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Friday, May 26, 2017

Alerta Migratoria NC: Wendy Miranda Fernandez To Be Deported This Morning

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 8:08 AM

Wendy Miranda Fernandez, a Durham resident unexpectedly taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in March, has been taken to the airport for the third time since being detained, according to the advocacy group Alerta Migratoria NC. Her deportation, delayed several times since she was detained while seeking a stay of a 2016 order of removal from the country, is scheduled for 8:05 this morning. If she’s sent back to El Salvador, her supporters say, it could amount to a death sentence. As Alerta Migratoria explained a press release last night: At the age of 14, Wendy fled El Salvador after...

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Durham County Manager Proposes Tax Increase to Fund Schools, Eyes Universal Pre-K

Posted By on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 8:02 AM

Durham’s county manager is pitching a three-cent property tax increase to help the county fund public schools, pay off debt, and keep up with operational growth. The increase would raise property taxes for Durham County residents from 74.04 to 77.04 cents per $100 of property valuation. The annual tax bill for a home valued at $200,000 would go up by about $60, county manager Wendell Davis said during a presentation of his proposed $626.9 million budget Monday. Of the three-cent increase, 0.75 cents would go to Durham Public Schools, 0.25 cents to operational growth, and 2 cents for debt related...

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Friday, May 19, 2017

The Morning Roundup: Defiant Trump Says Comey Deserved to Be Fired

Posted By on Fri, May 19, 2017 at 8:42 AM

It's been a crazy week, but we're at the finish line. 1) Trump says he never asked Comey to drop Flynn investigation. After declaring on Twitter that the hiring of former FBI director Robert Mueller as a special counsel would prolong "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history," Donald Trump doubled down on his claims that this is fake news. From The New York Times: President Trump declared angrily on Thursday that he was the victim of a witch hunt, and all but contradicted his deputy attorney general on the firing of the F.B.I. director, in...

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Morning Roundup: Trump Shares Classified Intel With Russia

Posted By on Tue, May 16, 2017 at 9:33 AM

Good morning, everyone. Monday was kind of a big news day. Let's review. 1) Trump shareD classified intelligence with Russia. To repeat: TRUMP SHARED CLASSIFIED INTELLIGENCE WITH RUSSIA. Sources told The Washington Post and New York Times that the president was bragging about how good the intelligence he gets regarding ISIS is and gave this example to, you know, prove he's great. From the Times: President Trump boasted about highly classified intelligence in a meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador last week, providing details that could expose the source of the information and the manner in which it was...

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Durham Budget Proposal Would Raise Property Taxes to Address Affordable Housing, Public Safety

Posted By on Tue, May 16, 2017 at 8:13 AM

As part of a $429 million budget proposal, Durham's city manager is recommending a 1.79-cent property tax increase for the 2017–18 fiscal year to help address affordable housing needs in the city. The city's current tax rate is 56.07 cents per $100 of property, including one cent dedicated to affordable housing. A budget proposal presented Monday night by Thomas Bonfield would raise the tax rate to 57.86 cents and double the dedicated housing portion to two cents. It would also dedicate 0.79 cents to public safety initiatives. “Addressing priority gap areas in the city’s affordable housing strategy all start...

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Monday, May 15, 2017

The Morning Roundup: North Korea Says It Can Nuke the U.S. Mainland

Posted By on Mon, May 15, 2017 at 9:12 AM

Yesterday was Mother's Day. We hope all you moms out there had a good one. It was also graduation weekend at several Triangle universities, including UNC and Duke. Bravo, guys and gals. Welcome to the real world. Good luck out there. 1) Durham for All launches the 10K Strong campaign. The grassroots organization wants to put government back in the hands of the people. And there are several important elections coming up in Durham—including for mayor. From the INDY's Sarah Willets: In November 2015, a group of activists helped Jillian Johnson win 12,497 votes and a seat on the...

