Thursday News: It must be nice...

DURHAM CONDO HIGH-RISE WILL COST YOU MILLIONS: If you have a few million dollars laying around, the newest luxury high-rise housing coming to Durham may be for you. Million-dollar condos will be part of The Novus, a new high-rise tower developed by a firm with an already established presence in downtown. Although formal plans for The Novus mixed-use tower haven’t been announced yet, renderings of the future tower and early listings for its pricey condo units have appeared online. A three-bedroom, four-bathroom condo of 3,755 square feet with views of the Bull City will go on the market for a cool $3,479,900, according to a new Zillow listing. The building will also include apartments, office and retail space. Smaller condo units that are listed online will go from $1,429,900 to $1,939,900. Now, those are more affordable. Just kidding, this is insane...
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article255127787.html#storylink=mainstage_card

Wednesday News: But we're not racists, we swear!

JUDGE RULES UNC CAN CONTINUE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: “While no student can or should be admitted to this University, or any other, based solely on race, because race is so interwoven in every aspect of the lived experience of minority students, to ignore it, reduce its importance and measure it only by statistical models as SFFA has done, misses important context to include obscuring racial barriers and obstacles that have been faced, overcome and are yet to be overcome,” Biggs said. The trial for the affirmative action admissions case ended nearly a year ago in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina in Winston-Salem. Lawyers for the university and the group Students for Fair Admissions argued over UNC-CH’s race-conscious admissions process. Follow below the fold for another relatively recent failure on their part.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article255109582.html#storylink=mainstage_card

Tuesday Twitter roundup

I have a feeling it's going to be a bloodbath. But maybe that's just Halloween talking...

Monday News: Seventeen thousand, four hundred fifty six

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NC'S VACCINATION RATE SEEMS STUCK AT 70%, MANDATES ARE NEEDED: At least 1,446,881 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and at least 17,456 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday reported 3,182 new COVID-19 cases, down from 3,761 on Thursday. At least 2,074 people were reported hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Friday, including 564 adult patients who are being treated in intensive care units, health officials said. On Wednesday, the latest date with available information, 6.1% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. Gov. Roy Cooper signed the “No Patient Left Alone Act” into law on Friday, which ensures patients are allowed visitors in hospitals, nursing homes, hospice care and adult care homes.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article255043567.html#storylink=mainstage_lead

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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THEY ARE OUR CHILDREN, SIBLINGS, FRIENDS. THEY ARE NOT "FILTH": They are our sisters, our brothers, our parents, our children and our neighbors. But to North Carolina’s Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, they are “filth.” Like other bullies called to account for their actions, he dodges, deflects and doesn’t, as he promised, take responsibility. He doesn’t explain why he said those people are filth. He does exploit the controversy and hate he ignited with a video that includes sexually explicit images on his campaign Facebook website. He used it to send an email fundraising appeal. At best, it is a cynical ploy to find a way to profit, at least politically, from his divisive rhetoric. Is this the kind of behavior that should be coming from a member of the State Board of Education and state Community College Board? Does not fitting Mark Robinson’s criteria for appropriate or correct necessarily make them “filth?” No, it merely makes them different from him. That is no justification for ridicule. Robinson is the quintessential demagogue; the end product of a Christofascist movement that strikingly resembles the Taliban more than any other entity. Whether that will continue to thrive here or not is a true test of our moral resolve.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-they-are-our-children-siblings-friends-they-are-not-filth/19920875/

Saturday News: The tip of the proliferation iceberg

FELON SHOWING OFF AR-15 SHOOTS INTO NEIGHBOR'S HOME IN ASHEVILLE: The neighbor, Christopher Allen Ducker, told police he “was showing off an AR-15 to his friends and accidentally fired the gun,” police said. “The round went through his wall, through a privacy fence, and then ultimately ended up in his neighbor’s wall,” officials said. Police seized a 5.56 Ruger AR-15 and a .308 Remington bolt-action rifle at Ducker’s home, officials said. Ducker was charged with discharge of a firearm in the city, possession of a firearm by a felon, and discharging a weapon into occupied property, police said. What's missing from this story is how he acquired this assault rifle, arguably the most important detail. He most likely had a friend buy it for him, or he bought it in a private sale, two major loopholes in our permitting system.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article255036877.html#storylink=mainstage_card

Friday News: Take your damn shot

SOME RALEIGH EMPLOYEES ARE ACTING LIKE LITTLE CHILDREN: More than 100 Raleigh police officers, firefighters and other city employees are threatening legal action over vaccine requirements they say are discriminatory. City of Raleigh Freedom to Choose, a coalition of 53 Raleigh police officers, 48 firefighters and 17 other city employees, has hired attorney James Lawrence to fight the city’s policies, according to a letter sent by Lawrence to Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin on Monday. In the letter, Lawrence cited the weekly testing requirement for non-vaccinated employees, cash bonus and paid leave incentives and a policy limiting promotions to those who are fully vaccinated as examples of a “discriminatory COVID-19 mandate.” Lawrence said the group is not “anti-vax,” and “supports the right of city employees to make their own informed medical treatment choices,” including whether to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Frankly, if their own "informed" opinion tells them not to, they shouldn't be on the payroll, much less toting a firearm in public.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/article254997277.html#storylink=mainstage

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