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Re: “Moogfest and Art of Cool Tell Durham Two Different Stories About Itself

yes. let's not forget WHY the disparity in city support happened. Moogfest (Rev. A) (AKA the music festival branch of the Durham chamber of commerce) promised to attract hordes of entitled white millennials to populate the new condo buildings. Art of Cool promised to reinforce the city's cultural heritage, which amounts to an obstacle (not asset) in the redistribution of wealth.

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Posted by Daniel Stark on 05/24/2017 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Your Party’s Dead, Man: Data Shows New N.C. Voters Abandoning Dems, GOP

really detailed current and trend-analyzed NC voter registration stats at
et seq.

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Posted by Ray Ubinger on 05/24/2017 at 10:14 AM

Re: “A Forgotten The Handmaid’s Tale Movie Filmed in Durham Is the Missing Link Between Classic Novel and Hulu Hit

What a great story, thanks Allison! I remember seeing this movie in high school and loving it. I never made the connection with Durham in all these years. Severely underrated movie, I think.

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Posted by Glenn McDonald on 05/24/2017 at 9:15 AM

Re: “Remembering Baba Chuck Davis, Legendary Voice of the African Dance Diaspora

Note that some details of Baba Chuck Davis's memorial services have been updated. We've updated the info box here to reflect the most current details.

Posted by Brian Howe, INDY managing editor for arts & culture on 05/24/2017 at 8:32 AM

Re: “The Mayor of New Orleans Explains Why North Carolina’s Monuments to White Supremacy Need to Come Down

In front of the Pitt County, Greenville, NC courthouse is a monument that honored/celebrated the county's dead soldiers by segregating their names with the word ""colored."". That word was removed along with a Confederate flag that flew over the town commons in the early 80s. Some call these actions a sanitizing of history. We should never forget our government's relationship with violence, hypocrisy and ignorance towards its own citizens.

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Posted by Glenn Maughan on 05/23/2017 at 5:11 PM

Re: “Senator Burr Says He Won’t Let His Intelligence Committee’s Trump-Russia Investigation Turn into a Witch Hunt

In other words they are not going to look real hard for evidence....AS for witch hunts, the republicans save those investigations for democrats...They spend million looking zealously for anything to hang a democrat......And they fail to find anything....Burr is full of Republican BS.

Posted by Tony D on 05/22/2017 at 10:45 AM

Re: “After Fifteen Years, the Michael Peterson Case Concludes But Provides Little Closure

Wow, this isn't a biased article at all. I'm sorry, but if anyone that has any knowledge of the actions of the Durham Police department and DA's office over the last 25+ years actually trusts anything that they've done or said, then they're either extremely naive or simply not capable of independent thought or basic critical thinking. Michael Peterson, Greg Taylor, Darryl Howard, Duke Lacrosse...Shall I continue? OK, how about the names from the other side of the fence: Duane Deavers (nothing but a sad, pathetic joke, and again, anyone who has seen any of his testimony or blood spatter "experiments" who cannot understand why these verdicts are being overturned is just drinking the Durham Law Enforcement Koolade), Freida Black, Mike NIFONG (has the distinction of being completely responsible for framing the entire Duke Lacrosse team AND helping with the Peterson trial, smiling on camera when speaking of Peterson and stating "He thought he'd get away with it", like a horribly eerie and ironic foreshadowing of his own future), Tracey Cline, Detective Mark Holland, Detective Mark Gottlieb (though I feel for his family and friends his guilt over ruining the lives of numerous innocent people ended in his own suicide), again I could go on and on, but it seems so unnecessary to do so. How can any person who is living freely in this country, especially those people who are citizens of The Triangle and who are all too familiar with these names and these trials not feel just a little violated themselves? How can they not feel scared and naked with the realization that their spouse could killed by an intruder, or in an accident, and that they could be put in prison for the rest of their lives if they go anywhere near them to try to help them? What if you're at a party and someone else in attendance decides to claim they were assaulted by you? It's already been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that all it takes to ruin an innocent person's life is an overzealous cop with a chip on their shoulder about something or a DA that happens to be running for reelection at the same time as the so-called "assault". If that doesn't scare every American to death it absolutely should, because there but for the grace of God go you, or I, or us. No one is immune, no one is safe.

