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Monday, August 31, 2015

WRAL now owns Raleigh & Company blog, daily newsletter The Point

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 3:07 PM

It’s been rumored for a while now, but a source confirmed last week that the Capital Broadcasting Company, which owns Triangle news giant WRAL-TV as well as a number of smaller local television and radio stations, has acquired the blog Raleigh & Company and The Point, a daily email newsletter. Shawn Krest, a sports journalist who is one of many contributors to Raleigh & Company, confirmed that he was brought on board by WRAL at the beginning of August to manage the blog and the email newsletter. Krest says he is not aware of the circumstances of the acquisition...

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Dumb Math, or why North Carolina doesn't have a budget yet

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 2:53 PM

In my middle school, kids who weren’t good with numbers were put in a class where the teacher taught algebra at a slower pace. We called that class “Dumb Math.” I was in Dumb Math, as were apparently North Carolina’s state Senate and House of Representatives budget negotiators, who are, still, taking their sweet time to figure out how to spend $21.74 billion in the next two years.  Dumb Math: How else to explain the third extension of a temporary budget that was set to expire on Monday? How else to explain why the real budget, which was supposed...

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Chapel Hill Councilman Lee Storrow arrested for DWI, speeding

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 11:33 AM

Chapel Hill's 2015 election just became a little murkier. Councilman Lee Storrow, 26, who is running for re-election this fall, was arrested early Wednesday for driving while impaired and speeding in the Orange County town. A police report obtained by the Indy shows that Storrow was driving 63 mph in a 35-mph-zone on Martin Luther King Boulevard and Municipal Drive in Chapel Hill. The officer reported suspicion that Storrow was impaired. When tested, he had a blood-alcohol content of .16, twice the legal limit in North Carolina.  When he was elected at the age of 22 in 2011, he...

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Disappointed with Duke: A former Duke instructor talks about not reading Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 2:41 PM

I’ll mark this digression’s beginning in Raleigh 1994–95. I was struggling in graduate school. First I tried economics, and then I dipped into religious and cultural studies. I was undone by advanced calculus and cultural theory—couldn’t really handle the rigor of either, the puzzle of value difficult to solve. I also went through the devastating loss of what might be described as my first real love, a woman who flew to Europe and never came back. Throughout this period I was working at Raleigh’s Quail Ridge Books, situated next to what was then called Wellspring Grocery (now Whole Foods)....

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Finger-pointing over Duke Energy continues

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 1:06 PM

Resume the finger-pointing.  Days after both the N.C. Department of Environment  and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) accused each other of being too cozy with Duke Energy, the war of words begins anew.  Today, SELC, which is representing a host of citizens groups fighting Duke Energy over coal ash in court, reports that it has filed an official response in state court to Duke Energy's "attempt to block interviews of its employees under oath and obtainment of information related to its coal ash pollution." SELC writes in its brief that Duke Energy and DENR...

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Paddy O’Beers owners charged with destruction of city property for moving benches

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 10:59 AM

The INDY has learned that the three owners of Isaac Hunter’s Hospitality—which owns Paddy O’Beers, Common 414 and Coglin’s in downtown Raleigh—have been charged with wanton destruction of city property, specifically a city-owned bench, in an incident directly related to the city’s recent crackdown on sidewalk patios. There were no mug shots or handcuffs. Rather, the three were given written citations, copies of which the INDY is presently endeavoring to obtain.  According to Zack Medford, one of the three, the charge stems from an incident that happened on Saturday, Aug. 15, the day after I trailed Medford around downtown in...

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Is the N&O’s parent company about to be dropped from the New York Stock Exchange?

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 5:02 PM

The Sacramento Bee reports that The McClatchy Company—the Sacramento-based parent company of The News & Observer and several other dailies across the country—has been warned by the New York Stock Exchange that its stock price has fallen below the $1-a-share minimum threshold, jeopardizing the company’s continued listing on the exchange. From the story: McClatchy’s stock price has faltered as the company continues to struggle with a long-standing decline in print advertising and the transition to a digital-first strategy. The company revealed that it received a notice Monday that its shares don’t comply with the New York exchange’s “continued listing standard.”...

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The Carolina Comeback continues: North Carolina’s unemployment rate just ticked up again

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 10:24 AM

So you guys remember how the sweeping tax cuts the Legislature passed in 2013 were going to make the state’s economic woes abate? And how these tax cuts worked so well, we need to do more? Yeah, about that.  From a press release this morning from the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division: The state’s seasonally adjusted July unemployment rate was 5.9 percent, increasing 0.1 of a per- centage point from June’s revised rate. The national rate remained unchanged at 5.3 percent. North Carolina’s July 2015 unemployment rate was 0.2 of a percentage point lower than...

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Wake Forest schoolteacher targeted by anti-abortion terrorists

Posted By on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 3:38 PM

Last summer, Shana Broders explained to a group of men protesting at a Raleigh women’s health clinic what a misogynist is. “It was the first in a series of errors,” says the fifth-grade teacher and clinic escort from Wake Forest. “They were ridiculing me for teaching them a new word. I told them, ‘teaching is my first gift, you’re welcome.’ And dummy us, we use our real names.” That’s how protesters from a group known as Abolish Human Abortion found out Broders is a teacher. It didn’t take them long to track down her school, where they call and harass...

