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Unlocking The Truth Takes A Detour

Unlocking the Truth, MTV’s documentary series examining wrongful convictions has been a shot in the arm for Kalvin Michael Smith’s supporters. I myself am happy to count myself among them. For five weeks now Smith’s supporters have been staying up late on Wednesdays to watch Unlocking the Truth. For the part Unlocking The Truth has done an excellent job examining Kalvin Michael Smith’s case. I’ve been a little hostile toward MTV for burying Unlocking the Truth so late at night and sandwiching the show between episodes of Catfish.

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Wells Fargo’s Acquisition of Wachovia Was A Massive Tax Fraud

The Wells Fargo scandal is jaw-dropping! Thus far 5,300 employees have been fired for opening up thousands upon thousands of unauthorized accounts. Wells Fargo, a notoriously bad bank to work for pushed its employees to sell more and more financial products to customers. In order to meet unattainable goals Wells Fargo employees engaged in a massive fraud that may permanently stain the bank’s reputation with the public. Wells Fargo once again proved the truth of Bill Black’s excellent line, “the best way to rob a bank is to own one.” Banks need to be trusted, their business is based on trust.

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Troubled Apartments In Winston Show Section 8’s Failure

Run-down, sub-standard apartments have dominated a slow news cycle this summer. It’s rare for the plight of poor renters to garner much attention in Winston, a city that care much more about developers than renters. You might have thought slum were a thing of the past, but they’re a problem that the city of Arts and Innovation hasn’t eliminated. Deplorable conditions at New Hope Manor Apartments, located off Cleveland Avenue and Rolling Hills Apartments, located off of New Walkertown Road are an embarrassment to the city. They’re yet another example that as Downtown Winston flourishes, East Winston is being left behind.

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O! East Winston, Forgotten And Neglected

Winston-Salem has had its share of slogans over the years. Many of these slogans are aspirational, they describe the city that Winston wants to be. They’re more marketing hype than reality. That’s certainly true of Winston’s current slogan, “The City of Arts and Innovation.” Sure, Winston has its fair share of both arts and innovation, but the city certainly doesn’t have a monopoly on either arts or innovation.

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Murder in Winston-Salem Is Overshadowed By Clown Hoax

Have you seen all the clown sighting stories circulating online? The Winston-Salem Journal has run several stories on creepy criminal clowns appearing all over the Triad. The clown hysteria started in Winston earlier this week when the Journal reported two instances of clowns attempting to lure kids into the woods in Northeast Winston. But none of these national or local stories has been substantiated. Police don’t have any clowns in custody.

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In Honor Of Labor Day, Rename Reagan High School

Recently the Guilford County School Board voted to have Charles Aycock’s name removed from Aycock Middle School. Folks in Winston can be forgiven if they haven’t been following the Aycock controversy in Greensboro. Perhaps most people in Winston don’t know who Charles Aycock was? Charles Aycock was one of the key figures in the white supremacy campaign of 1898. In 1894 a fusionist coalition of white Democrats who were tired of the planter class’ domination of state politics teamed up with black Republicans and won.

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Camel City Dispatch Resumes After A Two Month Absence

On the first of September Winston’s online alternative news source, the Camel City Dispatch posted its first new content in two months. At the end of June without warning or explanation CCD stopped posting new content. In mid-August CCD finally explained their hiatus. On their Facebook page CCD stated that they had gotten burned out and needed a break. After four years of covering Winston-Salem, they needed a break.

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Big Tobacco’s Favorite Governor Comes To Winston-Salem Again

“I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican in that order.” That’s how Indiana Governor Mike Pence typically introduces himself. I suppose if Pence forthrightly told his supporters at the Millennium Center Tuesday that he’s a tireless supporter of Big Tobacco, Big Coal and Big Banks in that order it would be a little off-putting. But that’s the truth. Mike Pence may very well be Big Tobacco’s favorite governor.

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MTV Unlocks The Truth, Then Buries It Late At Night

MTV’s Unlocking the Truth debuted two and a half weeks ago. It’s an hour-long docudrama examining wrongful convictions. But unlike Making a Murderer and the podcast Serial, Unlocking the Truth indicts the entire legal system for allowing wrongful convictions to occur and making them almost impossible to overturn. Of the over two million people incarcerated in the U.S. it’s estimated that 3-5% of those prisoners are innocent. That means 60,000 people are behind bars through no fault of their own. Given the scope of the problem, wrongful convictions deserve the media’s spotlight.

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Darryl Hunt And Donald Trump

I was standing outside of Donald Trump’s political rally a couple of weeks ago, protesting hate, misogyny and xenophobia-when my thoughts turned to Darryl Hunt.  Standing at the corner of University and Deacon Boulevard, my gaze was on the other side of the street. Across University Parkway, to the College Plaza shopping center, where Darryl Hunt tragically took his life earlier this spring. Between anti-Fascist chants, I thought about the common denominator between Darryl Hunt and Donald Trump; the Central Park Five. Before Donald Trump was condemning Mexicans as rapists and Muslims as future terrorists he called for the execution of the Central Park Five.

