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Friday, July 13, 2018

A Raleigh Man Died of an Apparent Suicide While in Solitary Confinement at a For-Profit Immigration Prison in Georgia

Posted By on Fri, Jul 13, 2018 at 4:25 PM

A Raleigh man died from an apparent suicide late Tuesday night while in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement at a private prison in Lumpkin, Georgia. He’s the third person to die at the detention center in a little over a year. While in solitary confinement at the Stewart Detention Center—which the INDY has written about previously—Efraín Romero de la Rosa was found unresponsive in his cell by staff at 10:38 p.m. on July 10, according to ICE. He was in solitary confinement for undisclosed reasons. Medical personnel attempted CPR and the staff contacted emergency services, which arrived...

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Pissed Off About the Kids the Trump Administration Ripped From Their Parents? Get to Downtown Raleigh Tomorrow Morning.

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2018 at 7:50 AM

There’s no need here to relitigate the abject cruelty that the Trump administration’s recent immigration policy changes represent. But it’s worth pointing out that, though the president backed down under immense pressure and has seen his efforts to crack down on refugees blocked by the courts and Congress, thousands of migrant children are still being held by the federal government, separated from their parents for no good reason. So, tomorrow, in Washington, D.C., and all over the country, people will march to demand that the government reunite immigrant families—including in downtown Raleigh. Headed up by local residents David and Whitney...

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Montessori School of Raleigh Directress Says She Was Fired for Talking to the Cops About Sexual Abuse at the School

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2018 at 7:30 AM

In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Wake County Superior Court, the former Children’s House directress at the embattled Montessori School of Raleigh claims her employment was terminated because she cooperated with the police investigation into allegations of sexual abuse against former middle-school teacher Nicholas Conlon Smith and the handling of those allegations by head of school Nancy Errichetti. The school denies the allegations. Smith, who is currently in the Wake County jail on a $3 million bond, was indicted in November on twenty  counts of sexual abuse and child pornography related to his relationship during the 2011–12 school year with a...

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Dear DPAC, We Really Need to Talk About Jordan Peterson

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 6:41 AM

Dear DPAC, your friends at the INDY here. Might we have a quick word? This week, you announced that you’ll be hosting “cultural critic” Jordan B. Peterson in September. “The show,” you explained, “will feature revolutionary talks on overcoming life’s biggest obstacles, how to improve oneself, the psychology of religion, mythology and much more.” While this undoubtedly came straight from Peterson’s press packet, we think you owe it to the Triangle to be a bit more transparent about his controversial (i.e., regressive, backward, and hate-mongering) touchstone topics. Because here’s the thing, DPAC: Context matters. Durham exists—for better or for worse—in the...

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Big Pork Rallies as the General Assembly Protects Chinese-Owned Smithfield Foods From Nuisance Lawsuits

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2018 at 10:28 AM

On Monday afternoon, hundreds of farmers, their families, and employees of Smithfield Foods gathered at Bicentennial Mall in Raleigh to show support for the Republican legislature’s annual Farm Bill. The so-called Rally for Agriculture, which featured Lieutenant Governor Dan Forrest, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, and bill sponsor Senator Brent Jackson—a farmer with his history of troublesome practices—came soon after another downtown event protesting the bill’s controversial sections 9 and 10, and just hours before Governor Cooper vetoed the bill. On Tuesday, the Senate overrode Cooper’s veto. The House followed suit today. As originally drafted, Sections 9 and 10 of...

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

On World Refugee Day, Take It From Someone Who’s Been in Their Shoes: The U.S. Must Welcome Refugees

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 9:21 AM

I remember the day I thought I wouldn’t survive—the day I thought my family would never be safe again. It came ten days after my husband was kidnapped from our home in the Congo. Racked with worry, I couldn’t imagine what would happen next. The same rebels who took my husband took me and my own boy and girl and a niece to the forest. They tried to rape us in front of the kids. Because he did not want to witness his mother being raped, my son ran into the forest and was chased by a group of the...