And while the uninformed and ignorant snicker at "The Owl Theory" I can assure you that the people who believe it know far more about the death of Kathleen Peterson and her resulting head injuries that the author or this article does. Kathleen Peterson's head injuries were in no way indicative of a beating, unless she was beaten with a switch from a tree or some other "weapon" that would allow for a "beating" that must have been full of rage (especially if it was premeditated as this article's author would have you believe, based upon the mentioning of Kathleen's insurance policy), yet caused no skull fractures, no intracranial hemorrhaging, no bruising to the brain, no bleeding in the brain, and yet resulted in multiple deep lacerations that caused death by extanguination. Kathleen Peterson's only defense wounds were the large clumps of her own hair that she ripped out of her own skull at the roots, still clenched in both fists when the first responders arrived at the scene, complete with owl feathers inside of each hair clump. Yes she had some bruising and small cuts and lacerations to her face, neck, and head in addition to the talon-shaped lacerations that went to the depth of her skull bones, but who wouldn't if they were attacked by predator bird that is well-known to dive at it's pretty in excess of 70 miles per hour. Her front door, the one in front of that infamous staircase, was wide open, with a handprint on it, left in blood by Kathleen. Michael Peterson's shirt had residual blood smears on it, but not one little blood spatter on it anywhere (yes Mr. Deavers, you can test clothing that is black or dark navy for blood spatter even though you can't see it with your naked eye, they teach this in forensic science 101 in most undergrad college programs), yet we are supposed to believe that Michael Peterson beat her to death? Mr. Peterson had blood spatter on only one article of his clothing (though he was covered in his wife's blood because he was crawling her body and trying to stop her bleeding with multiple cloths and paper towels, this is not disputed by police), and this solitary area of blood spatter was on the inside of the leg of the shorts he was wearing. Try as he may (and did he ever try, by actually opening up the bottom of the shorts he was wearing before imitating the fatal "beating" during one of his video taped "experiments") Duane Deavers could not duplicate blood spatter up inside the leg of a pair of shorts at all during the commission of a fatal beating, let alone recreating that bizarre, lone splatter pattern and no other blood spatter at all. I would have thought that this combined with the total lack of internal cranial damage to Kathleen Peterson might lead an experienced, knowledgeable forensic blood spatter analyst to conclude that Michael Peterson did not in fact beat his wife to death (and it did, many real experts completely disagree with Me. Deavers), but that he rather stepped in a pool of his wife's wet blood that was on the hardwood floor, causing the splatter upwards and into his shorts (this also accounts for his partial footprint on the sweatpants that Kathleen was wearing, he stepped on her leg while cradling her). However, I'm using a combination of research, physical evidence from the crime scene, and logic. I don't have a political agenda or a score card that I'm keeping. Nor do I have what seems to be an intrinsic need to call every accidental death a homicide and to immediately as assign blame to someone. Unfortunately it seems that most of the law enforcement personnel in Durham over the past two decades just don't believe the old adage that "accidents happen".

If someone is attacked and/or killed by a bear, a wolf, a coyote, a shark, even if a person is bitten by a poisonous snake or spider, even if we hear about someone being mailed by a falcon or a hawk we don't even bat an eye. These are common predatory animals that are known to be fierce, aggressive animals who commonly hunt and kill prey, and who often attack people if they feel threatened by them. Why is it that when a possible Barred Owl attack is mentioned (only because the feathers of a barred owl are found mixed with clumps of hair, clenched in both of the dead victim's hands) it's automatically considered to be ludacris and is laughed at. Do some research on owl attacks against human beings, then take a trip to Cedar Street in Durham, NC, look at the landscape of the property, particularly the forested area right outside the door in front of that infamous staircase, that door that was found to be wide open with Kathleen Peterson's bloody handprint on it, and take note of the ancient, towering trees right above this entranceway to the Peterson's prior home that I'm speaking about. Go to YouTube and search "Owl attacks person". Do the same search on Google Images. Then read the initial police report from this case regarding Kathleen Peterson's autopsy, and especially in respect to her injuries. The author of this article wants you to believe that Kathleen Peterson's head injuries were 100% indicative of a brutal, premeditated beating meant to result in her death. Then ask yourself if an owl is capable of premeditated murder.

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Posted by EllenD on 05/21/2017 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Cry of Love vocalist Kelly Holland died depressed, but not alone

From Missouri... we rocked them out here. They were such a big part of my life. There were more... Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Brother Cane, etc, but Cry Of Love was among them in steady rotation with us. Thank you guys, for keeping my soul company.

Rip Kelly Holland
Rip Chris Cornell
Rip Layne Staley...

