• Transition in sheriff’s office highlights discrimination claims

    A member of Guilford County Sheriff Danny Rogers’ leadership team was fired by his predecessor, BJ Barnes, after she complained about facing discrimination as an African American and a Muslim.
    Shortly after taking the oath of office in High Point on Monday, Guilford County Sheriff Danny Rogers administered an ethics code of conduct to Catherine Netter, his new executive administrative officer.
    “I promise to report either in writing or by word of mouth to the proper authorities those
  • Unsolicited Endorsement: Being a Saints fan

    I am living my best football life these days. My new college team, the Appalachian State Mountaineers, just won their conference and sealed a bowl bid in New Orleans. Meanwhile, the Superdome’s regular tenants, the New Orleans Saints, are having one of the best seasons in their history, and mine.
    I started going to Saints games in the 1980s, when they were so bad some of the fans still wore bags on their heads. I suffered through Bobby Hebert and John Fourcade and Bubby Brister and every f
  • Q&A: 5 questions for comedian Krish Mohan

    Krish Mohan is a socially-conscious, Indian stand-up comedian who has been performing for 13 years. His latest show is called Empathy on Sale and he performed it at the Idiot Box in Greensboro at the end of November. Mohan also produces a podcast called Fork Full of Noodles. More info on show dates and his podcast can be found at ramannoodlescomedy.com.
    Where did you find the inspiration for your recent stand-up routine?A lot of it came from reactions people were having from the 2016 election an
  • Cocktails and Converse collide at Collector’s Choice

    Beyond the imitation evergreens near coat check and the “runway” photographer’s backdrop, the distinctive smell of cooking sherry wafts above the merry crowd and the cold drizzling night slips into the mind’s recesses.
    On the first evening of December, Collector’s Choice fundraiser attendees mix with exhibiting Winter Show artists over hors d’oeuvre, wine and spirits. The exhibit at Greensboro’s GreenHill Gallery is an annual collection of more than 120
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  • Classics meet mid-century modern at new Campus Gas bar

    The gas pumps sat ready, shiny and chromed, as rain misted over them, but those that gathered at Campus Gas last Saturday hadn’t come to fill up their tanks. Instead, they came to fill pint glasses and stomachs at the grand opening of the new Campus Gas taproom.
    The iconic building marked by a red batwing canopy sits off Polo Road next to Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem and recently celebrated its transformation from a ’60s service station to a mid-century modern barroom.
  • The cops and me

    Back when I was getting my journalism degree, I got an invaluable piece of advice from a working journalist named Allen Johnson — not the guy from the News & Record — who taught our reporting class.
    This Johnson was also the cops-and-courts reporter for the Louisiana Weekly at the time, a statewide African-American newspaper with a reputation for pulling no punches.
    In covering the New Orleans Police Department, one of the most corrupt in the world, he had no shortage of material
  • Poets expound on the theme of female experience

    Poems require patience.
    As Emma Bolden and Karen Meadows read excerpts from their latest collections at Scuppernong Books in Greensboro on Sunday, they displayed the results of that patience. Both women have parsed the English language, hoping to find words that match their personal experiences.
    The process takes pages and, for the authors, years. Though the poets use different themes, they both hope for readers to return to their books — which aim to describe a bit of what it’s like
  • EDITORIAL: GOP’s pivot on NC voter fraud

    Turns out, despite many, many arguments to the contrary made in this very space, there actually was some large-scale election fraud in North Carolina.
    It’s been blasted all over the national media: In North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, an extraordinary number of irregularities occurred concerning absentee ballots, each one in the end favoring the GOP candidate, Mark Harris, who at last count was ahead by just 905 votes over Democrat candidate Dan McCready.
    Among the irregul
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  • Danny Rogers takes office as Guilford County’s first black sheriff

    Danny Rogers, the first black sheriff of Guilford County — among six others across the state — took the oath office in a crowded courtroom in High Point on Monday. Administering the oath was Henry Frye Jr., the state’s first African American to serve as justice and chief justice on the state Supreme Court.
    “Today is the day we officially begin a new chapter within the sheriff’s department in Guilford County,” said County Commissioner J. Carlvena Foster, like R
  • Homicide finding, video multiply questions about death in custody

    Questions multiply about the city’s handling of the police-involved death of Marcus Deon Smith in the wake of a medical examiner’s finding of homicide and the city’s release of police body-camera video.
    City officials are still scrambling to figure out what to do less than a week after the state medical examiner classified the death of a man hog-tied by Greensboro police officers as a homicide.
    Just two days before the release of the autopsy and medical examiner’s investi
  • Kimbrough pledges unity as he takes office as Forsyth sheriff