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Friday, June 15, 2018

PTA Thrift Shop to PTA Council: You Can’t Make Us Drop “PTA” From Our Name

Posted By on Fri, Jun 15, 2018 at 9:40 AM

Late last week, the PTA Thrift Shop responded sharply to the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools PTA Council’s claim that the store no longer represents local PTAs and shouldn’t use “PTA” in its name. This came after the CHCCS PTA Council sent the thrift store a letter on June 4 demanding that it “immediately cease and desist the use of PTA in the name of all of its operations,” due to a slowdown in funding that the council says represents a shift in the thrift store’s mission. The store, however, says its mission hasn’t changed, only expanded. When the PTA...

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Friday, June 8, 2018

American Woman: Hate Stormy Daniels All You Want, But Don’t Say Her Work Isn’t Legitimate

Posted By on Fri, Jun 8, 2018 at 3:19 PM

I was waiting in line to pay handsomely for a Make America Horny Again t-shirt when I noticed a man at the merch table leaning over, hands on his knees. He was asking Stephanie Clifford (who had just performed under her best-known moniker, Stormy Daniels) to sign his wrinkled, business-casual button-down “as low as possible.” Clifford mustered a weak laugh as she signed her name a few inches above his ass. Jocelyn, a woman I’d just met, was next in line. After the mini-spectacle was over, she leaned over and whispered in my ear, “All I have to say about...

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

The NCGA Wants to Give Hog Farms Carte Blanche to Spray Pig Crap Wherever They Want, Neighbors Be Damned

Posted By on Thu, Jun 7, 2018 at 3:47 PM

Last month, a federal judge ordered Smithfield Foods subsidiary Murphy-Brown to pay $3.25 million in damages following a nuisance suit regarding its use of open cesspools in hog waste disposal. This verdict was itself something of a break for Smithfield, a multibillion-dollar Chinese conglomerate. The jury had originally awarded the ten plaintiffs in this case, the first of twenty-six lawsuits scheduled to go to trial, more than $50 million, a devastating verdict. The $3.25 million judgment—reduced because of the state’s punitive-damages cap—was much more manageable. Nonetheless, with the second trial currently underway, the industry's allies in the General Assembly are trying...

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A New Bill Would Allow the City Council to See Police Body-Camera Recordings—But Only in Asheville

Posted By on Thu, Jun 7, 2018 at 11:02 AM

A local bill filed in the state House of Representatives yesterday would allow the Asheville City Council to review police body-camera recordings—a right that would not be extended to other city councils or citizens throughout the state. House Bill 1087, sponsored by three Buncombe County Democrats, changes the state’s controversial law governing the release of body-camera footage to allow (though not require) law-enforcement officials to share the footage with city council members in Asheville in a closed session, meaning the public will not be allowed to review the footage and the council members will be required to sign nondisclosure agreements...

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Kids Keep Dying, Politicians Keep Dithering: Notes from Tuesday’s NC Town Hall for School Safety

Posted By on Thu, May 31, 2018 at 7:43 AM

Greear Webb is tired of feeling unsafe at school. On Tuesday evening, the Sanderson High School junior recounted the “intense fear” he felt during the school’s May 14 lockdown to a crowd of seven hundred gathered inside the Raleigh school’s auditorium for a town hall on school safety. "As I was writing this speech,” Webb said, “I had to update and edit it numerous times just to stay current with the number of school shootings that occurred since Parkland.” Webb was the closing speaker at the NC Town Hall for School Safety, a student-organized event featuring panelists from the...

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Pearl Berlin, North Carolina LGBTQ Icon, Dies at the Age of Ninety-Two

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 5:41 PM

Pearl Berlin woke up Lennie Gerber every morning for fifty years with “a kiss and a little schmooze.” In 2013, she added two simple words to this morning ritual: “We’re married.” It took over a year for the State of North Carolina to recognize those words as legally true. Berlin, whose fight for marriage equality in North Carolina made her an icon for LGBTQ rights across the country, died Thursday. She was ninety-two years old and just shy of reaching the couple’s anniversary on June 2. Berlin legally married Gerber, eighty-two, in Maine on September 10, 2013, just sixteen months...

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Twenty Thousand People Amass in Downtown Raleigh to Demand Better Education Funding

Posted By on Wed, May 16, 2018 at 3:04 PM

A sea of red swept across the streets of Raleigh this morning as thousands of teachers from across the state marched to advocate for pay raises along with more supplies and resources for public schools. According to the North Carolina Association of Educators, which coordinated the march, there were upward of twenty thousand people in attendance. An energetic and vocal crowd gathered along South Street near the NCAE headquarters and marched through downtown toward the state legislative building. Along the route, onlookers and business owners gawked at the immense size of the crowd, and news helicopters hummed overhead to...

