Tuesday, August 16, 2011




CHAVIS SPEAKS TO YOUTH - Civil rights activist Benjamin Chavis admonished black teenagers Saturday during a teen summit in Wilmington to strive for knowledge, and work hard to uplift their community. Chavis, who was one of the 1970's Wilmington Ten who were sent to prison for a crime they didn't commit, says he will move back to North Carolina from Florida shortly to run for the NC House seat in Granville County [Cash Michaels Photo]

NCNAACP CHALLENGING GOP REDISTRICTING MAPS - NCNAACP President Rev. William Barber, seen here Monday during a press conference on the steps of St. Paul's AME Church in Raleigh, says the Republican-led NC Legislature's redistricting maps are racially-biased and will be challenged in court. Read more in the State Briefs [Cash Michaels Photo]

WHAT HAPPENS NOW AT SHAW? - As a Shaw University student intently listens, Shaw Board of Trustees Chairman Willie Gary assures those gathered Monday that the historically-black university will be "better than ever" in the aftermath of President Irma McClaurin's controversial departure last week. Gary announced that former interim President Dr. Dorothy C. Yancy will return in September to lead the school. [Cash Michaels Photo]

By Cash Michaels

            Did money from wealthy conservative industrialists Charles and David Koch (pronounced “coke”) - money that has been documented to fund opposition against President Obama, and for the Tea Party movement, and the campaign of controversial Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker - indirectly help fund the campaigns of the four Republicans who won the majority on the Wake County Public School Board in 2009, and dismantled Wake's socioeconomic diversity policy?
            And will money from the libertarian billionaire brothers, whose politics swing to the extreme right, indirectly find its way into the coffers of this year’s school board GOP candidates, including Southeast Raleigh’s Venita Peyton.
            A controversial new eleven-minute video titled, “Why the Koch Brothers Want To End Public Education,” produced by Robert Greenwald for Brave New Films, alleges that Koch brothers dollars indeed helped to fuel the 2009 Wake School Board Republicans, with the goal of resegregating Wake Public Schools, increasing the number of high poverty schools after dismantling the system’s socioeconomic diversity policy, and ultimately privatizing the school system once the white population deserts it.
            Professor Walter Farrell, of the UNC - Chapel Hill School of Social Work, also says yes, and has been keeping a close eye nationally on who is donating to conservative candidates for office across the board, and why.
             “Yes for the Wake School Board and the NC Legislature,” he told The Carolinian. “I am including them in an article I am currently developing for publication.”
            “I have reviewed the campaign finance reports of elected officials across the country--minority and majority--whose elections have been bankrolled by the Koch Bros. at every level: school board, State Assembly and Senate, U.S. House and Senate.”
            Officials with the Tea Party-backed Americans for Prosperity refute the film’s contention that AFP bankrolled the 2009 GOP Wake candidates at all, let alone with money funneled from the Koch brothers.  It is a well-established fact, however, that area businessman and one-time state lawmaker, Art Pope, did contribute $15,000 to the candidates.
            Pope sits on the national board of the AFP, and AFP is funded, in large part, by the Koch brothers, as is the Tea party movement.           
Dr. Farrell says he’s reviewed the same campaign reports that the producers of the film relied on, and he’s clear that there is a Koch brothers’ connection.
He says the industrialists have a “strategy of public school re-segregation throughout the nation” by bankrolling conservative candidates.
“They do so directly and indirectly thru their numerous 527s and in collaboration with their conservative multi-millionaire and billionaire colleagues (including local millionaires Pope and Robert Luddy) who attend their biennial retreats in Palm Springs, CA and special meetings in Vail, CO,” Dr. Farrell wrote.
Professor Timothy Tyson of Duke University has also been following the money in recent Wake political campaigns.
“The main thing is be sure to check all the various committees,” he told The Carolinian. “My opinion, frankly, is that there is big funny business going on in those committees--they give each other money, they give to Candidate X who gives to Candidate Y, etc. Also, of course, they give lovely untraceable cash.”
Dr. Farrell also alleges that District 4 Wake School Board candidate Venita Peyton, a Republican, will also see Koch brothers’ money funneled to her campaign.
“The Koch Bros., et. al. and their allies are also funding the campaign of local black serial candidate for public office, Venita Peyton, who was put in the race against [Democratic incumbent] Keith Sutton in order to dilute efforts to upend the Republican majority,” Farrell maintains.
Peyton has not responded to a recent Carolinian request for comment. But on Monday, The News and Observer’s WakeEd blog  reported that, “…it looks like …Venita Peyton is willing to throw around some cash to take on incumbent Keith Sutton.” Peyton filed paperwork with the State Elections Board “withdrawing her plan to spend less than $1,000 in the District 4 race.”
