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Re: “Ashee Ethiopian Cuisine

This is now called Awaz and it's a charming little spot. I have spent about a month in Ethiopia and Eritrea and lived off their food 24/7 while in those countries. My second date with my now long term girlfriend was at an Ethiopian restaurant. I think for a white guy, I can speak pretty well to quality and this place is by far the best option we have in the Triangle, and really, one of the better ones in North America (DC is the Mecca for this cuisine, but Seattle holds its' own, too!).

I'm from Montreal and grew up eating steak tartars, so naturally I'm a big lover of kitfo, which is like Ethiopian steak tartare. You need to really trust a restaurant to eat food like that, which was NO problem for me. All the injera you need (teff grain based bread), some good sides like shiro, a lentil dish which is as comforting to me as homemade food from mom. Yes, I know my mother is not Ethiopian, it's just DAMN good.

There's a good menu, decent enough selection of wines/beers/typical cocktails. Don't go here thinking you'll have a renaissance with booze, but you will have a great meal.

Posted by ZGF on 05/13/2017 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Thank You Scientist, Bent Knee, Kiss the Curse

I've gone to about 20 or 30 concerts a year for the past five years and this was by far one of the most special. I have never seen two bands love and support each other like Bent Knee and Thank You Scientist. The affection was contagious and the unusual stage presence each band brought was refreshing and engaging. The music was beautiful and haunting; depressing and danceable, masterfully crafted and sincere. I hope they both come back.

Posted by Noseflute Fan on 05/13/2017 at 12:27 PM

Re: “VFW Post 7383

My name is Amy Sullivan and I am proud to be a member of the VfW Post 7383 in Cary, NC. My mom and dad were members of the VFW for many years. My mom was Past President two times of a VFW lLadies Auxiliary post, not this VfW post in particular, but they enjoyed very much being members of VFW Post 7383. My mom and dad were active members in the post as is my daughter Stacy Mcdade. Stacy has a son named Brayden who is six years old. He attends many VFW events in which are great learning experiences. Brayden wears his great grandfathers favorite hat in which hangs off it medals for bravery that were presented to his great grandfather who was a WWII veteran who served in North Africa and Korea. My dad instilled in me to stand up for your rights and that freedom is not a given many sacrificed their lives so we can enjoy our freedom, The members of the VFW Post 7383 does such great work in helping veterans and their familes which include many great fundraisers. One of which is special to me the Cancer Walks we participated in which my daughter Stacy Mcdade helped in planning and implementing them. I am very proud of my daughters accomplishments. Stacy does not know that I am writing this article. A friend of my daughter has cancer and has a son close age to Brayden. I was hoping she would join the post as she contributed some meaningful signs that are used at some of our events. The news of this friends cancer brought back a memory to me of a woman named Alana Giordano who was fighting cancer and a custody battle in which a Judge named Nancy Gordon listened to a custody evaluator named Helen Brantley state to the effect that the children should live with their father in a world free of cancer and illness. judge Nancy Gordon listened to the evlauator Nancy Gordon no longer serves as a family court Judge in the court in Durham, nc but I believe only as a visiting court judge. . Veterans have many illnesses including cancer so if a Veteran would have been in Nancy Gordons court battling cancer in a custody case or other illness whoever didnt have the illness or cancer should win. I was reading that Nancy Gordon was trying to get a veterans court I believe it was that if veterans commit a certain crime they would go to this court and perhaps be assigned someone to help them as they may need mental help. She also made reference that some are homeless. Veterans need jobs perhaps we can focus on getting them a job education etc. Veterans follow the law i suggest that Nancy Gordon should do the same in reading about the veteran court which I read a lot of articles on Veterans as my parents did I came across Nancy Gordon business of selling baskets filled with different things which include liquor. I followed this up and Nancy Gordon was issued a violation and abc commission is investigating . I have a copy of the violation. No one is above the law . VFW Post 7383 is a wonderful post that does such good work.

