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Re: “A Raleigh Family Asks a Court to Stop a Developer from Erecting a 28-Foot Wall Next to Their House

Unfortunately this article did not include photos of the Glover home following a heavy rainfall. I saw photos and their backyard was a virtual pond. Muddy water was pouring into the yard, down the driveway, and into the street. Why were exceptions made to the height and setback ordinance? Not every inch of infill has to be maximized for "profit". Abominable decision making, development favoritism, and unethical builder. Shame.

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Posted by EJM on 07/14/2017 at 10:28 PM

Re: “A Raleigh Family Asks a Court to Stop a Developer from Erecting a 28-Foot Wall Next to Their House

It sounds to me as if the City may be giving special consideration to some and not all. I smell a rat.

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Posted by Barbara Geiger on 07/14/2017 at 9:12 PM

Re: “A Raleigh Family Asks a Court to Stop a Developer from Erecting a 28-Foot Wall Next to Their House

This is another of many examples across Raleigh where developers intimidate longtime residents and blatantly violate the stated intent of the UDO's Infill Compatibility Standards. We need more City Council members who will fight for residents over developers. Remember that on October 10th

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Posted by Stefanie Mendell on 07/14/2017 at 9:05 PM

Re: “A Raleigh Family Asks a Court to Stop a Developer from Erecting a 28-Foot Wall Next to Their House

UDO guidelines discuss and encourage residential infill to be compatible with existing structures. In my opinion, this structure does not.

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Posted by Betty Brandt Williamson on 07/14/2017 at 7:43 PM

Re: “The Bookshop Brought Many Rare and First Editions—and Two Famous Cats—to Franklin Street for Thirty-Two Years

The last thing Chapel Hill needs is another damn restaurant.

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Posted by Chrysser on 07/14/2017 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Hogwashed, Part 3: Solutions Exist for the Hog Industry’s Waste-Management Problem. Why Aren’t They Being Used?

I am an N.C. hog farmer. If you are deemed to be a part of a problem, then it makes sense to me that you should play a part in the solution to that problem. I do not think that it is a lie or an exaggeration that animal agriculture (mainly swine CAFOS and poultry houses) have some odor and environmental issues. Issues that sorely need to be dealt with by our industry. I am a contract hog farmer (Butler Farms) in Harnett County N.C. and can only speak to swine issues. After 22 years in this business, I know from personal experience the true effects and environmental impact we have had on our neighbors and community. My good and loyal neighbors have told me the truth about what our little farm has done to their families and community. Knowing these truths, we have for the past 10 years, as a concerned hog farm family, made every attempt to be a part of the solution to odor and environmental issues. (Flat Branch/Anderson Creek Community). We have made these positive efforts through the use of alternate waste management innovations. The alternatives we have used are Best Management Practices (BMPs), covered swine waste storage ponds and swine waste methane to energy. Despite all the positive comments made by our industry leaders on innovation and renewables, we have seen very little encouragement and no monetary incentives to move forward with new technology. I know that our pork industry has made some improvements in waste management, odor control, and water usage, but in my opinion, we have lagged behind for far too long and have over used the economic feasibility reasoning as a deterrent. The integrators that we contract with have to be a part of the solution and have to finally realize that the current grower contracts do not pay enough for us to pay our operating expenses and in addition, take care of our accumulated hog waste and waste management issues on the 2000 to 2500 family farms in N.C. Better pay will make us better environmental stewards and that benefits everyone. I feel it is time to act and I am proud to be a part of the three (3) part discussion titled "Hogwashed" by Indy Week.
Anyone can see that our industry has been very successful in N.C. Now is the time for the industry to give back. http//

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Posted by Tom Thomas Butler on 07/14/2017 at 8:56 AM

Re: “Spider-Man: Homecoming Makes a Fifty-Five-Year-Old Hero Feel Like a Kid Again

Spiderman homecoming is the best spider man movie that I have seen yet

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Posted by Hazel Gomez on 07/13/2017 at 5:03 AM

Re: “Unlike Wake County and Its Register of Deeds Office, Some Counties Stop Losses with Internal Audits

Which state statute, according to Prof. Allison, requires N.C. sheriffs and registers to audit their own offices?

