Good news, would-be cyborgs! Google’s taking its very fancy and very expensive toys on tour, and for the first time the general public can catch a glimpse of the dystopian nightmare that awaits us all. AND HECK YEAH WE’RE NUMBER ONE! The first demo is slated for October 5th at Bay 7 of the American Tobacco Campus, between 10:00 and 18:00.
So, now you can look like a dork, have ads shoved directly into your eye sockets, and send every moment of your life straight to the NSA. Yawn. Wake me up in 20 years when I can get a sweet machine gun arm or something.
Another pretty full deck this week! Hang on to your hats:
- There’s a bit of a SNAFU regarding what “local” means with respect to input on budgeting DOT projects. The DOT seems to think it means “not local.”
- WUNC has more information on Self-Help’s school renovation project in East Durham.
- The infamous Terrier-snatcher has fallen into the lap of the DPD. According to the dog’s owner: “It’s just been a miracle.” I couldn’t have put it better myself… I guess.
- It’s not all good news for the DPD, though. Protesters are decrying perceived racial profiling, and some imply that Lopez’s remarks indicate a systemic problem in the department. Relatives are also questioning the DPD’s use of deadly force to end a standoff with a suicidal gunman downtown. In response, Bell wants to create a panel to investigate.
- Pride is this weekend. It should be pretty sweet, you guys! Carpe Durham has a list of some other cool stuff to do this weekend as well.
- Google’s partnering with the “American Underground” as part of its “Tech Hub” network.
- Duke University has been cleared by the Chinese government to open a campus in Kunshan.
- You know that “Education lottery” thing? Well, schools have lost funding since it went into effect, causing them to wonder where the money’s actually going. Oh, and if you’ve always wanted to throw away money on the lottery but couldn’t be assed to stop by a convenience store every now and then, check out this handy subscription plan.
- Speaking of schools, DPS expects its test scores to get worse due to “Common Core.” Superintendent Becoats has written an editorial about Common Core in the H-S.
- The long troubled “Kentington Heights” neighborhood near Southpoint is destined to become a car dealership. You know your development’s in trouble when people are happy to see it turned into surface parking.
- Carpe Durham has a post about Ponysaurus, a new “nanobrewery” based out of the Cookery.
- There are some details about the most recent ATT attack; at this time it sounds like the criminals attacked the victim with sticks, then robbed him when he was down. They scored a whopping… $13. Split two ways, that’s an impressive haul of $6.50 each, so I hope they don’t blow it all in one place.
- Motorco is going to start serving food, and KoKyu is going to start a kickstarter in hopes of finding a permanent home.
- Liberty Arts has launched a kickstarter to fund a sculpture show.
- RTP is getting a facelift, starting around Davis and Cornwallis.
- The Saucy Crab was robbed. And then it was robbed again.
- If you’re into farms, you can go tour some of them.
- Here’s a CenterFest wrap-up. And another.
- Duke persons set a new world record for the largest cardboard fort. Congratulations?
- There are more details on the ATC hotel project (including a rendering).
- Purdue Pharma has made it official: they’re bringing the pain (pills) to Durham.
Heads up, in case you forgot / missed it: CenterFest 2013 is kicking off tomorrow at 10 a.m.
The festival, now in its thirty ninth year, features two days of arts (performing, visual, otherwise) and sprawls across the city center. Admission is free, but a donation of five bucks is recommended. The numbers are pretty impressive: according to the press release, the festival will sport 140 “juried” artists selling their stuffs, and 72 groups will perform across six stages.
The main event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, but some events will be going on outside of the main hours. Roads downtown will be closed to through traffic, and parking may be a challenge, so you might want to bike to the festival and take advantage of the bike valet parking service.
If you’re not convinced yet, head on over to the CenterFest web site, peruse the Herald-Sun’s not one but two articles about the festival, or check out an editorial in The Chronicle which commands you to go. It should be pretty sweet, you guys!