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DENR and Southern Environmental Law Center squabble over coal ash

Posted By on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 3:07 PM

The Southern Environmental Law Center and the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources are not, it seems, on speaking terms. SELC has led efforts for years now to force clean-up at Duke Energy's leaking coal ash sites across the state, frequently tangling with the state's top environmental agency along the way. Based on a recent legal filing and the subsequent back-and-forth by both groups, it would seem that relationship has only grown more tortured. To get to where we are, a brief history. The Coal Ash Management Act of 2014 denoted four of the utility giant's 14 leaking...

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

PPP is straight-up trolling now: Presidential candidate “Deez Nuts” doing surprisingly well in North Carolina

Posted By on Wed, Aug 19, 2015 at 1:48 PM

The good folks at the liberal-tilting, Raleigh-based Public Policy Polling are out with another presidential survey this morning. It finds, unsurprisingly—although by rights it should shock the shit out of our sensibilities—that Donald Trump is still doing just fine with Republican voters in the Tar Heel state.  Last month when we polled North Carolina and found Donald Trump leading the Republican field, it was the first poll by anyone anywhere to find Trump out ahead. He was at 16%. Our newest survey of the state finds that Trump's momentum has just continued to grow. He's now at 24% to...

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North Carolina man convicted for ginseng poaching in Smoky Mountains

Posted By on Wed, Aug 19, 2015 at 11:37 AM

The Smoky Mountains are perhaps the largest fully protected reserve in the country for wild ginseng. The root is a valuable commodity, particularly in Asian markets, where it's used in medicines, teas and other health products. Reported reasons for ingesting the root include usage as an aphrodisiac or stimulant, type II diabetes treatment, and cure for sexual dysfunction. But recently, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which covers parts of North Carolina and Tennessee, has been the target of illegal poachers, who sell the product on the black market, according to law enforcement officials. Last week after a trial, a...

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Raleigh planners, residents explore options for Dunn Road properties

Posted By on Wed, Aug 19, 2015 at 10:46 AM

After two years, a failed rezoning attempt and two raucous citywide remapping public hearings, North Raleigh residents are still unsure of whether two Dunn Road properties will be rezoned to neighborhood mixed use to allow massive retail development. But after a meeting with Raleigh planning director Ken Bowers Tuesday, residents have one more option on the table for the properties than they had had before; as always, the power lies with Raleigh’s City Council to make a decision. The properties in question, 1500 and 1540 Dunn Road, are currently zoned Buffer Commercial, which limits retail up to 3,000 standalone...

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Chatham County approves two-year moratorium on fracking

Posted By on Tue, Aug 18, 2015 at 1:15 PM

Creative Commons License As expected, Chatham County commissioners approved a two-year moratorium on natural gas drilling, better known as fracking, last night. The two-year moratorium would seem to flout a 2012 state law forbidding local government bans on drilling, but county leaders said Tuesday that the state law does not go so far as to prevent temporary moratoriums. The new ordinance, which you can read here, argues that drilling is a threat to the "health safety and welfare of residents, neighborhoods, environment and natural features." Fracking supporters say the drilling will bring jobs and commerce. But environmental groups and many...

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Mercy For Animals Comes ITB

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 at 3:52 PM

Lunchtime shoppers picking up groceries for the weekend at the Cameron Village Harris Teeter were in for not exactly a treat Friday afternoon, and they certainly would have thought twice before purchasing any Tyson Foods chicken products. Mercy For Animals activists, accompanied by 7-foot-tall “Abby the Abused Chicken” born of a Hollywood special effects studio,  held a demonstration outside of the store on Oberlin Road at noon to bring attention to recent abuses of birds at a Tyson farm. Undercover video footage captured between March and May of this year shows chickens being clubbed to death, sick and...

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

From the publisher: A note to our readers about editorial staff changes

Posted By on Wed, Aug 12, 2015 at 4:46 PM

Beginning today, Jeffrey Billman is serving as interim editor of the INDY. He takes the place of longtime editor Lisa Sorg. Grayson Haver Currin, our longtime music editor, will be serving as interim managing editor. We have a strong editorial staff and a continuing commitment to providing the very best in news and culture coverage throughout the Triangle. —Susan Harper, Publisher...

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Human rights groups call for federal investigation of solitary confinement in N.C.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 12, 2015 at 1:49 PM

Photo courtesy of the Kerr familyMichael Kerr died of dehydration following a month-long stay in solitary confinement last year. A coalition of human rights groups are calling for a federal investigation of North Carolina's use of solitary confinement, more than a year after the Indy uncovered the death of 53-year-old Michael Kerr, an Army veteran diagnosed with mental illness who spent more than a month in isolation, sometimes without food or water. A witness reported Kerr spent six days handcuffed in his cell, covered in his own feces. Kerr died of dehydration. His death prompted the termination of numerous prison...

