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Monday, February 25, 2013

Carrboro aldermen to hear CVS plans Tuesday

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Much-discussed plans for a two-story CVS in downtown Carrboro will be back before town leaders Tuesday night. The pharmacy bigbox's latest plans for a 24,590 square-foot store at the intersection of Greensboro and Weaver streets are likely to draw the usual share of ire from some Carrboro protesters, who argue the store will clog the town's center with traffic congestion, destroy historic homes and otherwise disrupt town life. CVS officials say their current location near Carr Mill Mall is too small to support demand in the Orange County town. Pharmacy plans have been through various phases, although the slight modifications...

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Number of Durham homeless increases

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:54 AM

On a late January evening, despite heavy rains and fierce winds, at least 759 people in Durham had no place to call home. The figure was announced last week as a result of the Point-In-Time Count, an annual one-night tally of the homeless. On Jan. 30, 2013, Durham County officials collaborated with 13 local shelters and organizations and about 50 community volunteers to count the unsheltered population—those in cars, on the streets or in the woods—as well as those staying in transitional housing and emergency shelters. Of the 759 homeless counted that evening, 118 were children. Fifty-three were unsheltered—7 percent...

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Womack and the case of the vanishing blog entries

Posted By on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Some of the most inflammatory entries on N.C. Mining and Energy Commission Chairman Jim Womack's blog—in which right-wingers posing as long-dead founding fathers take shots at their political enemies—are, as of this writing, down. The posts were among those cited in this week's story, in which Womack was outed as an author. Those posts included sharp attacks on former Lee County blogger Keith Clark, a Womack enemy, that labeled him a "psychopathic liar," a "pitiful and desperate person," "fat," and a "freak." One post, apparently written by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Jay, includes unproven allegations that Clark faked...

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Commerce committee hears destructive fracking bill

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 10:50 AM

"This is simple," began state Sen. E.S. "Buck" Newton at a commerce committee meeting yesterday. "This country needs the energy and this state needs the jobs." Newton, who represents Johnston, Nash and Wilson counties, is a primary sponsor of Senate Bill 76, which would allow hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to begin in North Carolina in early 2015. Despite substantial opposition from environmental groups and landowners concerned about impacts on their properties, the bill is moving quickly through the legislature under the cheery alias, the Domestic Energy Jobs Act. The new bill revamps last year's fracking measure, SB 820, by deleting...

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

McCrory eyes revenue from oil and gas drilling, counts chickens before they hatch

Posted By on Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Has Gov. Pat McCrory been hypnotized by The Beverly Hillbillies? Specifically, the opening sequence in which Jed Clampett Is "shootin' at some food" when, as the ballad goes, "up through the ground came a bubblin' crude." Oil, that is, black gold, "Texas Tea." You might think McCrory has drunk the Texas Tea if you heard him crow about the financial benefits of tracking offshore drilling in his State of the State address last night: "Think what we can do with future revenue." Yes, let's think about it: Besides the obvious environmental hazards (have we forgotten the BP disaster already?), it...

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Raleigh universities urge Wake commissioners to stop delaying transit

Posted By on Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Wake county commissioners are being called out on public transit—again. This time it's Raleigh colleges and universities insisting commissioners stop blocking a half-cent sales tax referendum that would bring light rail and expanded bus service to the Triangle. In a letter obtained by INDY Week, and mailed to county commissioners today, William Peace University president Debra Townsley writes, "Our fast-growing region simply cannot afford to wait any longer in laying the critical infrastructure for a dynamic future. We believe this is the year to let voters decide on transit." The letter was written on behalf of Cooperating Raleigh Colleges, a...

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N.C. DOT—finally—agrees to issue driver's licenses to qualified undocumented immigrants

Posted By on Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Certain undocumented immigrants will be eligible for driver's licenses and ID cards, according to a press release issued today by the N.C. Department of Transportation. The department will also reinstate driving privileges to 13 immigrants whose licenses were suspending pending the N.C. Attorney General's opinion and the N.C. DOT review. The decision affects immigrants who have been accepted into the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which grants work permits to some immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. In June 2012, Homeland Security established DACA, a program allowing undocumented immigrants who as children had been...

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Climate change is so real even the feds are afraid

Posted By on Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Coastal military bases, federal crop insurance and federal disaster aid: These government programs are vulnerable to the effects of climate change—enough that the Government Accountability Office has placed the fed's financial vulnerability to climate change-related weather events on a "high risk" list. A report released today cites observations by the United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) that the "impacts and costliness of weather disasters—resulting from floods, drought, and other events such as tropical cyclones—will increase in significance as what are considered 'rare' events become more common and intense due to climate change. In addition, less acute changes in the...

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

At Durham City Council work session, advocates of homeless
talk to the hand

Posted By on Sat, Feb 9, 2013 at 4:00 AM

In defeat, protest, or a bit of both, a group of advocates walked out of a Durham City Council work session Thursday after the Council dismissed their concerns about the restrictive new panhandling ordinance. Just minutes earlier, the Rev. Carolyn Schuldt had arrived at City Hall enthused to represent Durham’s homeless, joined by 10 others from the faith community. She hoped to convince council members to repeal the ordinance, which prohibits panhandlers from posting at the city’s most profitable spots. The law, Schuldt told council members, “directly impacts the survival of a very vulnerable population by making them more dependent...

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

McCrory: To be or not to be moderate

Posted By on Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Those troubled by Gov. Pat McCrory's far-right appointments and statements in recent weeks will find more to wail about in at least one of the governor's prospective appointments to the N.C. State Board of Education. McCrory's nominations include former U.S. Congressman Bill Cobey, a Chapel Hill resident who currently sits as vice chairman for the Jesse Helms Center's operating board in Wingate. Yes, that Jesse Helms. From its website, the Union County center, which acts as something of a museum in Helms' native county, is pledged to promoting "traditional American values and the principles upon which our nation was founded...

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Eve Carson killer to be sentenced again

Posted By on Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Former Indy Week writer Matt Saldaña with Eve Carson in 2006 Expect a swift—and angry—response on this one. The N.C. Court of Appeals released its opinion today in the case of Laurence Alvin Lovette, one of two men convicted of killing UNC-Chapel Hill Student Body President Eve Carson in 2008. The high-profile murder case was one of the most notorious in UNC-Chapel Hill's history. According to Tuesday's court opinion, Lovette is due a resentencing because of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last summer in Miller v. Alabama. The nation's highest court ruled then that a mandatory life sentence without the...

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Debra Goldman resigns from Wake school board

Posted By on Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 2:40 PM

The conservative voting bloc on Wake County's school board is fading fast. Debra Goldman confirmed to the News and Observer today that she is moving to Wilkes County and has submitted her resignation to the Board of Education. This could allow Democrats on the board to create a 7-2 majority, which would be more diversity-friendly and more likely to push for additional funding during budget season. According to the N&O's report, Goldman appears to have been automatically removed from the board when she changed her voter registration to Wilkes County. If that's true she won't be able to vote at...

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