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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Primer: Trump Is Thinking About Firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and Other Things You Need to Know Today

Posted By on Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 10:27 AM

Happy Tuesday, everyone. There’s a lot in the news, and we’ll get to it straightaway. But first, may I ask a favor? Our first Primer seemed to go well; the response was overwhelmingly positive. But if you are experiencing any problems or have any suggestions about how we can make this newsletter more readable—e.g., if the formatting looks wonky on your computer or device—please pass them along to jbillman@indyweek.com. This is a new venture, and we’re learning as we go. So with that said, let’s go. —Jeffrey C. Billman 1. HE WOULDN’T DARE. (WOULD HE?) THE GIST: According to one of...

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Morning Roundup: GOP Health Care Plan Leaves 23 Million Without Insurance

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 9:09 AM

Wednesday was another banner day for the GOP. Let's take a stroll through some headlines. 1) Obamacare replacement would leave twenty-three million out in the cold, according to the CBO. Premiums would go down (at least for the young, wealthy, and healthy), but costs would go up for people with preexisting conditions. And more than twenty million would lose coverage altogether. From The New York Times, by way of the bipartisan Congressional Budget Office: A bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act that narrowly passed the House this month would leave 14 million more people uninsured next year than under...

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

NBA Picks Charlotte for 2019 All-Star Game; HB 2 Deal Works Again

Posted By on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 7:09 PM

The ACC and NCAA already caved, so when the NBA announced today that in light of the HB 2 "compromise" signed by Governor Cooper earlier this year it would bring All-Star Weekend to Charlotte in 2019, it wasn't all that surprising. Here are the details, from NBA.com: “We have decided to award NBA All-Star 2019 to Charlotte based on this deep connection and the belief that we can honor our shared values of equality and inclusion, and we are excited to bring the All-Star Game back to Charlotte for the first time in 28 years. “While we understand the concerns...

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Morning Roundup: HB 2 Deal Satisfies NCAA; Heels Come Home

Posted By on Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 8:28 AM

Rad Sports Illustrated cover. OK. Let's get into it. 1) The NCAA suggests that HB 2 deal is good enough to bring sporting events back to North Carolina. Calling it a move that was "reluctantly" made doesn't make it any better. The NCAA caved. And the organization knows it. This just about says it all. From the NCAA: While the new law meets the minimal NCAA requirements, the board remains concerned that some may perceive North Carolina’s moratorium against affording opportunities for communities to extend basic civil rights as a signal that discriminatory behavior is permitted and acceptable, which is inconsistent...

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Monday, April 3, 2017

The Morning Roundup: UNC Plays for Title Tonight

Posted By on Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 8:29 AM

It's the beginning of a new week, but this isn't your typical Monday. 1) UNC takes on Gonzaga tonight for the college basketball crown. If you're a Carolina fan, you don't need to be reminded about what happened last year. If you're not—or if you don't care about college basketball—here's a quick recap. UNC was trailing Villanova in the 2016 NCAA tournament championship game until senior guard Marcus Paige hit one of the most clutch shots in the history of Carolina basketball (that's saying a lot). Here's a photo: And yes. It looked just that awkward on live television. No...

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Friday, March 31, 2017

ACC: North Carolina, Thanks to HB 2 Deal, Will Be Considered for Tournaments

Posted By on Fri, Mar 31, 2017 at 7:10 PM

The NCAA has yet to rule on whether or not the HB 2 repeal deal signed by Governor Roy Cooper Thursday is good enough to satisfy the basketball gods, but the Atlantic Coast Conference took little time to put North Carolina back in the competition for hosting rights to championship events. From the ACC: That's not exactly an official confirmation of games to be played in the Old North State, but it seems like the Atlantic Coast Conference is satisfied. The NCAA ruling could be a bit trickier. From the INDY: (Whether this deal actually satisfies the NCAA is another...

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

NCAA Gives North Carolina Forty-Eight Hours to Kill HB 2

Posted By on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 12:44 PM

You know how we feel about HB 2. If you don't, our editor made clear Monday that the debate over this legislation should be about more than economics and basketball and Springsteen. With that said, there's more HB 2 news breaking, from Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance executive director Scott Dupree: The legislature is on the clock....

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Monday, March 27, 2017

The Morning Roundup: Tar Heels Reach Final Four; Senate Eyes Kushner's Russia Meeting

Posted By on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 8:45 AM

Hope everyone had a solid weekend. Let's get started. 1) UNC beats UK in a thriller to reach the Final Four. Unlikely hero—and former walk-on—Luke Maye sunk the winning shot with less than a second remaining in what had been a back-and-forth game to send the Tar Heels to their NCAA record twentieth Final Four. From ESPN: “I just shot it, and luckily, it went in,” said Maye, who scored a previous career high of 16 points against Butler in the Sweet 16. “It was a great feeling. I thank my teammates so much and my coach for putting me...

