• More US counties lack a clear racial majority (and people are getting along pretty well)

    This story was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts on Dec. 5. Story by Tim Henderson.Some booming suburbs, many of them in the Sun Belt, are becoming as racially diverse as major coastal cities — and often with less racial conflict.Sixty-nine counties, mostly in the South and West, had clear racial majorities in 2010 but lost them by last year, according to a Stateline analysis of census estimates. Nationwide, there are now 152 such counties where
  • A private company scans, digitizes mail sent to NC prisons, and gives the incarcerated copies. Is that a problem?

    This story was originally published by NC Policy Watch on Dec. 2. Story by Kelan Lyons.Those writing to loved ones in North Carolina prisons must send their letters not to whichever of the more than 50 prisons where their family member is locked up, but to a P.O. Box in Maryland, where their envelope is opened and scanned by a stranger before a copy is delivered to their family member in a North Carolina facility.TextBehind screenshot from website
    That’s because of a change last year allow
  • The cultural and historical significance of fashion on HBCU campuses

    Featured photo: Four Black students in full skirts, blouses, and hats sitting on steps of Atlanta University by Thomas E Askew/Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty ImagesAcross the campuses of historically Black colleges and universities, students have a reputation for making strong fashion statements, especially in the fall during the storied HBCU homecoming. Year-round, the fashion statements on HBCU campuses often tell a story as significant as the history of the institu
  • Destruction of Moore County substations carry steep penalties, especially if linked to domestic terrorism

    This story was originally published by NC Policy Watch on Dec. 5. Story by Lisa Sorg.
    Those responsible for shooting up two Duke Energy substations in Moore County, cutting off electricity to more than 40,000 people, could face decades in prison if apprehended and convicted.Destroying or conspiring to destroy an energy facility, like a substation, carries carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison if the damage exceeds $100,000 or causes a “significant interruption or impairment of a
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  • Abortion advocates across country aim to outflank lawmakers using 2024 ballot measures

    Featured photo: Dozens of people gathered to express their rage after the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade at the Greensboro rally for reproductive rights in Greensboro N.C., on June 24, 2022. (photo by Juliet Coen)This story was first published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts on Nov. 23, 2022.
    Encouraged by six victories — and zero defeats — in this month’s midterm elections, abortion rights advocates are considering another round of
  • The Bennett College Belles: ‘We were ladies, too. We just played basketball like boys.’

    This story was originally published by UNC Media Hub on Nov. 30. Story by PJ Morales.The year was 1937, and the Bennett College Belles of Greensboro, N.C., were arguably the greatest women’s college basketball team in America. The Belles had just finished yet another undefeated season en route to clinching their fifth North Carolina state title of the decade. For an all-Black, all-women teacher’s college that boasted just 10 total enrolled students in 1926, varsity women’s
  • The nation’s vacant homes present an opportunity — and a problem

    This story was first published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts on Nov. 22, 2022.With construction costs for new homes and interest rates soaring, vacant housing is drawing more attention as a shortcut to quickly getting more units on the market.But whether vacant homes are a curse or an opportunity depends on where you live.As housing affordability plummets and rents rise, putting more families with low incomes at risk of losing their homes, some cities are working to ta
  • Study finds Latino workers die of occupational injuries at higher rates than other groups

    This story was originally published by North Carolina Health News on Nov. 17, 2022. Story by Clarissa Donnelly-DeRovenIn April, a 22-year-old woman was crushed to death by an industrial mixing machine during her shift at the Northeast Foods processing plant in Johnston County. In May, a 48-year-old laborer at an industrial cleaning company in Montgomery County fatally fell out of a large, horizontal duct. And in June, a 39-year-old farmworker met the same end when he found himself stuck between
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  • TRIAD CITY BITES: A Winter’s Feast at Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar

    Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar $$-$$$
    450 N. Spring St. (W-S)
    336.293.4797Chef Tim Grandinetti is one of those guys who loves Christmas: the tree, the gifts, the lights and, naturally, the food. This time of year, it takes over his whole personality.“For me, spending uber-quality time with my family and friends, enjoying the Holiday Season is absolutely the best!” he says. “I encourage you to be intentional regarding celebrating the holidays this year with those you
  • TRIAD CITY BITES: A Winter’s Feast at Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar

    Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar $$-$$$
    450 N. Spring St. (W-S)
    336.293.4797Chef Tim Grandinetti is one of those guys who loves Christmas: the tree, the gifts, the lights and, naturally, the food. This time of year, it takes over his whole personality.“For me, spending uber-quality time with my family and friends, enjoying the Holiday Season is absolutely the best!” he says. “I encourage you to be intentional regarding celebrating the holidays this year with those you
  • Why many colleges are treating entrance exams as optional

    College entrance exams, long used to demonstrate an individual’s aptitude for learning, are being phased out at many colleges and universities across the U.S. largely due to accusations of inequity.More than 1,700 U.S. colleges are test-optional for fall 2023, according to FairTest data, with nearly 80 schools not considering college entry exams at all.Study.com analyzed recent trends in universities adopting test-optional admission policies amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential for
  • 25 terms you should know to understand the gun control debate

    In a country where three in 10 adults own a gun and nearly half of households have at least one gun in the home, 100 Americans die every day from gunshot wounds. Nearly half of all U.S. adults grew up in a household with guns, more than half have friends who own guns, and nearly three-quarters have fired a gun. The prevalence of gun violence and gun ownership has made gun control among the most hotly (and frequently) contested issues in the United States.Advocates for gun control want tight
  • In-jail mental health treatment producing a ‘night and day’ difference in Forsyth County

    Featured photo: Residents of the Forsyth County Detention Center’s Behavioral Health Unit at their graduation ceremony in January 2022. The unit is completely voluntary, which is part of the success of the unit as individuals want to and are willing to participate. (photo courtesy of Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office)This story was originally published by North Carolina Health News on Nov. 29, 2022. Story by Rachel CrumplerOn a recent Friday morning, 13 men dressed in bright yellow jum
  • NC communities making LGBTQ equality gains according to annual report, GSO gets perfect score

    Featured photo: A shot from the 2022 Greensboro Pride FestivalThis story was originally published by NC Policy Watch on Dec. 1. Story by Joe Killian.North Carolina towns and cities are largely scoring higher on LGBTQ equality measures, according to a new study from The Human Rights Campaign.The national LGBTQ advocacy organization released its annual Municipal Equality Index Wednesday, scoring more than 500 cities across the country on 49 different criteria with regard to law, policies and servi
  • EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: The World Cup and the light of truth

    I’m making a good-faith effort to watch the World Cup this year. But the world’s biggest sporting event is something of a shitshow this go-round. It’s being held for the first time in the Middle East, Qatar, a tiny authoritarian monarchy that borders on Saudi Arabia, smaller than the state of Connecticut.It’s illegal to be gay in Qatar, illegal to have sex before marriage — they prosecute rape victims there. And while it is legal to drink, in private, it is illegal
  • Public records request shows Greensboro Police Department used mobile tracking surveillance tech

    According to public records requests obtained by Triad City Beat, the Greensboro Police Department spent a total of $18,000 on a surveillance tool in 2020 and 2021 that an investigation by the Associated Press called “mass surveillance on a budget.”On Sept. 2, the AP reported how law enforcement departments across the country have used technology called Fog Reveal to “search hundreds of billions of records from 250 million mobile devices, and harnessed the data to create locati
  • Jamestown’s Rontez Vaughan memorializes late sibling with My Brother’s Cookies

    What started as a one-time request skyrocketed into a full-blown business.Around Christmas 2019, Rontez Vaughan was still grieving the loss of his younger brother Trenez Valentine, who was killed in August 2018. Depressed, distant and uninterested in everything, Vaughan thought to himself, What am I going to do, because working full-time is not fulfilling right now?Suddenly, his daughter Avariella, called “Ella” for short, entered the room asking to bake cookies. He obliged, as an ho
  • In the Weeds: The 86’d list