NCGS 159-24 et seq, including 159-32, clearly say that's the responsibility of the county's finance officer, which makes logical sense:

Sheriffs and registers are not elected to be CPAs. And the very purpose of an outside audit, after all, is to get an objective analysis of the office's books, which no "inside audit" could ever be expected to produce. So that argument doesn't seem to hold water.

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Posted by Leanne Sigmon on 07/12/2017 at 9:25 PM

Re: “Pulcinella's Italian Restaurant

A great little family Italian restaurant. Good menu. Quiet setting. Good service.

Posted by Anthony Dean Morgan on 07/12/2017 at 9:17 PM

Re: “CASA Buys Two Durham Apartment Complexes, Adding 79 Units of Affordable Housing to Its Portfolio

I'm grateful to read this good news. Thanks to the work of CASA and those who have supported the acquisition.

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Posted by Morgan Siem on 07/12/2017 at 2:08 PM

Re: “McFarlane’s Attempt to Overhaul CACs Might Be a Big Issue in Raleigh’s Mayor’s Race

I don't understand the Perry Woods response. To say that Nancy McFarlane hasn't attended to basic concerns of the public might or might not be factual, but it's not a "personal attack". Apparently the Mayor hasn't had to run a real campaign in so long that her staff have developed very thin skins.

The Mayor made herself vulnerable with a cart-before-the-horse move against CACs. Let's see if she can recover.

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Posted by ct on 07/12/2017 at 12:29 PM

Re: “DSI Comedy Will Close August 28, Zach Ward Says

rabble rabble subverting rabble

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Posted by terryboo on 07/12/2017 at 11:37 AM

Re: “John Odom’s In. What About Mary-Ann Baldwin? Updates from the Raleigh City Council Races.

You missed long time Raleigh resident and former House 38 candidate Olen Watson running in opposition to Corey Branch for District C.

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Posted by Olen Leo Watson III on 07/12/2017 at 10:27 AM

Re: “DSI Comedy Will Close August 28, Zach Ward Says

This is sad. No other way to put it.

Foremost, it's sad because Ward's behaviour prevented some people from having a great experience within a challenging, liberating, and potentially life-changing art form. People prepared to open themselves up to new experiences were hurt by his actions, and that's tragic.

It's sad because a lot of innocent, hard-working, and hilarious improvisors have now lost their community hub and performance space. It had to happen, but that doesn't make it any less devastating to these people, who are now confused, hurt, and questioning their self-worth in light of these revelations.

It's sad because a lot of people outside DSI seem to be as concerned if not MORE concerned with gloating in Ward's downfall and patting themselves on the back as they are with comforting and sympathizing with the many, many victims.

It's sad because the Chapel Hill community at large can no longer look forward to seeing fun, friendly DSI folks at local events or at the theater, which offered a fun night out for not a lot of dough.

So, yeah. Sad.

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Posted by MavisDaily on 07/12/2017 at 10:20 AM

Re: “DSI Comedy Will Close August 28, Zach Ward Says

How on earth does the hashtag #YesAndWeBelieveYou subvert "yes and?" This principle of "yes and" is all about supporting your scene partner, and many of us will say that it carries over into real life, too. If anything, Zach Ward was the one subverting the "yes and" philosophy by harboring a toxic environment and sexually harassing and discriminating against DSI's performers.

I'm going to assume you simply used the wrong word and move on, but please understand the facts of this principle before carelessly crafting sentences like this simply to include relevant buzzwords. There are tags for a reason.

It is not up to Zach whether or not he created a toxic environment - this is up to the performers.

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Posted by tkdevrie on 07/12/2017 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Hogwashed, Part 3: Solutions Exist for the Hog Industry’s Waste-Management Problem. Why Aren’t They Being Used?

