What does Glenwood South need? A: Its own Carolina Ale House

Posted By on Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 1:13 PM

In an economy like this, you just can't have enough places to drink off your sorrows -- even in suds-rich  Glenwood South. So good news there: Triangle Business Journal reports that Lou Moshakos, he of the many Carolina Ale Houses, is buying the last old Pine Street Creamery building on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh, the "visually challenged" one at 500 Glenwood, and plans to put a third floor on it, which will be a rooftop C.A.H. The first two floors? Story says other restaurants. How about some stores? (Oh, that's right, the only thing selling now is hootch.)...

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Bowser, Page eye top post in Durham County

Posted By on Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 11:15 AM

Durham County Commissioner Ellen Reckhow has indicated she may step down as chairwoman of the board in December, opening the door for a new board-elected leader. Reckhow has said she would vote for current Vice Chairman Michael Page, who is eying the job. However, returning Commissioner Joe Bowser--who was ousted from the board in 2004--tells the Herald-Sun that he expects Reckhow to return the favor for his vote to elect her chairwoman, six years ago. Quid pro quo, Joe? The Herald-Sun reports (reg. required): According to Bowser, Reckhow promised to support his future bid to become chairman if he supported...

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Monday, November 17, 2008

NBAF decision may be delayed

Posted By on Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 2:23 PM

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security may postpone deciding where to site the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, thus putting it in the hands of the Obama administration. Butner is among the five finalists for the animal disease research center. San Antonio, Texas; Manhattan, Kans.; Athens, Ga.; and Flora, Miss. are the others. The Hattiesburg American reports that a final environmental impact statement is due within the next few weeks. However, the final decision is not expected until after Jan. 20, 2009, when Obama takes office. Although Butner initially scored the highest on Homeland Security's site assessments,  local citizens and...

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New farmers' markets for 2009

Posted By on Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 2:04 PM

The Triangle’s growing farm-to-table movement may sprout two new local markets next spring. Organizers for two new potential sites in Cary and Pittsboro will hold public discussions about the possibilities over the next two weeks. Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m., residents of the Amberly subdivision will host a meeting about establishing a farmers’ market in their neighborhood, which is on the border of Wake and Chatham counties. A survey of 300 residents resoundingly supported a new market there, organizers say. The Western Wake Farmers' Market at Amberly meeting will take place at the Residents' Club, 1075 Residents' Club Drive...

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Former state Sen. Hugh Webster faces felony charges

Posted By on Sat, Nov 15, 2008 at 9:39 AM

Former state Sen. Hugh Webster, who was recently roundly defeated in his bid to unseat Brad Miller for the 13th District congressional seat, has been charged with embezzlement and exploitation of an elderly adult, according to the N&O. Webster, a Republican, has a reputation for his inflammatory comments against undocumented immigrants and distributing bumper stickers that read "Can't Feed 'Em, Don't Breed 'Em" in order to make a point about welfare reform. The Indy profiled Webster earlier this fall during his election run....

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Ian McEwan on Obama & the planet: He can shine like the sun

Posted By on Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 1:11 PM

The author, in a palliative Wall Street Journal column, sees a bright future if Obama will move decisively on renewable energy sources -- move like the wind, and the sun: The technologies are developing at speed, but the basic ideas have a simple allure. Consider just one form of solar energy. An alien landing on our planet and noticing how it was bathed in light would be amazed to learn that we believe ourselves to have an energy problem, that we ever should have thought of overheating or poisoning ourselves by burning fossil fuels or generating plutonium. Sunlight falls on us...

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Greater Raleigh tourism bureau wants GLBT visitors

Posted By on Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 11:56 AM

The Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau is reaching out, according to a Gay City News report. And Echelonmagazine.com has a fuller account of the planning that's underway between bureau officials and leaders of Raleigh's and NCSU's GLBT communities. A meeting last week underscored that "Everyone is Welcome" in Raleigh: The meeting closed with a strong sense of positive excitement about the project that we all will be working toward and launching for our City, Raleigh GLBT Visitors and residents. Everyone generally agreed that this first meeting to implement the Raleigh GLBT Visitor Program places Raleigh into the big leagues...

