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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Durham Housing Authority Taking Applications for Housing Voucher Waiting List

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2018 at 7:30 PM

The Durham Housing Authority is reopening a waiting list for Housing Choice Vouchers after two years. Vouchers are used to pay a housing subsidy to private landlords who agree to accept them. Tenants then pay a portion of the rent to make up the difference between the voucher's value and the actual rent, typically about 30 percent of their household income. DHA will accept pre-applications for vouchers online twenty-four-hours a day August 20 through August 26. According to Denita Johnson, director of DHA's Housing Choice Voucher program, all applications entered during that time will have an equal shot at being...

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Report: Man Fatally Shot By Durham Police Pointed Gun At Himself Before Turning It On Officers

Posted By on Mon, Aug 13, 2018 at 8:50 PM

A man fatally shot by Durham police last week pointed a gun at his head and yelled "shoot me" before turning the weapon on the officers, according to a report released today by the Durham Police Department. The shooting happened Wednesday evening in the parking lot of the New Hope Commons Shopping Center, where officers found Shaun Jeffery Christy after receiving a report from the Orange County Sheriff's Office that Christy was suicidal. According to the department's five-day report, Orange County first contacted Durham around three p.m., saying the thirty-seven-year-old Christy was threatening to commit suicide, but an officer was...

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Durham Gets Grant to Combat Childhood Hunger Through Summer and After-School Meals

Posted By on Fri, Aug 10, 2018 at 6:56 PM

The city of Durham recently received a $125,000 grant to help address childhood hunger as part of a nationwide initiative known as Cities Combating Hunger Through After-school and Summer Meal Programs (CHAMPS). According to press release from the city, the grant will expand local summer and after-school meal sites, and will serve an additional 14,850 meals to students. NLC launched the Durham initiative with an orientation call to the city’s team on August 8, and on August 9, Durham City Council voted to accept the award. The grant period will last until December 31, 2019. “We are thrilled to have...

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With Tax Credits Secured, Construction on Affordable Housing Next to Durham Station Could Begin Next Summer

Posted By on Fri, Aug 10, 2018 at 4:10 PM

A planned affordable housing development next to Durham Station has been awarded a competitive tax credit, allowing construction to begin next year. Nonprofit development partners DHIC and Self-Help, which have been worked with the city on plans for the site, learned Thursday that the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency had granted its application for 9 percent Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. According to a statement from the city, the award amounts to about $9 million of the $17 million project, now known as the Willard Street Apartments. Construction could begin as early as next summer and wrap up in 2020.  "These...

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

City Council Approves Durham Belt Line Master Plan, Aims to Acquire Property for Urban Greenway

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2018 at 4:54 PM

The city of Durham is taking steps to acquire a defunct rail line and convert it into an urban greenway. The City Council approved a master plan for the Durham Belt Line project at its regular meeting this past Monday in a six-to-one vote. At its next regular meeting, on August 20, the council will vote on whether to acquire the property around the rail line from the Conservation Fund, which purchased it in 2017 and has held it for the city. The cost to buy the nineteen acres surrounding the rail line is just over $7.8 million, which...

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Durham PD Identifies Man Killed in Shooting, Officers Involved

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2018 at 3:21 PM

The Durham Police Department identified the man fatally shot by officers Wednesday night as thirty-seven-year-old Shaun Jeffery Christy. In a statement this afternoon, the agency also announced that two officers in the patrol division — Cpl B.M. Glover and Officer G.F. Paschall — have been placed on administrative leave following the shooting, per standard procedure. Glover joined the Durham Police Department in January 2006 and Paschall in February 2015. According to the police department, officer encountered Christy just after eight p.m.  in the parking lot of the New Hope Commons Shopping Center after receiving a call from the Orange...

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Durham Police Fatally Shoot Man At New Hope Commons Shopping Center

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2018 at 9:53 AM

Durham police officers shot and killed a man Wednesday after he pointed a gun at them, according to a statement from the Durham Police Department. As of early Thursday morning, neither the man nor the officers involved had been identified. According to the police department, officers received information Wednesday evening from  the Orange County Sheriff’s Office that" an armed suicidal man was driving a red pick-up truck in the vicinity of the New Hope Commons shopping center." Using that description, Durham officers tried to locate the man in the area around the shopping center for about ninety minutes. They found...

