News | Indy Week
News
INDY Week's news blog

Archives | RSS

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Is the General Assembly About to Kill Light Rail?

Posted By on Tue, May 29, 2018 at 7:07 AM

The budget adjustment Republicans in the General Assembly crafted behind closed doors, unveiled last night, and are expected to pass by a veto-proof supermajority later this week—for the first time in modern history, without an opportunity for lawmakers to offer amendments, because democracy is for suckers—does a lot of things. It keeps the tax cuts coming, lowering the personal income-tax rate to 5.25 percent (from 5.499 percent), cutting the corporate tax rate from 3 percent to 2.5 percent, and throwing a ton of incentive money at major new economic projects (cough Apple cough). It includes an average 6.5 percent raise for...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Man Found Dead in Durham County Jail Cell

Posted By on Sun, May 27, 2018 at 4:50 PM

A man being held at the Durham County Detention Facility was found dead in his cell this morning, according to the Sheriff's Office. The man was not identified and a press release included no information about a possible cause of death. The State Bureau of Investigation has been asked to investigate and more information is expected to be released once the man's family is notified. Here's the full statement: This morning, Sunday May 27, just after 8:00 am Durham County EMS was called to the Detention Center regarding an inmate who was found unresponsive in his cell. First responders on...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Swedish Sadness: Ikea Pulls Out of Cary

Posted By on Wed, May 23, 2018 at 4:28 PM

In a huge blow to Triangle furniture enthusiasts and meatball lovers alike, Swedish powerhouse Ikea will not be setting up shop in Cary as expected, the N&O reported today. The store was expected to open in the Cary Towne Center in 2020 but decided not to pursue the location as part of a broader company strategy to reevaluate the store's expansion projects. In October, the Cary Town Council unanimously voted in favor of the project, which was slated to replace a vacant Sears and Macy's in the mall. In a statement, Ikea told the N&O the U.S. wing of the...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Support Affordable Housing With Kooley High, Batalá and Blackspace at Durham Community Land Trustees Fundraiser

Posted By on Tue, May 22, 2018 at 10:29 AM

Kooley High, Batalá Durham drummers and Blackspace poets will headline a party benefiting Durham Community Land Trustees on June 1. DCLT is Durham's only community land trust. The nonprofit housing developer builds, renovates, and advocates for permanently affordable housing, managing two hundred and thirty affordable rental properties and fifty single family owned homes in seven Durham neighborhoods. The benefit party will be held in Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St., from six to nine p.m. Under the land trust model, homeowners buy DCLT houses and lease the land they sit on from DCLT for a low fee, ensuring the property remains...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Monday, May 21, 2018

Durham Residents Will Get to Tell the City How to Spend $2.4 Million

Posted By on Mon, May 21, 2018 at 9:57 PM

The Durham City Council in a split vote decided Monday night to let residents choose how to spend $2.4 million through participatory budgeting. The five-two vote follows weeks of disagreement over how much funding the city should set aside for its first attempt at participatory budgeting, in which Durham residents and students thirteen and older will get to vote on projects they'd like to see the city implement. City staff had recommended $750,000, while Mayor Pro Tem Jillian Johnson, who has advocated for the city to enact participatory budgeting during her time on the council, suggested $2.5 million based on...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Bigger Budget, No Property Tax Increase Proposed for City of Durham

Posted By on Mon, May 21, 2018 at 9:03 PM

Durham City Manager Tom Bonfield's proposed budget for the upcoming year doesn't include a property tax increase, but does add money for homeless support services, affordable housing, athletic parks, and staffing. Bonfield said the city is able to avoid a property tax increase in part because of higher-than-expected property tax revenues due to new construction. That would be good news for city residents, who saw both a city and county tax increase this fiscal year with another likely increase in county property tax rates for the coming year. "The taxable value for next fiscal year will grow by $1.2 billion,...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Friday, May 18, 2018

Pearl Berlin, North Carolina LGBTQ Icon, Dies at the Age of Ninety-Two

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 5:41 PM

Pearl Berlin woke up Lennie Gerber every morning for fifty years with “a kiss and a little schmooze.” In 2013, she added two simple words to this morning ritual: “We’re married.” It took over a year for the State of North Carolina to recognize those words as legally true. Berlin, whose fight for marriage equality in North Carolina made her an icon for LGBTQ rights across the country, died Thursday. She was ninety-two years old and just shy of reaching the couple’s anniversary on June 2. Berlin legally married Gerber, eighty-two, in Maine on September 10, 2013, just sixteen months...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Twenty Thousand People Amass in Downtown Raleigh to Demand Better Education Funding

