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UNC Students Create Silent Sam Audio Tour

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:25:00 -0400

(image) Students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed an audio tour app to facilitate discussion about race, history and Silent Sam.

No Longer Silent is a project of the sixteen students in Sabine Gruffat's digital art class. Users can download the app and hear interviews conducted by students as they walk around McCorkle Place, where the Confederate monument known as Silent Sam is located.…



Live: Top-Notch Bluegrass from the Soggy Bottom Boys in O Brother Mode

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:10:00 -0400

(image) Soggy Bottom Boys
Carolina Theatre, Durham
Wednesday, July 5, 2017


“I’ll admit we did have a few problems with the law, but since they legalized a few things in Tennessee, the Soggy Bottom Boys are back in business” exclaimed Stuart Duncan, fiddler and founding member of the group. Earlier this summer, The Soggy Bottom Boys are out on the road bringing the critically acclaimed songs from the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? to the stage, as well as many other songs in the same spirit, casting a new spotlight on the entire genre of bluegrass and old-time music.…



The Latest Attempt to Repeal the ACA Would Be Disastrous for North Carolinia

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:59:00 -0400

(image) It's back.

The latest, last-ditch attempt by Republican lawmakers to destroy President Obama's signature health law, the Affordable Care Act, has appeared in the form of something called Graham-Cassidy, the brainchild of Republican Senators Lindsay Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. Like its predecessors, it would target some of the most vulnerable people in North Carolina: the poor, the sick, and the state's many children who rely on Medicaid as a source of health care.…



Candidates Meet Halfway for Go-Karts and Conversation

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:53:00 -0400

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Vernetta Alston

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) Durham City Council (Ward 3) Vernetta Alston www.vernettaalston.com Occupation: Attorney Phone Number: (919) 794-4961 Email Address: vernettaalstonnc@gmail.com Years Lived in Durham: approximately 14.5 years 1) Durham residents, from the new group Durham for All to the demonstrators who tore down the Confederate monument on Main Street, are calling for more power to be placed in the hands of the people.…



Pierce Freelon

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) Durham Mayor Pierce Freelon www.freelonfordurham.com Occupation: musician, professor, artist-organizer Phone Number: 919-907-0570 Email Address: info@freelonfordurham.com Years Lived in Durham: 33. Born and raised.…



Steve Schewel

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) Durham Mayor Steve Schewel stevefordurham.com Occupation: Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Duke University Phone Number: 919-451-9215 Email Address: steveschewel@gmail.com Years Lived in Durham: 47 1) Durham residents, from the new group Durham for All to the demonstrators who tore down the Confederate monument on Main Street, are calling for more power to be placed in the hands of the people.…



Farad Ali

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) Durham Mayor Farad Ali faradali4mayor.com Occupation: President and Chief Executive Officer, The Institute (The NC Institute of Minority Economic Development) Phone Number: (919) 830-5104 Email Address: Farad@Faradali4mayor.com Years Lived in Durham: 40 1) Durham residents, from the new group Durham for All to the demonstrators who tore down the Confederate monument on Main Street, are calling for more power to be placed in the hands of the people.…



Nicole Stewart

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) Raleigh City Council (At-Large) Nicole Stewart www.nicoleforraleigh.com Occupation: Development Director, NC Conservation Network Phone Number: 919.576.0482 Email Address: nicole@nicoleforraleigh.com Years Lived in Raleigh: 14. I grew up in Apex where I attended public school in Wake County…



Russ Stephenson

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) Raleigh City Council (At-Large) Russ StephensonRuss Stephenson www.RussForRaleigh.com Occupation: architect Phone Number: 919-828-3699 Email Address: Russ@RussForRaleigh.com Years Lived in Raleigh/Wake: 42 1) Between gentrification in historic neighborhoods and expensive rentals downtown, Raleigh has struggled with questions of affordable and workforce housing.…



Stef Mendell

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) Raleigh City Council (District E) Name: Stef Mendell Website: StefMendellforCouncil.com Occupation: Retired international communications executive Phone Number: 919-412-2635 Email Address: StefMendell@gmail.com Years Lived in Raleigh: 49 years (1964 – 1980, 1984 – present) 1) Between gentrification in historic neighborhoods and expensive rentals downtown, Raleigh has struggled with questions of affordable and workforce housing.…



Nancy McFarlane

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane Website: NancyMcFarlane.com Occupation: Mayor, Pharmacist Phone Number: (984) 444-9306 Email Address: Nancy@nancymcfarlane.com Years Lived in Raleigh: 33 1) Between gentrification in historic neighborhoods and expensive rentals downtown, Raleigh has struggled with questions of affordable and workforce housing.…



Kay Crowder

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) Raleigh City Council (District D) Kay C. Crowder Website: CrowderForCouncil.com Occupation: Retired Phone Number: 919-996-3050 Email Address: kay.crowder@raleighnc.gov Years Lived in Raleigh All my life. 1) Between gentrification in historic neighborhoods and expensive rentals downtown, Raleigh has struggled with questions of affordable and workforce housing.…



