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for Independent Weekly Vol. 24 Issue 41, October 2007
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Jason Perlmutter is rebuilding the history of soul music in the Carolinas. Through articles, his Web site, his radio show, and by curating collections of music, Perlmutter began creating a history of these records. This has made it possible to listen the music again after much of it was considered lost. Much of his success is due to dedication and detective work as tracking down these records can be difficult. Partnering with U.K.-based Jazzman, some of these records are being re-released and the original artists are being compensated.
The residents of Granville have another fight on their hand. Residents oppose the construction of the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility proposed for construction in Butner, NC by the Department of Homeland Security. Granville residents and the Granville Non-Violent Action Team have defeated repeated government attempts to place undesirable projects in their neighborhoods including an atomic-particle super collider, a hazardous waste incinerator, and a low-level radiation waste facility. The county and its residents will be fighting a large group of influential political forces to keep the facility out of the county. One of the biggest concerns is the potential effect wastewater will have on the water supply.
The Triangle area is in the middle of a drought and many individuals and local officials are ignoring the problem. Many residents are ignorant of their responsibility to their community. The problem also is showing how the overall demand for water is finally catching up with the supply which has been brought on by increased growth and a lack of planning. Officials need to develop long-term plans to deal with the problem.
The culture surrounding the Triangle Go scene is explored. Go is the oldest board game in the world. The game is not widely popular in the United States, but the Triangle Go Club was founded four decades ago. Now, more than forty members from across the region regularly gather to play the game.