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Posted by VFW on 05/13/2017 at 4:16 AM

Re: “A Piece of My Heart

I found "A piece of my heart" to be an intense look at the lives of a diverse group of incredible women. The time spend was very enjoyable although it left me with a new found concern for all the Vets that return from serving on our behalf. I was amazed and spellbound by the intensity performances and the creativity on the stage. I would highly recommend that one put this play on your list of activities in May.

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Posted by Hamlet1 on 05/08/2017 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Cherry Pie

Cherry pie is kool

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Posted by Zacourie Jackson on 05/01/2017 at 9:21 PM

Re: “Neomonde Bakery & Deli

Neomonde had an official name change recently. We are no longer Neomonde Bakery & Deli. We are now Neomonde Mediterranean.

Posted by Neomonde Mediterranean on 04/27/2017 at 3:04 PM

Re: “REVIVAL

That was a very carefully phrased review, using the words "theatrical work" and not the word "play", or story, narrative, drama, arc, characters, etc. Minimalist to the extreme, it ended up being nothing more than excerpts from a church service. I suppose it could have been a revelation to someone who had never been in church before, but except for some half heard rap, I might as well have gone to service. At least I'd have saved $25. I've seen Ward Co. previously and been impressed; not this time. Likewise, the first purpose of a review is to give you an idea of what you will be seeing and if you want to; not so much.

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Posted by Robert Sobczak on 05/07/2017 at 9:46 AM

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

Just because unaffiliated voters can vote in either primary, it doesn't mean they do. Judging by voter turnout in NC, in general, no one votes. We had about 35% turnout during 2016 election and the midterms are closer to 15%.

I stand by my comment. Democrats must do more to recruit voters. They have to show a clear difference between themselves and the Republicans AND the national Party. Republicans have been successful locally because Democrats aren't very active outside the large urban areas. Judging by comments from the folks "back home" in rural NC, the Democratic Party doesn't appeal to them because they're anti-gun, pro-abortion, etc... Local Dems have done very little to earn these labels, this comes from the national politics trickling down. All this plus the 2010 gerrymander has created the super majority in Raleigh.

Posted by Charles Bowden on 05/26/2017 at 12:26 AM

Re: “By the Time You Read This, ICE Might Have Shipped Durham Resident Wendy Miranda Fernandez Back to El Salvador—Perhaps to Her Death

Just FYI: Your caption doesn't match the photo at the top.

Posted by December27 on 05/25/2017 at 9:38 PM

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

I also loved this movie when it came out. Having just recently rewatched it, I'm surprised by how many details from the book it actually got right. There's a lot to squeeze into a 90-minute film, but I think it did a decent job. It makes a good companion to the book and Hulu series -- some details differ, but it's the same broad strokes.

And the point about casting Duvall and Dunaway: completely agree! They fit their descriptions from the book much better than their counterparts in the Hulu series. It would be interesting to know what changes Atwood made to the script that Pinter disagreed with.

Posted by Jase Wells on 05/25/2017 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Sam Beam's Iron & Wine moves to Durham, another stop along his Southern journey

There is nothing like Sam Beam. A poet with delicious depth and imagery that makes every song a never-ending mystery. I would move to Durham just for the chance of running into him in the coffee shop.

Posted by keyA on 05/25/2017 at 8:45 AM

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

You CAN vote in a primary if you're registered as an unaffiliated voter. This changed several years ago.
In fact, maybe we should all change to unaffiliated, and vote in the republican primary to keep those furthest on the right extremist from making it to the general.

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Posted by Cristel Gutschenritter Orrand on 05/25/2017 at 8:27 AM

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

Making things worse, the GOP gerrymander used 2 long-lasting tricks, "packing and cracking". Packing puts as many Dem voters as possible into a few districts. Cracking takes the rest and spreads them out as slight minorities in the remaining districts. The result in N.C., with more Dem voters than GOP (2.7 vs 2 M), Dems got only 3 Congressmen out of 13. A recent analysis* shows over twice as many "wasted votes" for Dems as GOP. The wasted vote proportion sheds new light on what was, until now, immeasurable, and, by normalizing to total number of votes, corrects for simply not getting enough votes.

