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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

"I want to get good kids out of failing schools" ~Chris Malone

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 11:16 AM

A new robo-call by Republican candidate for N.C. House District 35 Chris Malone tells constituents that he wants to "get good kids out of failing schools." Malone currently serves as a Wake County school board member and has recently been mired in scandal over allegations of an affair with fellow board member Debra Goldman, who is running for state auditor. Goldman also named Malone as a suspect in the reported theft of $130,000 worth of jewelry, coins and cash from her Cary residence. Malone was later cleared by Cary police. The latest robo-call pulls the curtain back on the...

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Philanthropy Journal hires new managing editor

Posted By on Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Over the next two months, watch for a run on moving boxes in Raleigh. Elections signal a transitional time in state government, as staffers leave their jobs and look for new places to land. Philanthropy Journal has scooped up Jill Lucas, the soon-to-be former communications director for the N.C. Department of Administration. She has been named the new managing editor of Philanthropy Journal. Lucas starts her new job next week. A journalist by trade, Lucas also served as the governor's deputy press secretary and the public information officer for the Governor's Highway Safety Program of the N.C. Department of Transportation....

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Raleigh City Council votes in secret to give Jehovah’s Witnesses $150,000

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 1:07 PM

It’s typical for two affable Jehovah’s Witnesses in oversized business suits to make the neighborhood rounds, knocking on doors. But what about when the whole organization comes knocking at City Hall? Earlier this month, the Raleigh City Council voted behind closed to doors to give the Jehovah’s Witnesses $150,000 to hold their annual convention in the PNC arena next year. It shouldn’t be a surprise. Since 2008, Raleigh has given $875,000 to the religious group for that gathering. The City Council subsidizes the event—the money actually goes to PNC arena—because it brings millions of dollars to hotels and restaurants and...

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Friday, October 19, 2012

The women's vote: Turnout historically higher than men

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 10:22 AM

We may not be in binders, but we are in ballot boxes: If trends in 2008 and 2010 elections hold, more women than men will vote in North Carolina this fall. According to a report, "The Status of Women in North Carolina," released by the N.C. Department of Administration, in 2010 47 percent of women who were U.S. citizens, age 18 and older and reported voting in the state cast ballots. That's equivalent to 1.6 million women. In 2008, the last presidential election, 69 percent of eligible women voters—or 2.3 million—did so. We showed the full numbers in a graph...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Durham City Council Legalizes Patio Drinking

Posted By on Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 10:00 AM

As expected, the Durham City Council last night unanimously approved a long-gestating revision to outdoor seating regulations that will allow for the consumption of beer and booze on city sidewalks. The council's approval comes despite opposition from Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez, who'd expressed concern about the inclusion of private clubs (also read: bars) in the revised ordinance. A previous version of the ordinance that excluded nightclubs and bars was introduced to the public in May, prompting complaints from a cadre of interests—Durham Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Durham Inc. and a handful of local bar owners—that the rule would inhibit...

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Relaxing Raleigh's food truck rules... Maybe

Posted By on Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Raleigh is set to consider another milestone in its slow crawl toward a more accepting food truck culture downtown. City councilors will hold a public hearing Tuesday on whether or not to allow more food trucks per lot and to allow the mobile businesses to come closer into downtown. The hearing comes after a six-month review of the initial food truck law, which opened the door for food trucks, but placed strict limitations on where they could operate. City officials claim they've received no complaints about the law so far. After a year of debate, with many restaurateurs lobbying...

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Monday, October 15, 2012

From guns to schools at the Wake County commission

Posted By on Mon, Oct 15, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Two interesting items on the agenda at today’s Wake County Board of Commissioners' meeting (2 pm, Wake County Courthouse). One: the commissioners are asking the school board to promise stability on a career and technical education high school that’s still in the planning process. Two: approving a contract for roughly $800,000 to put a new roof on a county gun range. The firing of former superintendent Tony Tata in late September has put renewed strain on the relationship between the GOP-controlled commission and the Democratic-led school board. Commission chair Paul Coble publicly denounced the firing and cancelled all forthcoming meetings...

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Wake school construction bond likely to be delayed

Posted By on Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Since former superintendent Tony Tata's firing, Wake County school board members continue to pump the brakes on key initiatives regarding the future of the school system. Last week, the board decided not to go through with a revamp of student assignment, but instead use 2011-12 student assignment maps to decide where children will attend school next year. And Wednesday board members tentatively agreed it would be best to let voters take up a bond referendum next fall rather than next spring. The school construction bond could range anywhere from $400 million to $1 billion to pay for new schools in...

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Pride Parade 2012

Posted By on Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 10:28 AM

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Lincoln Apartments residents petition Durham County Commissioners over evictions

Posted By on Mon, Oct 8, 2012 at 8:30 PM

This is the story of Lincoln Apartments as Southern Real Estate Management & Consultants tells it: The majority of the 50-plus households at the low-income housing community don't pay rent, or if they do, it's late. And without rent collections, the real estate company can't pay its bills and must evict all the residents, effective Oct. 31. But residents of Lincoln Apartments told Durham County Commissioners a much different version of events Monday night. And the residents' comments raise questions about the company's financial practices and overall management of the property. "We are not here to hand over our...

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

How to be an election watchdog

Posted By on Sat, Oct 6, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Bloggers, reporters and people interested in politics are invited to "How to Be an Election Watchdog," scheduled for 11 this morning in Room 339 of the Farrison-Newton Communications Building at N.C. Central University in Durham. Learn about major voting problems that could emerge this year, how to uncover campaign donors and "shadow money" spending and the legal basis of voting rights. The panel includes Isela Gutierrez-Hunter of Democracy North Carolina, professor Jarvis Hall of the N.C. Central Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change and Chris Kromm, Institute for Southern Studies executive director. a panel co-sponsored by the Institute for...

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Conservative opposition comes alive at Wake school board

Posted By on Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 12:56 PM

As Democratic school board members might have guessed, community activists, who were once the voice for neighborhood schools, are in an uproar over the firing of Superintendent Tony Tata. At Tuesday’s school board meeting, members of the Democratic majority elaborated little on their reasons for firing Tata, Republicans pounded them for it, and public commenters joined in for about an hour and a half. Many of the 15 people who spoke fiercely against Tata’s firing have been active in board politics for several years and are former neighborhood school advocates. It's a sign that the community division, which led to...

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