Posted By on Wed, May 16, 2018 at 3:04 PM

A sea of red swept across the streets of Raleigh this morning as thousands of teachers from across the state marched to advocate for pay raises along with more supplies and resources for public schools. According to the North Carolina Association of Educators, which coordinated the march, there were upward of twenty thousand people in attendance. An energetic and vocal crowd gathered along South Street near the NCAE headquarters and marched through downtown toward the state legislative building. Along the route, onlookers and business owners gawked at the immense size of the crowd, and news helicopters hummed overhead to...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Breaking: Nancy Errichetti, Head of the Montessori School of Raleigh, Arrested for Allegedly Aiding and Abetting Sexual Abuse

Posted By on Wed, May 16, 2018 at 11:30 AM

This morning, Nancy Errichetti, the head of school at the Montessori School of Raleigh, was arrested at the school by Raleigh police at about ten a.m. and charged with contributing to the delinquency and neglect of a minor and aiding and abetting the taking of indecent liberties with a child under the age of sixteen. Last year, as the INDY has previously reported, a teacher at the school, Nicholas Conlon Smith, was charged with more than twenty counts of statutory rape and the possession of child pornography. A lawsuit filed by the parents of two sisters who attended MSR...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Monday, May 14, 2018

Durham County Budget Proposal Includes Tax Increase, More Sheriff's Office Positions, Money for Pre-K

Posted By on Mon, May 14, 2018 at 9:54 PM

Durham County Manager Wendell Davis’s proposed budget includes a 1.9 cent property tax increase, additional funding for education and new positions in the Sheriff’s Office. Davis presented his $644 million proposal to the Board of Commissioners Monday night. They're slated to approve the spending plan on June 25, after a June 11 public hearing. If approved, the tax increase would come on the heels of a 2.75-cent property tax rate increase approved last June for the current year’s budget. This increase would bring the county property tax rate up from 76.79 cents per hundred dollars of property, to 78.69 cents....

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Friday, May 11, 2018

Joe Van Gogh Cuts Ties with Duke After Controversial Firing of Two Employees

Posted By on Fri, May 11, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Earlier this week, we reported a story about a conflict at a coffee shop on Duke's campus that exploded into national news. Two employees, Britni Brown and Kevin Simmons, were fired from Joe Van Gogh's Duke campus location after Larry Moneta, the vice president of student affairs, complained about the language of Young Dolph's "Get Paid," which was playing on Spotify over the shop's PA during a busy service period. The firings sparked a wave of outrage over how Moneta, Duke, and Joe Van Gogh treated the employees. Students protested at Moneta's office, Joe Van Gogh owner Robbie Roberts apologized,...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Duke University President Vincent E. Price Apologizes for Young Dolph-Gate

Posted By on Thu, May 10, 2018 at 6:04 PM

Duke University President Vincent E. Price released a statement Thursday afternoon addressing a number of recent issues on Duke’s campus that indicate “the absence of respect for others,” he wrote, including the firing of two employees of the Joe Van Gogh coffee shop on campus after Larry Moneta, Duke’s vice president for student affairs, complained to their employers that they were playing an inappropriate song. "I am, in particular, sorry that the words of one of my senior administrators recently resulted in two individuals working for one of our on-campus vendors losing their jobs,” Price wrote. “hile I am...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Misdemeanor Marijuana Arrests in Durham Are Way Down

Posted By on Thu, May 10, 2018 at 2:37 PM

The Durham Police Department filed about half as many misdemeanor marijuana charges in 2017 than it did the year before, according to a newly released annual report. In 2017, the DPD filed 498 charges for misdemeanor marijuana possession or possession of drug paraphernalia, across 426 individual arrests. That's down from 854 charges in 2016 and 1,406 in 2013. About 56 percent of the 2017 charges were for possession of drug paraphernalia. The 498 marijuana-related charges accounted for about 5 percent of all charges filed by the DPD in 2017. According to the report, those charges "were distributed throughout the City,...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Protesters at Duke Joe Van Gogh Call on Administration to Condemn Controversial Employee Firing

Posted By on Wed, May 9, 2018 at 6:03 PM

Dozens of students appeared outside of the Joe Van Gogh on Duke West Campus early this afternoon to protest the termination of two of the coffee shop’s employees. Both baristas were asked to resign after Duke’s vice president for student affairs, Larry Moneta, complained that they were playing an explicit rap song. Moneta told Britni Brown, a black woman and a barista at the coffee shop, that the song that was playing, “Get Paid” by Young Dolph, was offensive and inappropriate. Brown immediately, turned off the song, and offered to give Moneta his order free of charge. Moneta and Kevin...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Joe Van Gogh Owner Robbie Roberts Apologizes for Handling of Duke Officials’ Demand to Fire Baristas