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In God we trust: Hagan won't sue Dole

Posted By on Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 9:41 AM

Success is the sweetest revenge: U.S. Sen.-elect Kay Hagan has dropped her defamation lawsuit against dethroned Sen. Elizabeth Dole, reports WRAL.com. Hagan had filed a defamation and libel suit against Dole over a TV ad that insinuated Hagan is at an atheist sympathizer. Hagan won the election with nearly 53 percent of the vote....

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Raleigh Prop 8 protest is on @ Halifax Mall

Posted By on Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 9:53 AM

Map and other details are here. This full press release came this morning from organizers:...

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Raleigh's The Mint restaurant: We're not closing, either

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 7:04 PM

While speculation and snarkage about Raleigh's downtown restaurant scene continues unabated over at NewRaleigh.com, Indy food writer Jane Hobson Snyder caught up with Ryan Reavis, the manager of The Mint today, and here's what he had to say about Internet-born rumors that his place is closing: "We were really surprised and taken aback. I don't understand why someone would want to do that. . . . The Mint is not closing. We're here to stay." Reavis says reports of The Mint's imminent demise have no basis in fact, and no one at the restaurant was asked about them until the...

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Wake jail immigration checks to delve deeper

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 4:08 PM

For all of you prospective and/or perpetual criminals who feel that you've been left out of the 287g fun, take heart. The News & Observer reports that now everyone who is booked into Wake County jail will have their immigration status checked as part of a new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) pilot program. Wake County is one of seven jails around the nation chosen to test the new fingerprint-based database, including detention centers in Gaston, Henderson and Buncombe counties. Naturally, the ACLU is pretty apprehensive about the expanded searches: The fingerprint checks mean that more of a person's personal information...

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Tell Bev, she's all ears

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 2:13 PM

The Governor-elect sets up an online suggestion box. “During this transition period I believe it’s important for citizens to be engaged in their government and to have input," Bev Perdue says....

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Claude McKinney, NCSU design school leader, dies

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 10:34 AM

A nice front-page obituary in The News & Observer. McKinney, when he led the School of Design at N.C. State, fought the Wachovia high-rise that casts a shadow on the State Capitol. Later, he was in charge of State's Centennial Campus development, one of the first examples of "mixed use" in the Triangle, though still in suburban form....

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Raleigh's Fins restaurant: We're not closing

Posted By on Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 5:40 PM

Contrary to Internet rumors over at the NewRaleigh blog, the principals of the beloved seafood restaurant Fins are happy to be in business on East Davie Street downtown and have no plans to close. Lisa D'Auvray, who runs the front of the house and is married to the chef, was shocked to hear of online speculation today that her restaurant was going the way of Riviera, which closed last week. Any official comment? "I don't know," Lisa D'Auvray told Indy food writer Jane Hobson Snyder, laughing. "We're surviving!" (More than surviving: Bon Appetit just named Fins No. 2 on its...

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More on Prop 8 protest in Raleigh

Posted By on Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 4:09 PM

Plans to add North Carolina's capital city to the national day of protest of California's Proposition 8 are still underway. Organizer Will Elliott said he's trying to find a downtown location and secure the proper permits. One thing we know so far: The state capitol is out because construction begins there this weekend. Meanwhile, confirmed speakers include: Jim Neal, former NC candidate for U.S. Senate Jimmy Creech, a pastor who lost his position in the church after performing a civil union ceremony in Chapel Hill Sophia Bush, star of CW's "One Tree Hill" Unfortunately, the date coincides with the already...

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Orla Swift leaving The N&O

Posted By on Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 12:39 PM

The longtime arts reporter and critic of theater and dance plans to leave the paper after eight years, effective sometime next month. Swift said she plans to continue to freelance for the paper as time and space permits. Update/correction: Swift said she's been assured by editors that "there'll be ample space for theater coverage — to which Roy Dicks and Adam Sobsey will also continue to contribute, probably more than before." We'll miss Swift's devoted attention to the Triangle's performing arts, and we wonder how the paper will handle coverage of the American Dance Festival next summer....