As you may know, Durham’s council and mayoral elections have two phases: one, the primaries, where the slate for each seat is whittled down to two candidates. And two, the general election, where the top two primary winners for each seat face off.
Take note: early voting for the primaries starts today. I have a horrible pattern of forgetting and/or ignoring these elections, but they can be significant in races where the endorsements are mixed. Note that only the seats with more than two candidates must face primaries; in this case, that means mayor (where Bell faces two challengers) and Ward 2 (which is a four way free-for-all to replace Clement, who is retiring after thirty years on the Council). Cole-McFadden is unopposed in Ward 1, and Moffitt has only one opponent, so they won’t be on this ballot.
This is a sample ballot, with information on early voting times and locations (PDF, sorry…). Below is the rundown of endorsements thus far (the seats involved in this primary are italicized):
I can’t actually find an official announcement from the Committee, so that’s a link to an H-S article which mentions their picks. Indy Week hasn’t (as far as I can tell) endorsed anybody in Ward 1 or Ward 3 yet (but Cole-McFadden is kind of a shoe-in, seeing as how she’s running unopposed).
It’s also worth mentioning that despite there being geographically distinct “Wards” in Durham, and despite the fact that three council members are nominally representatives of their respective wards, the distinction doesn’t actually determine who you can vote for. All residents can vote in all of the council races.
If you know of any other groups who have endorsed people in this race, let me know and I’ll add them to the list.
I saw on a neighborhood mailing list that some areas of downtown have been closed off as the DPD brings in negotiators to deal with an armed suspect. You might want to avoid downtown until you get the all clear.
WRAL has an image but doesn’t add much context.
Edit: WRAL now says that police shot the man to end the standoff. He appeared to be alive and left in an ambulance. No reports of any other injuries.
Editedit: the h-s has more. The man, who was apparently mentally unstable, pointed his weapon at an officer, which prompted a DPD officer to shoot him. The suspect was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Editeditetid: WRAL has more information, including the name of the man. It sounds like a case of suicide by cop. Tragic.
This weekend, the Bulls won the “Governor’s Cup” by besting the Pawtucket Red Sox three games to one.
Tonight, they face off against Pacific Coast League’s Omaha Storm Chasers in the AAA title game. The game will be televised on the NBC Sports Network starting at 7:00 tonight.
Not much to add – I’m not normally a big baseball fan, but it’s always nice to see the home team do well. Go Bulls!
Here’s a link to somebody’s blog post about the Bulls’ season. I’ll leave this one to somebody who seems to know what he’s talking about 🙂
I try not to post much petty crime here (well, unless it’s ridiculous and/or humorous), but this is really getting out of hand. I actually had to look through the archives to verify that I hadn’t used the exact same title before.
Details are scarce, but according to WRAL the victim “was attacked with a stick or rod-like object.” There’s no mention of motive, or whether the victim knew his attacker. Of particular note: this happened in the middle of the day on Saturday, normally a high traffic time for the trail.
Bell and Lopez are quick to tell us how much safer the Trail is these days, and how the ATT doesn’t deserve any special attention, but I’ve already written about how I disagree with them. It’s (still) time to fix the crime problem on the ATT.
After last week’s marathon, I thought I’d get ahead of things this week. But first, we have a special segment I’d like to call:
Morrisville news odds and ends
That’s right, it’s time to turn our attention to our little neighbor to the southeast, known mostly for having stuff around the airport. There’s stuff happening in Morrisville, you guys, and we should pay attention!
- One of Morrisville’s most prominent features is “Prime Outlets Mall,” which you may know as “that mall with no stores in it.” Usually malls require tenants, but this one has managed to limp along mostly empty for the past decade, until finally collapsing down to just being a food court with a vacant mall on the side. Well, all that is about to change, as some big investors from China are planning to re-open the mall as a “Chinatown,” bringing various Chinese and other Asian businesses to a central location.
- Next up in Morrisville news… um… OK, I guess that’s it?