Here's a spreadsheet to compute these measures for N.C. Adapting the original analysis of Wisc. to N.C. gets a similar result, a vote "efficiency gap" between the 2 parties of 19.28%, far beyond the 8-10% recommended allowable maximum.
* https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1rX…

I expect, only a non-corporatist, straight shooter, like Bernie Sanders, in effect a level-headed, populist, Scandinavian-style social-democrat, has a hope of getting the young back to the DP to help fix this mess.

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Posted by MBH on 05/25/2017 at 12:59 AM

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

I have to disagree with Charles. Unaffiliated or independents may be more engaged and informed about the primary process. As an unaffiliated voter I have the freedom to vote in either the republican or democratic primary. More choice is generally better correct? This gives an independent the ability to influence the final candidate from the other party. If more democrats switched their affiliation to unaffiliated they could've voted against Trump in the primary (as I did) to prevent the unthinkable from happening. I will be encouraging all of my democratic registered friends to do this in the future for this exact reason.

On another note this image demonstrates a lack of editorial oversight. 182% of new 26-40 voters registered as unaffiliated and 106% of new Republicans are 66+???? How does more than 100% of any group do anything? This makes me question every number listed here, including the main premise that only 2% of newly registered voters in the last decade registered as democrats. This is such an amateurish editorial oops it's not even laughable. I'd dare call it fake news.

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Posted by erike on 05/24/2017 at 10:16 PM

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

This is the first time I have listened to the mayor's speech in it's entirety and I agree with him. I say this as a direct descendant of North Carolina slave owners; great grandfathers and great uncles that participated in the Confederacy both as citizens, military officers and regular soldiers. The time has come for North Carolina to move on from its shameful past by removing the statues across our state.

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Posted by David L Munden on 05/24/2017 at 9:29 PM

Re: “Durham County Manager Proposes a Property Tax Hike to Pay for Schools, Growth

Always, in the name of schools, which continue to not perform as they should in this county.

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Posted by Barbara 2 on 05/24/2017 at 4:45 PM

Re: “In Wake Schools, Why Aren’t Gifted Black and Hispanic Students Being Given the Same Opportunities as Their White and Asian Counterparts?

Boys still performing better in math and girls in English. Imagine that. Social engineering just not working for the public school system.

Posted by Barbara 2 on 05/24/2017 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Critics Say Duke Energy Is Trying to Roll Back Regulations and Corner the Market on Solar Development

Like it or not, as a consumer of electricity, you are going to pay for all of the operating costs. The coal ash management was done completely in compliance with applicable regulations. Yeah, there were failures, it is part of the price you pay to generate electricity.

Accepting the consequences of consuming electricity (or any utility) is part of the deal, like it or not. Most people have no idea what generating electricity (using any source) entails. This is why there is usually an outcry over policies and procedures that are industry standard. The general public does not understand what has to happen for you to plug in your hair dryer and get it to run.

Keep in mind, that if one does not wish to fund the entire cost and assume the consequences of purchasing power from the local utility, then they can always stop doing so, by generating their own power.

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Posted by John Trololo on 05/24/2017 at 3:57 PM

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

I'm so bored of the constant comparison of the two festivals. They are both very different, although there is definitely some overlap in fans (ie: me!). I'd love to see the city of Durham support them both equally, and I would also love for one of them to move to the Fall because Spring is already packed with Fullframe and many other events.

We've already read the "Moogfest versus Art of Cool" story for the past few years. Can we move on to how to support them both and ensure that the support Durham as well?

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Posted by ruby on 05/24/2017 at 3:38 PM

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