    Bobby Kimbrough, the first black sheriff of Forsyth County, pledges to “leave no one behind on this journey” as he takes the oath of office.
    Bobby F. Kimbrough took the oath of office on Monday to become Forsyth County’s first black sheriff, pledging an inclusive administration.
    “We won’t leave no one behind on this journey,” he said. “We’ll go back and get everybody, because everyone will have a say.”
    The courtroom on the sixth floor of the
  • Q&A: 4 questions for Santa Like Me

    Santa Like Me is a Greensboro-based, family-owned business that opened this year on Black Friday. The business allows families to visit with a black Santa and take photos with him. Raven Goins, 26, helps run the business and talks about her experience growing up and why her family started the company. You can find Santa Like Me at the Village on Eugene, located at 1325 S. Eugene St., Suite 207, from now through Dec. 23. Visit their Facebook page for more info or call 336.543.0027.
    What made your
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  • VIDEO: Police body-camera video of Marcus Smith death in custody

    The city of Greensboro has released the police body-camera video of officers’ involvement with Marcus Smith, who died in custody after being placed in a controversial restraint known as hog-tying, or Ripp Hobble.
    You can review the video here. Warning: This video may be extremely disturbing.
    The city obtained a court order from Guilford County Superior Court Judge Susan Bray at 4 p.m. today allowing for the release of the video. City council members have reviewed the video in small groups.
  • BREAKING: Death of man hog-tied by GPD ruled a homicide

    A 38-year-old man subjected him to a controversial restraint by police officers in downtown Greensboro during the North Carolina Folk Festival died from “sudden cardiopulmonary arrest due to prone restraint,” as well as the presence of MDMA, cocaine and alcohol, and hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, according to an autopsy released by the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
    The state medical examiner is classifying the manner of death as homicide.
  • Autopsy: Death of man hog-tied by GPD ruled a homicide

    A 38-year-old man subjected him to a controversial restraint by police officers in downtown Greensboro during the North Carolina Folk Festival died from “sudden cardiopulmonary arrest due to prone restraint,” as well as the presence of MDMA, cocaine and alcohol, and hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, according to the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
    The state medical examiner is classifying the manner of death as homicide.
    Marcus Deon Smith’s fa
  • Flash in the Pan: Healthy holiday eating begins with massaged kale

    Year after year, in survey after survey, the most popular New Year’s resolutions relate to diet, exercise and weight loss. It’s probably no coincidence that we make these resolutions after the damage is done, at the end of holidays.
    Resolving to turn the ship around is a healthy response to the feeling of waking up fat, hungover and generally disgusted with oneself. But it would make a lot more sense to make our diet-related resolutions before we come unglued. Losing weight is a
  • SLIDESHOW: Wrestlecade at the Benton Convention Center, 11/23/2018

    Todd Turner accompanied Sayaka Matsuoka for her piece on last weekend’s Wrestlecade at the Benton Convention Center.
    Click to view slideshow.
    AdsThe post SLIDESHOW: Wrestlecade at the Benton Convention Center, 11/23/2018 appeared first on The NC Triad's altweekly.
  • Dinner Guest: In search of real food

    I have written a few articles about substitutions, explaining how to take the sodium from astronomical numbers to more manageable and healthier levels. However, there are some instances, where I think substitutions are, basically, the devil. My wife and I talk about food substitutions all the time. She seems to be quite concerned about my health, even more so than I am.
    She said something to me and I believe it to be true: “Never substitute non-food for real food.”
    For example, one s
  • Lunchtime with Greg Carlyle

    Greg Carlyle usually works at Local 27101 through lunch, greeting guests, clearing tables, taking orders and making free deliveries to Downtown WS workers. Sometimes he veers off to his office at the Millennium Center to take a booking or supervise the prep for an event.
    Today he’s got a couple of spare minutes, so I order a po-boy loaded with fried Gulf Coast shrimp on a hoagie roll topped with lettuce, tomato and sauce gribische, and he orders a Carolina Dog from the counter.
  • Citizen Green: For civilians responding to a mass-casualty event

    “There’s somebody within five miles of where we stand today that’s fantasizing about taking over the body-count record for our country, which stands at 53,” says Sgt. Kory Flowers, standing before a group of about 35 civilians in a meeting room on the third floor of Greensboro Police Department headquarters. “And the easiest way to do it, as terrifying as it sounds, is to drive a car down Elm Street on any given Friday night, jump the curb and kill a hundred people.
  • Wrestlecade’s family tradition, flying trash cans and all

