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Friday, September 28, 2012

Alamance protestors slam Sheriff Terry Johnson

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 3:10 PM

In an emotional press conference this morning, Alamance County protestors rolled out a lineup of area Latinos they say were racially profiled by controversial Sheriff Terry Johnson's office in recent years. The conference, put on by a group called Fairness Alamance, comes one week after a U.S. Department of Justice report concluded Johnson and his deputies are racially profiling Latinos. Organizers Friday slammed Johnson and called on him to comply with the DOJ investigation, which has already led to federal customs officials' decision to revoke Alamance County's use of the 287(g) program allowing deputies to act as immigration officers. "We...

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

UNC advisory board eyes university curriculum

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 7:00 AM

A plus-sized UNC advisory board—beset with controversy before the first gavel—convened for the first time Wednesday, mulling over the state universities' curriculum and changing demographics. The UNC Advisory Committee on Strategic Directions, which includes 31 leaders in education, business and politics, is expected to consider the future of the state's 17 public universities, but its makeup garnered more headlines than its actual charge before Wednesday's session. Critics are fired up over a handful of appointments, including the selection of publicly right-tilting businessmen like Art Pope and Fred Eshelman. UNC Board of Governors Chairman Peter Hans and UNC President Tom Ross...

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Monday, September 24, 2012

At Duke this morning: Conservative Visions of Our Environmental Future

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 9:55 AM

If you can get over to Duke this morning, and you can find a parking place, several heavy-hitter conservatives will be outlining their ideas for the environment. Expect to hear the words "free market" and "deregulation." The event starts at 10 a.m. at Reynolds Theater in the Bryan Center. Or you can drink coffee from the comfort of your desk and watch the live stream Conservative Visions of Our Environmental Future lasts all day and features Jeffrey Holmstead, former EPA administrator for air under George Bush. He is now an energy lobbyist for several companies, including Duke Energy, which, according...

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Updated: Durham's occupancy tax collections are down again

Posted By on Fri, Sep 21, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Update: Bob Klaus, general manager of the Durham Performing Arts Center, emailed over the weekend to remind that DPAC has had significant overall impact on the city's economy. His input has been added below. *Original postFor all of the Durham Performing Arts Center's success—it ranks No. 1 in the country in ticket sales—there's one area in which the theater seems to be falling short: the generation of hotel/motel occupancy tax money to the city. One of the selling points for constructing DPAC was that it would boost the number of overnight stays at Durham hotels. To help pay for DPAC's...

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UNC-CH employees call on chancellor to stay

Posted By on Fri, Sep 21, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Chancellor Holden Thorp—beset by academic and athletic scandal in his short tenure at UNC-Chapel Hill—seems to at least have a chunk of the university's employees in his corner. The school's Employee Forum, a group representing university staff, is holding a "peaceful" rally supporting the troubled chancellor this morning in front of South Building, the school's administrative HQ. Thorp announced Monday that he would step down from his post at the close of the 2012-13 academic year after two years of an athletic scandal that began with the school's football program and expanded into the academic sphere. In a statement Tuesday,...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

First Lady comes to Durham

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Change doesn't happen overnight. That was the message from First Lady Michelle Obama, who brought the enthusiasm—and a good chunk of her passionate Democratic National Convention speech—to the campus of Durham's N.C. Central University Wednesday afternoon. "It is going to take a lot longer than four years to rebuild the economy," she said. Wednesday's stump speech, the first of two North Carolina stops Wednesday with a second planned later in Greenville, seemed geared to contrast her husband, President Barack Obama, and GOP rival Mitt Romney, particularly on the subject of financial assistance for college students. The first lady's introduction Wednesday...

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

DOJ: Alamance deputies discriminating against Latinos

Posted By on Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Alamance County deputies racially profile Latinos. That’s one of many key findings in a long-awaited statement Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Justice. It follows a two-year probe into numerous allegations of profiling and biased policing involving the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) and Sheriff Terry Johnson. DOJ concluded the ACSO violated the U.S. Constitution and federal law by targeting Latino drivers for traffic stops, erecting checkpoints outside Latino neighborhoods and varying enforcement tactics based on ethnicity. “The Alamance County Sheriff’s Office’s egregious pattern of racial profiling violates the Constitution and federal laws, creates distrust between the police and the...

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Carrboro to mull Rogers Road sewer

Posted By on Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 1:47 PM

After years of much-bemoaned inactivity on the touchy subject of Rogers Road, leaders in Orange County seem to be on the move these days. Two weeks ago, Orange County commissioners passed a sweeping resolution to pledge $500,000 for a long-sought community center in the low-income neighborhood vexed by an aging landfill. That comes after Chapel Hill leaders closed neighbors' makeshift community center on Rogers Road last month over numerous fire safety concerns. Tonight, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen will take up a proposal to provide public sewer to the community. Extending sewer service to Rogers Road residents would cost approximately...

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Durham City Council Ok's Another Hotel Deal

Posted By on Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 11:17 AM

For the second time in as many months, the Durham City Council has approved an incentive laden deal to convert a languishing downtown building into a hotel. The Council voted unanimously Monday night to approve $605,000 in tax incentives for the redevelopment of the former Mutual Community Savings Bank at 315 East Chapel Hill Street. Local developer Gentian Group LLC plans to renovate the building into a 54-room “select service” hotel. (According to city economic development director, the “select service” designation indicates that it will offer a similar, if not as opulent, list of amenities as a “luxury” hotel). The...

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Monday, September 17, 2012

UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp to resign

Posted By on Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Embattled UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp is on the way out. WRAL reported Monday morning that Thorp will step down at the close of the 2012-13 academic year, ending a watch that has been plagued by allegations of academic improprieties, primarily associated with the school's football program. The school confirmed the news in a press release later Monday morning. This comes after Thorp met privately Friday with the UNC Board of Governors, the panel in charge of the state's public universities. The release said Thorp on Sunday told UNC President Tom Ross of his plans to resign. "I will always...

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Friday, September 7, 2012

University officials urge confidentiality in search for new NCCU chancellor

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 11:23 AM

The search for Charlie Nelms' successor has officially begun. Representatives from 19-member committee met for the first time yesterday on the North Carolina Central University campus to discuss what could be a months-long process of finding a replacement for the university's outgoing chancellor. Among the topics of discussion: How long the search process could potentially take, the qualities of a suitable candidate and the finalization of the draft "leadership statement" that will serve as the de facto job description. But among these other, preliminary decisions, committee members will also have decide how transparent the search process will be. Members of...

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