In the early to mid 1990's I came upon an investment opportunity in a process called Bio-Remediation which touted it's effectiveness in remediating (cleaning) virtually any carbon based pollutant, including animal waste as well as petrochemical spills in-situ (on-site, in the ground). I became so enamored with the process due to it's stellar success rate around the world including Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and more that I decided to go into the business of hog lagoon remediation.

The process was fairly simple, and resembled adding a product such as Rid-ex to your septic system, then stirring it up a bit to promote aerobic nitrogen digestion. This in conjunction with a process called Phyto-remediation which uses specific plants to remove heavy metals from the effluent would have virtually eliminated all further pollution problems for these animal production facilities.

We secured the necessary product, purchased equipment and allied with a former hog farmer that owned an abandoned hog lagoon. that had been deemed a toxic waste site by the Department of Natural Resources.

We contacted DNR, as the agency overseeing our cleanup. We we met with the local DNR agent on numerous occasions.... every time we spoke additional regulatory roadblocks were added to thwart any attempts to commence cleanup operations. We secured an independent testing laboratory, purchased several Million dollars of liability insurance (The insurance company was quite familiar with the process as they insured multiple similar worldwide operations, albeit none in the US.).

After jumping through every hoop and satisfying every roadblock that DNR placed in our path, we thought we were able to start the cleanup, I received a call from our DNR agent requesting a meeting... I assumed simply to hash out a few final details of the cleanup process.... Instead the agent informed me that our process had been denied by DNR. He went on to tell me (strictly off the record) about how familiar he was with our process and that he personally knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt that we would be 100% successful in cleaning the toxic material from the lagoon.... BUT.... it would NEVER be approved by DNR due to lobbying by highly profitable "big money ventures" involved in other methods of cleanup that were not nearly as successful, economical or environmentally friendly. He made it very clear that any attempts we made to have our work certified would be thwarted by the DNR.

At this point the farmer that owned the lagoon decided that we should just go ahead and clean the site.... Even if we were unable to certify that all toxins had been remediated, cleaning up the mess was just the "right thing to do". As we were preparing to commence cleanup operations (remember, the process is virtually nothing more than pouring rid-ex in your toilet and then stirring the water a few times), I received another call from the DNR agent informing me that if we proceeded we would be criminally and civilly prosecuted as toxic polluters.

Thus ended the project, the business... and to the best of my knowledge any further attempt to clean the site.

Several years back I heard about Smithfield doing research into the bio-remediation process.... and while I have not followed the issue, I believe it is being currently being incorporated into the methane generation systems you wrote about.

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Posted by Ray Ulansey on 07/12/2017 at 9:53 AM

Re: “DSI Comedy Will Close August 28, Zach Ward Says

"Subverting"? Editoralizing much?

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Posted by Rob Hoffmann on 07/12/2017 at 9:21 AM
Posted by Lizzie Casey on 07/12/2017 at 9:21 AM

Re: “The Best of the Triangle 2017: Your Comprehensive Guide to Everything Awesome

I've noticed some businesses / best of winner places have the neat plaques hanging up. Where can you get those? Is there a process? Know if a Best Of winner who would love to be able to put one up... err... asking for a friend.

Posted by tkessler on 07/12/2017 at 4:43 AM

Re: “Hogwashed, Part 2: Environmental Advocates Say Hog Facilities’ Antiquated Waste-Disposal Systems Are Threatening the State’s Waterways

PS: 11 pounds (a lot more than a gallon) of excreta per day
per 180 pound average pig is plausible, but
if a 180 pound man put out more than a gallon of excreta per day,
we'd call him a pig;
we would call any who sprayed sewage on others' homes, or got paid
to allow sewage to be sprayed on the homes of other people
by capitalist owners/operators of million-dollar properties to
spray sewage: pigs.

We do not allow human waste to be sprayed on neighbors' homes & children;
only politicians who feed at the trough do anything like that.
Sauce for the goose, sauce for the gander;
if it's ok to spray sewage on others' homes, then
why don't we spray sewage on the homes of
those politicians who get paid to allow that? OR
why not treat the sewage of pigs the same way we treat human sewage?

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Posted by Chris Tiffany on 07/11/2017 at 4:33 PM

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