    The texts are waiting for me when I wake. As I orient myself to the morning with a cup of coffee and the daily routine of “HAVE YOU POOPED YET?” to the dogs, I scan the various responses to the group text that arrived as I was blessedly asleep. “Thank you, Jesus!”“Finally!”“Praise be!”We had lost another customer, never to darken our door again. Icarus finally flew too high and the long-suffering bartender who had reached peak doneness finally
  • Celebration tempered with caution as Respect for Marriage Act passes U.S. Senate, state level anti-LGBTQ bills loom

    This story was originally published by NC Policy Watch on Nov. 30. Story by Joe Killian.When the Respect for Marriage Act passed the U.S. Senate Tuesday, it did so with the support of North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, two of just twelve Republican senators to vote for the measure, which aims to be sure same-sex marriage retains federal recognition.Tillis is in his second term and Burr is retiring as the GOP wrestles with tension over LGBTQ issues and the party is fueling a na
  • EDITORIAL: Do NC Republicans want to overturn elections?

    Feature Photo: Thomas Clodfelter greets voters on Election Day at Warnersville Recreation Center, Greensboro, NC. [Photo by Carolyn de Berry]Next Wednesday, Dec. 7, the US Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in Moore v. Henderson, a case brought about by NC House Speaker Tom Moore in a continuing effort by GOP leadership to illegally gerrymander the state to their advantage.Let’s recap, shall we?All of this goes back to 2013, when SCOTUS gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in a 5-4 dec
  • Young adults are the most lonely, data shows

    Featured photo by Antonio Guillem // ShutterstockYoung adults are the most lonely, data showsLoneliness is a deeply personal feeling. Some people might experience this emotion from being physically alone. For others, it might arise from feeling disconnected from or unfulfilled by the people in their lives or society more broadly. Whether it is a real or perceived absence of social connection, loneliness is a form of pain to all who feel it.Charlie Health used data from various sources, including
  • Guilford County School Board votes to keep challenged book, ‘Salvage the Bones,’ in school

    The Guilford County School Board voted to keep a challenged book as part of a school’s curriculum on Tuesday afternoon, thus closing the chapter on a saga that began more than six months ago.The school board held a special meeting to hear a challenge to Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward. The book had been assigned by English teacher Holly Weaver to be taught in her AP English class at Northern High School earlier this year. After assigning the book, two parents — Kimberly Magnussen a
  • Guiford County School Board votes to keep challenged book, ‘Salvage the Bones,’ in school

    The Guilford County School Board voted to keep a challenged book as part of a school’s curriculum on Tuesday afternoon, thus closing the chapter on a saga that began more than six months ago.The school board held a special meeting to hear a challenge to Salvage the Bones, a book by Jesmyn Ward. The book had been assigned by English teacher Holly Weaver to be taught in her AP English class at Northern High School earlier this year. After assigning the book, two parents — Kimberly Magn
  • From Stonewall to today: 50+ years of modern LGBTQ+ history

    Getty ImagesFrom Stonewall to today: 50+ years of modern LGBTQ+ historyIn the early hours of June 28, 1969, the New York Police Department unwittingly helped start the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement. At the time, clubs with gay or lesbian patrons weren’t allowed to serve alcohol, but the Stonewall Inn still served booze to their customers, which gave police cause to raid the bar. The clientele pushed back, and 13 people were arrested. LGBTQ+ people and their allies protested for days.
  • Conservative Guilford County school group, Take Back Our Schools, is shutting down

    Featured photo: Guilford County School Board buildingAccording to a Facebook post that was published on Monday morning, the conservative group known as Take Back Our Schools, is shutting down.While the post does not indicate an author, the official Take Back Our Schools – GCS Facebook page published a long message on Monday indicating that the group was shutting down and that their “fight is over.”As Triad City Beat has reported in the past, Take Back Our Schools has been opera
  • It’s open enrollment season. Here’s what you need to know.

    Featured photo by Rose Hoban (NC Health News)This story was originally published by Clarissa Donnelly-DeRoven of North Carolina Health News on Nov. 28, 2022It’s the time of year when millions of North Carolinians will pore through health insurance offerings trying to determine what will be the best coverage for them this coming year. Just under half of the state’s residents receive insurance from their employers, the state’s 710,000 Medicare recipients need to update their enro
  • After the Club Q mass shooting, a look at violence faced by the transgender community

    This article was originally published by Joe Killian of NC Policy Watch on Nov. 28.Featured photo: A makeshift memorial near the Club Q nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)As the LGBTQ community observed Transgender Day of Remembrance last week, it woke to further losses.After a mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs just before midnight on Nov. 19, police said a man armed with an AR-style semi-automatic rifle and a handgun killed five people and inju
  • Richest current Democratic politicians in Congress

    Featured photo: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) leaves the Senate floor after voting yes on a procedural vote on federal legislation protecting same-sex marriages, at the U.S. Capitol on November 16, 2022 (photo by Drew Angerer // Getty Images)All members of Congress in both the House and Senate earn the same annual salary of $174,000, which is not all that exceptional considering that to live comfortably in Washington D.C. you need to earn a baseline salary of around $144,000. And that number is i
  • 10 plant-based recipes for a big Thanksgiving table

    Serving plant-based meals during a holiday so focused on turkey may seem far-fetched, but with the prime produce the autumn season offers—and a turkey shortage pushing prices up as much as 73% from 2021—it’s the perfect time to add more plants to the table.Butternut squash, apples, pumpkins, cranberries—all these antioxidant-rich plants are worthy alternatives to your usual meat-based sides and mains and deserve to be front and center on your table this year.From tasty ma
  • SPONSORED CONTENT: The Value and Power of Art II

    A monthly glimpse at the works in the current exhibition Gilded: Contemporary Artists Explore Value and Worth. On view at the Weatherspoon Art Museum at UNCG through April 8, 2023.James Nares, ‘Lafayette VII,’ 2019. 22k gold leaf on Evolon, 149 1/2 x 68 1/2 in. © James Nares, photo courtesy of the artist and Kasmin Gallery, New YorkSince relocating to New York from London, James Nares has been a student of both the city’s skylines and streets. The latter, the literal
  • EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: NC A&T and the Black asterisk

    Last week the UNC Board of Governors fined NC A&T State University almost $2 million for the crime of taking on too many out-of-state students. While they were allowed 35 percent, this year 41 percent of A&T’s student body came here from out of state.And it’s hard not to read an ulterior motive here.Anyone who’s lived in Greensboro for more than a decade knows that for many years, the UNC System paid very little attention to NC A&T State University, especially when
  • Breadwinners: A complete guide to panaderías of the Triad

    Featured image: Illustrations by Charlie MarionMost people let the feeling of fall fill them with thoughts of pumpkin spice drinks and apple-picking. For me, however, I look forward to picking something else: pan at my local panadería and attempting to recreate my mom’s te de canela.When I visit my parents’ house, I can count on finding my mom’s purple Tupperware bowl filled with different types of breads from the local Mexican bakery. It’s always on the left side
  • At Yumi Sushi, owners Jessica and Chen tout experience and use of quality ingredients

    Featured photo: Yumi Sushi owners Hsiao Shan Chen and Jessica Douangprachanh Chen (photo by Kelli Gowdy Photo)Yumi Sushi Tea & Sake opened in High Point in the Stock + Grain Assembly Food Hall in July 2022. We caught up with owner Jessica Douangprachanh Chen to talk about growing up in Greensboro and how the business is doing. Jessica is Laotian and her husband, Hsiao Shan Chen, is Chinese.This article is in partnership with PAVE NC, a local organization that highlights Asian and Asian-Ameri
  • Winston Salem’s Harvest Market grocery co-op looks to feed its city

    A man sits on the sidewalk of Family Dollar, his belongings tumbling from broken zipper compartments on his backpack. He quietly asks patrons of the West Salem Shopping Center if they could spare some change for a bite to eat. Rev. Gary Williams, co-founder of SHARE Cooperative and Harvest Market stops without hesitation.“Let me run back to my office and see what I can do,” he says as he walks away to gather what assistance he can. Williams and his co-founder Rev. Willard Bass h
  • ‘We see you, we love you:’ Triad orgs express support for LGBTQ+ community after Colorado Springs shooting

    On Nov. 19, our LGBTQ+ friends, family and community members were once again attacked in a hateful crime in Colorado Springs. At Triad City Beat, we aim to be a community paper that recognizes, highlights and uplifts the diverse, beautiful, unique communities that make up our cities. While writing is our realm, words can’t express the hurt and pain we feel for our LGBTQ+ community today. But hear this: You are loved, you belong and we see you.Below is a collection of statements from local
  • EDITORIAL: After another LGBTQ+ shooting, naming the aggressor

    It happened again: A horrible act of violence perpetrated against one of our most vulnerable communities. And it’s time to stop pretending that we don’t know why.On Saturday night a shooter opened fire in Colorado Springs’ Club Q, a community center for LGBTQ+ Coloradans, killing five and wounding 25 others. This was the night before our national Transgender Day of Remembrance, the day when we collectively acknowledge the dangers in this country for anyone who dares to challeng
  • EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: Twilight of the Social Media Age

    I remember when all this was chat rooms, bulletin boards and Geocities, when folks would go to a paper’s website to spend half an hour or so getting caught up on the news, and the idea of using our phones for more than calls or texts was years away.. Then social media came along and gobbled everything up. And now, it seems, it’s vomiting all over itself.Elon Musk is destroying Twitter — or, at least, everything about it that was worth anything. Meta, which used to be known as F
  • ‘End-of-life guides:’ Death doulas advocate for compassionate care for the dying

    Featured photo: Death doula Abigail Textor-Dobbins walks around All Souls Green Burial Site in Greensboro. (photo by Carolyn de Berry)The first home funeral Abigail Textor-Dobbins helped organize involved a potato gun.She was living as part of a Quaker community in Oregon when one of her closest friends, Alex, passed away. And rather than hold a common funeral with a casket and a burial, Textor-Dobbins’ friend had his own personal wishes for how he wanted to be ushered into the afterlife.&
  • Indigenous artists showcase works and process at Wake Forest University

    Sitting at a long white table across from two women inside the Lam Museum of Anthropology on the campus of Wake Forest University on Saturday afternoon, Tamra Hunt reaches across lines of watercolor paints and containers of markers to gesture in wide circles at the blank paper between them. Born and raised in Greensboro, Hunt is a member of the Lumbee tribe and a longtime arts educator in the Triad.“As an Indigenous artist, I feel connected with the Earth and with my God when I paint,&rdqu
  • Clues of Displacement: The Gentrification of Winston-Salem’s Silver Hill

    The following excerpt is taken from the article “Clues of Displacement: The Gentrification of Silver Hill,” a chapter from the book What People Leave Behind: Marks, Traces, Footprints and their Relevance to Knowledge Society, published in October.What people leave behind can provide insights into larger social forces and historical contexts. Physical remnants of older communities can inspire explorations of the past. When traces of previous settlements are located near newer building
  • EDITORIAL: Shuffled deck brings a new deal in NC

    The election has passed, the results neither as terrible nor as wonderful as we thought they could be.Perhaps the biggest news of the night in our state was an evenly divided Congressional delegation — seven Republicans and seven Democrats — that finally gives our state fair representation in the House. Fair enough, anyway; registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans by more than 275,000 people, and unaffiliated voters outnumber Dems by more than 135,000.Or perhaps the bigg
  • EDITORIAL: Shuffled deck brings a new deal in NC

    The election has passed, the results neither as terrible nor as wonderful as we thought they could be.Perhaps the biggest news of the night in our state was an evenly divided Congressional delegation — seven Republicans and seven Democrats — that finally gives our state fair representation in the House. Fair enough, anyway; registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans by more than 275,000 people, and unaffiliated voters outnumber Dems by more than 135,000.Or perhaps the bigg
  • EDITORIAL: Big things for TCB in 2023