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Strength in Numbers: Durham for All Launches 10K Strong Campaign

Posted By on Sat, May 13, 2017 at 3:20 PM

Durham For All on Saturday launched a campaign to unite ten thousand Durham residents in a “cross-class, multiracial movement” to put government back in the hands of the people. Ten thousand is how many people the group says it takes to elect (or defeat) someone to municipal government in Durham. By this year’s city council election, the group hopes to have five thousand Durham residents engaged in its mission. But the city council election is just the first step in a larger movement to give Durham residents a voice, harness the collective power of that voice, and invert a political...

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May Day Protesters March Through Durham, Crash City Council Meeting

Posted By on Tue, May 2, 2017 at 6:51 AM

Dovie Joyner and her three sons marched down Main Street in Durham Monday evening, dancing and shouting, "Who's streets? Our streets!" Joyner, who works as a patient assistant, came out to the International Workers Day March as a member of the Domestic Workers Alliance. Her sons had boxing lessons, but they chose to march instead. Stopping traffic and keeping time with a drum beat, the boys (Jahbrile, six; Jahien, eight; and Jahsway, ten) agreed marching is cooler for boxing. For one, you’re allowed to yell "shit"—as in, "shut shit down!"—which, if you're a kid, is as much of a rush...

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Morning Roundup: Trump Says Being President Is Harder Than He Expected, Might Need a Nap

Posted By on Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 8:38 AM

It’s Friday, I’m in love. Let’s get going. 1. Trump, in a wide-ranging interview with Reuters, says “major, major conflict” with North Korea is a possibility. The quote to haunt your dreams: "There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely." But, Trump says, we are seeking a diplomatic solution, adding that his administration was preparing a new round of economic sanctions to pressure to North Korean regime to back off its nuclear ambitions. (Yesterday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson opened the door to direct talks with Pyongyang, which until, well, yesterday...

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Announcement: The INDY’s Durham Office Has Moved

Posted By on Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 10:56 AM

A quick note I meant to send last week but, well, didn’t: last Wednesday, the INDY packed up and left our Durham home of three years, the American Underground building at 201 West Main Street, and relocated to 320 East Chapel Hill Street. The mostly unexciting backstory is this: AU is growing and approached us last year to see, if they could help us find a space, whether we’d be willing to relocate. They’ve been very good to us over the years, so we agreed, and we spent the next several months looking for the right spot. (The Durham...

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Durham Commissioners Approve Light Rail Plans, Cost-Share Agreement

Posted By on Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 3:07 PM

Durham County commissioners gave their approval Monday night to an updated transit plan that includes light rail, commuter rail, and improvements to bus service. The commissioners’ approval was one of the final stops for light rail plans before being submitted to the Federal Transit Administration as part of a grant application. GoTriangle, the agency heading up the project, must submit the plans to the FTA by the end of the month in order to move from the planning phase of the grant process to the engineering phase. Board chairwoman Wendy Jacobs called it “the most important vote that I will...

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Durham Has a Backup Plan for the Former Army Reserve Center: Make It Part of Lyon Park

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 4:31 PM

At least six nonprofits have applied to use the former Army Reserve Center on Carroll Street to assist the homeless. But if none of their applications is approved by the federal government, the property could go to the city. The building, which has been vacant since 2012, was declared surplus in December. Under law, the U.S. General Services Administration must look first to see if it can be used for homeless services. If there is no suitable application in that category, the property can be conveyed to a local government through the Federal Lands to Parks program. If there are...

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The Morning Roundup: President Trump Brings His Classy Friends to the White House

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 10:11 AM

Welcome to Friday, everyone. Let’s do some headlines. 1. The president brought some classy friends to the White House Wednesday. That would be Kid Rock, Sarah Palin, and Ted Nugent, mocking the official portrait of Hillary Clinton. The New York Times has the tick-tock: “We were there for four hours, man!” Mr. Nugent, a 68-year-old Detroit native, said in a telephone interview on Thursday, using a four-letter expletive to signal his amazement at Mr. Trump’s willingness to spend so much time with his three casually dressed visitors. “He gave us a wonderful personal tour of every room and talked about...