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Monday, March 20, 2017

The Morning Roundup: HB 2 Strikes Again

Posted By on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 9:21 AM

Roundup is back, friends. Sorry it's been a while. With that said, let's dig in. 1) HB 2 claims its latest victim: the Duke basketball team. Those of you who watched the NCAA tournament Sunday might not have been thinking about former (it still feels good to say that) governor Pat McCrory. Here at the INDY, we try to think of him as little as possible. But after suffering through UNC's near-loss and South Carolina's upset win over Duke, we started to wonder: Would the Blue Devils still be dancing if HB 2 hadn't cost North Carolina the chance to...

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Morning Roundup: Polls Show Little Confidence in Trump

Posted By on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 9:02 AM

Good morning everyone. Let's dive in. 1) More great news for Trump. Well, we're sure he'll find a way to spin it that way. According to the latest CNN/ORC Poll, the president-elect (still feels a bit surreal calling him that) broke a record. He's got to love that, right? Well ... maybe not. Donald Trump will become president Friday with an approval rating of just 40%, according to a new CNN/ORC Poll, the lowest of any recent president and 44 points below that of President Barack Obama, the 44th president. Following a tumultuous transition period, approval ratings for Trump's handling...

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Trump Says Veterans Who Take Their Own Lives 'Can't Handle It' ... For Real

Posted By on Tue, Oct 4, 2016 at 8:18 AM

Good morning, one and all. If for some reason you endured a media blackout yesterday, consider yourself lucky. Sharing this stuff with you makes me jealous—like when my wife binge watched the first two seasons of "Game of Thrones" after I had already experienced the carnage. 1) Donald Trump kind of says military suicides are a result of "weakness"—and even kind of saying something like that is pretty bad. Go ahead. Read that again. Let the shock pass through you and go back for seconds so you can take it all in. Remember when Trump said he liked veterans who...

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Farewell to ACC Championship Games and Hello Again to Hillary

Posted By on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Happy Thursday, folks. Here's your daily dose of calamity to keep everything nice and regular.  1. HB 2 basically kills championship games in North Carolina, and there's nothing we can do about it (except vote in November to get rid of the people who thought up this crap in the first place).  First the NBA All-Star game, then the NCAA championship games, and now the ACC, which yesterday announced all neutral-site championships would leave the state, too. In North Carolina, you can mess with a lot of things, but you don't mess with sports—especially not college sports. By moving these...

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

UNC Sophomore Alleges She Was Raped By Football Player

Posted By on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 1:57 PM

A UNC-Chapel Hill sophomore is expected to detail this afternoon a Valentine's Day rape she says she endured at Ram's Village, an on-campus apartment complex.  The alleged perpetrator? A UNC football player. According to statements released by the woman's attorney, Denise Branch—statements that the victim, Delaney Robinson, her father, Stacey Robinson, and Branch will read during a 2 p.m. press conference—the case has yet to be prosecuted, despite the fact that Robinson filed a report with the university's Title IX office. From the release: "I did everything a rape victim is supposed to do. I reported it. I allowed the...

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Friday, September 2, 2016

The Morning Roundup: There’s a Storm Coming

Posted By on Fri, Sep 2, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Greetings and salutations, everyone. The good news: it’s Labor Day weekend. The bad news: your Saturday is gonna be soaked. Let’s dive in.  1. Hermine has landed in Florida.  It’s the first hurricane my native state has seen in a decade. By tomorrow morning, my new state will be getting drenched, though we won’t be getting anything like hurricane-force winds.  The storm will lose some of its punch as it crosses land, but will likely remain a tropical storm with heavy rain and gusty winds when it crosses Eastern North Carolina late Friday into Saturday. The National Hurricane Center has...

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Friday, July 1, 2016

The Morning Roundup: The HB 2 ‘Fix’ Won’t Appease the NBA, Appears DOA

Posted By on Fri, Jul 1, 2016 at 8:13 AM

1. Well, that went nowhere fast. Earlier this week—around the same time the legislature moved $500,000 in disaster relief money to its HB 2 defense fund and irony died—word leaked that Republicans were considering tweaking the law so as to keep the NBA from pulling its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte. Because, you know, making marginalized people suffer is all well and good until it pisses off sports fans. The proposed fix would basically require trans people to carry a state document indicating that they had undergone gender reassignment to use the facilities in schools and government buildings (nothing...

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Friday, June 17, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Lebron Doesn’t Quit, Bernie Almost Does

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 7:45 AM

Happy Friday, everyone. Let’s make this short and sweet and get to the weekend already.  1. Bernie Sanders didn’t quite concede last night.  The Vermont senator didn’t officially quit or endorse Hillary Clinton, but in a message to supporters released last night, he said he’ll soon be joining the fight to defeat Trump (who, frankly, is doing a pretty bang-up job defeating himself, but the more, the merrier, I guess). “Our vision for the future of this country is not some fringe idea,” he said.  Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Thursday in an address to his supporters that he...