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit against Alamance Sheriff Terry Johnson

Posted By on Tue, Aug 11, 2015 at 12:24 PM

Alamance County Sheriff Terry JohnsonA federal judge has dismissed the U.S. Department of Justice's case against embattled but popular Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson. Claiming the federal agency failed to offer substantive proof that Johnson's office targeted Latinos during traffic stops and checkpoints in order to spur their deportation, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder, an appointee of President George W. Bush, issued his opinion late last week. The Department of Justice has yet to indicate whether it will appeal the ruling, which would close a case that began in 2013 when federal investigators accused Johnson of engaging "in a...

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Fact-checking Gov. McCrory’s hissy fit over proposed EPA carbon rules

Posted By on Mon, Aug 10, 2015 at 4:42 PM

Last week Gov. Pat McCrory issued a statement slamming the EPA’s clean power plan on the grounds that it is legally flawed and will raise the state’s electricity rates, and alleging that the EPA “has improperly interpreted the Clean Air Act to regulate emissions from coal-fired power plants.” In true McCrory style—the governor has spent the summer presiding over groundbreaking ceremonies at clean energy facilities, declaring June "solar month" and touting all the clean energy jobs he’s created—he appears to be talking out of both sides of his mouth. With the help of Rachael Estes, a policy analyst at the North...

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Why everyone in the Triangle seems to be from New York

Posted By on Mon, Aug 10, 2015 at 9:15 AM

The Yankee invasion of the Triangle is real. New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and yes, a smattering of Southern states: People are migrating to North Carolina in search of ... well, it can't be progressive politics, but we do have good weather, a cultural amenities, tech jobs, beaches, mountains, excellent food, less traffic and a slower pace of life. The Internal Revenue Service has released its 2011–2012 migration data, based on tax returns, which tells us who’s moving where within the U.S. That’s important knowledge for social services, transportation forecasters, city and county planners, school districts, real estate developers...

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Bill Bell: "That's unacceptable to me as the mayor of this city."

Posted By on Fri, Aug 7, 2015 at 8:16 AM

Yesterday's City Council agenda looked like a semi-snooze. Yet, you never know what can happen at the work sessions—where the real heavy lifting gets done—so it's always important to show up. Agenda Item 6 recommended Council approve $77,000 to Enterprise Community Partners for consulting and technical assistance in crafting a holistic affordable housing plan for the city. No fireworks here. Everyone agreed this is a wise use of money, and Enterprise clearly has its act together, having done this work in cities all over the U.S. And Karen Lado, its vice president, lives in Durham. But it's been clear...

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Democracy North Carolina calls for criminal probe of sweepstakes donations

Posted By on Thu, Aug 6, 2015 at 5:54 PM

In the years leading up to 2012, pseudo-legal video sweepstakes parlors were popping up across North Carolina, Pat McCrory’s campaign was getting into gear and Thom Tillis and Phil Berger were seeking to preserve their roles as House Speaker and Senate President Pro Tempore. Gambling industry players, mired in court cases and needing the protection of North Carolina law, felt like the political environment was finally conducive to them being able to legalize the industry in the state. Industry operatives and their lobbyists began to meet with McCrory, Tillis and Berger, and, following those meetings, dumping huge sums...

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N.C. Senate relents, will only screw cities a little bit now

Posted By on Thu, Aug 6, 2015 at 1:23 PM

This morning, the N&O’s Colin Campbell reported on the Senate Republicans’ new “compromise” plans on sales-tax distribution and the state’s economic incentive programs. The backdrop to this, which I wrote about at some length in June, is a session-long effort to steer money away from the state’s thriving municipalities toward poor, struggling rural areas beset by the demise of tobacco, textiles, manufacturing and their own bad policy choices. In political terms, this effectively means taking money from Democratic areas and redistributing it to the Republican strongholds they represent; the political machinations are all the more clear when you remember...

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Poll: Nobody likes legislative lightning rod Trudy Wade, not even in her ruby-red Senate district

Posted By on Wed, Aug 5, 2015 at 1:20 PM

Throughout this legislative session, State Sen. Trudy Wade, R-Guilford, has been on the frontline of some of the GOP majority’s most controversial causes, especially redistricting the Greensboro City Council, which had way too many Democrats for their liking (a court has put that law on hold), and trying to prevent the state from complying with the EPA’s new carbon-emissions reductions.  From a profile the N&O did on her last month: Wade’s political career has seen a transformation not only from Republican to Democrat and back to Republican, but from a local politician with limited pull to a statewide figure...

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Is Empire Eats' new restaurant called Junebug? Because that's funny.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 5, 2015 at 12:35 PM

Here’s a fun little tidbit making the rounds in Raleigh: According to several sources within Raleigh’s food community and current and former employees of Greg Hatem’s Empire Eats, the restaurant group will soon open another eatery in The L Building, the near-completed and entirely huge multiuse space at the corner of McDowell and Davie streets. The L Building’s own info deck confirms that the building will indeed house a large ground-floor restaurant, but it doesn’t say anything about what the restaurant will be. But that’s where the trail gets intriguing—and perhaps a tad unfortunate, too: Sources inside and outside of...

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