    The man in the tiny purple shorts scurried around the ring while gesturing at the guy walking towards him. Compared to Brandon Scott who seemed small and slightly frightened, wrestler Billy Gunn was built like a Greek statue and looked like he could eat Scott as a snack as he approached the ring. Gunn’s appearance marked the opening match on Saturday or Day 2 of Wrestlecade in Winston-Salem. The well-known WWE wrestler — who found fame in the late nineties and early 2000s with partne
  • Friedrich’s paintings show the gory and goofy side of wolves

    The shepherd boy who cried, “Wolf!” met a brutal fate, but what of the wolf?
    Revolution Mill’s Central Gallery is displaying Paul Friedrich’s latest exhibition In the Wild — the cartoonist’s continued meditation on this question — through Dec. 16. The born-and-raised Raleighite based the principal Wolves in the Woods series of paintings on his 2017 book The Wolf Who Cried Boy, a twist on the classical fable “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” from Aesop
  • Chief explains why hog-tying death didn’t violate directives

    The Greensboro police acknowledge that a man who died after hog-tying incident was lying face down, but Chief Wayne Scott says the directive prohibiting that position only applies to the transport of persons in custody.
    Greensboro police Chief Wayne Scott has acknowledged that Marcus Smith was lying face-down when officers applied a controversial restraint known as “hog-tying” shortly before he became unresponsive and died, corroborating a critical point in an account by the family&r
  • Unsolicited Endorsement: Cranberries

    Why do we only eat cranberries once a year? I mean, besides the fact that they’re really tart and need a ton of sugar to taste good?
    The formula for good cranberry sauce is ingeniously simple: A cup of water and a cup of sugar brought to a rolling boil, with the berries deposited into the frothing maw then cooked down sufficiently to break the skins and create a jellied consistency when chilled.
    Fun facts: Cranberries are native to North America and rich in vitamins and antioxidants. They&
  • On the Facebook truth squad

    I got my first one in before 11 a.m. today.
    A woman I sometimes squabble with on Facebook posted a story from the Daily Mail about a US border patrol agent killed by rock-throwing immigrants trying to cross into Texas.
    I clicked on it to find a thinly sourced story about an agent who had died from undisclosed wounds suffered while on patrol in Texas — published almost exactly a year ago, on Nov. 17, 2017.
    So I mentioned this in the comment thread, because that’s what I do now: Fact-c
  • Geeksboro’s post-holiday geek-out

    The trivia competition came down to who could name the most Walmart video-game deals on Black Friday.
    Five men under the team name “Cemetery Lemonade” hastily scrawled down the latest first-person shooters and sports simulators. Messy script filled the page as the team rushed to remember the names of the most recent Call of Duty and Fallout releases and claim first place.
    Geeksboro Battle Pub held the trivia showdown hours after a Friendsgiving gathering to kick off a series of winte
  • Citizen Green: Election irregularities erode faith

    Like virtually everything else in American politics, the mutual exclusion between the narratives through which Democrat and Republican partisans view elections is nearly complete. But unlike, say, guns, abortion or same-sex marriage, elections are the most important institution of democracy. Without confidence in the fair and impartial administration of elections, governance defaults to brute force.
    In Guilford, the third most populous in North Carolina, at least one black voter if not two were
  • EDITORIAL: The problem at Northwest Guilford High School

    It’s repulsive and shocking, and also, somehow, completely unsurprising.
    The video showed two Northwest Guilford High School students spewing the worst kind of hateful and racist comments towards all black people, and it went viral by the end of the day Tuesday, culminating with a post on Raw Story, which means it should be on the “Today” show by Thursday morning.
    You don’t need to watch it to know what they’re saying: two white boys — for they are indeed boys
  • A new East Ward rep, rogue scooters and tennis justice

    It had been seven days since the public safety committee of Winston-Salem City Council voted to temporarily ban Bird Scooters — at least until the city can develop some regulations to control their use.
    After spotting a couple Birds on University Parkway on her way to the city council meeting on Monday, Councilwoman DD Adams wanted some answers.
    “To staff, chairman of public safety and public works: I think it’s imperative that the council knows whether the 1,200-plus scoo
  • 200-year-throwback with Fiddle and Bow Society

    It’s the kind of music that makes you want to dance, and has for 200 years.
    The sweet whine of the fiddle merged with the swells of the accordion as Samantha Harvey jumped up from behind the keyboard and began to tap her heels on the wooden stage. And while none of the audience members followed suit, they began to stomp their feet, causing the floor of the music hall to shake.
    The concert had been organized by Fiddle and Bow, a Triad folk music organization, and drew folk music enthusiasts
  • From polio to protest: Greensboro Polio Hospital’s role in civil rights

