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Thursday, July 28, 2011

King of Carrboro honored by those who knew him best

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 1:05 AM

Books, countless Johnny Cash CDs, PTA Thrift Shop jewelry, harmonicas, gently used guitars, bicycles, unpackaged single lightbulbs. Photo courtesy of Don HenzeRobert Harman, the King of Carrboro, was a West Virginian loner who became a local icon and staple. He was a regular at the Open Eye Cafe where patrons and staff cherished his friendship, his unique look and penchant for giving gifts and sharing stories.The overwhelming majority of the room, packed with folks sitting atop the counter and on the floor where they couldn't find seats, recalled the gifts that Robert Harman, the King of Carrboro, gave them over...

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Catotti, Peterson file for Durham City Council spots

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Catotti Peterson Tuesday was the second day candidates had to file for two municipal races in Durham. Just like yesterday, today's filings were not big surprises. Incumbent City Councilwoman Diane Catotti filed to run for one of three at-large seats on the council that are being elected in November. Early this year, Catotti wasn't sure whether she would be seeking another term, but announced late last month she would be seeking a third term. Meanwhile, familiar candidate Victoria Peterson, the founder of a non-profit job training program and ever-present public commenter at city, county and school board meetings, also filed...

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N.C. Legislature handcuffs regulators

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 4:00 AM

After taking a bruising in the prior session, advocates for the environment weren't exceptionally upbeat about the prospects for sustaining Gov. Bev Perdue's veto of two key pieces of legislation: Senate Bill 781, which reforms the states regulatory system, and Senate Bill 709, which clears the way for fracking for natural gas inland and drilling for it offshore. Last week the North Carolina Senate overwhelmingly approved overrides of the two bills, which are among the 15 pieces of legislation Perdue vetoed this session, the most since veto power was established in 1996. Speculation turned this week to the House and...

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Durham election filings open; Bell, Schewel file for city posts

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Schewel Bell No big surprises on the first day of filing for Durham municipal elections. Incumbent Mayor Bill Bell was the first person to file for office today at the Durham County Board of Elections office, vying for his sixth term. Bell was first elected in 2001 and prior to that, served on the Durham County Board of Commissioners for 16 years. Bell is a retired IBM engineer and is currently an executive at UDI Community Development Corporation here in Durham. In 2009, political newcomer Steven Williams ran against Bell, but Bell swept up more than 77 percent of the...

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Democrats offer redistricting proposals

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 4:27 PM

As criticism on the Republican drawn Congressional, N.C. House and N.C. Senate maps flowed forward, Senate Redistricting Committee Chairman Bob Rucho pointed out that he would entertain alternatives, but the Democrats had failed to submit them. Well, until now. As the General Assembly engages in a floor debate on the Republican proposal, the Democrats are offering maps of their own. Courtesy of N.C. Democratic CaucusThe Democrats are offering this map as an alternative to the Republican Congressional plan.Dubbing them “Fair and Legal,” the terms the N.C. GOP has used constantly when asked about a redistricting strategy, the Democratic Caucus and...

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Hearing in 751 South development case concludes; judge to decide next week

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 1:57 PM

This long and winding case dates back five years. Read our timeline to see how we got here. IIt will be the end of next week—or even longer—before Superior Court Judge G. Wayne Abernathy will decide on a lawsuit against Durham County regarding 751 South, a controversial development planned near Jordan Lake. Abernathy presided over a hearing on July 21 and 22 in the civil case the Chancellor's Ridge Homeowners Association and individual residents brought against Durham County last fall. Southern Durham Development later joined the county attorneys as a defendant, asking for the case’s resolution. Both the county...

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Lawyers for developer, Durham County ask judge to resolve 751 South case; hearing continues Friday

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 6:47 PM

file illustration by V.C. Rogersmap of proposed 751 South site Attorneys for Durham County and Southern Durham Development, the company trying to build a major new development near Jordan Lake, pushed for a resolution to a lawsuit against the county in Durham court Thursday. Superior Court Judge Wayne Abernathy heard arguments for about two and a half hours Thursday before adjourning court until Friday morning. Ultimately, Abernathy will decide whether to make a summary judgment in favor of the developer and Durham County, or whether the case should go to trial. Both the county and SDD's lawyers say Abernathy should...