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GOP & the South: Two lost causes?

Posted By on Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 11:54 AM

The Republican Party is out of power and out of favor everywhere except the Deep South -- which includes parts of North Carolina, true, but not the growing parts. What's a party to do? asks The New York Times. And on the newspaper's op-ed page, David Brooks, the smarter of the Times' two conservative columnists (not a tough test, since the other one's Bill Kristol), says the battle is on in right-side ranks between the "Traditionalists," who want to slash everything and return to the 19th Century, and the "Reformers," who want to -- uh, well, there's the problem....

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Prof: 1968 U.S. voter turnout record still stands

Posted By on Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 6:32 PM

Dr. Michael McDonald of George Mason U. estimates total voter turnout in the U.S. this year at 130.4 million, or 61.2% of the eligible adult population. That's up from the '04 turnout of 60.1% of eligible adults. (Note: Eligible includes registered and un-registered adults 18 and older.) The record, the professor says: In 1968, 62.5% cast votes. Turnout in North Carolina this year was well above the national average at 66.4%. Good, but not great -- four states were over 70%, led by Minnesota at 77.9%. Maine, Wisconsin and Michigan were the others, in that order. All cold-weather states. What's...

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Tolson, Ambrose & Hobart: They'll lead Bev's transition team

Posted By on Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 5:31 PM

Governor-elect Perdue's first-round picks are no surprise: Down-east political veteran Norris Tolson; her campaign manager Zach Ambrose; and Don Hobart, her top staffer. They'll lead her transition team. Text of the press release is below. ...

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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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Schofield to Perdue: Make the most of your "now what?" moment

Posted By on Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 3:39 PM

Governor-elect Bev Perdue evokes "limited passion" from progressive folks, says N.C. Policy Watch's Rob Schofield. They've seen her artfully advance herself over 20-plus years, he says. What they haven't seen is her boldly fight for the right from outside the political mainstream. Still, Schofield observes: "Perdue is a strong and skilled political figure who owes her election to a core of progressive voters - a high percentage of whom were clearly drawn to the polls by the inspirational and visionary candidacy of President-elect Barack Obama. She knows these are not ordinary times. She is also smart enough to know that...

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The Rosebuds add Raleigh date

Posted By on Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 1:47 PM

As expected, The Rosebuds have tacked  a Raleigh date onto its current national tour. The Rosebuds will play The Pour House Wednesday, Dec. 3, with The Loners. The announcement follows the band's Friday show for Troika Music Festival in Durham. It sure was nice to see Casey Burns (ex-The Nein) on a Triangle stage again. He's currently playing bass for The Rosebuds, with Matt McCaughan, who's fresh from a Bon Iver tour, on drums....

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Prop 8 protest in Raleigh planned for this Saturday

Posted By on Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 1:43 PM

Update (11/11 10:20 a.m.): Capitol permits could not be secured, organizer Will Elliott said Tuesday morning. He's working on finding an alternate downtown Raleigh location. For questions, or to help, email NCAgainstH8 gmail com. Across the country, simultaneous protests are being planned against California's Proposition 8, which amends the state's constitution to deny gay and lesbian people the right to marry, and against other anti-gay initiatives that passed last Tuesday. (See JointheImpact.com for a full list.) Triangle organizers are now trying to secure permits to host a rally at the state capitol. All protests will take place...

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Obama wants you: 10 million of you

Posted By on Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 12:29 PM

Speaking of 62262, the Obama campaign's text-messaging hub, the Washington Post reports that the Obama Administration will be communicating directly to the 10 million email addresses the campaign collected on a regular basis. No need for that annoying MSM filter any more when the message must get out. So whenever Congress is dragging its feet on an Obama bill, or Fox News is reporting that yet another Obama initiative's in deepest trouble, expect emailed instructions from Barack about who to call and where to apply the pressure. Oh, and Barack (and Joe) want to hear back from you, the Post...

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