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The Independent Weekly 20th Anniversary

Looking back


Here's what The Indy was writing about the week of July 23:

5 years ago: Bob Geary introduced the Triangle to the Raging Grannies, a group of mature, performance-focused protestors. Based out of Arcadia, a progressive living community, the Raging Grannies were inspired by a similar group in Canada; within the group's first two months, the appeared protested radioactive waste dumping in Moncure, a Carrboro peace vigil, a children's parade in Chapel Hill and campaign finance reform in Raleigh. "Hopefully, people who may not support us will take the time to listen, because we're outrageous," said Raging Granny Irma Stein.

10 years ago: Bob Burtman discussed the numerous proposals surrounding the historic Durham Athletic Park as the Durham Bulls complex neared completion. The plan was to turn it into a baseball theme park--essentially a replica of Brooklyn's Ebbetts Field. In response, a number of amateur baseball players began circulating a proposal that would leave the DAP as is.

20 years ago: Katherine Fulton and Barry Jacobs reported that the General Assembly was debating whether slavery should be a crime. Ten of the 21 slavery convictions in the United States since 1980 were in North Carolina; often leaders of farming crews would hire migrant farmworkers for low wages and charge them exorbitant living costs, driving workers into a form of slavery known as debt peonage. After extensive lobbying and internal debate, a heavily modified bill was passed.

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