    Linda Brown never stands directly behind podiums.With a stature near 5 feet tall, she says, she feels as if she would vanish. She stands to the side, ensuring neither herself nor the stories she has gathered disappear.The Department of History at UNCG invited Linda Brown to speak at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum on a recent Saturday. With her, she brought personal accounts of Greensboro’s Central Carolina Convalescent Hospital, also known as the Old Polio Hospital, in
  • Unsolicited Endorsement: Queen

    I was never a huge Queen fan. The band’s sheer grandiosity — I mean, that’s what they were all about, right? — and indulgences of both the sonic and lifestyle variety flew in the face of the minimalist, punk, anti-arena rock ethos that supplied the north star of my youth.
    It was also hilarious to me that a band called “Queen” ruled the classic-rock airwaves and found common currency with the macho heavy metal set in the homophobia-infused cultural milieu of my
  • Unpopular Opinion: Video games are not a complete waste of time

    It took me a while to admit this, and I’m still not 100 percent sold, but I’m ready to acknowledge that video games are not a complete waste of time.
    I should know: I’m an Original Gamer, harkening back to an era when playing video games was absolutely and unequivocally a complete waste of time.
    The skills required to complete the elevator level on Donkey Kong or navigate Atari’s Adventure in its entirety have absolutely no real-world value, except to answer obscure trivi
  • I’m your Mountaineer

    I never followed college football before I became a Mountaineer just a few weeks ago.
    The Jesuits banned collegiate athletics decades before I attended my own alma mater. And Long Island, where I grew up, has no great college-football traditions like in the Midwest, the South, the West… pretty much everyplace else.
    My wife has no background in football save for accompanying me to Saints games for all these years. This season, she’s delving a bit deeper into the game, its rules and p
  • EDITORIAL: Rhino Times no more

    Last week the print edition of the Rhino Times said goodbye. Again. And for good.
    In the pages of last week’s issue, owner and publisher Roy Carroll announced that this would be the last newspaper from the Rhino, which will pivot to a digital-first strategy.
    It was with no small degree of astonishment that we absorbed this news, and a conflicting mix of emotions.
    The Rhino began as a small newsletter put together for patrons of John Rudy’s Rhinoceros Club, where John Hammer worked th
  • Citizen Green: In Alamance, ICE, militia and a dangerous rumor

    Voters in Wake and Mecklenburg counties turned out sheriffs who had enthusiastically pursued partnerships with federal immigration enforcement through 287(g) agreements, but in Alamance County they elected Sheriff Terry Johnson to a fifth term.
    Alamance County earned a singularly notorious reputation for harsh and racist treatment of immigrants during its previous 287(g) partnership with Immigration Customs Enforcement, which ended in 2012, when the Obama Justice Department sued Sheriff Johnson
  • A man died in custody while hogtied by Greensboro police

    The actions of four officers who hogtied a man who died in custody raise questions about whether they followed GPD directives in their use of the controversial restraint.
    The Greensboro Police Department announced the conclusion of an internal investigation finding that four officers did not violate any policies in their handling of an incident in which a 38-year-old man experiencing a mental health crisis died in custody after asking for help on Sept 8.
    The announcement that the officers had be
  • Assault charge dismissed against antifascist professor

    An Orange County district court judge dismisses a misdemeanor assault charge against a UNC-Chapel Hill professor that was brought by the editor of the alt-right website Big League Politics.
    The scene was chaotic at McCorkle Place on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill on the evening of Aug. 20. The mood among students and other antiracist activists was angry after brief skirmishes with the university police, but mostly determined that the Confederate monument known as Silent Sam would come down.
  • Jon Kirby and Winston-Salem’s liner notes

    Coveted vinyls and the latest issue of Oxford American rest in the backseat of Jon Kirby’s pine-colored 2002 Subaru Outback as we sail past downtown Winston-Salem on Highway 52, en route to a southside recording studio on a brisk November afternoon. Carl Johnson rides shotgun and Kirby’s voice cracks when he attempts to sing falsetto along to a Teentones track Johnson wrote more than five decades earlier.Kirby, a Winston-Salem-born freelance writer and music historian, penned an arti
  • Elsewhere drags it back to the 1980s at annual Extravaganza

    Colored lights bounced off of metallic bomber jackets and neon shirts in a dim room. Pop hits from Madonna and Prince prevailed. Xylophones and cymbals hung from tall bookshelves that stretched to the ceiling, where they met fabric scraps dangling down. All three floors of the Elsewhere Museum and former thrift store opened for its 10th extravaganza on a recent Friday, its rooms themed to the 1980s for the evening of time travel.Creative Director Emily Ensminger said the theme varies for the ext
  • Victorious Democrats mined new votes in Triad suburbs

