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Published: Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:00:01 -0400

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Wake’s Troubled Register of Deeds Office Agrees to Audits Already Allowed under Existing Law

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:39:00 -0400

(image) Wake County commissioners and the Register of Deeds office, in an effort to resolve problems that resulted in a $2.3 million loss, signed a document Monday that changes nothing about the relationship between the two bodies.

Under state law, a county finance director has the authority to audit any county agency that takes in cash. However, participants in a Monday board meeting said, county finance officials tended to lay off former Register of Deeds Laura Riddick's domain because she was an elected official.…

UNC Faculty Members Call for the Removal of Silent Sam

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:57:00 -0400

(image) Faculty members in UNC-Chapel Hill's art and art history departments are calling for the Confederate monument known as Silent Sam to be removed.

Twenty-two faculty members signed a letter sent today to Chancellor Carol Folt. Their message comes as students, some of whom staged a sit-in around the statue to compel its removal, are calling for a boycott of UNC stores.

“The unacceptable version of history to which Silent Sam gives voice claims that those who fought for the Confederacy did so in the name of regional loyalty alone, rather than, as historians have long concluded, to preserve the institution of slavery as the core of the economy, society, and polity of the south,” the group writes.…

Three Durham Mayoral Candidates Have Raised More Than $260,000. Where’s the Money Coming From?

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:53:00 -0400

(image) This year's mayoral race in Durham is shaping up to be one of the city's most expensive municipal elections yet, as candidates vie to set the tone of the Bull City after sixteen years of Mayor Bill Bell's leadership.

According to the most recent campaign finance reports—which cover campaign contributions through August 29—Farad Ali's account holds $109,484.86; Pierce Freelon's, $96,676.59; and Steve Schewel's, $74,074.50. Other candidates in the race have raised no more than $1,600.

With so much cash flowing into the election, we decided to map where each of those donations is coming from. In order to do this, we deducted aggregated individual donations, for which no address is required. Donations fall in this category if the donor has given $50 or less in the election.…

A Raleigh Shelter Is Looking for Adopters After Receiving Thirty Cats Displaced by Hurricane Irma. You Should Get One!

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:35:00 -0400

(image) Raleigh's no-kill cat shelter, SAFE Haven for Cats, is urgently looking for local adoptees after receiving an emergency shipment of thirty cats from Jacksonville, Florida. The twenty-six kittens and four adult cats were evacuated after Hurricane Irma tore through the city last week.…

Durham Candidates Talk Gentrification, Policing, and Civil Rights at People's Forum

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 22:31:00 -0400

(image) Candidates running for office in Durham were tasked Wednesday night with questions about participatory budget, living wage jobs, support for the formerly incarcerated, and cooperation between Durham police and the Israeli army. And those were just a few of the topics covered at the Durham People’s Candidate Forum.

The three-hour event includes candidates for mayor and city council.…

It's Been 24 Hours, But Mark Wahlberg Still Hasn't Responded to Raleigh Bar Owner's Challenge

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:40:00 -0400

(image) Zack T. Medford loves a good hamburger. The owner of Isaac Hunter's Tavern and Great Crawl Events prefers a local burger, though, from Mecca or Chuck's.

But he's kicked up some beef with Mark Wahlberg ever since the actor and his brother—actor and former New Kid on the Block Donnie Wahlberg—announced the upcoming Raleigh opening of their burger chain, Wahlburgers.

Yesterday, Medford released a video (see below) challenging Wahlberg to visit his event on October 7.

"I challenge you to come to the Sir Walter Smoke-Off and put your burgers against mine.…

Anti-Racism Activists Accuse Durham Bar of Being Racist

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:58:00 -0400

(image) On Tuesday night, Durham activist Takiyah Thompson and several friends walked into Central Park Tavern on Rigsbee Avenue and tried to order drinks. Local anti-racism activists say the bar, which opened this month, refused to serve the group because of their race.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, activist group Defend Durham wrote that a bartender “refused service” to the group of primarily black and brown customers, who were there celebrating Thompson’s birthday and a march held earlier that day following court appearances by several of the activists, who have bee charged in connection with the toppling of a Confederate statue in Durham on August 14.

What started as a celebration turned into a dispute activists say confirms the persistence of racism in the city.…

Starting Tonight, Local Businesses Are Supporting Immigrant Community With Various Food-Related Events Through October

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:06:00 -0400

(image) Triangle restaurants are no stranger to supporting urgent community causes. From the closing of restaurants during “A Day Without Immigrants” earlier this year to the rush of fundraisers to support victims of Hurricane Harvey just last week, local establishments are quick to mobilize.

It comes as no surprise that many are also rallying to support another group in crisis.…

NC DEQ Delays Decision on Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:54:00 -0400

(image) In a coup for environmentalists, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality delayed a decision on whether to issue a permit for the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a multibillion dollar, six hundred-mile project that would carry fracked gas through Virginia, West Virginia, and eastern North Carolina.

DEQ faced a September 18 deadline to deny or permit the water quality certification needed to construct the pipeline. The requirement comes from the federal Clean Water Act, which stipulates that states must certify that proposed pipeline projects won't violate water quality standards before being built.…

Early Chances to Catch Missing Register of Deeds Cash Appeared in County's Own Budget Documents

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:45:00 -0400

(image) Starting in 2014, the Wake County Register of Deeds office recommended in four separate annual budgets that the agency move to accepting credit and debit cards instead of cash for fees.

