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Published: Sat, 24 Feb 2018 00:00:01 -0500

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"I Don't Want to Die in My High School": Students and Activists Call for Stricter Gun Control Laws at Raleigh Town Hall

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:28:00 -0500

(image) North Carolina students are calling on elected officials in the state to wipe their hands clean of NRA funding and enact stricter gun control laws in the wake of last week's massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

The students—who spoke at a town hall last night at Raleigh's Pullen Memorial Baptist Church—were joined by two Democratic lawmakers, U.S. Rep. David Price and state representative Cynthia Ball, as well as parents, activists, and a survivor of the Virginia Tech shooting.…

NRA Foundation Gave More Than $450,000 in Grants to North Carolina Schools and Shooting Clubs

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:36:00 -0500

(image) The NRA Foundation gave $458,785 in grants to North Carolina schools, police departments, gun clubs, and Boy Scouts chapters, according to a 2016 report last year from the organization.

The grants, among other things, support shooting programs for youth across the country.…

City Council Members Aren't On Board With a Proposal to Cut Free Bus Service in Durham

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:32:00 -0500

(image) Durham City Council members want to see fare-free bus service in the city improved, rather than eliminated as a proposal from the local transit agency recommends.

The council heard a presentation from GoDurham staff Thursday about a proposed five-year plan that would eliminate the Bull City Connector, a fare-free route that runs from Duke to Golden Belt.

The future of the BCC was already uncertain because, beginning this summer, Duke University will no longer be paying a third of the cost, as it has in years past. GoDurham staff, tasked with creating the five-year plan within the bounds of current funding levels, recommended eliminating the BCC and redirecting its $1.2 million budget to improving other routes, citing low BCC  ridership.…

There Was No White Nationalist Rally at UNC Yesterday, But a Crowd Still Showed Up to Tell Them They're Not Welcome

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:08:00 -0500

(image) Last week, UNC faculty members received an email about a rally on campus Wednesday "to protest the continuing employment of several radical left wing subversives."

That rally didn't happen, but a crowd of more than one hundred people gathered on campus to stand up to them anyway. Speakers took turns at the mic calling for solidarity against fascism and hatred, which they said exists on the campus whether or not the rumored protest materialized.

"Resist constantly," said student Matt Lopez, "and realize that what needs to be resisted doesn't just come to this campus because it sends emails, it's here all the time."

Participants gathered in front of the South Building, holding signs reading "UNC students against fascism" and "Carolina blue, do like Durham do," a reference to a group of protesters who tore down a Confederate statue in Durham last summer.…

Daytona 500 Wrap-up: Austin Dillon’s Cheap Triumph and the Emergence of a New NASCAR Star

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:51:00 -0500

(image) On Sunday, Austin Dillon won the Daytona 500. Scour the dubious comment threads and subreddits and you’ll find plenty of people who argue that, despite his crossing the finish line before anyone else, Austin Dillon did not win the Daytona 500.…

Final Four or Bust: The Week in Duke Hoops

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:17:00 -0500

The Skinny
In what has been a wild ride of a 2018 season, the Blue Devils capped off arguably their most impressive weeklong stretch of the campaign with convincing victories over pesky Virginia Tech and eleventh-ranked Clemson. The Hokies rolled into Cameron last Wednesday fresh off a stunning road win at No. 1 Virginia, and coupled with Marvin Bagley III's third-straight absence, the contest appeared ripe for a nip and tuck affair.…

North Carolina Lawmakers Consider Arming Teachers to Prevent School Shootings. Here's What Local Teachers Have to Say

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:49:00 -0500

(image) As survivors of last week's deadly massacre in Parkland, Florida, rallied today at the state capital to advocate for tougher gun control laws, some North Carolina legislators want to arm teachers to prevent future school shootings.

The suggestion came during a press conference yesterday announcing the formation of a new school safety committee. As part of the group's new mandate, Republican House Speaker Tim Moore explained, they may consider arming teachers after floating the idea past school districts and the police.

“It’s one of those things where I don’t want to come in saying we’re going to do these particular things,” Moore said, according to the News and Observer.…

Video: Bat Fangs Bite Back at the Cat's Cradle Back Room

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:54:00 -0500

(image) Bat Fangs
Cat's Cradle Back Room, Carrboro
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Bat Fangs—the unstoppable duo of Laura King and Betsy Wright—brought their new self-titled album to the Cat's Cradle Back Room for a performance that sold out well before the date came around. With Solar Halos and Pipe to open the show, the back room was packed as the group took the stage for a roughly sixty-minute set.…

N.C. Child Health Report Card Gives the State "F" Grade for Child Poverty, But Highlights Other Health Gains

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:10:00 -0500

(image) The North Carolina Child Health Report Card, released annually by the North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) and NC Child, issued its lastest report today, highlighting troubling disparities for children's health outcomes across racial and socioeconomic lines.