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Friday, March 18, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Richard Burr Ain’t Budging from That Indefensible Position That Will Cost Him His Job

Posted By on Fri, Mar 18, 2016 at 8:43 AM

It’s been gorgeous out all week, hasn’t it. Surely that will continue through the week— Oh.  Thanks for nothing, Mother Nature.  On to the Roundup.  1. Richard Burr’s not backing down on SCOTUS. Burr, like most Senate Republicans, is still adamant that he will not consider a Merrick Garland’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court no matter his constitutional responsbilities, because something something voters something something.  This is, by the way, an untenably stupid, incredibly indefensible position.  In the weeks, if not months, ahead, we can expect the Republican Senate leadership to make the fight over the nomination about its timing,...

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Friday, March 11, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Hillary and Bernie Come to Town, Republicans Play Nice (For Once)

Posted By on Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 8:42 AM

So that Republican debate last night was … civil? Weird. Per POLITICO, GOP insiders generally think Marco Rubio had the debate he needed, but it probably came too late to stop Trump.   Marco Rubio delivered a strong debate performance on Thursday night – but it probably won’t save him in Florida next week against Donald Trump. That’s the verdict rendered by The POLITICO Caucus, a panel of activists, strategists and operatives in key states participating in the presidential primary process this month — including Florida, North Carolina and Ohio, which vote on March 15. A majority of Republican insiders...

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Monday, February 8, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Well, That Was … Ugly

Posted By on Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 8:48 AM

1. Let’s get this out of the way. The Panthers lost, and lost badly. The referees were godawful, yes—seriously, how the fuck was that not a catch?—but even a fairly called game wouldn’t have saved the squad that showed up last night. Denver’s defense was unbending, Carolina’s offense was dazed, and Cam Newton kept throwing the ball over everyone’s goddamn head. So, yeah, blerg.  And look on the bright side: Beyonce, the only redeeming part of that train wreck of a halftime show, is coming to Raleigh in May. Now let’s never speak of last night again. Fortunately for...

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Monday, September 17, 2012

UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp to resign

Posted By on Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Embattled UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp is on the way out. WRAL reported Monday morning that Thorp will step down at the close of the 2012-13 academic year, ending a watch that has been plagued by allegations of academic improprieties, primarily associated with the school's football program. The school confirmed the news in a press release later Monday morning. This comes after Thorp met privately Friday with the UNC Board of Governors, the panel in charge of the state's public universities. The release said Thorp on Sunday told UNC President Tom Ross of his plans to resign. "I will always...

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

City unveils plans tonight for Old North Durham Park

Posted By on Wed, Nov 16, 2011 at 4:27 PM

file photo by D.L. AndersonOld North Durham Park is the site of the only full-sized soccer field in downtown Durham. After months of scrappy debate, Durham’s Parks and Recreation department tonight is expected to unveil the fate of Old North Durham Park, a 3.6-acre space at Geer and Foster streets. The city has scheduled a community meeting for 7 p.m. at the downtown Durham Armory, 212 Foster St. The park currently hosts the only full-sized soccer field in downtown, and one of only a dozen full-sized fields in the city. The space is owned by the city and shared the...

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

World Cup reveals "hopefulness, a newness, a sense of progress" in South Africa

Posted By on Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 1:01 PM

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA — Cape Town, June 29, noon, and the streets are filling up with fans of Spain and Portugal wearing their scarves and wigs and jerseys, the national flags draped across their backs, faces painted. The vuvuzelas already blare, as they do almost every moment. Andy Mead/YCJBzzzzzzzz off, vuvuzelas.So let’s talk about the vuvuzelas. They are, indeed, a South African tradition, and there are some beauts — beaded and painted masterpieces. But Coca-Cola has got hold of them, too, and filled the Fan Fests — the giant outdoor viewing areas with the jumbotrons and music acts —...

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Durham gets Google endorsement from W.Va. mayor

Posted By on Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Durham just got another small push in its efforts to bring Google's high-speed Internet access project to the Bull City—the endorsement of the mayor of Morgantown, W.Va., whose home team lost to the Duke Blue Devils in the semifinals for the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. When it became apparent that Duke's men's basketball team was going to meet the West Virginia Mountaineers on April 3, Durham Mayor Bill Bell and Morgantown Mayor Bill Byrne made a friendly wager. The mayor of the losing team's hometown had to write an endorsement bolstering the other town's application for the Google project. Well,...

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

David Price to return to Durham Bulls? [Update: Yes]

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2009 at 8:06 AM

UPDATE MARCH 26: Wednesday evening, the Bulls announced that Price has been assigned to Durham.  The rumblings are getting louder, and Adam Sobsey has been listening over at Triangle Offense. And there's bad news for Fernando Perez, last year's super-fast center fielder who ended the season on the Tampa Bay World Series roster and also was seen down there co-hosting a rally for presidential candidate Barack Obama....

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Wafting on the Eno dries up

Posted By on Tue, Feb 24, 2009 at 6:32 PM

After 19 years of leading men, women and children on bucolic, low-key trips on the Eno River and millpond, "Riverdave" Owen and his partner Riojosie announced on their Web site yesterday that the program, administered in conjunction with the Durham Parks and Recreation department, will cease operations. The reason: a dispute over proposed changes in their contract with the city. The biggest disputes seem to be that the city will no longer allow them to stage their excursions from the old blacksmith shop and that the city is now requiring them to purchase liability insurance (according to Riverdave, his program...

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