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for Independent Weekly Vol. 29 Issue 35, Aug 2012
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Orange County closed a Chapel Hill community center on August 11 because of building code violations. The center located on Purefoy Drive offered activities for low income families. Though the center did violate building codes, controversy has arisen because county officials have not fulfilled their obligation to the community. Forty years ago residents agreed to a landfill in their neighborhood in return for civic upgrades including sidewalks and recreation center - the landfill remains but there is no plan for constructing any of the citizens' demands.
Pat McCrory is this year's Republican gubernatorial candidate and while on the campaign trail has met with supporters and protesters alike. McCrory has refused to disclose information about his taxes leading to protests at his campaign stops that include airplane banners and individuals dressed as owls holding signs that say, \"Hoo Pays McCrory?\" Currently polls show McCrory leading Democratic candidate Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton by as much as eight points.
Last month the Raleigh Police Department enacted the Performance-Based Management System. Since then 200 employees have filed complaints against the system saying it values quantity over quality. The Raleigh Police Protective Association is a union-backed organization receiving these complaints about the nature of the new system that prioritizes certain activities, creating a quota-based system.