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NCCU former provost may have failed to register her education business

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 11:52 AM

courtesy NCCUFormer NCCU Provost Dr. Beverly Washington Jones. The former provost for N.C. Central University, Dr. Beverly Washington Jones, may have failed to properly register her business with the state, county and city. A Durham city official said Wednesday he sent a notice to Jones to prompt her to file for a business license after inquiries from the Independent Weekly on whether the business was registered. Jones' education consulting company, Academic Enrichment Services and Systems, is based in Durham with a post-office box and physical office on South Duke Street, according to the company's website and documents at the N.C....

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Kinnaird says Republican-proposed districts “re-segregating North Carolina,” hopes courts will overturn double-bunking with Atwater

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Sen. Ellie Kinnaird, D-Orange, Person, one of 10 state senators drawn into the same district as another sitting senator under the redistricting proposal Republicans released Tuesday, says she would seek to hold onto her seat, but running against a colleague would be “a very difficult situation.” Photo courtesy of ncleg.netThe 23rd district, which she now represents, was redrawn to include Chatham instead of Person County. That means Kinnaird, serving her eighth two-year term, and Sen. Bob Atwater, D-Chatham, Durham, Lee, in his fourth term, would be forced to square off. “Bob is a very good senator in Chatham County and...

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

No political robot, Sookram ventures into Chapel Hill mayor race

Posted By on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Tim Sookram heard about a month ago than an election was coming up in November. Never mind that he moved here just last summer, that this is his first bid for any office or that he’s never attended a Chapel Hill Town Council meeting, Sookram is running for the mayor’s office. Photo courtesy of Tim Sookram“I guess it was just easy to get in. I thought it would be a bit of fun,” says Sookram, a http://www.timsookram.com/and indie rocker. “The Orange County Board of Elections is really easy to deal with and the current mayor, Mark Kleinschmidt, was running unopposed....

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Proposed NC Senate maps put Atwater, Kinnaird in same district

Posted By on Tue, Jul 12, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Democratic Senators Ellie Kinnaird of Chapel Hill and Bob Atwater of Chatham County are both in Senate District 23 in the maps released by GOP redistricting chairs today. Links to maps and stats here Proposed new Senate districts...

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Bayer CropScience in RTP pays $750 million over GMOs

Posted By on Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Bayer CropScience, headquartered in Research Triangle Park, has agreed to pay $750 million in a settlement with U.S. rice farmers over crops contaminated by genetically modified organisms. The Environmental News Service reported the story today....

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Legal fight brewing in N.C. as Republicans get feedback on proposed Congressional map

Posted By on Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 3:26 PM

The “fair and legal” assurances made by North Carolina Republicans since the redistricting process began were challenged directly Thursday both at a marathon nine-location public hearing on the proposed Congressional map and earlier in the day when the Democrats released their response, terming the plan “divide and conquer.” N.C. NAACP President the Rev. William Barber said he had mixed emotions about appearing at the Raleigh hearing at the N.C. Museum of History. He knew that the GOP had the votes to pass the plan and that Gov. Bev Perdue has no veto power on redistricting. However, he said that he...

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Jobs report shows meager payroll growth

Posted By on Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 8:53 AM

The June jobs numbers are out and they are not good, even though economists expected a big bounce back from May's dismal report.Non-farm payroll rose 18K. Nationwide, the unemployment rate is now 9.2%Via Marketwatch: WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The U.S. economy added jobs at a slower pace in June than in May, suggesting that the sudden slowdown in the economy might be longer-lasting and more severe than feared. This is really disturbing since both federal and state leadership seems to have forgotten what counter-cyclical spending is all about. Instead, we're cutting thousands of state workers, who use their paychecks to, you...

