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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.

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“Not In Our City, Not In Our State!” Protestors In Winston Reject Trump

Donald Trump came to Winston, but he wasn’t alone. Trump brought his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Senator Richard Burr and Governor Pat McCrory with him. Republicans filled the coliseum annex to capacity to hear Trump go through his usual politics meets professional wrestling routine. Personally, I’ve heard all that I need to hear from Donald Trump. He gives essentially the same hyperbolic, offensive speech every time.

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John Robert Hayes, Another Victim Of The Forsyth County Injustice System

On March 13, Darryl Hunt’s body was found in a shopping center across from the Lawrence Joel Coliseum. That was a sad day for Winston. Darryl Hunt served nearly 20 years for a rape and murder that he didn’t commit. The Forsyth County D.A.’s Office ignored evidence that would have led them to the real perpetrator, Willard Brown. They put a collection of known liars on the stand (including a member of the KKK) and twice convinced a jury of twelve that Hunt was a monster that raped and killed Deborah Sykes.

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Herbalife Finally Reaches A Deal With The FTC

Herbalife just settled with the Federal Trade Commission for $200 million. $200 million is a lot of money, but as usual no one at Herbalife will be punished in any way. The $200 million fine will be paid by shareholders. With their stock surging on the news of a settlement, $200 million won’t be hard for them to scrape up. Herbalife will have to make some minor changes to their business structure and reform some of their business practises (as detailed by the Journal’s Richard Craver).

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Metrics Work In Baseball, They Could Work In Our Courts Too

Baseball is an old-fashioned game. It’s a game of numbers. Baseball fans have always been able to follow baseball by filling out a scorecard , charting balls and strikes, hits and errors, runs, etc. But in recent years many baseball fans have been viewing America’s pastime through the lense of advanced metrics. Today almost everything in baseball can be measured and quantified and categorized.

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Will Richard Burr, Descendant of Aaron Burr Lose His Political Duel With Deborah Ross?

On this day, July, ll 1804 the infamous duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton took place. It was the culmination of years of political infighting between Burr and Hamilton. This is a well-known event in our nation’s history, but this year there is brighter spotlight on the anniversary due to the runaway success of the Broadway play Hamilton. Hamilton is the toast of Broadway, the play takes a historical figure and breathes fresh life into him. The narrative paints Alexander Hamilton as a gifted, hard-working immigrant, “the son of a bastard” who rises to become Washington’s right hand man during the Revolutionary War.

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Black Lives Matter Protesters March Through Downtown Winston

Saturday hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters marched through Downtown Winston before rallying at Corpening Plaza. The well-attended protest appears to have spread spontaneously through social media. Local ministers and civil rights groups were not the ones who brought these young activists out and onto the streets. It’s really been a hell of a week. On Tuesday, July 5th Alton Sterling was killed outside of a convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana by two white cops.

What Does The Fourth Of July Mean To An Innocent Prisoner?

On July 5, 1852, in Rochester, New York, Frederick Douglas  gave one of his most famous speeches, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” Former slave turned public intellectual and activist Frederick Douglas eloquently wrote that the Fourth of July had little meaning for African Americans as long as the institution of slavery endured in the United States. Today, on this Fourth of July we honor our nation’s independence by setting off firecrackers, eating hot dogs and watching baseball. But we can’t blindly sing our nation’s virtues and forget about its many faults. On Friday president Obama released a report on the number of civilians killed by aerial drones. Everyone knows the Obama Administration is low-balling the number.

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SciTech: More Public Relations Than Panacea

This year’s SciTech just concluded yesterday. SciTech is a two week summer day camp for elementary and middle school students that immerses them in math and science. SciTech also takes students on field trips to places like Caterpillar’s Axle manufacturing plant, so that they can see real world applications of what they’re learning in the classroom. SciTech is sponsored by the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in partnership with Winston-Salem State University. The Winston-Salem Journal reported that approximately 100 students participated in this year’s SciTech.

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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.

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“Not In Our City, Not In Our State!” Protestors In Winston Reject Trump

Donald Trump came to Winston, but he wasn’t alone. Trump brought his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Senator Richard Burr and Governor Pat McCrory with him. Republicans filled the coliseum annex to capacity to hear Trump go through his usual politics meets professional wrestling routine. Personally, I’ve heard all that I need to hear from Donald Trump. He gives essentially the same hyperbolic, offensive speech every time.