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Murphy-Brown Goes 0 for 3 in Hog Nuisance Trials, Slapped With $473 Million Verdict

Posted By and on Fri, Aug 3, 2018 at 4:38 PM

This morning, a jury in the third of twenty-six federal nuisance trials brought against Murphy-Brown LLC, the world’s largest hog producer and a subsidiary of the Chinese-owned conglomerate Smithfield Foods, awarded six plaintiffs $473.5 million in damages. Because of North Carolina’s cap on punitive damages, however, the verdict is likely to be reduced to about $94 million. This verdict follows two previous victories for the plaintiffs in these cases. In the first, a $50 million verdict, divided among ten plaintiffs, was subsequently reduced to just over $3 million because of the punitive-damages cap. In the second, two plaintiffs were awarded...

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Triangle People Power Hosting Bail Reform Discussion, Film Screening

Posted By on Sat, Jul 28, 2018 at 4:10 PM

Triangle People Power, a youth-run activist organization, is hosting a screening of the film The Bail Trap: American Ransom on August 3. The event will take place at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church from six to nine p.m. The event will include a showing of the film, a panel session discussing cash bail reform, and a food truck rodeo. Admission is free. The panelists scheduled for the event are David Hall, an "indigent defense attorney, representing people one at a time as they navigated the criminal legal system" and candidate for District Court judge; Joe Killian, an investigative reporter at NC...

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Friday, July 27, 2018

CASA to Develop Army Reserve Center Site for Affordable Housing

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2018 at 12:44 PM

Nonprofit housing developer CASA has been selected by the U.S. General Services Administration to develop the former Army Reserve Center on Carroll Street into affordable housing. The site was declared surplus property in December 2017, making it subject to the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which gives first dibs on surplus federal property to uses that would help the homeless. The Army Reserve Center opened in 1961 and ceased operation in 2012. CASA is a nonprofit that provides affordable, permanent housing to individuals facing poverty and disability. Its model helps the homeless by providing housing to people at risk of...

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Drag Diva Vivica C. Coxx, Redneck Revolt's Dwayne Dixon and Duke Professor Joseph Winters Discuss Tearing Down Power Structures

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2018 at 10:46 AM

A drag queen, an anarchist and a religious studies professor walk into a bar. This isn't the opening of a joke. Rather the opening of an intimate TED-style discussion, TEDxDurhamSalon. Tuesday night's Salon event — the theme was "Tearing Down Power Structures" — included talks by Justin Clapp (better known as Vivica C. Coxx), UNC professor and Redneck Revolt member Dwayne Dixon, and author/Duke professor Joseph Winters. Paul Golightly, an organizer of the event, said curators of previous TEDxDurham events (which are locally organized offshoots of the popular TED Talk speaker series) came up with the salon events as a way...

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Here's What North Carolina's Representatives in Congress Think of Trump's Performance at Putin Summit

Posted By on Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 2:57 PM

On Monday night, President Donald Trump stood next to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, and undermined his own intelligence services in deference to Putin—saying he didn't "see any reason why it would be" Russia that interfered in the 2016 election (which it did). In response to criticism, Trump reversed his statement over twenty-four hours later, saying that he misspoke during the news conference. Trump is now claiming that he meant to say “wouldn’t,” as opposed to “would,” and that the sentence should have read, “I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia.” However, the change to that...

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Autopsy: Heroin, Fentanyl Killed Man Who Died in Durham Jail in May

Posted By on Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 11:55 AM

An autopsy report released today by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner says Dashawn Devonte Evans, a twenty-three-year-old who died in the Durham jail in May, died of heroin and fentanyl toxicity. Evans had been in the jail for about seven months prior to his May 27 death. An initial report from the Sheriff's Office listed his cause of death as unknown. But a toxicology report shows there was morphine and fentanyl — a synthetic opioid stronger than morphine and heroin — present in his system. According to the autopsy report, "a white powder (which testing detected heroin, fentanyl, and...