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Morning Roundup: In Which POTUS Congratulates a Foreign Leader for Consolidating Power and Undermining Democracy in a Disputed Election

Posted By on Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 8:29 AM

Greetings, and welcome to Tuesday. Let’s get to it: 1. Trump congratulates Turkish President Erdogan on a contested referendum victory. This is problematic for two reasons: 1) Election monitors have spotted numerous irregularities in a very close ballot count. 2) More important, Erdogan was explicitly consolidating his regime’s power at the expense of Turkey’s parliamentary democracy. Here’s how The Washington Post explains it: The juxtaposition of the differing responses [between the White House and the State Department, which urged Turkey to respect the rights of its citizens] underscored the awkward situation faced by many U.S. and European officials in responding...

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Awesome-Sounding Film and Food Hub Going into a Building on West Chapel Hill Street

Posted By on Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 7:29 AM

Markay Media, the Southern Documentary Fund, and The Cookery are renovating a West Chapel Hill Street property into a film hub and events center. Construction at 1105 West Chapel Hill Street is expected to be completed by July 31. Seminary Avenue Redux LLC, the group overhauling the nine-thousand-square-foot space, got $100,000 from the city of Durham for that effort Monday night. Cynthia Hill, the Durham-based filmmaker behind Markay Media, is the managing partner of the development group. Markay Media produces the PBS series A Chef’s Life and is also working on a series called Food Town about Durham chefs...

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Friday, April 14, 2017

The Morning Roundup: Trump "Bombs the S**t" Out of a Cave Complex in Afghanistan

Posted By on Fri, Apr 14, 2017 at 8:48 AM

It's Friday. We made it. So why not end the week with a bang ... 1) U.S. military drops a massive bomb on Afghanistan, an apparent effort to fulfill Trump’s campaign promise to “bomb the shit” out of ISIS. Yesterday, the U.S. military dropped "the mother of all bombs"—the biggest nonnuclear ordnance in the military arsenal, each bomb costing about $16 million—on a cave complex in Afghanistan. According to the Afghan ministry, thirty-six ISIS fighters were killed. From The New York Times: The United States dropped the “mother of all bombs” — the most powerful conventional bomb in the...

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Family, Friends Demand a Full Investigation into Durham Teen's Jail Death, Call Her a “Young Lady Full of Life”

Posted By on Fri, Mar 31, 2017 at 3:51 PM

On Friday afternoon, outside the Durham County Detention Center, chants of “shut it down” and “no justice, no peace” echoed against the jail’s stark white exterior. Orange blurs pressed against the building’s barred windows and waved. Down below, the family and friends of Uniece Fennell, who just eight days ago was also behind those bars, waved backed. Fennell, who was seventeen, was found dead at Durham County jail on March 23. The Sheriff’s Office says she committed suicide by hanging herself with a sheet tied to a bar on the window in her cell. Her family, recalling a “goofy,” “full...

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Durham Man Detained By ICE Has Been Moved Out of State

Posted By on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 11:01 AM

Edwin Reyes-Guillen, an undocumented immigrant detained in Durham Tuesday while law enforcement was looking for a different man near his brother's apartment, has been moved to a South Carolina jail. Reyes-Guillen, twenty-six, was being held at the Forsyth County Detention Facility until Wednesday, when he was moved to the York County Detention Center in York, South Carolina. Jail records show he was booked there at about three-thirty p.m., and a jail employee confirmed this morning that he was still there. Reyes-Guillen was taken into custody at Duke Manor apartments early Tuesday morning by a U.S. Marshals Task Force, which...

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

ICE’s Explanation for Rounding Up Immigrant at Duke Manor Tuesday: He Was There

Posted By on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 1:56 PM

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has given the INDY an explanation for why an undocumented immigrant with no deportation order or outstanding criminal charges or warrants in Durham was detained at Duke Manor apartments Tuesday morning: he was there. ICE spokesman Bryan Cox confirmed Wednesday that Edwin Leonel Reyes-Guillen was taken into custody Tuesday by the U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force, of which ICE is a member. It was Reyes-Guillen's first encounter with ICE, Cox said. Here's the full statement provided by Cox (emphasis and link added): “The U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force, of which ICE is a member,...

