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for Independent Weekly Vol. 25 Issue 5, January 2008
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Members from the Muslim American Society (MAS) of Raleigh recently met with Homeland Security, FBI, SBI, NC Highway Patrol, and other law enforcement officers. The meeting was a way for Muslims in the Triangle area to voice community concerns and grievances. This allowed the group a chance to speak out in a safe setting although a large part of the community is afraid to do so. The community expressed concerns about profiling, citizenship, political concerns.
The Southern Documentary Fund of Durham encourages documentary media projects made within or about the American South. The group serves to help fundraising to support documentary projects and is celebrating its five year anniversary. The group is looking to expand by creating a network for documentary artists to access production resources and distribute their films. Also in the article on film are updates of the Full Frame Documentary Festival and the death of actor Heath Ledger.
As the state’s drought gets worse, the amount of water available is an area of serious concern. The state can only step in to help with a water shortage if there is no water available at local stores and the market cannot support the state’s population. Private water bottling companies pull water from local municipalities and then sell it back to residents at a higher cost. The impact these companies have on the state’s supply and the state's drought plans are detailed in-depth.
Raleigh is working hard to develop a plan during this current water crisis. The city council ignored recommendations for a tiered-rate system advised by a task force after droughts in 2002 and 2005. Now, city council members are promising to look at serious conservation policies including a tiered-rate system. The problems with that system and possible solutions to the problem in Raleigh are detailed.
Orange County is considering worst case scenarios as the current drought has reservoirs at 40 percent capacity. All of the scenarios are expensive, but running out of water would be more costly. The three scenarios are detailed, along with current water restriction measures. The landscaping industry has been pushing back against recent measures aimed to limit the use of water for landscaping.