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Re: “Indictments in Wake Register of Deeds Scandal Charge Laura Riddick with Embezzling $926,615

> Eventually, a claim to the county insurance company showed that $2.333,591.30 in cash had disappeared, almost daily, for nearly ten years

What is that number? That's not correct in any currency, afaik.

Posted by xdu on 12/13/2017 at 3:25 PM

Re: “The Disruption on the New Raleigh City Council Is a Blast from the Past

I really don't understand the purpose of this article except to cause dissent. Assumptions and interpretations were made that were unfounded and divisive. The parallels drawn between the City Council's behavior and that of the County Commissioners and the Board of Education in the past are unfair and counterproductive. Let's allow the members of the City Council adjust and settle in before negative judgments are made. Rather, let's set a tone for optimism and give the new City Council a chance.

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Posted by Terry Snyder on 12/13/2017 at 2:07 PM

Re: “For Years, Raleigh’s Zoning Inspectors Have Been Tasked with Duties They’re Not Equipped to Do

Not sure why better zoning compliance is being enforced now, but a little late for me with the tricks the greedy developers pulled on the city (which is like stealing candy from a baby) to skirt around zoning and setbacks and environmental compliance issues with nearby in-fill re-development.

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Posted by citizenshame on 12/13/2017 at 11:41 AM

Re: “The Disruption on the New Raleigh City Council Is a Blast from the Past

Two points stand out immediately upon reading this account.

If you are going to insist on continuing to use the term "slow-growth" to describe the members of one faction of the council instead of using non-negative terms like smart growth, planned growth, pro-neighborhood, then it is time that you also assigned a term that brings up negative connotations to the other side of the debate. I recommend uncontrolled, rampant growth and look forward to seeing it in print soon. Councilors like Ms Mendell advocate for planned growth by approving growth and density in areas defined by the city as "growth centers". They approved two rezoning cases in these areas at their first council meeting on Tues, Dec 5th. I will note you have chosen not to report that here as it doesn't support your narrative.

Secondly, your comparison between two different situations, that of Mr Branch leaving the council table before a vote and that of Ms Ward leaving the county commission table before a vote are not even close to being similar in the way you want to paint them. In Ms Ward's case she had asked to be excused as she needed to use the rest room. The majority on the commission REFUSED to grant her permission to leave. After waiting as long as she could, she finally had to leave unexcused. The commissioners behaved this way purposely in order to FORCE Ms Ward to leave on an unexcused absence specifically so they could seize the opportunity they created in order to take control.

In Mr Branch's case, he chose to leave without asking to be excused. One must assume he was aware of the rules the council operates under after being a councilor for two years. His choice to leave unexcused wasn't made before knowing a vote was coming. And, Mr Branch was also fully aware that if he was not satisfied with his YES vote based on his unexcused absence, he had until the meeting was adjourned to change his vote from YES to NO. We know Mr Branch understands this rule because he has used it at least once in the past to change a vote.

Honestly, if you have decided that your role in the media has changed from informing the public to carrying water for Mayor McFarlane, you should at least admit it to the public.

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Posted by FONCitizen on 12/13/2017 at 10:58 AM

Re: “The Disruption on the New Raleigh City Council Is a Blast from the Past

Councilor Crowder wanted to wait on the vote but Mayor McFarlane pushed it through.

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Posted by Apache101 on 12/13/2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “A Durham Crowdfunding Campaign Still Needs $50,000 to Pay Down Student Lunch Debt

@irene_krys We apologize for not catching that. The link is now in the story.…

Posted by victoria_foodeditor on 12/13/2017 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Durham’s Public Housing Is Aging and Deteriorating. Is Partnering with Private Investors the Answer?

I am uncertain what the Mayor means when he says that affordable housing will help this issue. People with the incomes described here can never afford so-called affordable housing.

And by using land near the DOLRT for affordable housing, land values and tax revenues from very valuable property will be way below what is possible, all to gain votes.

It's a shame that local left-wing politics is more important than solving housing issues.

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Posted by MJKopechne on 12/13/2017 at 9:59 AM

Re: “A Durham Crowdfunding Campaign Still Needs $50,000 to Pay Down Student Lunch Debt

Why in the world would you post something like this, with that headline, and NOT give the link for contributions?

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Posted by irene_krys on 12/13/2017 at 9:55 AM

Re: “The Durham County Commission Asks the NCGA to Hold Off on Class-Size Reductions

Ha! The schools cry for smaller classes but its all a fraud. When they are told by the legislature to set up smaller classes , they rebel.

Then they side with the affluent parents for whom music and art is more important than learning to read. They ignore the needs of poor students and families completely.

Wouldn't you like to see for once the School Board or the BOCC act for needy students and not side with the unions and affluent parents.

