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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Lime Joins In on the Electric Scooter Game in Raleigh

Posted By on Tue, Sep 18, 2018 at 2:21 PM

Bird isn’t the only electric scooter on the block anymore. Lime, which already operates dockless bikes in Raleigh, is rolling out its own electric scooter model today in the city. The city council has yet to decide what to do with Bird, which left a bad first impression on some city officials with its unannounced arrival in July. Lime-S scooters cost the same as Bird to use, $1 to start and 15 cents each minute after. City riders can earn $1 off their first three rides using the code “LIMERALEIGH.” Like Bird, Lime scooters will be collected daily and...

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Triangle Residents Advised to Seek Safety from Hurricane Florence's Floodwaters

Posted By on Thu, Sep 13, 2018 at 7:38 AM

The city of Raleigh has warned twenty-six thousand residents of flood risks at their properties ahead of Hurricane Florence's arrival, WRAL reports, and in Durham, more than one hundred properties have been identified as being at risk of flooding. Raleigh officials described their advisory in a news conference Wednesday. The city is using reverse-911 technology to encourage thousands of residents living in areas that repeatedly flood to seek higher ground. Those areas include: Anderson & Oxford Atlantic & Hodges Bailey Drive, 500 block Calumet Drive, 3200 block Claremont Road, 2900 block Garner Road, 1800 block Glenwood & Creedmoor Gorman &...

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Update: J. Cole’s Dreamville Has Been Canceled

Posted By on Mon, Sep 10, 2018 at 5:48 PM

J. Cole’s much anticipated Dreamville festival is moving forward this weekend despite a state of emergency declared ahead of Hurricane Florence, currently a Category 4 hurricane. The festival is scheduled to take place at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh Saturday from noon–10:30 p.m. Headliners include J. Cole, SZA, Big Sean, Young Thug, and Nelly. Tickets start at $109. City staffers previously estimated that thirty-five thousand people would attend the festival from across the country. Of course, that was before a massive hurricane took dead aim at central North Carolina. Hurricane Florence’s trajectory began to solidify this weekend, and...

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

"What Will It Take for the City of Raleigh to Value Black Lives?" Residents Ask for an Oversight Board to Hold Police Accountable

Posted By on Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 12:43 PM

Residents calling for a community oversight board to hold police accountable for what they believe are racist practices got into a heated exchange with Mayor Nancy McFarlane at last night’s Raleigh City Council meeting. Ten residents signed up to speak on the topic of policing, addressing police brutality, mental health, and immigration, among other things, after the local nonprofit organization Justice Served NC called for people to voice their concerns at the meeting. The call to action came after a video of Raleigh police tasering and beating Frederick Hall, a black man who suffers from mental illness, went viral...

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Survey: Raleigh Residents Want Bird Scooters to Stay (With Regulations)

Posted By on Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 12:27 PM

As the city continues to ponder how to regulate Bird scooters, a recent survey showed most residents want the scooters to stick around. Nearly 70 percent of the seventeen hundred people who responded to a Downtown Living Advocates’ survey were in favor of the scooters, and 62 percent hoped regulations could be put in place to allow them to operate safely in the city. A mere 5 percent wanted to ban Bird outright. Bird landed on Raleigh’s streets earlier this summer, and while some city officials, such as council member Nicole Stewart, are embracing the latest ride-sharing trend, others,...

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Cooper Files New Lawsuit Challenging the NCGA’s Constitutional Amendment Do-Overs. The NAACP Will Follow Suit.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 9:09 PM

The NAACP plans to file a second lawsuit after the state Supreme Court Wednesday rejected the NAACP and Governor Cooper’s efforts to remove the rewritten proposed constitutional amendments from the November ballot as part of lawsuits filed against the original amendments. Ballot printing is currently being delayed by the courts as several legal issues are vetted, including a recent judicial panel’s ruling that the Congressional maps were unconstitutionally gerrymandered. Cooper filed a new lawsuit Thursday challenging the rewrites. A hearing on that case is scheduled for tomorrow at 11:00 a.m., The News & Observer reports. Two of the proposed...