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Breaking: Nancy Errichetti, Head of the Montessori School of Raleigh, Arrested for Allegedly Aiding and Abetting Sexual Abuse

Posted By on Wed, May 16, 2018 at 11:30 AM

This morning, Nancy Errichetti, the head of school at the Montessori School of Raleigh, was arrested at the school by Raleigh police at about ten a.m. and charged with contributing to the delinquency and neglect of a minor and aiding and abetting the taking of indecent liberties with a child under the age of sixteen. Last year, as the INDY has previously reported, a teacher at the school, Nicholas Conlon Smith, was charged with more than twenty counts of statutory rape and the possession of child pornography. A lawsuit filed by the parents of two sisters who attended MSR...

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Joe Van Gogh Cuts Ties with Duke After Controversial Firing of Two Employees

Posted By on Fri, May 11, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Earlier this week, we reported a story about a conflict at a coffee shop on Duke's campus that exploded into national news. Two employees, Britni Brown and Kevin Simmons, were fired from Joe Van Gogh's Duke campus location after Larry Moneta, the vice president of student affairs, complained about the language of Young Dolph's "Get Paid," which was playing on Spotify over the shop's PA during a busy service period. The firings sparked a wave of outrage over how Moneta, Duke, and Joe Van Gogh treated the employees. Students protested at Moneta's office, Joe Van Gogh owner Robbie Roberts apologized,...

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Duke University President Vincent E. Price Apologizes for Young Dolph-Gate

Posted By on Thu, May 10, 2018 at 6:04 PM

Duke University President Vincent E. Price released a statement Thursday afternoon addressing a number of recent issues on Duke’s campus that indicate “the absence of respect for others,” he wrote, including the firing of two employees of the Joe Van Gogh coffee shop on campus after Larry Moneta, Duke’s vice president for student affairs, complained to their employers that they were playing an inappropriate song. "I am, in particular, sorry that the words of one of my senior administrators recently resulted in two individuals working for one of our on-campus vendors losing their jobs,” Price wrote. “hile I am...

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Protesters at Duke Joe Van Gogh Call on Administration to Condemn Controversial Employee Firing

Posted By on Wed, May 9, 2018 at 6:03 PM

Dozens of students appeared outside of the Joe Van Gogh on Duke West Campus early this afternoon to protest the termination of two of the coffee shop’s employees. Both baristas were asked to resign after Duke’s vice president for student affairs, Larry Moneta, complained that they were playing an explicit rap song. Moneta told Britni Brown, a black woman and a barista at the coffee shop, that the song that was playing, “Get Paid” by Young Dolph, was offensive and inappropriate. Brown immediately, turned off the song, and offered to give Moneta his order free of charge. Moneta and Kevin...

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Joe Van Gogh Owner Robbie Roberts Apologizes for Handling of Duke Officials’ Demand to Fire Baristas

Posted By on Wed, May 9, 2018 at 12:06 PM

In a statement posted on the company’s website this morning, Joe Van Gogh owner Robbie Roberts apologized for how his company handled a demand from Duke administrators to fire two baristas over a song that university vice president of student affairs Larry Moneta found offensive. His statement: Joe Van Gogh apologizes to our employees, customers and community for how we handled a situation involving our Duke University store. As you have read, it is true that Joe Van Gogh is a contractor to Duke. We attempted to understand Duke’s position in this case, but we should have taken a different...

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

A Duke University VP Walked Into the Campus Joe Van Gogh, Heard a Rap Song, Demanded That the Employees Be Fired

Posted By on Tue, May 8, 2018 at 4:32 PM

On Monday, two employees of Duke University’s Joe Van Gogh location had their contracts terminated after vice president for student affairs Larry Moneta and executive director of dining services Robert Coffey demanded that the local coffee chain fire them. Their offense? While he was in the store Friday, Moneta heard a rap song that he found offensive. The incident highlights the precarious relationship between the university and its contracted employees, who are not afforded the same benefits and protections as Duke’s full-time employees, but whose employers are not in a position to defend them out of fear of losing business...

