TCb Aug. 11, 2022 — Bubble Boys

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BUBBLE BOYS

John Huh rises from the middle at the Wyndham Championship by Brian Clarey pg. 7

What do Black folks really think of BLM signs? pg. 9

A vegan exodus in the Triad pg. 4

The demise of the News & Record pg. 6


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John Huh of the United States plays a second shot on the ninth hole during the final round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club [photo by Eakin Howard/Getty Images]

Walking the course

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n Sunin the first round of the Final Four in day 2012. afterBasketball is easy for a reporter: noon They give you a seat courtside, all I walked more the statistics you could ask for, a than 8.5 miles, fast internet connection and free drank five bottles food. Golf takes more work. And by Brian Clarey of water plus a though every sports reporter knows single orange that you can adequately cover any Gatorade, sweated clear through a game or tournament without leaving straw hat and witnessed the greatyour space in the media center — or, est golf shot I have ever seen up for that matter, the bar — every year close. I make a point to walk the course The shot came from Sungjae Im every day, at least once and often on the final day of the Wyndham more as I dart between holes to Championship, right now one of watch the tournament leaders as the 10 best golfers they rise and fall. in the PGA, and none But this year I Every reporter of us on the sidelines followed just one guy, knows that you can John Huh, a golfer understood why he laid cover the game up his second shot on with a compelling th the 5 Hole at Sedgewithout leaving the backstory who was field, popping the ball the Round 1 leader media center. just 123 yards from but got knocked into the rough to the middle second place before of the fairway, rather than make a he even teed off on the second day. move for the green, a 200-yard shot He flirted with First Place the entire he could have carried with a high tournament, though he wasn’t able iron. to hold it until the finish — which, by He lofted the third shot from 108 the way, was spectacular. yards out and dropped it to the rear Sungjae Im was right up there of the green, where it slow-rolled with him; they were in the same trio backwards right into the cup. An on the last day, and Huh made eagle Eagle! on Hole 5 as well, just not as specI couldn’t use this moment in my tacularly as Im. story about the golf tournament in In the end, they tied for Second this week’s paper, but it was one of Place in the tournament and asthe most amazing sports moments sured spots in the FedEx Cup playI’ve ever covered, nonetheless. And offs, which starts this week. Im got I was there when Lehigh beat Duke the big shot. But Huh got the cover.


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THURSDAY Aug. 11 Bookmarks Presents Kyle Petty @ Winston Cup Museum (W-S) 7 p.m.

Stock-car racer, country singer and sports broadcaster Kyle Petty is stopping by Winston Cup Museum for a discussion of his new book, Swerve or Die: Life at My Speed in the First Family of NASCAR Racing, with ESPN journalist Ryan McGee. Purchase tickets on Eventbrite. Thursday Night Trivia @ the Bearded Goat (GSO) 7 p.m. Thursdays are for trivia at the Bearded Goat in Revolution Mill. Join Don from the Zero Dark Nerdy podcast crew for a fun, pop culture quiz.

FRIDAY Aug. 12 BOOKS @ Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts (W-S) 5 p.m. Join Associated Artists of Winston-Salem for an opening reception for a new exhibition called BOOKS in the Every Corner Gallery on display until Oct. 15. This exhibition includes art inspired by books accompanied by the titles and authors of the book that inspired the work. Visit intothearts.org for more information. 48 Hour Film Project: Group A Screening @ Carolina Theatre (GSO) 7 p.m.

Dash Studios challenged filmmakers from the Triad, Triangle and other areas to write, shoot and edit a short film in 48 hours. Now, you can view these panic-induced creations during various screenings at Carolina Theatre. Purchase tickets at carolinatheatre.com.

SATURDAY Aug. 13 Triad Minority & Women’s Business Expo @ Williams Memorial CME Church (HP) 12 p.m. One event, three locations and three chances to attend. The 9th annual Triad Minority & Women’s Business Expo aims to celebrate minority and women-owned businesses in the Triad and across the state with vendors selling products, artist showcases and a Kidz Biz training program. Find more information and register to attend at triadminorityandwomensbusinessexpo.com. Greensboro Farmers Curb Market @ 501 Yanceyville St. (GSO) 7:30 a.m. Greensboro Farmers Curb Market is celebrating National Farmers Market Week with a week chockfull of family-friendly activities. At the market, register to win Market gift tokens and merchandise and sample recipes by Recipes for Success. Mark “Buddy Ro” Harrison will play live music at 9 am, with free activities available for kids of all ages. Visit Greensboro Farmers Curb Market Facebook page for updates.