So, this concludes today’s edition of Morrisville news odds and ends! You can look forward to the return of this semi-regular feature whenever something interesting happens in Morrisville. Until then, remember:
“Morrisville: ’cause we’re not just that Hooter’s next to the airport, you jerks.”
Back on track:
- I’ve got a fever, and the only cure is more handouts. Durham County is ready to hand over $1M in tax incentives in a bid to lure a Purdue Pharma manufacturing plant to the area. Purdue’s products include perennial favorites such as Oxycontin, AKA “the good shit.”
- DBAP renovations are slated to begin during the off season. Among the upgrades are additional concession areas, “picnic style” seating, a new ticket gate out in left field, field restructuring, and new scoreboards.
- Speaking of the Bulls, they’re tied 1-1 with Pawtucket, and they’ll play the remainder of the series up in Pawtucket.
- This dude apparently stole a terrier. He’s wanted for “larceny of a dog” among other things. He’s going to have trouble explaining that one to his fellow inmates…
- 38 CEOs and other business leaders camped out hobo style in front of the DPAC.
- City Manager Tom Bonfield scored an 8.1 percent raise, and is now making over $200k.
- The anti-fluoridation brigade is on the move, and they’re pressuring the Council to stop fluoridizing Durham’s drinking water. You may not have heard of these guys, but they’re winning victories across the nation and they’re doing enough damage to demand some actual attention. In a nutshell, they ignore science and claim that fluoridation of water supplies leads to all sorts of nebulous health problems. Sound familiar? Yeah, they’re a lot like antivax, only I guess the worst these guys can do is an outbreak of tooth decay (rather than, you know, measles or something).
- Ninth Street North 1-A, a proposed mixed use project beside Elmo’s (where the Donut King used to be), is finally getting started. The project was supposed to follow the 2002 construction across the street (home of Bali Hai, One World Market, etc) but was shelved during the recession.
- A scaled back Bull Durham Blue’s Festival was held last week inside the Hayti Heritage Center. I totally let this one slip my radar; in previous years it’s been at larger outdoor venues (the BAP and DBAP) but this year the festival is “regrouping.”
- The white smoke rose from Democratic Party HQ, and we got word that Rep. Valerie Foushee got the nod from party elders to replace Ellie Kinnaird. Kinnaird stepped down from the state Senate last month (sensing, no doubt, that resistance was futile). Foushee will in turn have her now vacant seat filled by a similar process.
- Some demonstrators turned out at the CCB plaza to protest Obama’s planned military action in Syria.
- The Rice Diet Program, a spin-off from DUMC and a pioneer in the fad diet craze, has shut its doors.
- That didn’t take long; the former home of Broad Street Cafe is slated to become the future home of Oval Park Grille, a family friendly casual restaurant from Vin Rouge alums.
- Walgreens is buying out regional player Kerr Drug.
- The Durham News has some deets and concept art for CBC’s upcoming hotel addition to the DPAC.
- It’s a bad time to be a deer in Duke Forest, as hunters will be allowed to “reduce” you effective September 23.
- The Indy has some shots from the newly completed Maurene Joy Charter School.
- Some Duke undergrads (presumably not the same ones who are busy tearing Shooters II apart) are helping clean up Durham parks.
- City surface parking lots 8 and 14 are opening to hourly parking, thanks to two new digital pay stations.
Get it? Derailed? Because… trains?
The Durham News is reporting that Norfolk Southern is demanding a cool $7.1M for the 2.25 mile abandoned rail corridor that encompasses downtown Durham, a sum that dwarfs the $2M in “use it or lose it” Federal funding Durham has available for the project.
You may recognize this as the abandoned railroad corridor which is visible throughout downtown, and you can certainly imagine how cool it would be if this route was actually available for use as a ped / bike trail.
Although it now seems unlikely that the city will be able to purchase the corridor, Bonfield mentions that a lease is still a possibility.