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Durham, North Carolina
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Thursday, June 21, 2018
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4A THURSDAY JUNE 21 2018News HERALDSUN.COM Go. Connect. NCBYTRAIN.ORG All passenger trains will go through Raleigh’s brand new train station beginning early July. Get tickets, details and parking information online. And when you’re ready to ride the rails, remember to catch a ride to 510 W. Martin Street. RALEIGH Only Southerners can describe heat with the style and flavor it de- serves, comparing sum- mer’s worst punishment to a sausage griddle or a grit pot. With the heat index expected to rocket past 100 degrees, we offer this complete list of sweltering expressions – minus the racier terms, of course. Try one next time you mop your forehead. 1. Hotter than a billy goat with a blow torch. 2. Hotter than Satan’s house cat. 3. Hotter than Satan’s toenails. 4. Hotter than doughnut grease at a fat man con- vention. 5. Hotter than a blister bug in a pepper patch. 6. Hotter than a jalape- ño’s armpit. 7. Hotter than a half- bred fox in a forest fire. 8. Hotter than a step- mother’s kiss. 9. Hotter than hell and half of Georgia. 10. Hotter than a fi- recracker lit at both ends. 11. Hotter than a pair of sweat pants full of barbe- cue. 12. Hotter than blue blazes. 13. Hotter than a house on fire. 14. Hotter than a fire hydrant chasing a dog. 15. Hotter than 40 dam- mits. 16. Hotter than noon on the Fourth of July. 17. Hotter than a pepper sprout. 18. Hotter than a $2 pistol. 19. Hotter than a June bride in a feather bed. 20. Hotter than H-E double hockey sticks. 21. Hotter than six shad- es of hell. 22. Hotter than the middle kettle of hell. 23. Hotter than Georgia asphalt. 24. Hotter than a depot stove. 25. Hotter than flue gin. 26. Hotter than a honey- moon hotel. 27. Hotter than high noon in Death Valley. 28. Hotter than a hoot’n poot. 29. Hotter than a steel playground at recess. 30. Hotter than a six shooter. 31. Hotter than whoopee in woolens. 32. Hotter than a hen laying eggs. 33. Hotter than the dev- il’s underwear. 34. Hotter than the bottom of my laptop. 35. Hotter than a hicko- ry-smoked sausage. 36. Hotter than July. 37. Hotter than lava. 38. Hotter than the dickens. 39. Hotter than a tin-foil sweater. 40. Hotter than two trees fighting over a dog. 41. Hotter than a Times Square Rolex. 42. Hotter than my coffee. 43. Hotter than Char- izard’s flamethrower. 44. Hotter than a hen laying hard-boiled eggs. 45. Hotter than two rats kissing in a wool sock. 46. Hotter than a Peru- vian puff pepper. 47. Hotter than a blister. 48. Hotter than the business end of a pistol. 49. Hotter than sriracha. 50. Hotter than butter on a stack of wheat cakes. 51. Hotter than the hing- es on the Gates of Hades. 52. Hotter than seven hells. 53. Hotter than wildfire. 54. Hotter than Satan’s mixtape. 55. Hotter than a cow giving evaporated milk. 56. Hotter than four sides of hell. 57. Hotter than Dutch love 58. Hotter than 49 bar- rels of hell 59. Hotter than hell’s waiting room. 60. Hotter than an egg on the hood of a Camaro. 61. Hotter than a George Foreman Grill. 62. Hotter than a funer- al procession pulling into Dairy Queen. 63. Hotter than two goats in a pepper patch. 64. Hotter than 40 hells. 65. Hotter than a volca- no in an oven on self-clean mode. 66. Hotter than hell’s back kitchen. 67. Hotter than a Hot Pocket microwaved for six minutes. 68. Hotter than a preacher’s knee. 69. Hotter than fish grease. 70. Hotter than a Bun- sen Burner set to full pow- er. 71. Hotter than a snake’s butt in a wagon rut. 72. Hotter than the cen- ter of a calzone. 73. Hotter than a fur coat in Marfa (that’s in Texas). 74. Hotter than the dev- il’s backside. 75. Hotter than two ticks on a hound dog. 76. Hotter than a cat on a tin roof. 77. Hotter than pearls in a pawn shop. 78. Hotter than a cat in heat. 79. Hotter than kimchi. 80. Hotter than five hogs in a Ford Escort. 81. Hotter than a spanked baby’s bottom. 82. Hotter than two dogs wrestling in the attic. 83. Hotter than a mess of collards on the back burner of a $4 stove. 84. Hotter than the surface of the sun. 85. Hotter than hell’s pepper patch. 86. Hotter than a ginger mill in Hades. How hot is it? ‘Hotter than Satan’s house cat;’ 86 ways to say it’s hot BY JOSH SHAFFER Road Pool all offer splash pads as part of their ad- mission. Watch out for closings, however. Pullen Aquatic Center is closed for the season, and Chavis Pool is closed this summer for renovations. Info: A Frankie’s Amusement Park offers bumper boats. Like bumper cars on wa- ter, these boats allow you to bump your friends, but also feature a water can- non. A bumper boats ride is $7. 11190 Fun Park Drive. Info: WAKE FOREST A The Taylor Street Park sprayground is open for its first summer. The sprayground is free and open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. near the Alston- Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St. Info: AWeather has delayed the reopening of Holding Park Aquatic Center at 133 W. Owen Ave., the town recently announced. The center is undergoing reno- FUQUAY-VARINA A The Fuquay-Varina splash pad is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Admission is free for resi- dents, but they must have a splash pad card. Bring proof of residency to the community center during business hours. There is a $2 per person fee for non- residents. One parent will be admitted free. Children under the age of 2 are free of charge. 