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I Dreamed a Dreamgirl @ Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance (W-S) 8 p.m.

Blake McIver and Emerson Collins starred together in four seasons of BRAVO’s series, “The People’s Couch.” For one night only, they’ll talk about their relationship and careers through showtunes, duets and more. Purchase tickets at theatrealliance.ws.

SUNDAY Aug. 14 Dancing Dogs Yoga Class @ Steel Hands Brewing (GSO) 9 a.m. Dancing Dogs Yoga Studios is hosting a yoga class at Steel Hands Brewing. Your $18 admission includes the class and a Steel Hands craft beer! Sign up at dancingdogsyogagreensboro.com/workshops. Send your events to calendar@triad-city-beat.com for consideration in City Life

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Triad’s vegan restaurants Dom’s and Radici set to close on Aug. 14 by Sayaka Matsuoka FILE PHOTO

Owner Brian Ricciardi has not given a reason for the sudden closure of the two restaurants.

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n separate Instagram stories on Aug. 4 and 5, Dom’s in Winston-Salem and Radici in Greensboro announced that both restaurants would close, with their last day of service on Aug. 14. While the posts were spare in their context, they stated similar

sentiments. For the one posted on the Dom’s Instagram story, the text reads, “We have some sad news to share. As of right now, August 14 will be our last day of service at Dom’s. We may continue to operate past that day in a different capacity. But Honestly that decision hasn’t been made. We hope everyone will have the opportunity to come dine with us before next Sunday. More to come.. Thank you.” The statement for Radici, reads as follows: “We have some sad news to share with everyone. August 14th will be our last day of service. We may explain further. But hope you will all make these last few days count. Thank you.” Triad City Beat has reached out to both accounts via social media and email but did not receive a response in time for publication. According to an employee at Radici who spoke to TCB on the condition of anonymity, employees were told by one of the chefs on Wednesday of this week that

the restaurant was going to close. They have not heard from the owners and have not been given a reason as to the sudden closure. “I guess not enough business?” the employee said. “But I honestly thought we were doing okay and you gotta give it time you know?” Employees were told that they could go on unemployment. Both restaurants, which are fully vegan, are owned and operated by Brian Ricciardi, who found success as a restaurateur in 2016 with the opening of his popular Italian restaurant, Mozzarella Fellas. Then in 2021, Ricciardi closed Mozzarella Fellas and turned the business into a plant-based outfit, moved locations and renamed it Dom’s. The move was criticized by some loyal followers of the restaurant but cheered by many vegan and vegetarians in the Triad who had been waiting years for an all-plant-based option. A few months later, Riccidardi brought his vegan vision to Greensboro with Radici, meaning “roots” in Italian to a prime location in downtown on Elm St. Both locations, have proven popular amongst both vegans and non-vegans alike and marked what is now a small wave of plant-based options in the Triad. The announcement of the closure of both restaurants will come as a blow to


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Dom’s, pictured here in June 2021, was born out of Mozzarella Fellas, Ricciardi’s first restaurant in the Triad. the burgeoning vegan scene. Around the same time Dom’s and Radici opened, other vegan outfits started to become popular locally including Mike’s Vegan Cookout, a food truck that makes its rounds between the Triad, Triangle and Charlotte area, and more recently, Romeo’s Vegan Burgers, which opened earlier this year on Tate Street. While other metropolitan centers in the state have seen a steady growth of vegan options in their cities, the Triad has been notoriously lacking in plantbased options over the years. For decades, the only option was Boba House, a popular vegetarian spot on Tate Street. According to Happy Cow, a website that tracks vegetarian and vegan food spots, there are only five vegan options in the Triad currently, soon to be just two (Crooked Tail Cat Cafe and Romeo’s). In Charlotte, there are 13, compared to more than 20 in the Triangle. To stay up to date about Radici and Dom’s, follow them on Instagram at @radicigso and @domsws.