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At a Press Conference, Muslims for Social Justice Denounce What They Say Is All-Too-Common Islamophobia

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 4:59 PM

A blind man who claims his bag was removed from a plane while he was using the bathroom and a mother who said she was denied visitation to her incarcerated son after refusing to remove her hijab say they have one thing in common: They are victims of systemic Islamophobia. Muslims for Social Justice held a press conference to tell their stories and highlight discrimination against Muslims in the community at the Tarboro Community Center Thursday afternoon. Ukkashah Muhammad, of Durham, said he boarded an American Airlines plane at RDU on July 26. Legally blind, Muhammad was escorted onto...

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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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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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Should Apple and Amazon Ditch the Triangle Because of the General Assembly’s Voter ID Initiative?

Posted By on Fri, Jun 8, 2018 at 2:09 PM

The advocacy group Color of Change is calling on Amazon and Apple to drop North Carolina from consideration for their new locations in response to a bill introduced by House Republicans on Thursday. The bill proposes to amend the state constitution to require that voters present photo identification at the polls. If it passes, voters will decide in November whether to add the following paragraph to the constitution: “Every person offering to vote in person shall present photo identification before voting in the manner prescribed by law.” The bill does not specify what forms of ID would qualify for voting....

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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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Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Raleigh City Council Punts on Affordable Housing Decisions and I AM SHOCKED

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 9:02 AM

This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here. The Raleigh City Council is known for taking its sweet time to do just about anything. This is a body, after all, that hasn’t quite figured out Airbnb after, what, three years? And, my god, earlier this month and again this week the council punted on a decision over a boutique hotel in Glenwood South—Glenwood South! The heart of the damn city!—because some condo-dwellers were worried that a rooftop event space might ruin their view. This is also the same city...

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Everything Is Awesome! Notes on the State of Downtown Raleigh and Durham, According to Their Professional Boosters

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 9:10 AM

This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here. There are people who get excited about urban planning, and then there is Joe Minicozzi, the principal at Asheville’s Urban3 LLC and a former executive director of the Asheville Downtown Association. Yesterday afternoon, he was the keynote speaker at the first annual State of Downtown Durham event, hosted by Downtown Durham Inc. Unlike the same State of Downtown Raleigh event earlier on Tuesday—which I didn’t attend but have in years past—this was a more laid-back affair at the Rickhouse, with beer...

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Downtown Raleigh Still Booming, According to Downtown Raleigh Alliance

Posted By on Tue, Apr 17, 2018 at 10:14 AM

The Downtown Raleigh Alliance's annual State of Downtown Raleigh report is hot off the presses and continues to highlight historic growth for the center of the City of Oaks. Since 2005, per the report, more than $3 billion in development has been constructed or completed in downtown Raleigh, providing residents with new places to eat, live, work, and play. That growth continued in 2017 and will likely sustain itself in the years to come. Between 2008 and 2016, property values downtown increased 31 percent. Here are some key takeaways: 1) More humans. Downtown Raleigh’s population has grown 179 percent since...

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Raleigh's March for Our Lives Draws Ten Thousand Demanding Gun Reform

Posted By on Sat, Mar 24, 2018 at 6:56 PM

As hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of demonstrators called for gun reform at March for Our Lives events across the country and the world today, a huge crowd marched through downtown Raleigh to add their voices to the cause. According to Faisal Khan, one of the event's organizers, about ten thousand enthusiastic protesters marched along Fayetteville Street before gathering at Halifax Mall, near the state legislative building, where state representatives, teachers, veterans, and students rallied the crowd and spoke about their personal experiences with gun violence. The National Rifle Association's grip on American politics was a central theme....

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Friday, March 2, 2018

LGBTQ Activists Ask Jeff Bezos Not to Put Amazon’s HQ2 in North Carolina

Posted By on Fri, Mar 2, 2018 at 2:29 PM

In a letter posted on Medium yesterday, a coalition of more than sixty-five LGBTQ activists, nonprofit leaders, and former government officials sent a letter to Amazon urging the company not to build its second headquarters in a state that lacks antidiscrimination protections for LGBTQ citizens—including North Carolina. “As Amazon continues the evaluation of finalist locations for a new HQ2,” the letter reads, “nine of the states currently under consideration have failed to address a glaring deficit — the lack of comprehensive legal protections for the LGBTQ population.” The Triangle’s bid was one of twenty that Amazon has deemed a finalist...