910 E. 22nd St., which was known as the “Deuce-Deuce." Winston-Salem, N.C.

John Robert Hayes, Another Victim Of The Forsyth County Injustice System

On March 13, Darryl Hunt’s body was found in a shopping center across from the Lawrence Joel Coliseum. That was a sad day for Winston. Darryl Hunt served nearly 20 years for a rape and murder that he didn’t commit. The Forsyth County D.A.’s Office ignored evidence that would have led them to the real perpetrator, Willard Brown. They put a collection of known liars on the stand (including a member of the KKK) and twice convinced a jury of twelve that Hunt was a monster that raped and killed Deborah Sykes.

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Herbalife Finally Reaches A Deal With The FTC

Herbalife just settled with the Federal Trade Commission for $200 million. $200 million is a lot of money, but as usual no one at Herbalife will be punished in any way. The $200 million fine will be paid by shareholders. With their stock surging on the news of a settlement, $200 million won’t be hard for them to scrape up. Herbalife will have to make some minor changes to their business structure and reform some of their business practises (as detailed by the Journal’s Richard Craver).

WP_20160417_14_42_04_Pro

Metrics Work In Baseball, They Could Work In Our Courts Too

Baseball is an old-fashioned game. It’s a game of numbers. Baseball fans have always been able to follow baseball by filling out a scorecard , charting balls and strikes, hits and errors, runs, etc. But in recent years many baseball fans have been viewing America’s pastime through the lense of advanced metrics. Today almost everything in baseball can be measured and quantified and categorized.

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Will Richard Burr, Descendant of Aaron Burr Lose His Political Duel With Deborah Ross?

On this day, July, ll 1804 the infamous duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton took place. It was the culmination of years of political infighting between Burr and Hamilton. This is a well-known event in our nation’s history, but this year there is brighter spotlight on the anniversary due to the runaway success of the Broadway play Hamilton. Hamilton is the toast of Broadway, the play takes a historical figure and breathes fresh life into him. The narrative paints Alexander Hamilton as a gifted, hard-working immigrant, “the son of a bastard” who rises to become Washington’s right hand man during the Revolutionary War.

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Black Lives Matter Protesters March Through Downtown Winston

Saturday hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters marched through Downtown Winston before rallying at Corpening Plaza. The well-attended protest appears to have spread spontaneously through social media. Local ministers and civil rights groups were not the ones who brought these young activists out and onto the streets. It’s really been a hell of a week. On Tuesday, July 5th Alton Sterling was killed outside of a convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana by two white cops.

What Does The Fourth Of July Mean To An Innocent Prisoner?

On July 5, 1852, in Rochester, New York, Frederick Douglas  gave one of his most famous speeches, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” Former slave turned public intellectual and activist Frederick Douglas eloquently wrote that the Fourth of July had little meaning for African Americans as long as the institution of slavery endured in the United States. Today, on this Fourth of July we honor our nation’s independence by setting off firecrackers, eating hot dogs and watching baseball. But we can’t blindly sing our nation’s virtues and forget about its many faults. On Friday president Obama released a report on the number of civilians killed by aerial drones. Everyone knows the Obama Administration is low-balling the number.

IMG_20160627_082558982_HDR

SciTech: More Public Relations Than Panacea

This year’s SciTech just concluded yesterday. SciTech is a two week summer day camp for elementary and middle school students that immerses them in math and science. SciTech also takes students on field trips to places like Caterpillar’s Axle manufacturing plant, so that they can see real world applications of what they’re learning in the classroom. SciTech is sponsored by the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in partnership with Winston-Salem State University. The Winston-Salem Journal reported that approximately 100 students participated in this year’s SciTech.

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Archived Tweets And A Brief Commentary On Trump’s June 14 Speech

This week’s Triad City Beat cover story fact-checks Donald Trump’s June 14th speech at the Greensboro Coliseum. I wouldn’t have wanted to be Jordan Green the last few days, as he analyzed every word of Trump’s speech with a red marker. It must have been like a teacher grading the paper of an unfocused student who didn’t belong in the class. That’s Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee who actually has the GOP longing for the days of George W. Bush. Listening to Trump I was really struck by how insulting and inflammatory Donald Trump actually is.