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Posted by MJKopechne on 12/13/2017 at 9:49 AM

Re: “The Disruption on the New Raleigh City Council Is a Blast from the Past

Once again I must take exception to being labelled as "slow-growth." I ran on a platform of responsible growth, smart growth, or planned growth -- growth that is compatible with surroundings, respects the environment, and has appropriate infrastructure in place.

Nicole Stewart's platform, if you check her campaign web site, also talked about growth in Raleigh "straining our natural resources." So having me serve on the Growth & Natural Resources Committee is not necessarily going to have "ramifications down the line."

I'd also like to know what is considered the opposite of "slow-growth" -- is it "fast growth" -- and what does that imply?

Admittedly I am new to politics, but I am confounded and disappointed that both the N&O and the IndyWeek continue to advance this "slow-growth" narrative, seemingly in the interests of stirring up controversy and dissension.

The current Council was sworn in just over a week ago. How about giving us some time to coalesce as a governing body under the leadership of Mayor McFarlane? And how about giving us the benefit of the doubt on "slow growth" versus "fast growth" until you see some results. At our first council meeting we actually approved a number of zoning requests that certainly belie a "slow growth" label.

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Posted by Stefanie Mendell on 12/13/2017 at 9:33 AM
Posted by terryboo on 12/13/2017 at 8:34 AM

Re: “The Republican Power Plays at the Heart of N.C. Politics

Fine work, Mr. Billman. Your readers are probably aware that most of the NC conservative shenanigans can be laid at Art Pope's feet. Jane Mayer referenced Indy in her excellent 2011 New Yorker article "State For Sale".

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Posted by growlybear on 12/12/2017 at 6:38 PM

Re: “The Problem with N.C.’s Religious Exemption Law

I have very little patience for the empty-headed Pro-poison crowd, which is begging the government to take everyones rights away (including their own...and theyre too stupid to know it). For the record, vaccines are a medical procedure, and no, medical procedures should never be mandated, dummy. And for immune-compromised kids who doctors often vaccinate anyway, maybe theyre the ones who should stay home from school and out of public places if communicable illnesses could severely harm or kill them...because there are way more viruses and bacteria that we dont vaccinate against than those we do (and many vaccines arent even designed to prevent infection or transmission of illnesses, so the immune-compromised are not being protected by others who are vaccinated). To be blunt, force vaccinating kids on the basis of corporate Scientism is medically sanctioned child abuse and shouldnt be allowed.

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Posted by DoritoReiss on 12/12/2017 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Durham Attorney Scott Holmes Challenges N.C. Court Fees as Unconstitutional

About time some one fixed this.

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Posted by Bob Schroeck on 12/12/2017 at 11:38 AM

Re: “The Problem with N.C.’s Religious Exemption Law

And I'm just getting started- What do you think of a society that ritualizes placing its babies -their most vulnerable, new lives- on a table to be stabbed and injected with multiple needles containing myriad highly toxic ingredients never studied in totality? I dare any of you to receive the amount per body-weight that babies receive.
Please think outside the hypnotic story that billions of dollars have woven around you. If you don't wake up now, you won't have a choice later. Mark my words.

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Posted by Nellie McFarlane De Jong on 12/11/2017 at 6:14 PM

Re: “The Problem with N.C.’s Religious Exemption Law

Feel free to put your faith in pharmaceutical products if you want to live like that. I prefer not to, and no one will be forcing them on me, thanks.

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Posted by Nellie McFarlane De Jong on 12/11/2017 at 6:03 PM

Re: “The Problem with N.C.’s Religious Exemption Law

Genetics do not cause autism. Humans have genetic differences that react to viruses and vaccines at different rates. Somali populations have babies expressing ASD at a rate of 1 in 26. African-Americans have babies expressing ASD at 1 in 48. An caucasian babies express autistic spectrum disorder at a rate of 1 in 68.
Vaccine damage is an alarming epidemic with higher rates of damage than any virus in the US. Autistic children have an average lifespan of 54years. With ASD with cognitive difficulties that age drops to 40. Autism is not the only health problem associated with vaccine damage.

Researchers in their infinite wisdom have yet to do a single double blind study with a true placebo control group with all of the ingredients in a single vaccine.

Instead, they take 1 ingredient for a study. That is ridiculous science.

The FDA set the daily aluminum IV threshold to 25mcg per day for adults. For an 8lb newborn baby that limit would be 18.16mcg. This is based on blood and urine studies that claim that aluminum is eliminated from the body through our urine. Take however that vaccines contain Polysorbate 80 an elmusifier used to coat brain chemotherapy drugs to get them to cross the blood brain barrier. Polysorbate 80 is used to transport many drugs past the blood brain barrier and is added to vaccines as an emulsifier.

Newborns, moments after their first breath, are injected with 100mcg of aluminum in their Vitamin K injection and 235-250mcg in their Hepatitis B vaccine.

