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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

“I Am Human, I Am Black and I Am Fed Up”: UNC Trustees Hear Public Comments on Silent Sam

Posted By on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 9:07 PM

UNC's Board of Trustees on Tuesday morning heard from students, faculty, staff, and community members about Silent Sam, the Confederate monument on campus. Twenty-eight people addressed the board and Chancellor Carol Folt. Most called for the statue's removal. Two explicitly said the statue should remain as a memorial to students who fought in the Civil War and to the university's history. Others favored adding more context to the monument's history, adding tributes to black figures or moving the statue to a museum or similar setting. Folt had asked the trustees to hear from the public about the statue, which has...

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Did Former Helms Lawyer Thomas Farr Lie to the Senate Judiciary Committee? It Sure Looks That Way.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 8:49 PM

Raleigh lawyer Thomas Farr, a nominee for a federal judgeship, knew well in advance about a controversial 1990 postcard campaign designed by Republicans to intimidate blacks who wanted to vote, according to a former Department of Justice investigator. The statements made this week by Gerald Hebert, a federal attorney in 1990, directly contradict Farr's sworn testimony in September before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee that he only heard about it after a Justice Department letter responding to the plan. Farr did not respond to requests for comment from the INDY Tuesday and Wednesday. Farr’s nomination was approved by the Judiciary...

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Court Stays Civitas Institute's Francis De Luca Appeal of Smithfield Agreement Lawsuit

Posted By on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Earlier this week, the Court of Appeals stayed a Wake County judge's ruling last month that dismissed a lawsuit filed last year by Francis De Luca, the president of the conservative Civitas Institute. The lawsuit, filed in October 2016, claimed that then-attorney general Roy Cooper had diverted money from public schools to environmental projects in conflict with state law. The money at the center of the lawsuit was the result of a 2000 settlement known as the Smithfield Agreement, in which former attorney general Mike Easley made a deal with pork giant Smithfield Foods that required the company to invest tens of millions...

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Fine, Let’s Talk About the Dumb Raleigh Christmas Parade Fight

Posted By on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 9:23 AM

WRAL VS. THE GRMA, AND NOBODY WINS. I’ve been reticent to weigh in on the ongoing dispute over the downtown Raleigh Christmas parade, simply because I have a hard time getting worked up over these things. But now that the grievances have reached something of a fever pitch, here we are. The backstory: Last month, WRAL lost its longtime contract to sponsor the Christmas parade to its rival WTVD. But then WRAL announced that it was going to broadcast Saturday’s parade anyway. To the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association, which puts on the parade, this lowers the value of future...

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