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BCR's Daily Fishwrap Report for June 30, 2010

I've looked under the couch cushions, in the back of the linen closet, and under the City Council dais, and I still can't find it -- just where, exactly, did the first half of 2010 go?

In today's news:

More Stadium Fun: How's this for intriguing? Sure, the $9 million renovation of Durham County Stadium is coming along well, with Stadium Authority chairman Tommy Hunt calling it "a real showplace" in the paper today. But Northern High boosters are still bummed that the County will be looking to a Charlotte vendor to run concessions, significantly cutting what they make on concessions -- cash that goes towards other Northern High sports. Northern's athletic director says the high school may actually look for another place to play. Though that sounds more like a negotiating stance than a likely reality, it does come after Shaw University, once touted as a major user of the stadium, backed all but one of their home games back to Wake Co. Two dozen events are planned for the stadium in the year that starts after the August construction wrap. (Herald-Sun)

New Incubator: Joystick Labs -- a business incubator designed to help start-ups in the burgeoning casual gaming field get off the ground -- will be launching in Durham this fall, and working to draw entrepreneurs to relocate to the Bull City for the program. It should be a nice addition to the Triangle's rapidly-growing video gaming industry (nationally, video games draw more revenue than Hollywood movies), and marks the third incubator or accelerator to plan openings in Durham this year. Joystick Labs is pondering a site in or near downtown. (Herald-Sun)

Falls Lake, Transit Hearings Tonight: Two important public hearings and meetings this evening. First, the Falls Lake rules public hearing takes place tonight at 7pm at Neal Middle School off NC 98. (N&O) Plus, there'll be an update on regional transit planning from 5:30pm to 8:00pm tonight at the downtown public library on Roxboro St.

Food Bank Celebrates 40m Pounds: Durham's branch of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC has collected 40 million pounds of food since the Bull City outpost opened in 1999; the organization notes its needs are great right now given the economic downturn. Cash and food donations are both accepted. (Herald-Sun)

Cancer Ride: I had the pleasure to get to meet Marty Smith a couple of years back; he's an amazingly engaging and thoughtful man, and it was saddening to hear about his health challenges. Now Marty is getting ready for a cross-country bike ride to raise money for the fight against cancer, which the 52-year-old battles along with multiple sclerosis. The H-S and Durham Magazine both have nice features. (Herald-Sun, Durham Mag)

Watts Grocery: The Broad St. fave is competing for the "Best Dish in NC" contest run by Our State magazine and the ag department; owner Amy Tornquist tells the H-S how valuable local tomatoes and other food products are to making the restaurant a hit. (Herald-Sun)


Jonathan Parker

We'd love for you to come out to the transit public meeting tonight, but if you can't (understand this is vacation season), you can attend one of the other meetings coming up (Cary or Chapel Hill next week, for example) you can go to the project website to view all the same information:

The meeting will be workshop style, and staff will be there to answer questions about potential transit investments being planned in the region.

Todd Patton

$9 million to renovate an existing high school football stadium with 20 events scheduled annually, and half that if Northern decides to play at Riverside HS so they can recover their concessions $$ ... unbelievable.

Meanwhile, DPS has 120+ trailers scattered around school playgrounds all over the county. Trailers that are used as classrooms by thousands of students 180 days a year. On playgrounds that would be used by thousands more kids.

There's a disconnect from reality at the BOCC.

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