Peyton already has the endorsement of the Wake County Republican Party, and is likely to get other conservative thumbs up.
Last spring, long before the Brave New Films video came out, Dr. Farrell published a paper titled, “Inching Towards ReSegregation and Poverty Concentration in Wake Schools.”
            In the paper’s first paragraph Farrell wrote, “The Wake County’s Public School System is the latest urban district targeted for dismantling and privatization, an initiative begun under the administration of [Pres.] Ronald Reagan when tuition tax credits were proposed as a solution to the challenges of urban education.”
            Later in that research paper, Farrell wrote, “Although the debate has focused on the elimination of Wake’s socioeconomic diversity policy, the real objective is the dismantling of public education as we know it.  This will be achieved via the removal of the cap on charter schools and the establishment of publicly-funded vouchers that can be used at private and religious schools--legislation introduced by newly chosen North Carolina Assembly Majority Leader, Paul Stam.”
            Indeed, those bills were introduced in the  Republican-controlled NC Legislature, but the GOP backed off passage after Democrats and their supporters raised their ire.
            Farrell continued, “This is the publicly stated plan of local, multi-millionaire businessmen, Art Pope and Bob Luddy, who are largely responsible for the election of the Wake School Board majority and of Republican majorities in both houses of the North Carolina Legislature.
“Pope and Luddy are aided in their quest by the billionaire Wichita industrialists, Charles and David Koch, who also fund candidates in school board, city council, county commission, state legislative and federal races throughout the nation to advance their privatization and anti-union agenda.  (They funded the recent attacks on collective bargaining and public education in Wisconsin.),” Farrell’s paper continues.
“A casual review of campaign finance reports for the Wake County School Board and the NC Legislative Republican majorities reveals significant contributions from Luddy, Pope, Koch brothers-controlled political action committees, and their corporate, pro-privatization of public education allies throughout the nation,” Dr. Farrell added.
To allege that the Koch brothers would even have an interest in local public schools issues isn’t really a stretch. Many people forget that in 1980, David Koch ran for vice president of the United States.
            According to a August 2010 expose’ titled, “The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party,” The Times columnist Frank Rich wrote, “…his campaign called for the abolition not just of Social Security, federal regulatory agencies and welfare but also of the F.B.I., the C.I.A., and public schools — in other words, any government enterprise that would either inhibit his business profits or increase his taxes.”
Last February, US News  and World Report writer Peter Fenn wrote, “They funnel money through 501c3 tax-exempt foundations, and they give money to other foundations, lobbying organizations, and right wing think tanks. They have PACs; they support candidates. Only a small portion of what they control do they divulge."
            Fenn continued, “…the Koch brothers have personally given over $2 million to candidates over the last 12 years, their PAC has contributed $8 million to candidates, and they have spent $50 million on lobbying.”
Just last week, an online publication called “The Nevada View” published a story titled, “Is Koch Brothers Money Killing Nevada’s Schools?” In the piece, reporter Angie Sullivan tracked the Nevada Policy Research Institute to a master list of the State Policy Network, a national network of conservative think tanks. The concern was that local conservative think tanks were having undue influence in the Nevada Legislature concerning public school policy, and getting their funding from outside the state.
            A close look at the foundations funding the local Nevada conservative think tanks show that the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation was a key contributor.
            Two of the SPN member think tanks in North Carolina are the John Locke Foundation and the John William Pope Civitas Institute, both in Raleigh.
            And one of its many associate members is Americans for Prosperity Foundation.
            All three have been recipients of Koch brothers’ largess and generosity.
            And all three have weighed in heavily, both against Wake County’s previous student socioeconomic diversity policy, and for the Wake School Board’s neighborhood schools policy that would keep black and Hispanic students in their own neighborhood high poverty schools.
            Just this week, Republican Wake School Board Chairman Ron Margiotta, who is close to Pope and Luddy (used to serve on Luddy's private school board), and hired the Civitas Institute to conduct orientation for new Wake School Board members, maintained that he will not support the suggested “blue” school choice plan if it sent black and Hispanic students back to suburban schools, just like the previous student diversity policy did.