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OPINION | AUG 11 - 17, 2022

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EDITORIAL In Greensboro, a news hole

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his week’s piece by we reported last year — nobody Margaret Moffett in with enough capital to do anythe Assembly is not thing about it will touch this paper, so much a takedown excepting those who want to fight of the Greensboro News & Record, over its corpse. Moffett’s former employer, as it is Meanwhile, daily newspapers in a summation of every bad decision Raleigh and Charlotte are actually made by corporate, out-of-town getting better: increasing their subowners since 2007, when Landscription bases, hiring more jourmark Communications executnalists, tackling more ambitious ed the first layoff in the paper’s stories. Axios Local has moved history. into these markets as well; each But really it told us what we’ve has a thriving altweekly — Indyknown all along: Nobody cares Week and Queen City Nerve — and about Greensboro, nobody at BH a pastiche of other players who Media, the paper’s help maintain the former owner, anyinformation safety Can you imagine way, and nobody net so crucial to life at Lee Enterprises, in a city. writing off the current owners of third-largest market They’re not both the N&R and coming to save in the ninth the Winston-Salem us, for the same Journal, and cermost-populous state reason the last two tainly not anybody owners would not in the nation? at Alden Capital, invest in our news Well, it’s already which threatens ecosystem: They to pare the daily don’t think there’s happened. newspaper in the enough money in it. state’s third-largest Can you imagine city down even further if they man- writing off the third-largest market age to acquire it. in the ninth most-populous state In reading Moffett’s piece, it in the nation? Well, it’s already becomes evident that no one happened. And so our only daily involved in plotting the demise of newspaper is in a slow death spiral the N&R ever once said something and small, independent papers like like, “But what about the people of ours don’t have enough resources Greensboro? Where will they get to fill the gaping hole they’ve left. dependable daily news about their But we do it anyway, like trying to city if not from us?” empty the ocean with plastic buckNow stripped of perhaps its ets. Because somebody needs to most valuable asset — 6.5 conreport the goddam news around tiguous acres in the city center, here. And nobody will miss it until itself plagued by brownfields as it’s gone.

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BUBBLE BOYS Rising from the middle at the Wyndham Championship by Brian Clarey

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Joohyung Kim of Korea poses with the trophy after putting in to win on the 18th green during the final round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club on Aug. 07

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n the first day of the Wyndham Championship, John Huh played the game of his life. He went 9 under par on the old Donald Ross course at Sedgefield, course, with six birdies on the front 9 and an eagle on the way back in. It was good enough to put him at the top of the leaderboard after the first day of play, and it could not have come at a better time. Huh — who made Rookie of the Year on both the Korean Tour, in 2010, and the PGA, in 2012 — logged his first and only PGA tournament win 10 years ago by winning a playoff round at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. He placed in FedEx Cup rankings for the next seven years, but an injury limited his ability to compete in 2019 and he did not regain his PGA tour card until 2021, after a decent showing at the Korn Ferry Tour, essentially the minor leagues of golf. His 61 on the first day was just two shy of the Sedgefield tournament course record set in 2018 by Brandt Snedecker, enough to put him in First Place by two strokes. He was as shocked as anyone else. “I’m actually surprised I’m at the top of the leaderboard, to be quite honest,” Huh said afterwards. “I didn’t really feel my game was there, but it’s one of those days where I took advantage of some good shots and good breaks.” And he needed it. Bad. Huh started the week at No. 120 in the FedEx Cup rankings; just the first 125 make it to the playoffs, which means an extended season, a big bump in pay and an assured spot on next year’s PGA Tour. And the Wyndham Championship is the final event of the regular season, the Last Chance Saloon for anyone on or near the bubble. Like a lot of the players at the Wyndham, John Huh had to be here or risk

getting pushed back in the rankings. And after three years on the wrong side of the cut, Huh was ready to come back. And perhaps for the first time in a long time, he suspected he might be able to win the whole thing. But by the time he teed off shortly after noon on Day 2 of the Wyndham, Huh’s lead had completely evaporated; he was now tied for first at -9, huddled with several other golfers already out on the course including Brandon Wu, Ryan Moore and the Joohyung “Tom” Kim. Huh drove his first shot deep under the grassy lip of a bunker and used a stroke to pop it out. After sinking a bogey putt, he was already down a stroke. It would take him all day — five birdies, a bogey, a double-bogey and a triple-bogey — to drop to fourth place at -8.