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Greene won't seek another term in Chapel Hill

Posted By on Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Chapel Hill Town Councilwoman Sally Greene won’t seek re-election and will instead endorse colleague Donna Bell and planning board member Jason Baker, she announced this morning via her personal blog. Photo courtesy of Town of Chapel HillCouncilwoman Sally Greene was first elected in Chapel Hill in 2003.Greene served two terms, eight years on the council. In her “Thank you, Chapel Hill,” blog post, she listed the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness, inclusionary zoning to provide affordable housing and work to preserve historic neighborhoods and green space as her proudest accomplishments. “All of this, and much more that we have...

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Redistricting plan fallout continues

Posted By on Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 2:07 PM

The congressional redistricting maps released last week continue to reshape predictions for the U.S. House. The Cook Political Report just announced a shift for NC races in an update to its House predictions. (chart here subscription required beyond that)Said Cook editor David Wasserman: The GOP plans to pack Democrats into just three of the state's 13 districts: two majority black districts and a district anchored by the Triangle that might as well be majority PhD. As a result, we are shifting our ratings in four North Carolina districts. Meanwhile, the changes are starting to sink in. Rep. Mike McIntyre, who...

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State delays chemical cleanup at former BB&T bank to July 11

Posted By on Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 10:58 AM

File photo by Jeremy M. LangeThis site of a former dry cleaner on Club Boulevard later housed a church. Durham officials condemned the building due to chemical contamination. Due to a scheduling conflict with a contractor, officials with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources say they have delayed the demolition of a building at 1103 W. Club Blvd., by a week. The building, across from Northgate Mall, used to house a dry cleaning service and a BB&T bank branch. Tests over the past several years show that toxic dry cleaning chemicals once stored and used there have leached...

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Monday, July 4, 2011

A nation not created by saints

Posted By on Mon, Jul 4, 2011 at 1:37 PM

A few July 4th thoughts on the founding of this country and the danger in deifying the individuals behind it and recasting the revolution as a religious crusade....

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Challengers join the fray in Orange County elections

Posted By on Mon, Jul 4, 2011 at 12:46 PM

The candidate-filing period opened with a flourish Friday in Orange County as mayors from Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough all signed up to defend their seats and challengers emerged in the Chapel Hill Town Council and Board of Alderman races. In Chapel Hill, Lee Storrow and August Cho filed as expected, and Laney Dale, a tech entrepreneur who moved to town four years ago, joined the race for the four open positions on the nine- member, including the mayor, council. Photo courtesy of Laney DaleDale, a member of the Parks and Recreation Committee, says he wants to make a bigger...

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Wilmington couple continues legal fight to determine how much a pet's life is worth

Posted By on Mon, Jul 4, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Herb and Nancy Shera’s beloved Jack Russell Terrier, Laci, would have been 17 today. Instead the retired Wilmington couple is still grieving and fighting for a change in state law after an N.C. State veterinarian misplaced a feeding tube, placing it in Laci’s lungs instead of her stomach, causing her death. Photo courtesy of the SherasThe Sheras commissioned this portrait of Laci, the Jack Russell Terrier who was irreplaceable to them.The N.C. Industrial Court, hearing the case for a second time after the Sheras appealed the initial ruling, deemed that they are only due reimbursement for the procedure, $2,755,72, plus...

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Perdue nixes fossil fuel bill

Posted By on Fri, Jul 1, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Senate Bill 709 is dead, at least temporarily. Gov. Beverly Perdue vetoed the bill, widely derided by environmental and clean-energy groups for its focus on fossil fuels and offshore and onshore drilling. Yet it was also the constitutionality of the measure—which critics had questioned since Republican Sens. Bob Rucho, Tommy Tucker and Harry Brown sponsored it earlier this year—that prompted Perdue to veto the bill. In her veto statement Perdue wrote that SB 709 "was unconstitutional on its face. By directing the governor to enter into a compact with the governors of South Carolina and Virginia, the General Assembly is...

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