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Jim Goodmon gives money to Lindy Brown

Capitol Broadcasting CEO Jim Goodmon decided to financially back all four Democratic candidates for Wake County commissioner after all.

A last-minute report for Commissioner Lindy Brown shows that she got $1,000 from Goodmon. It's one of the 48-hour campaign reporting notices that candidates submit if they get at least $1,000 from a donor between the period of the last pre-election report and Election Day.

Previously, Brown had been the only Democrat who hadn't gotten money from Goodmon.

N.C. HEAT holding Halloween fundraiser

Do you want to be a "Ghoulish Gold" financial supporter for a Halloween fundraiser being organized by N.C. HEAT and Second-Round Boxing?

The groups are looking for sponsors for a joint Halloween Teen Dance Party & Costume Fashion Show on Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Garner Road YMCA in Raleigh. In an urgent e-mail plea Monday night, N.C. HEAT wrote that "support is essential toward allowing these incredible organizations to continue fighting for better schools for all."

The e-mail message says "our schools are in crisis." The message also says that "the downturn in the economy coupled with recent controversial decisions by ideologically driven elected officials has left our community in turmoil."


Jim Goodmon blasts Wake County school board at GSIW forum

Capitol Broadcasting CEO Jim Goodmon lambasted the Wake County school board majority in his 16-minute speech at Saturday's Great Schools in Wake Coalition forum.

As noted in today's article, Goodmon accused the board of engaging in poor governing practices and being ideologically focused. He chastised the board for several of the decision that have been made, including eliminating the diversity policy.

Along the way, Goodmon got repeated applause and laughter from the crowd of  around 200 people. He also found time to repeatedly plug WRAL, which his company owns.

Jim Goodmon of the future sees a Plensa in every home

Capitol Broadcasting pulled out all the stops on Tuesday when it unveiled its plan to convert the basements in two American Tobacco buildings into an office complex for startups.

The announcement, held at Bay 7 on the American Tobacco Campus, included an elevated stage made to look like the set of a talk show. Acting as host during the event was Michael Goodmon, Capitol's vice president of real estate and the son of CEO Jim Goodmon.

Michael Goodmon interviewed his father about the new space, which has been dubbed American Underground, as well as a panel of guests that included Durham Mayor Bill Bell and Rick Weddle, CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation.

He also gave introductions to a number of prepared videos that were shown on a large video screen.

One of those videos included a cartoon version of Jim Goodmon from the future. Asked in the video what the future was like, Goodmon said there were Plensa installments in every home.

The Plensa line could be viewed as a not so subtle dig at Raleigh officials.

Durham's American Tobacco Campus attracts CED, incubators

Two business incubators and a nonprofit that helps foster entrepreneurs and startup companies plan to set up shop in downtown Durham's American Tobacco Campus.

The Council for Entrepreneurial Development will join LaunchBox Digital and Joystick Labs at the campus. The additions are aimed at turning the successful commercial development project into a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity.

The three organizations will be tenants in the newly named American Underground, a 26,000 square-foot space in the lower levels of American Tobacco's Strickland and Crowe Buildings.

The three groups will take about a third of the American Underground space. American Tobacco will seek to lease the rest at about $19.95 per square foot. That's below the square-foot price of $25.95 that the campus is seeking for 88,000 square feet that GlaxoSmithKline said it will vacate next May.

Media giants extend contract negotiations

Officials with the Triangle's largest pay-TV provider and most-watched station need a little more time to hammer out a new contract.

Time Warner Cable's contract with Raleigh-based Capitol Broadcasting, owner of WRAL-TV, was set to expire June 30. But the two sides couldn't agree on terms by the deadline, so they extended their existing contract an extra 30 days.

If the two media titans can't reach a deal by the end of July, it could lead to programming interruptions for cable viewers. Time Warner Cable has about 2.1 million customers in the Carolinas, including 830,000 in its region that stretches from Raleigh to the coast.

"We've had a good relationship with Capitol for a long time and I'm sure we'll ultimately reach a fair agreement," said Time Warner Cable spokesman Keith Poston. "We just needed some more time."

Synergy to handle leasing and marketing for American Tobacco Campus

Durham-based Synergy Commercial Advisors has been chosen by Capitol Broadcasting to take over the marketing and leasing of American Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham.

The leasing efforts will be led by Mac Hammer and Doug Cook of Synergy. Synergy nearly doubled its ranks of brokers last year, adding four, including Cook, for a total of nine.

CB Richard Ellis had previously handled leasing for ATC, which was developed by Capitol, owner of WRAL-TV.

Among the companies considering opening new offices in ATC is Valeant Pharmaceuticals, a California drug maker that is partnering with GlaxoSmithKline on an experimental epilepsy drug.

Civitas to train school board members

You can probably say that not all Wake County school board members will choose to use the conservative Civitas Institute for their annual training requirements.

As noted in today's article, the school board is scheduled to vote Tuesday on designating Civitas as an approved provider of annual training for board members. State law requires school board members to get at least 12 hours of training a year.

School board chairman Ron Margiotta said he added it to the agenda because some board members want to take advantage of the new training program being started by Civitas. Margiotta said he wanted to avoid the situation in which the board members would take the classes but not be able to claim the credit.

Watching the Capitol Broadcasting diversity message

Here's the "diversity matters" television spot being aired on WRAL by Capitol Broadcasting.

Capitol Broadcasting CEO Jim Goodmon has argued the "editorial message" is meant to promote the principle of diversity and not specifically the current diversity policy. Critics of the diversity policy disagree that the spot was as innocent as Goodmon maintains.

More TV spots to come on school diversity

Look for another "editorial message" on school diversity to appear on WRAL soon.

As noted in today's article, Capitol Broadcasting began airing a television spot on Wednesday featuring high school students that touts why diversity matters in the Wake County school system. Jim Goodmon, the company's CEO, said soon will come a second spot with teachers discussing the value of diversity.

Despite the timing, Goodmon said he's not using the TV spots, called editorial messages, to lobby for keeping the current diversity policy. He said they're just a statement on the principle of diversity.

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