By Cash Michaels

            With the Shaw Marching band in tow, attorney Willie Gary, chairman of Shaw University’s Trustee Board, told students Monday on the steps of the campus chapel that despite its problems, the beleaguered historically black university still offered them, “…one of the best educations you can get anywhere in this nation.”
            Many would agree that the quality of instruction at Shaw is not at question, and never has been during the school’s 146-year history.
            But throughout that same history, particularly in recent years, the quality of Shaw’s leadership at times, and its management of the school’s fiscal affairs, has raised disturbing questions about its stability and future.
            Even Gary, a high-powered attorney and alumnus who gives GOD and Shaw University the glory in the same breath, admits that some of those questions are legitimate.
            “I am not proud of the fact that we haven’t had, over the last two years, stability,” Chairman Gary told The Carolinian in an exclusive interview last week. “But you’re going to have some of these tough times. You can’t get around that.”
            Getting “around that,” is one thing, supporters of the school say.
            Properly managing the plethora of problems that haunt the South’s oldest historically black institution, is quite another.
 The sudden “mutual” dismissal last week of Shaw’s 15th president, Dr. Irma McClaurin - the school’s third president in as many years - only further illustrated what many in the Shaw family say is a much needed top-to-bottom restructuring of leadership and purpose there.
Starting with the Trustee Board.
“The Board of Trustees must bear the brunt of this debacle,” wrote Julius H. Cromwell, Shaw Class of ’58, in a letter to the editor in The News and Observer August 12.
“They have lost the respect, confidence and trust of alumni, friends, donors and other supporters of the university,” Mr. Cromwell continued. “I venture to say that board members who are religious leaders and those who run their own businesses would dare not run their organizations the way they have governed Shaw University during the past 15 years.”
Even The News and Observer weighed in with an editorial titled “The ship of Shaw,” saying, “…the university is in serious need of strong, able leaders on its campus adjacent to Raleigh's downtown core…,” later adding that,” All those who value Shaw as a partner in the vineyards of higher education want to see good candidates step forward and wise decisions made.”
Many in the Shaw University family agree.
“We feel that the managerial problems that brought about this abrupt shift are the result of a systemic lack of oversight by the Board of Trustees and Human Resources,” wrote the Save Our Shaw Committee, a group of Shaw alums and former professors last week.  “We believe that in the best interests of the University, these two entities should be restructured.”
The group recommended that any changes bring about “equity and due process to all members of the institution, and accountability and transparency regarding the administrative execution of Shaw’s mission.”
The complaints aren’t just because of the embarrassing McClaurin episode.
It was May 28 of last year when The N&O reported that the head of Shaw’s national alumni association demanded that the board of trustees “step down or be dismissed” in light of allegations of, “…conflict of interest, fiduciary responsibilities, adverse interest and commitment.”
The problem? Many of the trustees, including Chairman Gary, had allegedly not followed through with their personal monetary commitments to the school, which was swimming in at least $20 million in red ink.
"We can no longer stand by and allow Shaw to appear to deteriorate due to poor judgment,” wrote then Shaw Alumni President Emily Perry in a May 14, 2010 letter to Chairman Gary.
            "Now is the time for a new board of trustees that can effectively attend to the fiduciary responsibilities of Shaw," Perry's letter continued. "We cannot afford the continued mistrust, negative news media coverage, hostility, calls, faxes and letters."
But in an exclusive interview with The Carolinian last week, a day after Dr. McClaurin stepped down, Chairman Gary defended the school, and his board leadership, against any suggestions that a drastic change was needed.
“Well I think that’s flat out ridiculous, and you can print that,” Gary said by phone. “Shaw has been in existence for over a hundred years, and we’ve survived, and we’re going to survive for the next 100 years.”