Posted By on Wed, May 9, 2018 at 12:06 PM

In a statement posted on the company’s website this morning, Joe Van Gogh owner Robbie Roberts apologized for how his company handled a demand from Duke administrators to fire two baristas over a song that university vice president of student affairs Larry Moneta found offensive. His statement: Joe Van Gogh apologizes to our employees, customers and community for how we handled a situation involving our Duke University store. As you have read, it is true that Joe Van Gogh is a contractor to Duke. We attempted to understand Duke’s position in this case, but we should have taken a different...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Incumbents Out in Durham Sheriff, District Attorney Races

Posted By on Tue, May 8, 2018 at 11:38 PM

Durham County will have a new sheriff and district attorney after Tuesday's primary election. Clarence Birkhead unseated incumbent Sheriff Mike Andrews. Birkhead won 69 percent of votes to Andrews's 31 percent, more than reversing the results of a 2014 match between the two. Birkhead will be the county's first black sheriff. Satana Deberry edged out incumbent District Attorney Roger Echols by an eight-point margin. Both Deberry and Birkhead celebrated at a party hosted by the People's Alliance, whose PAC arm endorsed each. It was an event that brought out protesters accused of toppling a Confederate monument downtown last year, Latinx...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

A Duke University VP Walked Into the Campus Joe Van Gogh, Heard a Rap Song, Demanded That the Employees Be Fired

Posted By on Tue, May 8, 2018 at 4:32 PM

On Monday, two employees of Duke University’s Joe Van Gogh location had their contracts terminated after vice president for student affairs Larry Moneta and executive director of dining services Robert Coffey demanded that the local coffee chain fire them. Their offense? While he was in the store Friday, Moneta heard a rap song that he found offensive. The incident highlights the precarious relationship between the university and its contracted employees, who are not afforded the same benefits and protections as Duke’s full-time employees, but whose employers are not in a position to defend them out of fear of losing business...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Durham Sheriff Mike Andrews Denies Saying “Amen” to a Racist Facebook Comment

Posted By on Tue, May 8, 2018 at 11:16 AM

This morning, Durham City Council member Jillian Johnson posted the following on her personal Facebook page: In that post, which circulated widely among politically active members of Durham’s Facebook community this morning, someone from Sheriff Mike Andrews’s re-election Facebook page appears to say “Amen, Bobby!” to a comment from a man warning people not to “apathetically sit home on your tails … as city block voters immigrants and minorities will FLOCK to the polls.” (In context, “block voters” could mean “black voters.”) He continues: “THEN the city special interests will vote out the old… and man … you won’t like the...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Durham City Council Unanimously Approves Contentious Zoning Regulations in Old West Durham

Posted By on Tue, May 8, 2018 at 8:17 AM

The Durham council chamber, nearly packed to capacity, was awash with yellow “No” and lime-green “Yes” signs on Monday night in anticipation of the city council’s precedent-setting decision regarding a set of citizen-led zoning regulations in Old West Durham. In the end, the culmination of years of contentious debate among the neighborhood’s residents, the council unanimously approved the regulations for a neighborhood on the cusp of rapid change. The new set of rules, known as a neighborhood protection overlay, or NPO, aims to reduce teardowns and limit the size of new construction in the area. The NPO was created to...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Monday, May 7, 2018

Judge Britt Reduces Murphy-Brown’s Punitive Damages to $3.25 Million

Posted By on Mon, May 7, 2018 at 3:29 PM

The punitive damages for the ten plaintiffs who recently won their case against pork giant Murphy-Brown have been reduced from $50 million to $3.25 million, according to a decision filed today by U.S. District Court Judge Earl Britt. The decision means that each plaintiff involved in the litigation will now receive $325,0000, a small fraction of the original $5.075 million judgment handed down to each plaintiff by the jury several weeks ago. Britt's decision to impose a cap on punitive damages came after a jury handed down a landmark verdict to the ten plaintiffs suing Murphy-Brown, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods. The...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Friday, May 4, 2018

Hey, Big Spender: See Who’s Giving the Big Bucks to Candidates for Wake County Commissioner