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Morning Roundup: So Long, Earth. It Was Nice Knowing You.

Posted By on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 9:36 AM

Happy Tuesday, everyone. Away we go. 1) Trump is set to roll back most of Obama's climate-change policies. Another executive order from the president. From the New York Times: President Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Tuesday to roll back most of President Barack Obama’s climate change legacy, celebrating the move as a way to increase the nation’s “energy independence” and to restore thousands of lost coal mining jobs. Let the celebration begin in coal country. Except, maybe not. Yet, coal miners also should not assume their jobs will return if Trump’s regulations take effect. The new...

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Friday, March 24, 2017

SBI Taking Over Inquiry Into Teen's Death Inside Durham Jail

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 7:20 PM

Sheriff Mike Andrews is asking the State Bureau of Investigation to take over the inquiry into a seventeen-year-old's death at the Durham County Jail. The Sheriff's Office released a report Friday on Uniece Glenae Fennell's apparent suicide. On the form, Interim Detention Director Major Julian Couch lists Fennell's cause of death as suicide and means of death as "tied sheet around middle window bar." Fennell was not under suicide watch, the Sheriff's Office said. According to the form, Fennell was last seen alive by a jail employee at 2:18 a.m. Thursday during rounds. She was found lifeless thirty mintues later,...

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Monday, March 20, 2017

CONFIRMED: District Attorney Roger Echols Will Not Prosecute DPD Officer Charles Barkley for Killing Frank Clark

Posted By on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 11:06 AM

Last week, the INDY reported that the SBI had completed its investigation into Frank Clark’s death at the hand of Durham Police Master Officer Charles Barkley and had referred the case to Durham County District Attorney Roger Echols. This morning, we learned from sources close to the investigation that Echols has decided not to prosecute Barkley. Then, moments ago, a formal announcement was made, via a statement from Echols that said there was not "probable cause" found by investigators to suggest foul play by Barkley—or warrant a prosecution. Here's what he had to say. Dave Hall, an attorney with...

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

SBI Completes Investigation into Frank Clark’s Shooting, Case Is Now in Durham County District Attorney’s Hands

Posted By on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 11:15 AM

A spokesperson for the State Bureau of Investigation told the INDY Tuesday evening that the bureau's investigation into the November 22, 2016, officer-involved fatal shooting of Durham resident Frank Clark has concluded and that "the case is pending the district attorney's review and decision." In other words, Durham County District Attorney Roger Echols now knows the facts of the case and is expected, by the end of the week, to determine whether or not Durham Police Department Master Officer Charles Barkley will be prosecuted for fatally shooting Clark. As Clark’s friends and family wait to learn what, if any, action...

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Let These Two Middle Schoolers Tell You Why International Women’s Day Matters

Posted By on Wed, Mar 8, 2017 at 1:04 PM

Laura Gonzalez and Belen Willott are no strangers to activism. Gonzalez recently participated in the nationwide Day Without Immigrants strike. Willott is in a feminist book club. Both joined January’s Women’s March in Raleigh and a rally put on this morning by Action NC as part of International Women’s Day and a corresponding day of strike, A Day Without a Woman. Both have also yet to finish middle school. Gonzalez and Willott, on opposite sides of their respective thirteenth birthdays, attended Wednesday’s rally in downtown Durham with their mothers in tow—joining about eighty others—waving signs with the standard symbol...

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Durham Mayor Bell Takes a Victory Lap at His Final State of the City Address

Posted By on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 11:03 AM

When Durham Mayor Bill Bell gave his first State of the City address in 2001, the venue—Bay 7 at American Tobacco—was still under construction. Plastic sheets hung over unfinished walls, and heaters were brought in to keep guests warm. Bell returned to the same spot Tuesday for his final State of the City address. This time, however, it was clad with exposed brick and strands of glowing lights. The setting was a fitting backdrop for Bell’s message: Durham has come a long way since 2001, but there’s always more work to do. During the lunch, Bell was interviewed...

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