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Economists Are Begging HQ2 Finalists Not to Offer Amazon Huge Incentives. Fat Chance.

Posted By on Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 8:52 AM

This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here. To get all the day’s local and national headlines and insights delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here. More than anything else, what Amazon’s RFP for HQ2 sites was intended to do was to induce a bidding war, in which cities try to one-up one another to win Jeff Bezos’s favor. With the promise of fifty thousand good jobs in the offing, the world’s richest man was, in essence, asking the “winner” to spot him a few billion bucks in...

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

DRA Report: Downtown Raleigh Is Still Killing It

Posted By on Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 8:49 AM

This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here. To get all the day’s local and national headlines and insights delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here. The Downtown Raleigh Alliance’s fourth-quarter economic development report (you can find the whole thing at the bottom of this post) is unequivocally good news for downtown Raleigh. Of course, the DRA’s reports are always unequivocally good news for downtown Raleigh—the organization is, more than anything, a booster group—but still, it’s hard not to see the numbers pointing in the right direction. The...

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Amazon Gives Raleigh a Rose, Sends Us to the Next Round of the HQ2 Reality Show

Posted By on Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at 9:09 AM

This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here. To get all the day’s local and national headlines and insights delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here. There’s something surreal about watching cities all over the country prostrate themselves before Amazon, acting like this is some sort of reality show—a high-stakes, corporate The Bachelor, perhaps—offering millions of dollars in incentives in hopes of landing HQ2. Of course, there’s a reason they’re doing so: the second Amazon headquarters could be an economic game-changer that brings some fifty thousand well-paying jobs...

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Raleigh Has Made the Shortlist for Amazon’s HQ2

Posted By on Thu, Jan 18, 2018 at 9:35 AM

As yet, we don’t have much info beyond what’s in the headline: Raleigh is included on a list of twenty cities that made the shortlist for Amazon’s HQ2, according to CNBC Washington correspondent Kayla Tausche. The Triangle region of one of 238 cities in 43 states to submit bids to Amazon last year. And while ours didn’t spell out potential incentives—officials told the INDY that they’d propose an incentive package if they made the first cut, which has apparently happened—many of the others did. According to Wake County Commissioner Matt Calabria, county leaders and economic development officials have discussed what an...

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

It’s Going to Snow. Don’t Freak Out.

Posted By on Tue, Jan 16, 2018 at 3:02 PM

When you wake up tomorrow, there will be snow on the ground. It’s OK. Everything will be fine. The latest forecast calls for somewhere between one and three inches of the stuff—maybe a little more—by tomorrow morning. It will fall steadily until about noon, with flurries in the afternoon and skies clearing overnight. Much of the Triangle will shut down. There will be a run on milk and bread. Tomorrow, you should stay off the roads if at all possible—not because a couple of inches is inherently a big deal, but because everybody around here forgets how to drive after the...

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Well, That Sucks: The Dalai Lama Is Not Coming to Raleigh Next Year After All

Posted By on Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 12:39 PM

There’s been a change in His Holiness’s schedule. From a press release that just arrived in my inbox.  The following statement is issued to all NC media on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 on behalf of Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane and the Local Organizing Committee for the Visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama: His Holiness the Dalai Lama (HHDL) has informed Mayor Nancy McFarlane in a letter that because of a change in his schedule, he has cancelled all travel to the United States in 2018. He left open the possibility of visiting the U.S. next year. In her response,...

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Monday, January 8, 2018

What the Hell Happened to Laura Riddick?

Posted By on Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 9:38 AM

This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here. To get all the day’s local and national headlines and insights delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here. Andy Specht had an interesting piece in the N&O this weekend that warrants some exploration. It looked former Wake County Register of Deeds Laura Riddick, who until last year was a widely respected, longtime public servant, but who now faces embezzlement charges. In short, the people who knew her are trying to figure what the hell happened to the person they knew....

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