900 S. Main St. Info: RALEIGH A Raleigh pools are open for the summer. All pools feature open or recreational swim hours, and Buffaloe Road Aquat- ic Center features wa- terslides, a lazy river, a vortex, and water basket- ball and volleyball. Raleigh also offers sev- eral spraygrounds and splash pads. The Mill- brook Pool, the Lake John- son Pool and the Ridge vations, including the addition of water slides. The town says the project is about 80 percent com- plete but didn’t identify an opening date. ELSEWHERE IN THE REGION A Hill Ridge Farms Amusement Park in Youngsville has a splash pad and a water slide, among other attractions, such as gemstone pan- ning, hay rides, train rides and a farm animal petting zoo. General admission is $8, which includes the water features. Some oth- er activities incur addi- tional cost. 703 Tarboro Road, Youngsville. Info: A Three Bears Acres amusement park features a sprayground and water war zone. A slip-n-slide, sprinklers, and water guns will keep everybody soaked. Admission is $8 for adults, and $15 for children. 711 Beaver Dam Road, Creedmoor. Info: FROM PAGE 3A WATER downtown. The statue of the singer, sitting at a keyboard, was made by the noted artist Zenos Frudakis. But the structure where Simone grew up fell into disrepair as it changed ownership. When it went on the market in late 2016, Pendleton and the three artists paid $95,000 to buy it sight-unseen, closing the deal in March 2017. “I had not seen the physical house before,” Pendleton said. “I can’t tell you what an incredible moment it was to pull into Tryon, drive up the hill and see it sitting there. It was quite special. It feels like it’s from another era, but it connects the past to the present.” The Simone designation is part of a $25 million campaign launched by the National Trust to increase African-American repre- sentation in its National Treasure designations. The Simone house is the 87th place in the country to be declared a National Treasure, alongside struc- tures like the Astrodome in Texas and Nashville’s Music Row. It’s one of the few places dedicated to African-American women, a list that includes North Carolina’s other entrant: the Pauli Murray house in Durham, where activist Murray (the first female African-American Episco- pal priest) grew up in the early years of the 20th century. As to what Si- mone’s house might be someday, Pendleton is more interested in devel- oping it as a workspace for artists than as a museum. “It’s exciting to think that Nina’s house could be a place where artists come to work, write or other- wise make use of it in whatever way they want,” Pendleton said. “I can’t think of a better way to support her legacy than to use it to support the work of other artists.” David Menconi: 919-829-4759 or @NCDavidMenconi FROM PAGE 3A SIMONE do a job later on,” Reece told Ghosh. “I don’t think it’s appro- priate for members of the council to see you come up to the podium and having read your written comments from when you decided on the planning commission,” Reece said. Council member De- Dreana Freeman asked City Attorney Patrick Baker if there was any policy on planning com- missioners working for developers on a project that came before the com- mission. “When you serve on a commission there is a code of ethics and that would include a conflict of interest,” Baker said. Baker said he wanted to meet with Ghosh to deter- mine when he was con- tacted by the developer and then review the code of ethics again to see if there was a conflict of interest in representing the developer after voting on the rezoning as a plan- ning commissioner. “Are you in the habit of accepting cases you’ve already presided on?” asked Freeman, who served on the planning commission before being elected to the council last year. Ghosh said he didn’t recuse himself from the planning commission vote on the rezoning in April because Underfoot Engi- neering, which applied for the rezoning, was not a client then. Ghosh said Underfoot had never been a client of his in the past. “You didn’t see it as a conflict of interest? Ad- vising the City Council on the case and representing the developer?” Freeman asked. Ghosh said no, that there was no overlap be- tween his vote and being hired to represent the developer. Baker said he needs to know more about when Ghosh was contacted by the developer before say- ing there was any ethics violation. “I will tell you just off the cuff, I’ve got concerns about this,” Baker said. “It never dawned on me that a planning commissioner would be representing an applicant in front of the council, regardless of when the representation occurred.” Freeman suggested they continue the public hear- ing on the Rollingdale project until the next council meeting, so Baker has time to meet with Ghosh. Council members also want a bigger tree buffer between Rolling- dale and Woodcroft. But the council has started its summer recess. It won’t have a regular meeting again until Mon- day, Aug. 6, so will take up the issue then. Efforts to reach Ghosh for comment Tuesday and Wednesday were un- successful. Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan: 919-419-6563; @dawnbvaughan FROM PAGE 3A PLANNING PARIS Ninety-two countries took part in a globe-span- ning crackdown on the illegal wildlife trade, seiz- ing tons of meat, ivory, pangolin scales and timber in a monthlong bust that exposed the international reach of traffickers, In- terpol said Wednesday. Officials also confiscat- ed thousands of live ani- mals, including turtles in Malaysia and parrots in Mexico. Canada intercept- ed 18 tons of eel meat arriving from Asia. Those arrested included two flight attendants in Los Angeles and a man in Israel whose house was raided after he posted a hunting photograph on social media. Operation Thunder- storm, which followed similar stings in past years, yielded seizures worth millions of dollars during May, according to Interpol. “The results are spec- tacular,” said Sheldon Jordan, Canada’s director general of wildlife en- forcement. Acknowledging the mag- nitude of the problem, Jordan said global wildlife crime is worth $150 billion annually and is fourth in value after the illegal drug trade, counterfeiting and human trafficking. 92 countries help with crackdown on wildlife crime BY SYLVIE CORBET Associated Press

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