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Friday, July 13, 2018

A Raleigh Man Died of an Apparent Suicide While in Solitary Confinement at a For-Profit Immigration Prison in Georgia

Posted By on Fri, Jul 13, 2018 at 4:25 PM

A Raleigh man died from an apparent suicide late Tuesday night while in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement at a private prison in Lumpkin, Georgia. He’s the third person to die at the detention center in a little over a year. While in solitary confinement at the Stewart Detention Center—which the INDY has written about previously—Efraín Romero de la Rosa was found unresponsive in his cell by staff at 10:38 p.m. on July 10, according to ICE. He was in solitary confinement for undisclosed reasons. Medical personnel attempted CPR and the staff contacted emergency services, which arrived...

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Raleigh Immigration Attorney Gets $2,510 Fine for Texting in Court

Posted By on Fri, Jul 13, 2018 at 2:02 PM

A Raleigh immigration attorney has been found guilty of disobeying a judge's orders to stop texting in court, and disrupting the court's proceedings. Beckie Moriello was tried yesterday in Charlotte. Each of the two charges came with the possibility of fines and up to thirty days' imprisonment, but according to her attorney, Rob Heroy, because of Moriello's clean record, she was not given a jail or probation sentence. She was ordered to pay $2,510 in fines, he said. Moriello and her attorney plan to appeal the case. Moriello doesn't deny that she used her cell phone in Judge Barry Pettinato's court while observing...

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Durham Legislators to Talk Short Session, Constitutional Amendments at Town Hall Event

Posted By on Tue, Jul 10, 2018 at 4:23 PM

Durham representatives in the state legislature will participate in a town hall meeting Wednesday, covering legislation passed in the short session that concluded last month as well as proposed constitutional amendments that will be on the ballot come November. The town hall meeting will take place from six thirty to eight p.m. at the M&F Bank Building at 2634 Chapel Hill Blvd in Durham. This short session was busy, with forty-five bills passed by the General Assembly in the six week session. Of the forty-five bills passed, Governor Cooper vetoed seven (Republicans hold a veto-proof majority), signed thirty-two into law, and...

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Jordan Peterson Responds to Durham City Council Statement About DPAC Appearance

Posted By on Mon, Jul 9, 2018 at 6:53 PM

Jordan Peterson, a clinical psychologist turned anti-political correctness crusader, has responded to a statement from the Durham City Council about his upcoming appearance at the Durham Performing Arts Center. The council's statement was shared Friday on the official Facebook page of Mayor Pro Tem Jillian Johnson and is signed by the entire council and Mayor Steve Schewel. In it, council members declare Durham "a place for all of us" and say that Bull City residents have been "disturbed and angered by Mr. Peterson’s racist, misogynist, and transphobic views." (You can read more about those views here and here). "Those who...

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Friday, July 6, 2018

City Council Calls on Durham to “Resist Bigotry,” Recommit to Inclusive Values Ahead of Jordan Peterson's DPAC Show

Posted By on Fri, Jul 6, 2018 at 2:45 PM

Ahead of a September appearance at the Durham Performing Arts Center by professional mansplainer Jordan Peterson, the Durham City Council has issued a statement calling on the Durham community "to reject and resist bigotry wherever we encounter it." The statement appeared Friday afternoon on Mayor Pro Tem Jillian Johnson's official Facebook page and is signed by all members of the council as well as Mayor Steve Schewel. "As many in our community have been disturbed and angered by Mr. Peterson’s racist, misogynist, and transphobic views, we would like to use this opportunity to reiterate our commitments and values to all...

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Their Mother Was Deported. On Saturday, They Marched With Their Kids Against Family Separation

Posted By on Sat, Jun 30, 2018 at 5:01 PM

Before Saturday, Ana Huerta and her two younger sisters had never participated in a protest. But, as the mothers of young children and the daughters of immigrants, they could not let the Trump administration's policy of separating and detaining families at the southern border go unanswered. So, they brought their own kids to downtown Raleigh and, with thousands of others, marched. Families Belong Together protests happened across the country with more than seven hundred events scheduled in opposition to immigration policies that have ripped families apart, landed more than two thousand children in detention centers and forced kids to appear alone...