Posted By on Fri, May 4, 2018 at 5:57 PM

Earlier today, a Raleigh voter named David Bland filed a complaint with the Wake County Board of Elections alleging that liberal activists Dean and Sesha Debnam and Ann and John Campbell have “violated state laws barring excessive contributions and contributions in the name of another.” The claim is based on the fact that Ann Campbell and Dean Debnam each have PACs supporting (mostly) the same candidates, and the Campbells and Debnams have supported each other’s PAC in addition to these candidates and their own PAC. I’d be surprised if this complaint has legs. Still, there’s no denying Debnam and Campbell...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Attorneys Suing Murphy-Brown Say the Punitive Damages Cap is Unconstitutional

Posted By on Thu, May 3, 2018 at 11:57 AM

Attorneys suing the pork giant Murphy-Brown LLC say a punitive damages cap that would significantly reduce the amount the company has to pay plaintiffs is unconstitutional, according to court documents filed yesterday. The argument to impose the punitive damages cap came last week after a jury handed down a landmark verdict of more than $50 million to ten plaintiffs suing Murphy-Brown, a subsidiary of the global food behemoth Smithfield Foods. The case was one of a string of federal lawsuits filed against the company and was closely watched as a potential bellwether. Should other juries follow suit, Murphy-Brown could be hit...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Durham District Attorney Candidates Questioned on How to Reform the Office

Posted By on Wed, May 2, 2018 at 7:24 PM

Attorney Scott Holmes pressed candidates running for district attorney in Durham Tuesday night about what they would do to lessen the harms of the criminal justice system on poor people, people of color, and young people. The forum, sponsored by The Justice Collaborative Engagement Project, ACLU of North Carolina, and Carolina Justice Policy Center, covered topics including cash bail, diversion programs, juvenile justice, the death penalty, police misconduct, and drug enforcement. Holmes, who supervises the Civil Litigation Clinic at N.C. Central, where the event was held, and is known for representing local activists in court, moderated. Holmes posed detailed questions...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Lawsuit Claims the Montessori School of Raleigh Refused to Act on Allegations That a Teacher Sexually Abused Students

Posted By on Wed, May 2, 2018 at 5:01 PM

In a lawsuit filed in Wake County Superior Court in January that has so far gone unreported, the parents of two sisters—identified in court documents as Jane Doe I and Jane Doe II—who were allegedly sexually assaulted by a teacher at the Montessori School of Raleigh have accused the school and its leader, Nancy Errichetti, of failing to protect the girls from their abuser and responding their parents’ discovery of the abuse by at first denying it and and then refusing “to take any action with respect to their complaint.” This afternoon, a spokeswoman for the school’s Board of Trustees...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Thursday, April 26, 2018

BREAKING: Plaintiffs Awarded $50 Million in Landmark Smithfield Hog Nuisance Case

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2018 at 4:58 PM

In a landmark decision, the jury ruling on the first of twenty-six nuisance cases against pork-producer Murphy-Brown LLC awarded the plaintiffs damages of more than $50 million. The case, which went to the jury yesterday afternoon, was the first in a series of federal lawsuits filed by neighbors of hog farms against Murphy-Brown LLC, a subsidiary of the Chinese-owned global food giant Smithfield Foods. The plaintiffs argue that the company's waste-management practices, which consist of storing excess hog waste in open-air cesspools behind hog pens and then liquefying and spraying the remains onto nearby fields, has made their lives miserable....

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Calendar



Twitter Activity

Most Recent Comments

This is something I've never liked. Judges have far too much power in the legal system, which was never the …

by Timothy Oswald on Raleigh Immigration Attorney Gets $2,510 Fine for Texting in Court (News)

#1. it isn't reported in this article. Was Mr. de la Rosa a legal resident?
#2. I know attacking ICE …

by Timothy Oswald on A Raleigh Man Died of an Apparent Suicide While in Solitary Confinement at a For-Profit Immigration Prison in Georgia (News)

WARNING ! WARNING !! WARNING !!! From the great temple of illuminati , YOU SHOULD CALL ONLY THE NUMBER BELOW …

by i want to join the illuminati brotherhood call +2348070599390 on A Raleigh Man Died of an Apparent Suicide While in Solitary Confinement at a For-Profit Immigration Prison in Georgia (News)

Comments

This is something I've never liked. Judges have far too much power in the legal system, which was never the …

by Timothy Oswald on Raleigh Immigration Attorney Gets $2,510 Fine for Texting in Court (News)

#1. it isn't reported in this article. Was Mr. de la Rosa a legal resident?
#2. I know attacking ICE …

by Timothy Oswald on A Raleigh Man Died of an Apparent Suicide While in Solitary Confinement at a For-Profit Immigration Prison in Georgia (News)

© 2018 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation