The ACC and HB2
Editor’s note: The Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau issued this statement after the Atlantic Coast Conference announced the 2017 ACC Baseball Championship will no longer be held at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, in protest of House Bill 2.
I am disappointed by the ACC’s decision but understand their position and the need to do what they feel is right. I regret the impact this will have on many hard-working individuals in Durham who have been, and remain committed to ensuring the success of the ACC Baseball Championships. I also appreciate the recognition by Commissioner Swofford that although they are standing on principle on this decision, they recognize that many individuals and communities in North Carolina are already supportive of their values. Durham certainly is, and we hope this will help us regain the tournament at a future date.
I can only hope that these decisions made by the ACC and NCAA, as well as countless other businesses and organizations, will motivate a speedy resolution of this issue either legislatively or through the judiciary.
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DCVB previously issued an official statement on House Bill 2 and remains opposed to the bill.
The ACC Baseball championships were held at the DBAP in 2015 and 2016 and were scheduled there through 2018.
President and CEO
The ACC, HB2 and the Durham Bulls
Our partners at the Atlantic Coast Conference had a difficult decision to make regarding the location of neutral site championships throughout the state of North Carolina. We understand the conference’s position, and support our partner’s decision to remove those championships from North Carolina. We look forward to a resolution of this issue, so that we can welcome the tournament back to Durham in future years.
We have opposed House Bill 2 from the beginning, and continue to share that sentiment.
Submitted by Matt Sutor on behalf of the Durham Bulls
A sentence for Nifong
Regarding the news article about the current Durham district attorney, Roger Echols, finally dropping murder charges against Darryl Howard (N&O, Sept. 3): It’s about time.
Mike Nifong, in prosecuting Howard’s case in 1995, withheld key evidence that could have exonerated him of the crime. As a result, an innocent man has spent more than 20 years in prison.
Nifong also attempted to convict three innocent Duke lacrosse players in 2006-07 using similarly devious prosecutorial tactics. Who knows how many other innocent people have been wrongly imprisoned by Nifong?
The N&O previously reported that at least four more cases handled by Nifong are being investigated.
Nifong received only one night of jail time for attempting to falsely convict three innocent boys. In the case of Howard’s imprisonment of more than 20 years for a crime he didn’t commit, shouldn’t Nifong be charged with criminally withholding evidence? And, if convicted, be sent to the same prison as Howard for a considerably longer sentence than just one night?
Much of a man’s life has been taken away from him by the shameful acts of a Durham DA.
How about justice for Howard? How about prosecuting one of the real offenders in this case – Mike Nifong?
Release all facts
Today, the North Carolina NAACP State Conference stands with those in mourning in the city of Charlotte. We call for the full release of all facts available. We ask that the city of Charlotte be transparent with any video and any additional information held by the city that can bring light in the tragic death of Mr. Keith Lamont Scott at the hands of a Charlotte police officer yesterday.
The NAACP has had more than 100-years of experience in analyzing, grieving and learning from officer-involved shootings and we grieve every loss. We believe in full investigations, and listening first before speaking. Initial statements are often affected by loyalties-- both institutional and familial. In these days of ready video and audio recordings, we believe that reviewing these recordings can and will help both sides get to the truth.
Our local branch has reached out to us, as well as The U.S. Department of Justice. We are reaching out to the family of Mr. Scott and the city officials to offer our support.
We support those who exercise the right to peacefully protest, and encourage the first amendment right to call for redress of wrongs. We stand against efforts that undermine the legitimate calls for justice with unjust, random or purposeless acts of violence.
Our objective is simple: to ensure justice-loving people act toward Justice, with all evidence, and that we stand together and act from a place of power and love, rather than out of fear and anger. Our Movement must always ensure our work promotes both Truth and Justice; in many cultures and languages, these two sacred ideas are one word and one idea.
Forward Together! Not One Step Backward,
The Rev. William J. Barber, II
Boys & Girls Club alive and well
There has been some confusion regarding a recent news article that addressed the potential closing of the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club in Durham. While we bear a similar name, the Salvation Army Club and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Durham are two completely separate organizations. Our Club, located at 808 E Pettigrew St., is alive and well. In fact, we recently announced our expansion to Chapel Hill, where we are now serving students at Northside Elementary.
The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Durham, formerly the John Avery Boys & Girls Club, has been open since 1939, and with the continued support of people like you, we will remain unwavering to help children who need us most.
We have an incredible autumn ahead and we welcome all volunteers and donors to get involved. Not only will we be offering some outstanding programs after school, but our Annual Great Futures Gala will be taking place onNovember 5th at the Durham Convention Center. The President of Tuskegee University, Dr. Brian Johnson, will be our keynote speaker, and NFL stars Terrence and Torry Holt will be making a special presentation. The emcee for the evening will be the Grammy & BET nominated singer, songwriter, and producer Eric Roberson!
Thank you for your ongoing support of our organization. We hope to continue to grow and help the youth of Durham and Orange counties for many years to come.
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Durham
Pearsontown gets a Boost
On Sept. 1, more than 830 students ran in the Boosterthon Fun Run at Pearsontown Elementary. The Boosterthon Fun Run was the culminating event of the nine-day Boosterthon program themed “Backyard Box Office,” where students learned from five real-life, inspiring students, whose world-changing ideas will prepare Pearsontown Elementary students to implement their own ideas.
During the Boosterthon program, students at Pearsontown Elementary learned the five steps to making a difference in their community. Five documentary-style videos taught students how to find a need, write a plan, rally a team, launch it now and grit it out through the stories of five kid difference-makers.
From the hard work of the students and the community, Pearsontown Elementary is projected to profit more than $43,000 from the Boosterthon Fun Run. These funds raised will go toward enhancing the school’s technology.
Boosterthon general manager