The chairman continued that like any other business, Shaw has gone through “tough times” throughout its history. But Gary bristled at allegations of a conflict of interest leveled last week by WTVD-TV concerning his brother, Freddie Gary, who owns an insurance agency in Florida that has been doing business with the university for years.
“He has saved Shaw University thousands, and hundreds of thousands of dollars. And if you check his giving, he has given back the money he’s made in premiums in record numbers,” Gary insisted.
“A conflict of interest means you failed to disclose something,” the chairman continued. “My brother has been writing that insurance now for ten or fifteen years. He’s been giving to Shaw for ten or fifteen years. He’s been saving Shaw money for ten or fifteen years.”
“How are you going to have a conflict of interest with someone who is saving the university tons of dollars?” Gary continued. “Are you saying that because he is a black man that he shouldn’t be doing business with Shaw University?”
Gary also insisted that Shaw was not, “…behind in one single bill,” with alumni giving up, though overall fundraising is down.
“We take lemons at Shaw, and make lemonade,” Chairman Gary continued, adding that Shaw has more scholarly student-athletes graduating in the CIAA than any other school with at least an average 3.0 GPA.
 And he was also quick to note the football, tennis and women’s basketball CIAA championships the school recently won.
“So I think Shaw University is doing a helluva job for the community,” Gary said, adding that this year will see the largest freshman class than ever before.
“We’re not perfect, but we’re not pitiful. We’re moving!”
In the interview, Gary confirmed, as The Carolinian exclusively reported last week, that Dr. McClaurin’s inability to raise significant funding during the course of her almost one year on the job “was a factor” in her dismissal (he also conformed that the trustee board terminated her contract), though Gary conceded that she had to deal with a “tough economy.”
            Money not raised might not have been much of a factor if it weren’t for the large sums of money spent, sources say. McClaurin reportedly was earning $225,000-a-year on a five-year contract, plus travel expenses and a gated home owned by the school.
            But Dr. McClaurin also spent thousands, and really raised eyebrows, reportedly, when she submitted a budget for her October installation ceremony in the neighborhood of over $330,000.
            Former Shaw trustee Cornell Adams of New Jersey seemed to confirm that spending at the school in general, and McClaurin’s spending in particular, were key reasons why he left the board in July after serving three years.
“There was no accountability for funds,” he told The N&O last week after the president stepped down. “I didn’t like the situation. From the chairman down to the rest of the board, there weren’t too many people happy with her. There were people wanting her out of there, including myself.”
            That, plus McClaurin’s degenerating campus relations with students and faculty (who protested against her last April after she fired four veteran professors) - even after all of her hard work in making sure the Shaw campus was ready for students after last April’s devastating tornado damage - put the nail in her coffin just 11 months into her tenure.
            Chairman Gary said that in the interest of Dr. McClaurin’s “mutual” agreement with the board, he would not go further in detail, other than to say that “For Shaw University, it was just not working out.”
            But the chairman did not deny any of The Carolinian’s reporting on why McClaurin left.
            On Monday to applause, Gary announced that Dr. Dorothy C. Yancey, the former interim president of Shaw from 2009 to 2010 preceding Dr. McClaurin’s arrival, would be coming out of retirement, and returning to lead the institution for the next two years. Yancy, widely respected for her leadership at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte and ability to raise tons of money, worked to restructure $31 million of Shaw’s debt during her brief tenure.
            “She loves Shaw University,” Gary told The Carolinian last week.
            The stability in leadership that Dr. Yancy brings will hopefully have a calming affect on the business and philanthropic communities who may be tentative in giving money to Shaw until they see some reassuring signs.
            Gary also assured at Monday’s on-campus press conference that the case of the four Shaw professors who were fired by Dr. McClaurin last March, reportedly without cause, will get another look, and he hopes for a reasonable resolution.
            “This is not a funeral,” Gary continuously said to the crowd Monday, adding that, “We’re doing better today than we have in the past five years.”
             “This is a celebration.”