N.C. Climate Activists Hold Prayer Vigil and Fast in Opposition to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 22:48:00 -0400

(image) Just over a year ago, fifty-one-year-old Greg Yost decided to quit his job. It wasn't because he didn't like it—he loved teaching math to ninth graders in Madison County, just outside Asheville.…

Housing Inequality Exhibit Opens Friday

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:17:00 -0400

(image) With municipal elections coming up, there’s been a lot of talk in Durham about equity, particularly as it relates to housing.

But the current landscape of housing inequality in Durham was set in motion long before this election cycle. An exhibit opening Friday seeks to fill in that history.

Uneven Ground: The Foundations of Housing Inequality in Durham, NC," is the work of Bull City 150, a collaboration between the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity and the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University that explores the historical context of current issues facing Durham.…

Theater Review: After His Audacious Hamlet, Director Jeremy Fiebig Makes Another Theatrical Gamble in King Lear

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:08:00 -0400

(image) King Lear
Through Sep. 24
William Peace University’s Leggett Theatre, Raleigh

There’s a moment near the end of King Lear when the blind Earl of Gloucester wonders if he’s been misled. Though he has asked a companion to lead him to the edge of a dramatic precipice, the ground underfoot seems less than mountainous.…

Fall into Halloween

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) Haunted houses, haunted races, haunted theater productions ... must be Halloween. Any conservative INDY hater worth his or her salt will tell you we're all a bunch of godless pagans, so of course, our favorite holiday is the one that dares to speak its pagan origins aloud. From haunted houses and races to haunted theater productions, you're bound to find some of our infernal staffers at any of these events come All Hallows' Eve.…

Fall into Festivals

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) Here's a small sample of the best autumn gatherings where you can do a lot in one go. If you're only into music, it might feel like the festival season is winding down after Hopscotch. But if you're a fan of the arts more generally, you're just getting started.…

Escape from the Fall

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) All those blazing orange leaves getting too poignant? Here's a way to have fun in windowless rooms. If all those blazing orange leaves and heavy autumn skies get too poignant for you, here's a way to have fun in windowless rooms: the escape-room craze has made it to the Triangle in a big way (except for Chapel Hill—what's up with that?). If you're not familiar, it involves being locked in a carefully crafted and themed room with a group of friends, family, or team-building coworkers, searching for clues as to how to get out.…

Fall into Flavor

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) Decadent farm-fresh treats grace local menus this season Fall doesn't start until September 22, but the fields don't know that. Wander around any of the local farmers' markets and you'll see what we mean.…

Fall into Beer

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) Try some of our favorite seasonal beers. Hints of fall are emerging. Mornings are brisker.…

Fall Into a Dream Buffet

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) TerraVita Food & Drink Festival is a foodie celebration with a conscience. If you choose to attend TerraVita Food & Drink Festival—a foodie's dream with grand buffets and heavy bacchanalia—you may find yourself surprised by how it also feeds your soul in unexpected ways. For one, you feel the ethos behind the event that sole organizer Colleen Minton has uplifted since she started the festival in 2010: a commitment to highlighting local food and sustainability.…

Fall into Films

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) Fab fall films beyond Star Wars and Justice League await. You're either already pumped about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Blade Runner 2049, Thor: Ragnarok, and Justice League or you've read your fill about them—maybe both. Here are twelve fab fall films less liable to inspire déjà vu.…

Fall into Books

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) Annalee Newitz, Armistead Maupin, John Hodgman, and many more authors visit the Triangle this fall. Whether you prefer the wildest sci-fi or the realest human stories, the intimate terrain of the South or the sweep of geopolitics, the Triangle's independent bookstores, libraries, and points outlying are overflowing with readings and signings for everybody this fall. ANNALEE NEWITZ…

Fall into Comedy

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) The world has seemed pretty short on laughs in recent times, but in the Triangle's comedy clubs and theaters, you can find temporary relief. The world has seemed pretty short on laughs in recent times, but in the Triangle's comedy clubs and theaters this season, you can at least find temporary relief with the likes of Jen Kirkman and John Cleese. MARIA BAMFORD…

Fall into Dance

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) We're excited about a dance-piano collab, a collision of hip-hop stars, a takedown of Samuel Pepys, and more. Summer's American Dance Festival might get most of the attention, but from local to touring talent, the Triangle's dance scene stays on point and en pointe year-round. We're excited about a dance-piano collab, a collision of hip-hop stars, a takedown of Pepys, and more.…

Fall into Theater

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) The recent or impending closures of high-profile theaters like Common Ground and Manbites Dog aren't slowing down the Triangle's theater artists this fall. The recent or impending closures of high-profile theaters like Common Ground and Manbites Dog aren't slowing down the Triangle's theater artists this fall, who offer everything from an operatic adaptatation of Charles Frazier to a riff on Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon. COLD MOUNTAIN Sep. 28–Oct. 1, N.C. Opera/Carolina Performing Arts at UNC's Memorial Hall…

Fall into Art

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) Post-Abstraction Expressionist painting at the Nasher, fifty years of the Ebony Fashion Fair at NCMA, and more. Triangle museums are heating up as the weather cools down, prepping exhibits of post-Abstract Expressionist paintings, history-making high fashion, Japanese ukiyo-e prints, and much more. And who's up for a road trip?…