    We’re writing this on Monday, before the dust settles from what we can only assume was a bizarre and exciting election. We’ve got plenty of reporting on the results in this week’s edition, so we’re using this space not to opine on the results but to talk about some exciting developments at Triad City Beat, and give a glimpse into what the next year will bring.First off, we announced last week our grant from the NC Local News Fund, which will enable us to hire another repo
  • Alton Brown’s stage show promises to “Holidify” Greensboro on Nov. 16

    Fall. Leaves on their autumnal sojourn to the ground accumulate in yards and breezeways. The welcome return of mild sunny days that make the oppressive heat of a summer in the Southeast seem like a bad dream. The less random chilly nights that make you reunite with that favorite coat or sweater, even though it’s still not needed, not yet. With all that nostalgia steamrolling us towards the holidays, it’s only natural that food is given a special distinction in the annals of fall acti
  • Incumbents win big in Forsyth County races, school board split

    Featured photo: Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough and Denise Hartsfield interact on Nov. 8. (photo by Jerry Cooper)Forysth County Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough stood on the dais at Sir Winston on Tuesday evening and addressed his supporters who gathered around him, thanking them for their support; Kimbrough had just won his second term.“Just as a plane leaves the ground every day, it doesn’t do that by itself,” he said. “There are people on the ground who give it gas, repair it and suppo
  • ELECTION RESULTS: Incumbents win big in Forsyth County races, school board split

    Featured photo: Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough and Denise Hartsfield interact on Nov. 8. (photo by Jerry Cooper)Forysth County Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough stood on the dais at Sir Winston on Tuesday evening and addressed his supporters who gathered around him, thanking them for their support; Kimbrough had just won his second term.“Just as a plane leaves the ground every day, it doesn’t do that by itself,” he said. “There are people on the ground who give it gas, repair it and suppo
  • Republicans sweep judicial races in Guilford and Forsyth, claim majority in state Supreme Court

    It was a good night for Republicans in the judicial races for both Guilford and Forsyth counties; all six seats that were open were won by GOP candidates.The NC Supreme Court is the state’s highest court with one chief justice and six associate justices who review cases from the NC Court of Appeals, NC Business Court and cases involving the death penalty.The NC Court of Appeals is the state’s intermediate appellate court and it reviews cases first decided in District and Superior Cou
  • ELECTION RESULTS: Republicans sweep judicial races, claim majority in state Supreme Court

    It was a good night for Republicans in the judicial races for both Guilford and Forsyth counties; all six seats that were open were won by GOP candidates.The NC Supreme Court is the state’s highest court with one chief justice and six associate justices who review cases from the NC Court of Appeals, NC Business Court and cases involving the death penalty.The NC Court of Appeals is the state’s intermediate appellate court and it reviews cases first decided in District and Superior Cou
  • ELECTION RESULTS: Budd takes a close Senate contest, Foxx and Manning split the difference in House races

    The US Senate race between Democrat Cherie Beasley, former NC Supreme Court chief justice, and GOP Rep. Ted Budd for the open seat vacated by Sen. Richard Burr was too close to call until almost midnight, when Budd was up by three points with 98.83 percent of NC counties reporting. Budd’s lead held for the win.While Budd wasn’t in attendance at the Marriott Hotel in Winston-Salem that featured Trump and MAGA cars out front, his presence was keenly felt.A sea of blue sport coats and r
  • Budd takes a close Senate contest, Foxx and Manning split the difference in House races

    The US Senate race between Democrat Cherie Beasley, former NC Supreme Court chief justice, and GOP Rep. Ted Budd for the open seat vacated by Sen. Richard Burr was too close to call until almost midnight, when Budd was up by three points with 98.83 percent of NC counties reporting. Budd’s lead held for the win.With the Senate balance at an even 50-50, the seat was an opportunity for Dems to turn one blue or for Reps to keep their edge. And the difference between the candidates was stark. B

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