            [RALEIGH] Continuing its battle with the policies of the Republican-led NC General Assembly, the NCNAACP has publicly sided with Gov. Beverly Perdue in her recent Executive Order mandating that the pre-education program for at-risk four-year-olds be fully-funded as court-ordered by Wake Superior Court Judge Howard Manning Jr. The budget passed by Republican lawmakers cut funding by 20 percent to the program, charging fees to poor families. "Apparently the radical right-wing forces in the General Assembly have the illusion that Judge Manning's ruling is only a suggestion," said Rev. Dr. William J Barber, II, President of the NC NAACP.”
            On Monday in another matter, Rev. Barber, joined by NAACP chapter presidents from across the state, vowed that the state’s oldest civil rights organization would fight the three redistricting maps ratified by the Republican Legislature, saying that they illegally “stack and pack” the black vote into contrived majority-minority districts, thus limiting black voter support for white Democrats in competitive battlefield districts.
             “Because everything we fight for - equal protection under the law, educational equality, economic justice, access to healthcare - are all directly impacted by voting,” Rev. Barber says,  “…we must fight any attempt to suppress, segregate, isolate, or steal the power, necessity, and potential of the black vote!”

            [FAYETTEVILLE] The number of female homeless military veterans is growing because more women are serving their country, published reports say. But many of those homeless vets are in North Carolina, and the services and resources they need are in short supply, officials say. Approximately 90 female homeless vets live in Fayetteville, official say, but those are only the ones that they know about. Many are not in the system seeking assistance. Women account for 3 to 4 percent nationally of all homeless veterans, the National Coalition for the Homeless says.

            [RALEIGH] Nine residents of Wake County have been charged with felony voter fraud, but not because they assumed someone else’s name and registration during the 2008 presidential elections. The nine allegedly voted twice under their own monikers, which is against the law. All were registered Democrats. The NC Republican Party tried to exploit the situation by saying this is why a voter ID law is needed in North Carolina, but Democrats quickly shot down the notion, saying that having a voter ID law requiring photo ID would not have prevented the crimes.

By Cash Michaels

           GREAT AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL - Spent the weekend with the family in Wilmington to both attend and participate in the 2011 Southeastern NC African-American Heritage Festival, sponsored by the Wilmington Journal.
            Despite cloudy skies and a few raindrops now and then, Saturday’s session at the Robert Strange Park from A.M. to P.M. was absolutely fantastic. I made it my business to attend the Teen Summit at 9 a.m., where a host of local community leaders, and special guests civil rights activist Benjamin Chavis ( a homecoming for the former Wilmington Ten member) and rapper Petey Pablo, spoke to the many young people there about life and responsibility to community.
            The messages were great, and I was especially impressed with the host, “Big B” from local radio station Coast 97.3, for keeping it real, honest and constructive for the young people. Having worked in black radio in the old days, it did my heart well to see a young brother with the mic push education, responsibility, and just plain old good common sense.
            I emceed the festival along with Big B, and was very impressed with the crowds and the community spirit. All of the vendors and the business sponsors were top notch. The musical acts were impressive. And of course, all of the hard, hard work of the Wilmington Journal crew, led by Shawn Thatch and Bernice Johnson, was evident and off the chart.
            So congratulations to publisher Mary Alice Thatch and company for a wildly successful black heritage festival this year. My prayers are that the entire community - from the mayor and county commissioners, to the business community, to the little boy and girl around the corner - will continue to support this effort year -in and year-out!
            So see you next year.
            ONE OF MY FAVORITES - Last week I produced one of my favorite episodes of my hit radio show, “Make It Happen,” heard in the Triangle on Power 750 WAUG-AM, and everywhere on Power750.com Thursday’s at 4 p.m.
            It was a favorite because I ran three of my best celebrity interviews ever with the great singers Anita Baker and Phyllis Hyman, and a great humanitarian, actress Esther Rolle from the TV sitcom, “Good Times.”
            What I loved about all three interviews - taped between 1984 and 1986 - was the happiness and joy all three ladies exuded, as well as deep insight and caring for her community. The show took my listeners back to happier times (compared to now) when the art of good conversation was something we all looked forward to.
            So between now and August 25th, if you want a free download podcast of “Make It Happen” featuring Anita Baker, Phyllis Hyman and Esther Rolle, just go to http://www.yousendit.com/download/YTY5K2VzTkwwMEh2Wmc9PQ, and download all four segments in order to either your computer, iPod or iPad, and enjoy.
            More than happy to share that with my readers and listeners free of charge. And make sure you listen live every Thursday at 4 p.m. on Power 750 WAUG-AM or Power 750.com.
            GUESS WHICH ONE? - For someone who was literally the last one to the party when it came to social media, I swear I’m swimming in it now. First thing in the morning (after I check on my child, of course), I’m online checking overnight emails, headlines and FaceBook entries.
            Admittedly, when I’m not working, I spend a lot of time on FaceBook because I love the give-and-take with all of my FB “friends.” Sometimes we share favorite songs or movie clips. Other times, we argue, fuss or fight (I’ve lost a few thanks to fights over Pres. Obama, Casey Anthony and “colored” Republicans). We also share news articles, videos. Photos and birthday wishes.
            Last week, in the midst of all the craziness in the news, I started a poll on FaceBook to see which Denzel Washington movie was everyone’s favorite. Needless to say, the three top Denzel movies of all time, according to my unscientific FB poll of last week, were  #1 “Malcolm X”; #2 “Mo’ Better Blues”; and #3 “Glory,” for which Denzel won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award in 1990.
            Funny, how the one film Denzel actually won the top Best Actor Oscar for, 2001’s “Training Day,” where he portrays a rogue corrupt cop, never even made the list.
            I may do another FB poll later this week after I finish up all of my other work. Social media…put in the proper hands, it can be blessing, not a curse, to mankind.
            In other words, it’s cool!
            9/11 TENTH - The tenth anniversary of 9/11/2001 is fast approaching. It’s one of those landmark dates when all Americans alive on that fateful day when the United States was attacked by terrorists will remember where they were, and what they were doing.
            Beyond the tremendous loss of life - both at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, as well as United Flight 93 which crashed in Pennsylvania on its way to destroy either the White House or Congress - was also the staggering loss of unity. For a few precious moments afterwards, Americans of all stripes and political persuasions came together, not only to heal, but rebuild.
            The fact that the president of the United States then was a Republican didn’t matter. The fact that we were all part of the American family did.
            But it wasn’t long before politics and disunity reared its ugly head, and fearful citizens were at each other’s throats again.
            And our leaders stood by, and did nothing about it.
            So hopefully next month, even if it’s just for a day, maybe, just maybe, Americans will find a scant reason to come together again. The last time we seemed to for a brief moment was when we got word that Osama bin Laden, the 9/11 mastermind, had been captured and killed.
            And that unity and jubilation lasted for just a minute.
            I know this is only a wish, if not a prayer, but I hope something can come out of this sacred tenth anniversary that can be lasting for us all.
Make sure you tune in every Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. for my talk radio show, ''Make It Happen'' on Power 750 WAUG-AM, or online at www.Power750.com. And read more about my thoughts and opinions exclusively at my new blog, ‘The Cash Roc” (http://thecashroc.blogspot.com/2011/01/cash-roc-begins.html). I promise it will be interesting.”
Cash in the Apple - honored as the Best Column Writing of 2006 by the National Newspaper Publishers Association, by Cash Michaels, honored this year as well by NNPA for Best Feature Story Journalist of 2009.
Until next week, keep a smile on your face, GOD in your heart, and The Carolinian your life. Bye, bye.