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Durham Sheriff Mike Andrews Denies Saying “Amen” to a Racist Facebook Comment

Posted By on Tue, May 8, 2018 at 11:16 AM

This morning, Durham City Council member Jillian Johnson posted the following on her personal Facebook page: In that post, which circulated widely among politically active members of Durham’s Facebook community this morning, someone from Sheriff Mike Andrews’s re-election Facebook page appears to say “Amen, Bobby!” to a comment from a man warning people not to “apathetically sit home on your tails … as city block voters immigrants and minorities will FLOCK to the polls.” (In context, “block voters” could mean “black voters.”) He continues: “THEN the city special interests will vote out the old… and man … you won’t like the...

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Durham City Council Unanimously Approves Contentious Zoning Regulations in Old West Durham

Posted By on Tue, May 8, 2018 at 8:17 AM

The Durham council chamber, nearly packed to capacity, was awash with yellow “No” and lime-green “Yes” signs on Monday night in anticipation of the city council’s precedent-setting decision regarding a set of citizen-led zoning regulations in Old West Durham. In the end, the culmination of years of contentious debate among the neighborhood’s residents, the council unanimously approved the regulations for a neighborhood on the cusp of rapid change. The new set of rules, known as a neighborhood protection overlay, or NPO, aims to reduce teardowns and limit the size of new construction in the area. The NPO was created to...

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Judge Britt Reduces Murphy-Brown’s Punitive Damages to $3.25 Million

Posted By on Mon, May 7, 2018 at 3:29 PM

The punitive damages for the ten plaintiffs who recently won their case against pork giant Murphy-Brown have been reduced from $50 million to $3.25 million, according to a decision filed today by U.S. District Court Judge Earl Britt. The decision means that each plaintiff involved in the litigation will now receive $325,0000, a small fraction of the original $5.075 million judgment handed down to each plaintiff by the jury several weeks ago. Britt's decision to impose a cap on punitive damages came after a jury handed down a landmark verdict to the ten plaintiffs suing Murphy-Brown, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods. The...

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Hey, Big Spender: See Who’s Giving the Big Bucks to Candidates for Wake County Commissioner

Posted By on Fri, May 4, 2018 at 5:57 PM

Earlier today, a Raleigh voter named David Bland filed a complaint with the Wake County Board of Elections alleging that liberal activists Dean and Sesha Debnam and Ann and John Campbell have “violated state laws barring excessive contributions and contributions in the name of another.” The claim is based on the fact that Ann Campbell and Dean Debnam each have PACs supporting (mostly) the same candidates, and the Campbells and Debnams have supported each other’s PAC in addition to these candidates and their own PAC. I’d be surprised if this complaint has legs. Still, there’s no denying Debnam and Campbell...

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Lawsuit Claims the Montessori School of Raleigh Refused to Act on Allegations That a Teacher Sexually Abused Students

Posted By on Wed, May 2, 2018 at 5:01 PM

In a lawsuit filed in Wake County Superior Court in January that has so far gone unreported, the parents of two sisters—identified in court documents as Jane Doe I and Jane Doe II—who were allegedly sexually assaulted by a teacher at the Montessori School of Raleigh have accused the school and its leader, Nancy Errichetti, of failing to protect the girls from their abuser and responding their parents’ discovery of the abuse by at first denying it and and then refusing “to take any action with respect to their complaint.” This afternoon, a spokeswoman for the school’s Board of Trustees...

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Monday, April 23, 2018

The Opportunity Zone Tax Incentive Is Supposed to Help Distressed Areas. See Which Parts of Durham Are Up for It.

Posted By on Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 11:32 AM

Seven Durham census tracts are being nominated for designation as opportunity zones under a buried provision in the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act designed to encourage investment in low-income areas. The seven Durham tracts were among 252 statewide recommended by Governor Cooper on Friday to the U.S. Treasury Department, which is expected to rubberstamp the nominations. "The City is excited that seven of our community’s recommendations were selected, especially in those areas and census tracts that need a catalyst for investment and job creation," says Andre Pettigrew, director of the city of Durham's Office of Economic and Workforce Development. "Our submission was indeed...

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