Aluminum is a known neurotoxin that stores in the brain and bones. 335mcg -350mcg are amounts toxic to a 350lb man per the FDA.

At the 2 month visit per the CDC schedule this same infant will receive 1000mcg of neurotoxic aluminum.

At the 4 month visit per the CDC schedule this tiny baby will receive another 1000mcg of neurotoxic aluminum.

At the 6 month "well check" visit this baby will receive another 1000mcg of aluminum.

Along with Polysorbate 80, human DNA cells, monkey kidney cells, glyophosate, ....!

This is not a safe science based practice. And proper informed consent is not taking place in doctors offices. This is also just the facts on one ingredient.


Polysorbate 80…

Inflammatory conditions caused by adjuvants…

Groundbreaking Study on Vaccinated versus Unvaccinated kids…

Vaccine Ingredients, Adjuvants and Excipients…

This link goes far beyond live virus shedding…

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Posted by Nellie McFarlane De Jong on 12/11/2017 at 6:01 PM

Re: “The Problem with N.C.’s Religious Exemption Law

Meanwhile, the autism connection is FAR FROM SETTLED for anyone other than a lemming simpleton. I expect better from the Indy, which stands for Independent, right? Apply your name to your journalism- please break free from what you've been spoon-fed by corrupt big pharma and their extraordinarily powerful lobby, bigger than big oil lobby. Do some real research, please.

Here's something to get you started-…

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Posted by Nellie McFarlane De Jong on 12/11/2017 at 5:58 PM

Re: “The Problem with N.C.’s Religious Exemption Law

It is ludicrous to *believe* that the unvaccinated pose a threat to anyone. It's DANGEROUS to rile up antagonism against a group of people who are minding their own bodily business, legally and wisely.

In fact, the unvaccinated are much healthier than the vaccinated because their immune systems have not been assaulted with dirty, unstudied vaccines. Show me a double-blind, true, saline-placebo controlled study on one vaccine much less in combinations given before you dare tell me vaccines are safe. Anyone who believes this article has swallowed big pharma propaganda for their Products (we all know how honest and uncorrupted big pharma is, aye?), and is quite frankly not an objective, unbiased thinker.

All live virus vaccines contain LIVE viruses. They may be weakened but they can still replicate in the right environment and infect both the vaccinated and "shed" to people around them for weeks after the vaccine is given.

Which vaccines are LIVE?

Chicken Pox- Varivax Section 5.4 (up to 6 weeks):…

MMR- MMRII page 5 (Up to 28 days):…

Shingles- Zostavax Section 5.2:…

Rotavirus- Rotateq Section 5:5 (Up to 15 days, fecal shedding):…

Small Pox- ACAM2000 Section 5:10 (Only used in the military but highly contagious):…

But does that REALLY happen? Yes. Yes it can and does as these studies illustrate:

Varicella transfer after vaccine to pregnant mom:

Pub Med article on Rotavirus shedding:…

Mumps Vaccine sheds:…

Mumps vaccine sheds:…

Measles virus sheds for 1-13 days after vaccination:…

Mumps outbreak in Netherlands linked to those vaccinated twice with MMR:…

Measles vaccinated child responsible for outbreak in British Columbia:…

New York Measles outbreak linked to vaccinated:…

Measles outbreak among the vaccinated:

We don't know for certain how long shedding occurs because we don't test for it long term or regularly but in rare instances, it has gone on for years:…

Additionally, the Dtap/Tdap and Polio vaccines that are NOT live have been shown to cause the vaccinated to become asymptomatic carriers whenever exposed, thus the vaccinated can be spreading the illness without knowing at any time:

Pertussis carrier:…

Diphtheria carrier:…

The polio vaccine does not stop transmission of the virus. & when a person immunized with IPV is infected with wild poliovirus, the virus can still multiply inside the intestines and be shed in the feces, risking continued circulation.…

You can also find that most medical facilities are aware of this. Johns Hopkins and St. Jude hospitals are just a few of many who post precautions for recently vaccinated visitors.
Science shows that it's the vaccinated that are at a higher risk of infections and spreading the illnesses because they are routinely injected with them. Be aware of the infection and carrier risk each vaccine has when making your choice- AND take care when around the immune compromised if you have been recently vaccinated or around someone with the illnesses even if you don't show symptoms.

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Posted by Nellie McFarlane De Jong on 12/11/2017 at 5:51 PM

Re: “The PIT Wants to Fill the Disgraced DSI Comedy Theater's Void. But Will It Just Replicate the Same Toxic Culture?

Hey SHEILAB take off those rose colored glasses! Absentee ownership results usually are bad. Verbal abuse, frustrated tired whining and ranting spreads like a disease.

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Posted by DarkHumerous on 12/11/2017 at 11:13 AM

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