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Posted by Terry Cowden on 05/20/2017 at 11:10 PM

Re: “Vote for your favorites

Hatteras x

Posted by theseatree on 05/20/2017 at 12:20 PM
Posted by MichaelEdits on 05/19/2017 at 5:42 PM
Posted by RKlem on 05/19/2017 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Common Ground Theatre Is Gone, But Some of Its Resources and Its Role Live on in Walltown Children's Theatre

Thanks for the nice article and acknowledgement, Byron. I would like to put a gentle dedication out to my father, Peter Klem, who gave Common Ground the initial $20000 loan (interest free!) for most of that equipment. Common Ground ALMOST paid off that debt by the time he passed away last October. But it was his single generous contribution that made CGT possible and I am very happy to have his legacy continue at Children's Walltown Theatre. Thanks, Peter Klem, for being a great supporter of the arts.

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Posted by RKlem on 05/19/2017 at 9:47 AM

Re: “The whole rock-star idol thing ain't so big for Dexter Romweber

Well, Dexter isn't quite up on his facts concerning The Phantom. The Phantom was the stage name/persona of my cousin, Marty Lott. Marty was signed to Dot Records by Pat Boone (who also created the Phantom persona).
Marty never disliked show business & was actively trying to succeed in the industry. The only reason for his sudden jump to the "where are they now file" right after an appearance on American Bandstand was because of a nearly fatal car crash after a night of HEAVY drinking. He drove his car off of a steep cliff & rolled it into a revene.
He was paralyzed from the waist down & lived out the rest of his life in a trailer in Mississippi in relative obscurity until his death in '83. Sorry if that's a downer, but that's the real story.

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Posted by Gary Gaydos on 05/19/2017 at 3:16 AM

Re: “Donald Trump Is an Incompetent Menace. Just Impeach Him Already.

Some verifiable proof, instead of politically-inspired allegations of Donald Trump's crimes against the country, would be nice for a change. When a writer holds up to contempt his audience (for not grasping what he claims is obvious), that often turns into a mirror that reflects poorly on the author's motivations. In other words, there ain't no more Walter Cronkites out there, least of all Mr. Billman.

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Posted by Rataplan on 05/18/2017 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Reuniting Fourteen Durham Families, Black Mama's Day Bail Out Aims to Reform the State's Racially Biased Ransom Demands

Actually, her record is public record and it was NOT her first time in jail. Nor her second. She has a long history of assault, being a thief, fleeing to elude officers and has misdemeanor child abuse charges. How do you say this woman is a 'caretaker' to the community? She is teaching her son to be a thief, to be violent and to live a life of crime.

I am not saying I do not agree that the bail system sucks because it is punitive for folks without funds. But that has to be changed on the state level. However, you could have certainly used that 10 grand more wisely by maybe getting out some momma's that are true caretakers and community helpers, and that happened to just make a mistake and now is spiraling in the system. For 10 Grand you could have gotten a lot more out. This one, you should have left in.

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Posted by Brandy Lee on 05/18/2017 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Donald Trump’s First Hundred Days: The Anatomy of Failure

I have never in my life seen such Media bias , and such crazy people. I thought you were innocent until proven guilty. People need to wait for the facts to come out before they judge.

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Posted by Rebecca Kunkle on 05/17/2017 at 11:28 PM

Re: “Remembering Baba Chuck Davis, Legendary Voice of the African Dance Diaspora


Friday, June 2, 1pm - 7pm
Fisher Memorial UHC - 420 E Piedmont Ave, Durham, NC 27707
The body will lay in state and a time of Community Tributes will begin at 5:00 p.m.

Funeral Services:
Saturday, June 3, 11:00 a.m.
Union Baptist Church - 904 N Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27701

for further information: Dr. B. Angeloe Burch Sr. - 919-672-1058

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Posted by ladichel on 05/17/2017 at 6:59 PM

Re: “Raleigh Artist David McConnell's Infinity Hundred Is a Biodiverse Alternative to Big Agriculture

WHY cut down those 50 ft. pine trees, dude??????

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Posted by Phyllis Nunn on 05/17/2017 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Updated: Thom Tillis Collapses, Taken Away in Ambulance, Says He’s Fine

Remember this when you vote on healthcare, Sen. Tillis.

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Posted by StarSword on 05/17/2017 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Updated: Thom Tillis Collapses, Taken Away in Ambulance, Says He’s Fine

Per USAToday:
"Hey everybody, I'm fine," he said in a video posted on his Twitter account. "Just running about two and a half miles and got overheated."

He said there was no CPR or special measures administered on him, contrary to some reports.

"See you back on the Hill," he said.

C'mon, Thom... I am relieved that a sitting Senator did not just keel over permanently, but I think it would be best for the state and country if you resigned for, ummm, health reasons... yeah, health reasons.

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Posted by SomeCallMe...Tim on 05/17/2017 at 10:11 AM

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