    Democratic candidates who took over sheriffs’ offices in Guilford and Forsyth County, and the school board in Forsyth, benefited from a surge of support from the suburbs.
    While the vaunted blue wave failed to dislodge Republican incumbents in the Triad’s three congressional districts, the tide lifted Democrats in local races, with far-reaching implications for public education and law enforcement.
    Similar to other urbanized North Carolina counties, voters in Forsyth and Guilford coun
  • The rock star who wasn’t

    The story of LA rock band Threatin, which broke through social-media and pop-culture circles in the post-election news cycle, is indeed the story of our times.
    Threatin boasted tens of thousands of Facebook fans, worked through a booking agency and promoter, had a million YouTube views and a solid touring record — according to all online sources — before booking a tour through European clubs, guaranteeing advance sales.
    In case you missed the turn in this story: Threatin turned out t
  • The last time

    The last time was seven years ago on a cold, wet night that began with a party and ended with a pledge: my anniversary, both terrible and beautiful.
    There’s really no way to tell how many drinks I had that night — back when I was doing my thing, it often seemed, glasses full of booze would appear in my hand out of nowhere — but I know it’s a number that would strike a reasonable person as excessive.
    I was not a reasonable person back then, at least when it came to the dri
  • Practiced patience at Chez Genése and A Special Blend

    Slicing bagels at Brueggers. Bagging groceries at Food Lion. Folding pants at American Eagle. For most of us, first jobs happen in our teenage years as a regular part of life. They fund movies on weekends or help save up for the latest video game. For those with developmental or intellectual disabilities, however, getting a job has never been a given.Two new businesses in Greensboro are looking to change that.At just past 5 p.m. on a recent Saturday evening, A Special Blend in Greensboro, a new
  • Citizen Green: Volunteer firefighters fill gaps in the thin red line

    One terrifying night 30 years ago, on a stretch of lonely roadway on the Forsyth-Davidson county line, Scott Routh’s life changed abruptly. Michael Charles Hayes, a 24-year-old man troubled by substance use and mental illness, reached a point of desperation when his parents threatened to sell the moped repair shop that he operated in response to his history of embezzlement. Around 11 p.m. on July 17, 1988, Hayes stepped out into the middle of Old Salisbury Road with a gun and opened fire o
  • City: No policy violations by officers when man died in custody

    An internal review by the Greensboro Police Department found no violations of policy in the conduct of officers involved in the restraint of a 38-year-old man who died in police custody in early September.
    The finding was announced by the city in a press release on Wednesday evening. The city also said Guilford County District Attorney’s office has indicated there was no criminal liability by the officers, based on an investigation by the SBI.
    “The district attorney’s office st
  • GPD hogtied man shortly before his death, family claims

    Greensboro police used hogtying to restrain a 38-year-old man, who later died at a local hospital after a late-night encounter in downtown Greensboro on Sept. 8, according to a family member who reviewed the police body-camera video.
    The Homeless Union of Greensboro is hosting a press conference with members of the family of the late Marcus Deon Smith tomorrow at the Beloved Community Center. Smith’s family delivered a letter to the city today asking for city council to review the body cam
  • Calling BS: Jeff Sessions’ resignation

    Close on the heels of Election Day, the most predictable thing ever finally transpired: Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned under pressure, ripping away a layer of insulation from the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
    President Trump’s motive is glaringly transparent considering that he had complained that Sessions was useless to him if he recused himself from involvement with the Mueller investigation, as if
  • City releases police body cam video of 14-year-old’s arrest

    Police body cam video showing the arrest of a 14-year-old Hanes Magnet Middle School student in early October is now posted on the Winston-Salem Police Department website.
    The Ministers Conference of Winston-Salem & Vicinity called for the termination of the arresting officer, Tyler McCormick, after the student’s mother posted video taken by a bystander of the officer forcibly arresting her daughter, who is black, in the school parking lot by pinning her to the ground.
    The video, which
  • Agapions rebuked over conditions at complex marred by fatal fire

    The Agapion family must complete repairs on 42 units at a Greensboro apartment complex that houses Congolese refugees within 90 days, or the city will hire a contractor to do the work at the owner’s expense.
    The decision came through a 5-1 vote by the Minimum Housing Commission on Thursday afternoon.
    The repair order is the latest step in a process that began with a complaint triggering inspections after five children died in an apartment fire in May.
    “One factor is the egregiousness

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