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for Independent Weekly Vol. 25 Issue 3, January 2008
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Former Durham District Court Judge Richard Chaney’s conduct has raised concerns about his relationships with the young women he mentors. The former judge mentored troubled teens serving as a truancy court judge in for middle and high school students. School administrators in two schools reported that they were concerned about Chaney’s relationships with teenage girls. A 15-year old girl who was living alone with Chaney also reported an assault from his house. Chaney has not been charged with any crimes and the lack of prosecution has raised questions for many.
Cary’s new mayor, Harold Weinbrecht, was elected by citizens who were tired of politicians who were not transparent and who felt that the development in Cary was getting out of control. Weinbrecht has promised “balanced growth” and is informing citizens of his work through an online journal. At the first town council meeting Weinbrecht introduced three communication initiatives and a proposed fee increase charged to developers.
The Special Transit Advisory Commission discussed their vision for commuter rail and enhanced bus service in the Triangle area. The group discussed the three corridors they though should be used for the 2020 plan. The group also discussed how they would raise money for the plan through an increase in the sales tax, some support from property taxes, and some support from the state. Additional topics discussed by the group are detailed.