Gov. Beverly Perdue just announced her veto of Senate Bill 9, which essentially repealed the Racial Justice Act.
Here is her official statement:
“I am—and always will be—a strong supporter of the death penalty. I firmly believe that some crimes are so heinous that no other punishment is adequate. As long as I am Governor, I am committed to ensuring that the death penalty remains a viable punishment option in North Carolina in appropriate cases.”
“However, because the death penalty is the ultimate punishment, it is essential that it be carried out fairly and that the process not be infected with prejudice based on race. I signed the Racial Justice Act into law two years ago because it ensured that racial prejudice would not taint the application of the death penalty.”
“I am vetoing Senate Bill 9 for the same reason that I signed the Racial Justice Act two years ago: it is simply unacceptable for racial prejudice to play a role in the imposition of the death penalty in North Carolina.”
“Finally, it is important to be clear that the Racial Justice Act does not allow anyone to be released from prison or seek parole. Both my own legal counsel and legal experts from across the State have assured me that even if an inmate succeeds on a claim under the Racial Justice Act, his sole remedy is life in prison without the possibility of parole— and even that would only occur if a judge first finds that racial discrimination played a significant role in the application of the death penalty."
American Idol finalist Anoop Desai, a Chapel Hill native, will be the next guest bartender at downtown Durham's Revolution restaurant and bar. Desai will be mixing cocktails for charity from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tues., April 6, according to a news release.
Twenty percent of the proceeds during Desai's two-hour shift will go to the Eve Carson Memorial Fund. Desai is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, where Carson was student body president when she was killed two years ago. Revolution started its "Guest Mixologist" monthly fundraiser, which has featured Mayor Bill Bell and other local leaders, this year. So far, the program has raised almost $2,500 for charity, said spokeswoman Teresa Anile.
Revolution is located at 107 W. Main St. in downtown.
From Correspondent Rebekah Cowell, cross-posted from the Indy's Scan blog:
In a packed Durham City Hall Committee Room early this morning, the Durham County Board of Adjustment voted unanimously in favor of issuing a special-use permit to The Broad Street Cafe.
For the past four years, Broad Street has operated as a nightclub in a district that is zoned so that such a special-use permit is necessary to host music after 10 p.m. Less than one year after the first noise complaint was filed by Clarendon Street neighbor Waldo Fenner, who was not present at this morning’s hearing, Broad Street officially received the green light on amping up their regional music bookings in a space that musicians and business owners says is vital to Durham’s art scene.
“Broad Street Cafe is important for more than just music,” says Melissa Thomas, founder of the Durham-based indie label 307 Knox Records. “It provides a great venue space for music, festivals and family events, as well as a place to eat for locals and visitors. This hearing just showed us today how much we all have built in Durham over the past five-plus years.”
Paul Brock, one of four Broad Street owners, says he’s relieved to finally get the permit. “I was very impressed with the board. They were gracious to us, and they asked very smart questions and got a feel for what we are doing,” explains Brock.
She'll play Moore Square Park July 11. I'd make the requisite pun about loving rock 'n' roll here, but Deep South's e-mail blast beat me to it: "I Love Rock N' Roll! Joan Jett Confirmed!"
Still holding out for OMC!
Durham Performing Arts Center announced this afternoon that Ben Folds will perform Wednesday, Feb. 25, on a bill with Miniature Tigers.
It's the first of a three-date swing through the Carolinas in support of his new album, Way to Normal: Stems and Seeds, due out Feb. 10. Tickets are a very reasonable, recession-friendly $29.50.
The new record is a special two-disk version of his last album, Way to Normal. On his Web site, Folds provides an explanation for the new record's existence:
And so we have "Way To Normal: Stems and Seeds" - two disks. One disk is a remix, remaster, re-sequence of "Way To Normal" along with the now legendary (in our own minds) 'fake' tracks, the Japanese version of "Hiroshima", the Conan Rehearsal of "You Don't Know Me" and the Piano Orchestra version of "Cologne" - a total of 20 tracks.
The other is a disk of files, called stems, which will pop up in Garageband and allow you to mix the album yourselves. Just click on the file of the song you want to mix and you'll quickly understand how it works. If you'd like to turn the drums off or down, or if you want to use loops or turn that damn singer off and sing it yourself, its all possible. We've included extra loops with the song "You Don't Know Me" hoping someone could maybe come along and make a hit out of this fucking song.
Perhaps Folds got the remixing idea from Indy music editor Grayson Currin's review of Way to Normal on Pitchfork.
Here's a friendlier review by the same author of Ben Folds Five's sold-out reunion performance of its classic The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner.
Midtown Dickens, Above Gravity and Cantwell, Gomez & Jordan are playing a Bull City HQ benefit tonight, starting at 8 p.m. Proceeds will help BCHQ pay its rent. And yes, we've heard that BCHQ does have a heater.
Oh, well: I'm still holding out for a visit from OMC myself.
Five days of indie rock from July 22-26, says Merge: "XX Merge will be the label's party to mark this anniversary: five days of music by Merge artists past and present in the summer heat of sunny North Carolina."
Full release beyond the break:
The Durham Performing Arts Center announced today that Morrissey will play March 11, 2009.
Short notice to get your money together, though: Tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m., at the DPAC box office, by telephone, on its Web site and at Ticketmaster outlets.
Prices are a reasonable $25-$42. This should sell out fast.
The official press release is after the jump.
In four notes...
1: Started in order to write songs for CyTunes, the digital music store started to help pay the medical bills of Cy Rawls, the long-time local music booster who died in October.
2: The project of Ivan "Rosebud" Howard, Reid "Schooner" Johnson and Zeno "Pox World Empire" Gill.
3: Your band name is probably not as good as the band name The Fruit Flies.
4: I sorta wish more bands tried to combine the genres the band's MySpace mentions: Electroacoustic, black metal, healing & easy listening.