James Bledsoe

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) Raleigh City Council (District C) James G. Bledsoe electjamesbledsoe.com Occupation: Sergeant – United States Army Reserve/ IT Support – North Carolina Department of Public Safety Phone Number: 319-538-7336 Email Address: james@electjamesbledsoe.com Years Lived in Raleigh: 4 1) Between gentrification in historic neighborhoods and expensive rentals downtown, Raleigh has struggled with questions of affordable and workforce housing.…



Bonner Gaylord

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) Raleigh City Council (District E) Bonner Gaylord www.bonnergaylord.com Occupation: Managing Director, Kane Realty br> Phone Number: Email Address: bgaylord@bonnergaylord.com Years Lived in Durham: I’ve lived in Raleigh my whole life. 1) Between gentrification in historic neighborhoods and expensive rentals downtown, Raleigh has struggled with questions of affordable and workforce housing.…



Charles Francis

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) Raleigh Mayor Charles Francis FrancisForRaleigh.com Occupation: Attorney Phone Number: 984-200-8716 (campaign office) Email Address: Charles@francisforraleigh.com Years Lived in Raleigh: 40+ 1) Between gentrification in historic neighborhoods and expensive rentals downtown, Raleigh has struggled with questions of affordable and workforce housing.…



Dickie Thompson

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) Raleigh City Council (District A) DICKIE THOMPSON DICKIE.THOMPSON@JMTHOMPSONCO.COM Occupation: GENERAL CONTRACTOR Phone Number: 919-349-7377 Email Address:DICKIE.THOMPSON@JMTHOMPSONCO.COM Years Lived in Raleigh: 63 1) Between gentrification in historic neighborhoods and expensive rentals downtown, Raleigh has struggled with questions of affordable and workforce housing.…



Corey Branch

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) Raleigh City Council (District C) Corey Branch www.CoreyBranch.com Occupation: Associate Director - Technology Phone Number: 919-706-0383 Email Address: corey@coreybranch.com Years Lived in Raleigh: 39 1) Between gentrification in historic neighborhoods and expensive rentals downtown, Raleigh has struggled with questions of affordable and workforce housing.…



Zainab Baloch

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) Raleigh City Council (At-Large) Zainab Baloch www.votebaloch.com Occupation: Quality Management, Department of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services Phone Number: (984) 444-9813 Email Address: Zainab@VoteBaloch.com Years Lived in Raleigh: 26 Between gentrification in historic neighborhoods and expensive rentals downtown, Raleigh has struggled with questions of affordable and workforce housing.…



Rob Axtell

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) Raleigh City Council (At-Large) Rob Axtell Rob4Raleigh.com Occupation: Service Manager in the Multifamily Housing Industry 919-395-6701 Rob4Raleigh@gmail.com Years Lived in Raleigh: Born here, 48 years Between gentrification in historic neighborhoods and expensive rentals downtown, Raleigh has struggled with questions of affordable and workforce housing.…



Voting Guide for Fall 2017 Primaries

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

The INDY's 2017 Fall 2017 Primaries Voting Guide RALEIGH…



The LEGO Ninjago Movie Is What Skeptics Initially Feared the Franchise Would Be

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) The latest LEGO spinoff opens on Friday, Sep. 22. The latest LEGO flick is what skeptics initially feared the franchise would be, before Phil Lord and Christopher Miller elevated The LEGO Movie into something witty and poignant. Charlie Bean applies his safe Cartoon Network sensibility to this spinoff about young ninjas protecting the land of Ninjago.…



Genesis, the Gospels, and Revelation Plunge Through a Psych-Horror Looking Glass in mother!

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) Darren Aronofsky's baffling, rewarding film opened wide last Friday. In Darren Aronofsky's Rorschach test of a film, a husband (Javier Bardem), identified only as "Him," is a poet with writer's block. Meanwhile, his wife (Jennifer Lawrence), identified only as "Mother," tends to their Victorian fixer-upper.…



LaVare’s House Is a Much-Needed Durham Haven for LGBTQIA People in Addiction Recovery

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) Local author Sam Peterson adds to the story he told in Trunky (transgender junky): A Memoir of Institutionalization & Southern Hospitality. I am a transgender man and a recovering heroin addict. In March 2013, a dear friend and social worker picked me up from my ex-girlfriend's house, where I was languishing on her sofa, stuffed with Ben and Jerry's and what was probably fentanyl-enlarged heroin.…



Closer Than They Appear Probes the Cutting Edges of Virtual Reality, the Military, and PTSD Treatment

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) Christine Evans's compelling drama runs at UNC in the Process Series through Oct. 1. As my family gathered to mourn my uncle's death, cable news was stuck in a loop. An endless procession of commercial aircraft crashed into waiting skyscrapers.…