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Monday, March 31, 2014

Suspicious suitcase prompts evacuation of N.C. Mutual Life building in Durham

Posted By on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Durham Police evacuated the N.C. Mutual Life building this afternoon after a man left a suitcase on the front steps and then fled after a security guard approached him. A bomb squad—both officers and a robot—was brought in to investigate.  The building houses about 430 people, including employees of Duke University medicine, the Veterans Administration, N.C. Mutual Life insurance and the Durham office of U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, who represents the Congressional First District. A fire alarm sounded and employees left the building on Chapel Hill and Duke streets around 2 p.m. The adjacent streets were still closed...

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Jailed Wake County public school student is free to go

Posted By on Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Supporters of Selina Garcia— the 17-year-old Southeast Raleigh high school student who has been in jail for three weeks following a school bus fight— packed a Wake County courtroom Thursday. Garcia pleaded guilty to charges of simple assault and communicating threats regarding two minor altercations in school, in which no injuries occurred. She received credit for twenty days’ time served and may be allowed to expunge the convictions from her record down the road. “I admit to my actions, they were wrong,” Garcia told a Wake County judge. “I know I need to set a better example, especially when I’m...

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Changes in store for Durham Civilian Police Review Board

Posted By on Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 8:20 PM

The Durham Civilian Police Review Board made a list of recommendations to change how it conducts its business, but scheduled a vote on these proposals for next month. At its Feb. 26 meeting, the board announced it would vote on proposed recommendations to its scope and duties. These aspects of the board have been sharply criticized by many members of the public in light of several officer-related shootings by the Durham Police Department. "We were told to our face: 'What are you doing, what can you do and how can you change?'" Carlos Siu, board vice chair, said. Yet, at...

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Raleigh Planning Director Mitch Silver headed for Bill De Blasio administration

Posted By on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Mitch Silver, Raleigh's planning director since 2005, is leaving the city for a job as New York City Parks Commissioner under Mayor Bill De Blasio's administration. Silver posted the news to Twitter shortly before 3 today. The New York Daily News also reported the story....

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Wake County public school student still in jail 12 days after arrest

Posted By on Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 7:46 PM

A student in Wake County Public School System arrested March 7 for allegedly fighting on a school bus has been held in the jail on Hammond Road in Raleigh for nearly two weeks. 17-year old Selina Garcia, a senior at Southeast Raleigh High School, was arrested and taken to jail by a school resource officer “to learn a lesson” following allegations of Level II misconduct— “physical aggression/fighting” and “class activity/disturbance.” Garcia is in foster care and no one has yet come to pick her up from the county detention center. No bail has been set for Garcia's release. Garcia wrote...

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Ex-DENR employees unload on Department under Skvarla, McCrory

Posted By on Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 11:41 AM

At a public panel hosted by the Sierra Club in Durham Thursday evening, three former employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) wasted no breath in criticizing what DENR has become in the wake of McCrory’s budget and staffing cuts and under the leadership of the Department’s Secretary, John Skvarla. Amy Adams, George Matthis and John Dorney— all DENR veterans who served under various administrations—pointed to low morale, a climate of fear and a lack of regard for science and scientific data as being major problems plaguing DENR since Skvarla took the helm. Ken Reckhow, professor emeritus...

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

NAACP to launch own investigation into Dan River spill

Posted By on Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 11:54 AM

The NC NAACP announced yesterday it will open a federal civil rights investigation into Governor Pat McCory’s and the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) handling of the Dan River coal ash spill last month. The Rev. William Barber told a crowd of more than 100 McCrory, DENR and Duke Energy protesters gathered in front of the Governor’s mansion that NAACP lawyers are looking into the spill because Duke Energy “gets some federal contracts.” “The (1964 Civil Rights Act) says if you get federal money, you cannot engage in policies that have a disparate impact,” Barber told the...

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