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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Fracking hearing tonight; fake DENR apology making email rounds

Posted By on Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 12:50 PM

When issuing an official press release from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources—or pretending to—it's wise to include the agency secretary's name. That was among the tells when the Indy received a "press release" alleging that DENR has apologized for its controversial draft report on fracking, in which the agency said it could be done safely in North Carolina if the right protections were in place. The release also falsely stated that DENR had reversed its position. More reasons to doubt the release's legitimacy:A) That's too good to be true.B) The email came from director@askdenr.org (DENR addresses have...

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Uriel Alberto released from Wake County Jail

Posted By on Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 4:40 PM

On Thursday afternoon Uriel Alberto stepped out of the bleakly lit Wake County Jail and into the sunshine. He had traded his orange-and-white striped jumpsuit for an orange T-shirt that read "undocumented and unafraid." "I'm excited to be out," Alberto, 24, said, after posting a $7,500 immigration bond. "But it's bittersweet. I met a lot of men in there who won't be going home. They are not going to walk out of there." Alberto was among three people affiliated with the NC DREAM Team and El Cambio who were arrested Feb. 29 on misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges afer protesting a...

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Does Shell Oil have Perdue's ear on fracking?

Posted By on Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:08 AM

When Americans for Prosperity praise a Democrat, it's never good news. The überconservative group applauded Gov. Bev Perdue yesterday for her support of fracking, after she told WRAL-TV that it would be permissible in North Carolina if the controversial drilling method could be regulated."Governor Perdue should be applauded for this important change of her policy position on energy exploration," read a statement by Dallas Woodhouse, AFP-NC state director. That's a big if, and one that other fracking states—Ohio, New York Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Virginia and even, the big drilling kahuna, Texas—have largely failed to accomplish. Those states have experienced major environmental...

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Uriel Alberto granted immigration bond; NC Dream Team raising funds

Posted By on Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Uriel Alberto, an undocumented immigrant and activist who has been jailed since Feb. 29, has been granted an $7,500 immigration bond. Alberto, 24, was among three people arrested on misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges after demonstrating at a meeting of the House Select Committee on the State's Role in Immigration Policy. The other two undocumented immigrants were released on bond, but since Alberto has a criminal record of several misdemeanors, he was jailed on a federal immigration detainer. Alberto, who also went on a 10-day hunger strike, remains in the Wake County Jail until his family and friends can raise the...

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Pittsboro Town Board says no thanks to fracking

Posted By on Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 4:04 PM

The Pittsboro Town Board voted unanimously Monday night to approve part of an anti-fracking resolution that asks the Legislature to keep the controversial drilling practice illegal. Some board members wanted to further study some of the language in the proposed resolution, but the gist of the sentiment is that no, Pittsboro does not want itself, or anyone, fracked. (Approved language is below the break.) The board will present this version of the resolution to the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources at a public hearing in Sanford on March 20. The board will then take up entire resolution again...

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Apex Councilor Scott Lassiter agrees to guilty verdict for DWI

Posted By on Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Apex Town Councilor Scott Lassiter has decided not to blame his recent driving while impaired conviction on indigestion. He had planned to argue before a jury in Wake County Superior Court that Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)—the common cause of indigestion and heartburn—contaminated his breathalyzer reading. Instead, he accepted the guilty verdict at an appeal hearing today. Lassiter registered a blood alcohol content of .11, three-tenths of a point higher than the legal limit for driving, when he was charged with the misdemeanor in February 2011. Despite being charged nine months before he won a town council seat, the story of...

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Groups to hold several public forums on fracking this month

Posted By on Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 11:30 AM

The N.C. League of Conservation Voters just sent out an announcement about three upcoming meetings and public forums on the topic of hydraulic fracturing or "fracking," the process of mining for natural gas. - March 14, 6 p.m., Cary (no address provided) — 'citizen activists' training by Environment NC and Public Interest Network; for info, contact jmiller@publicinterestnetwork.org - March 15, 7 p.m., Raleigh — talk on 'Facts About Fracking'; hosted by Capitol Group Sierra Club at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wade Avenue; click here for more info. - March 23, 7:45 p.m., Buies Creek — “Exploration for...

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Pittsboro Town Board to vote on anti-fracking resolution

Posted By on Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Pittsboro could join the towns of Creedmoor and Carrboro in its official opposition to fracking if the Town Board passes a resolution tonight. The resolution asks the General Assembly to “maintain current laws in North Carolina that prevent hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling in the state,” unless it can be proven that the controversial practice would not damage the environment, economy or public health. Pittsboro Mayor Randy Voller has publicly opposed fracking. Fracking is illegal in North Carolina, although last year, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 709, that would have opened the door for energy companies to drill on land...

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Tracy Cline removed from Durham DA's office

Posted By on Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 10:28 AM

pool photo/Chuck Liddy/The News & ObserverTracey Cline left court without commenting on her removal from office. Editor's note: This blog has been updated from its original content as news in the Tracey Cline case has developed this morning. Seconds after Tracey Cline, Durham’s district attorney, learned she was being ousted from office, she and her attorneys ducked into a jury room on the fifth floor of Durham’s courthouse without a word to the mass of media and citizens who had assembled there. Cline, 48, emerged from the room about 10 minutes later, appearing composed. She clasped the hand of a...

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Judge to announce decision on Cline Friday morning

Posted By on Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 4:21 PM

file pool photo/Chuck Liddy/The News & ObserverSuspended Durham District Attorney Tracey Cline For live coverage of Cline's hearing, follow @indyweek and #TraceyCline on Twitter. Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood will announce a decision Friday morning on whether suspended Durham District Attorney should keep her job. The hearing has been scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 3 on the fifth floor of the Durham County Courthouse. Hobgood will consider whether the state should remove Cline, 48, from the elected office she has held for three years, or whether her rights to free speech apply in claims she made against Durham Judge...

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