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Wells Fargo’s Acquisition of Wachovia Was A Massive Tax Fraud

The Wells Fargo scandal is jaw-dropping! Thus far 5,300 employees have been fired for opening up thousands upon thousands of unauthorized accounts. Wells Fargo, a notoriously bad bank to work for pushed its employees to sell more and more financial products to customers. In order to meet unattainable goals Wells Fargo employees engaged in a massive fraud that may permanently stain the bank’s reputation with the public. Wells Fargo once again proved the truth of Bill Black’s excellent line, “the best way to rob a bank is to own one.” Banks need to be trusted, their business is based on trust.

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Troubled Apartments In Winston Show Section 8’s Failure

Run-down, sub-standard apartments have dominated a slow news cycle this summer. It’s rare for the plight of poor renters to garner much attention in Winston, a city that care much more about developers than renters. You might have thought slum were a thing of the past, but they’re a problem that the city of Arts and Innovation hasn’t eliminated. Deplorable conditions at New Hope Manor Apartments, located off Cleveland Avenue and Rolling Hills Apartments, located off of New Walkertown Road are an embarrassment to the city. They’re yet another example that as Downtown Winston flourishes, East Winston is being left behind.

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O! East Winston, Forgotten And Neglected

Winston-Salem has had its share of slogans over the years. Many of these slogans are aspirational, they describe the city that Winston wants to be. They’re more marketing hype than reality. That’s certainly true of Winston’s current slogan, “The City of Arts and Innovation.” Sure, Winston has its fair share of both arts and innovation, but the city certainly doesn’t have a monopoly on either arts or innovation.

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Murder in Winston-Salem Is Overshadowed By Clown Hoax

Have you seen all the clown sighting stories circulating online? The Winston-Salem Journal has run several stories on creepy criminal clowns appearing all over the Triad. The clown hysteria started in Winston earlier this week when the Journal reported two instances of clowns attempting to lure kids into the woods in Northeast Winston. But none of these national or local stories has been substantiated. Police don’t have any clowns in custody.

Reagan Hight School, Forsyth County, N.C.

In Honor Of Labor Day, Rename Reagan High School

Recently the Guilford County School Board voted to have Charles Aycock’s name removed from Aycock Middle School. Folks in Winston can be forgiven if they haven’t been following the Aycock controversy in Greensboro. Perhaps most people in Winston don’t know who Charles Aycock was? Charles Aycock was one of the key figures in the white supremacy campaign of 1898. In 1894 a fusionist coalition of white Democrats who were tired of the planter class’ domination of state politics teamed up with black Republicans and won.

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Camel City Dispatch Resumes After A Two Month Absence

On the first of September Winston’s online alternative news source, the Camel City Dispatch posted its first new content in two months. At the end of June without warning or explanation CCD stopped posting new content. In mid-August CCD finally explained their hiatus. On their Facebook page CCD stated that they had gotten burned out and needed a break. After four years of covering Winston-Salem, they needed a break.

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Big Tobacco’s Favorite Governor Comes To Winston-Salem Again

“I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican in that order.” That’s how Indiana Governor Mike Pence typically introduces himself. I suppose if Pence forthrightly told his supporters at the Millennium Center Tuesday that he’s a tireless supporter of Big Tobacco, Big Coal and Big Banks in that order it would be a little off-putting. But that’s the truth. Mike Pence may very well be Big Tobacco’s favorite governor.

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MTV Unlocks The Truth, Then Buries It Late At Night

MTV’s Unlocking the Truth debuted two and a half weeks ago. It’s an hour-long docudrama examining wrongful convictions. But unlike Making a Murderer and the podcast Serial, Unlocking the Truth indicts the entire legal system for allowing wrongful convictions to occur and making them almost impossible to overturn. Of the over two million people incarcerated in the U.S. it’s estimated that 3-5% of those prisoners are innocent. That means 60,000 people are behind bars through no fault of their own. Given the scope of the problem, wrongful convictions deserve the media’s spotlight.

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Darryl Hunt And Donald Trump

I was standing outside of Donald Trump’s political rally a couple of weeks ago, protesting hate, misogyny and xenophobia-when my thoughts turned to Darryl Hunt.  Standing at the corner of University and Deacon Boulevard, my gaze was on the other side of the street. Across University Parkway, to the College Plaza shopping center, where Darryl Hunt tragically took his life earlier this spring. Between anti-Fascist chants, I thought about the common denominator between Darryl Hunt and Donald Trump; the Central Park Five. Before Donald Trump was condemning Mexicans as rapists and Muslims as future terrorists he called for the execution of the Central Park Five.

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Gentrification Continues In Winston’s Holly Avenue Neighborhood

 

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that an apartment renovation project is underway on Holly Avenue. Owner and developer Jeff Zenger is transforming the apartments at 648 Holly Avenue. When the 27-unit building is completed it will be known as “The Livery.” Apartments at the Livery will be equipped with a host of modern amenities, rents will range from $845 to over $900. The Holly Avenue neighborhood is located between Downtown Winston and West Salem.