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Originally from Florida, Brendan and Jeremy Smyth came to Durham in 2013 under the impression that the city had a thriving experimental film community. When they arrived, they realized they were mistaken, but took advantage of the situation and started their microcinema, calling it Unexposed. Their series has changed the local and national state of contemporary experimental film and now the brothers hope to make their art form accessible to all.
The Durham Police Department is drafting a body-cam policy for the police force. However, the most recent draft is problematic, for it does not make the footage available to the public. The draft classifies all body-cam footage as being a part of a criminal investigation, essentially giving the police chief the right to determine what is released to the public. Many Durham citizens are challenging this drafted policy and hope for more access to body-cam footage.
Sweepstakes machine gambling is a loophole based on a legal argument that if McDonald’s and Coca-Cola can give away products, then small businesses can use video gambling for promotional purposes. This loophole created a boom in machine gambling in North Carolina during the 2000s. Despite laws, court rulings, and investigations, the machine-gambling industry in North Carolina persists.