            Venita Peyton, the erstwhile Republican candidate for five public offices over the past 20 years without a win thus far, has been endorsed for the Wake School Board District 4 seat by the Wake County Republican Party. Peyton, 55, is attempting to unseat incumbent Democrat Keith Sutton, who has the backing of the Wake Democratic Party in the nonpartisan Oct. 11 race. Other Wake GOP endorsed candidates include incumbent Ron Margiotta in District 8; Heather Losurdo in District 3; Cynthia Matson in District 5 and Donna Williams in District 6. Eric Squires, another Republican candidate in District 3, did not get the Wake GOP endorsement.

            Thus far, the only published schedule of Wake School Board candidate debates comes from WakeUp Wake and the League of Women Voters of Wake County. The five candidate forums, all at 7 p.m., are : Sept. 8, Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church, 4921 Six Forks Road (District 6); Sept. 14, Church of Nativity, 8849 Ray Road (District 3); Sept. 15 at Walnut Creek Wetland Center, 950 Peterson Street (District 4); Sept. 21, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wade Avenue (District 5); and Sept. 27; Carey C. Jones Community Building, 308 Holleman Street, Apex.

            The Wake County Elections Board is scheduled today to decide whether to remove the name of Rev. Lent C. Carr II from the Oct. 11 ballot in the race for the Raleigh City Council District C seat currently held by Councilman Eugene Weeks. Carr was sentenced in federal court last week to seven months in prison for violating the terms of his parole per a 2000 fraud conviction. Six candidates in all are vying for District C seat.

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