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Pissed Off About the Kids the Trump Administration Ripped From Their Parents? Get to Downtown Raleigh Tomorrow Morning.

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2018 at 7:50 AM

There’s no need here to relitigate the abject cruelty that the Trump administration’s recent immigration policy changes represent. But it’s worth pointing out that, though the president backed down under immense pressure and has seen his efforts to crack down on refugees blocked by the courts and Congress, thousands of migrant children are still being held by the federal government, separated from their parents for no good reason. So, tomorrow, in Washington, D.C., and all over the country, people will march to demand that the government reunite immigrant families—including in downtown Raleigh. Headed up by local residents David and Whitney...

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Montessori School of Raleigh Directress Says She Was Fired for Talking to the Cops About Sexual Abuse at the School

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2018 at 7:30 AM

In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Wake County Superior Court, the former Children’s House directress at the embattled Montessori School of Raleigh claims her employment was terminated because she cooperated with the police investigation into allegations of sexual abuse against former middle-school teacher Nicholas Conlon Smith and the handling of those allegations by head of school Nancy Errichetti. The school denies the allegations. Smith, who is currently in the Wake County jail on a $3 million bond, was indicted in November on twenty  counts of sexual abuse and child pornography related to his relationship during the 2011–12 school year with a...

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Dear DPAC, We Really Need to Talk About Jordan Peterson

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 6:41 AM

Dear DPAC, your friends at the INDY here. Might we have a quick word? This week, you announced that you’ll be hosting “cultural critic” Jordan B. Peterson in September. “The show,” you explained, “will feature revolutionary talks on overcoming life’s biggest obstacles, how to improve oneself, the psychology of religion, mythology and much more.” While this undoubtedly came straight from Peterson’s press packet, we think you owe it to the Triangle to be a bit more transparent about his controversial (i.e., regressive, backward, and hate-mongering) touchstone topics. Because here’s the thing, DPAC: Context matters. Durham exists—for better or for worse—in the...

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Durham Housing Authority Deemed "Troubled" By HUD For Vacancies, Building Conditions

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2018 at 8:45 PM

The Durham Housing Authority has been designated as “troubled” by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development based on low audit scores from 2016. The Housing Authority received an overall score of fifty-seven points out of one hundred from a recent assessment by HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center, which reviews public housing agencies’ finances, management and housing conditions. Agencies that receive scores of sixty or less are deemed troubled, the lowest designation. The designation continues a decline in DHA’s scores as it prepares to undertake a redevelopment of most of its public housing stock. The agency was considered...

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Big Pork Rallies as the General Assembly Protects Chinese-Owned Smithfield Foods From Nuisance Lawsuits

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2018 at 10:28 AM

On Monday afternoon, hundreds of farmers, their families, and employees of Smithfield Foods gathered at Bicentennial Mall in Raleigh to show support for the Republican legislature’s annual Farm Bill. The so-called Rally for Agriculture, which featured Lieutenant Governor Dan Forrest, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, and bill sponsor Senator Brent Jackson—a farmer with his history of troublesome practices—came soon after another downtown event protesting the bill’s controversial sections 9 and 10, and just hours before Governor Cooper vetoed the bill. On Tuesday, the Senate overrode Cooper’s veto. The House followed suit today. As originally drafted, Sections 9 and 10 of...

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Durham County Commissioners Delay Planning Commission Appointments Over Conflict of Interest Allegation

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2018 at 10:25 AM

Durham County commissioners on Monday delayed the appointment of three members to the planning commission over questions raised about one member’s ties to a developer. Nil Ghosh, who works as a real estate lawyer with Morningstar Law Group, is one of three county-appointments to the planning commission whose terms are expiring June 30. County commissioners were expected to vote on those reappointments Monday night, but never cast ballots. The Durham County Board of Commissioners and the Durham City Council each appoint half of the commission’s fourteen members. This delay comes after a contentious city council meeting on June 18, when...

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