The report card focuses on four key indicators pertaining to children's health: healthy births, access to care, secure homes and neighborhoods, and health risk factors. The study's authors emphasized the state's low marks on housing and poverty, which reflect the high percentage of kids living in poor homes and neighborhoods.…

INDY Week Best of the Triangle 2018

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:00:00 -0500

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Ferenc Török’s 1945 Is a Dark Fable and a History Lesson Wrapped in Fine Cinematic Storytelling

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:00:00 -0500

(image) Török explores how, during and after World War II, many rural villagers in occupied Europe profited from the deportation of their Jewish neighbors. A few months after V-E Day, outside a small Hungarian village, two strangers disembark from a train that pours sinister black smoke into the sweltering summer sky. Dressed in somber black suits, the men hire a cart to transport two steamer trunks into the village.…

Black Panther Demonstrates the Box-Office Power of Unfettered African-American Creators

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:00:00 -0500

(image) Marvel's Afrofuturist blockbuster is so good you'll even root for the villain. At first, I was worried about the direction of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after it was acquired by Disney. Disappointed by the progression of the Star Wars franchise (which is also now owned by Disney), I had reservations about Mickey Mouse's fingerprints getting all over one of the most royal heroes in the Marvel universe.…

If Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, and Howard Zinn Took Over a Public-Access Channel, It Might Look Like Gob Squad’s Revolution Now!

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:00:00 -0500

(image) The Berlin-based performance troupe brings its interactive theater experience to Current this weekend. The revolution will not be televised, as Gil-Scott Heron said. Revolution Now!, however, will.…

Armed With an Earth-Shattering Voice, Mary D. Williams Connects Spiritual Traditions with Academic Scholarship

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:00:00 -0500

(image) The singer and educator leads a free presentation about the music of the Civil Rights movement Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. in Chapel Hill. It doesn't matter what your spiritual or religious alignment is, whether you believe in heaven, hell, or some vast nothingness: Mary D. Williams will rattle you to your core as soon as she starts singing. Her preferred oeuvre is African-American spirituals, songs like "Oh Freedom," "Meetin at the Building," "This Little Light of Mine," and "We Shall Not Be Moved."…

Record Review: S.E. Ward's Leaving EP Is a Snapshot of a Strong Songwriter

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:00:00 -0500

(image) Ward benefits from a full band, which lets her more effectively render multiple moods across the EP’s taut twenty minutes. The Triangle has never been short on talented singer-songwriters, and in the past four years, Chapel Hill's S.E. Ward has thrown her hat into the ring. She's released a handful of songs, but her latest project, Leaving, is her most focused and strongest yet.…

Record Review: Superchunk Swings for the Fences with What a Time to Be Alive

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:00:00 -0500

(image) Since 2010's freewheeling Majesty Shredding, the quartet has become more galvanizing and outspoken. key words: record review, Superchunk, Chapel Hill, Durham, Merge Records, What a Time to Be Alive Conventional wisdom holds that veteran bands tend to mellow out and lose the fire in their bellies as they make more records. Superchunk has done exactly the opposite.…

Record Review: Caleb Caudle Overcomes His Ryan Adams Influences on Crushed Coins

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:00:00 -0500

(image) The Winston-Salem singer-songwriter headlines the Cat's Cradle Back Room Saturday night with Jake Xerxes Fussell. Noting the resemblance of a rootsy Carolina singer-songwriter to Ryan Adams is awfully easy, but for Caleb Caudle, it's awfully appropriate. Raised in Winston-Salem, Caudle has cited Whiskeytown as his gateway from punk to country.…

Local Food Councils in Wake County Are Tackling Hunger Issues Head-on

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:00:00 -0500

(image) Despite the federal government's murky ideas for food security, Wake County commissioners approve a plan to address local hunger. As the Trump administration reconsiders the federal government's longtime commitment to alleviate hunger through food stamps, Wake County has taken up the issue through local policy. Over the last three years, key stakeholders in a range of fields have developed a plan for addressing hunger in the county.…

We Take Durham's Mayor Out to Lunch for a Conversation About Shared Prosperity in the City's Food Scene

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:00:00 -0500

(image) "There's no shortage of people who want to open restaurants in Durham. The main danger is people being priced out." When the bowl of ramen arrives at M Kokko, Durham Mayor Steve Schewel hustles to grab his cell phone from his pocket before the steam—and the dramatic visual effect—evaporates. "I like to take pictures of food to send to my kids," he says.…

Ronnie Long Has Spent Four Decades Behind Bars for a Rape He Says He Didn’t Commit. There’s Reason to Think He Got a Raw Deal.

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:00:00 -0500

(image) The cops didn’t turn over potentially exonerating evidence. The lineup process was unusual and possibly illegal. The jury was all-white. The morning of August 18, 2014, greeted Ashleigh Ward with a blast of sticky summer heat. She was excited.…

Durham Prosecutors Went 0-for-Three in the Confederate Monument Case. Will They Have Better Luck Next Time?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:00:00 -0500

(image) The defense argued that the charges themselves were unconstitutional Update: After the INDY went to press, Durham County District Attorney Roger Echols announced his office would drop all charges against the five remaining defendants accused in the toppling of the Confederate monument, and dismiss a deferred prosecution deal previously accepted by one defendant. Read more about the announcement here.…

Durham’s Bull City Connector Could Soon See the End of the Road

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:00:00 -0500

(image) With Duke University pulling its funding, will the city step up to keep the fare-free system? On Thursday, the Durham City Council will hear about a proposed revamp of Durham's bus system that might not include a free bus service like the Bull City Connector. GoDurham, the agency that operates Durham buses, is reviewing its entire system as part of a five-year plan.…