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y now, days after the Wyndham Championship has ended, everyone who cares about such things knows the story of Joohyung “Tom” Kim, the 20-year-old phenom who blew into the tournament from Korea just a couple weeks earlier on a sponsor’s exemption, who began the tournament with a quadruple bogey on the first hole and went on to win the whole damn thing. It was dramatic as hell. But often the real stories at the Wyndham are in the undercard: players on the bubble hoping to boost their careers — and their bank accounts — with a timely application of golf’s most necessary attributes: patience and control. It’s an opportunity for players to hustle their way into the FedEx rankings, or, conversely, to hold their precarious positions near that magic number of

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125. And that’s in a normal Huh rode a hot streak on year. the bifurcated back 9, with Things are skewed in 2022 birdies on 10 and 11, and because of the newly then returning on Sunday established LIV Golf league, to add two more on 12 and a Saudi Arabian tour with 15. A bogey on 18 left him deep pockets that has been at -12, bettering his total poaching players from the by four strokes and leavPGA. Playing on another ing him in sole possession tour violates PGA regulaof Second Place before tions, and many golfers Round 4 would begin in take issue with the nation’s just a couple hours. records on human-rights abuses and their sanctioning of the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi ohn Huh in 2018 — this is the league changed to that offered Tiger Woods khakis and a as much as $800 million to maroon polo for play in their tournaments. his Sunday round, in a trio Tiger turned them down. In with Im, the tournament DYLAN BUELL/GETTY IMAGES June the PGA suspended leader at -13, and Brendan 17 players, who were then Wu in Third place at -11. John Huh of the United States reacts to his putt on the first green during the final round of the Wyndham Championship at removed from FedEx rankNone of them knew they’d Sedgefield Country Club on Aug. 7. ings and became ineligible be upstaged by the most for the postseason, creating some space in the playoff picture. Eleven of unlikely player in the tournament. those players are now suing the PGA, while guys like John Huh, who came Tom Kim’s Sunday round at the 2022 Wyndham Championship will go in this week ranked at No. 120 are fighting for their taste of the big time. down in history: a 20-year-old first-timer playing under a sponsor’s exempJust four of the PGA’s Top 25 golfers made it to this year’s Wyndham tion wins the tournament, becoming the second-youngest player ever to Championship. The other 150 or so are just looking to make it past Friday, win a PGA event in the modern era and the only one in recorded PGA histowhen the field gets cut in half. ry ever to win an event after shooting a triple-bogey on any hole, let alone “You want to see a grind,” one PGA sideline official tells me, “get out here the very first one. on Friday afternoon and watch some of those guys who are up against it. He made an eagle and six birdies on the front 9 to secure the win, finishing Their whole season is on the line.” with a nearly unheard of -20. His score of 61 on Sunday was the talk of John Huh may have been the poster child for this year’s Bubble Boys, but Sedgefield, the very same score Huh had posted on Thursday, when he was there were also other young players like Brandon Wu (No. 83) and Ryan the Man to Beat. Moore (No. 196), as well as tour veterans like Stewart Cink (No. 125), Webb They say nobody cares about Second Place. But John Huh sure does. Simpson (No. 126) Brian Stuard (No. 148) and Lucas Glover (No. 128). Huh played a heroic round of golf on Sunday, with four birdies and an eagle At No. 15 in the beginning of the week, Sungjae Im was supposed to be on shaving three strokes off his total to land at -15, tied with Sungjae Im. Brenthe leaderboard. John Huh not so much. But there they were together at dan Wu, who started the day in Third Place, had the Sunday equivalent of the end of Round 2 tied at fourth place with Russel Henley (No. 42) at -8. a meltdown, running even for the day and finishing in a tie for Eighth Place Ahead of them were Wu, Kim and Moore. But as the PGA official said, a golf with four other golfers. tournament has two parts, before and after the cut: “Thursday-Friday is one Still, Wu was able to bump himself up to No. 70 in the FedEx rankings, tournament,” he said. “Saturday-Sunday is another.” which was the subtext of the entire affair. Wyndham’s biggest Bubble Boys included Max McGreevy, who was ranked at 137 the week before the Wyndham and left at 113, eligible for the playoffs, and, of course, the winner himself, who was the only other player to ohn Huh began Round 3 just after noon at 8 under par, in a dimove into the Top 125. minished field of 87 after everyone under a -1 got cut. Playing in Though he was unranked in FedEx Cup points before the weekend, as 2022 a trio with Im and Henley, all of whom began at -8, Huh makes a Wyndham Champion Jungyae “Tom” Kim landed at No. 35 in FedEx Cup birdie at Hole 5 to regain First Place, tied with four others at -9. rankings, a sweet spot in the playoff picture. They hold the position for about two minutes, until Im makes bird on that In that light, John Huh’s run at the 2022 Wyndham Championship will be same hole to go -10. cast as more of a footnote than a headline. But his game landed him at For Huh, Round 3 was like a seesaw: pickup up a stroke or two then losNo. 71 in FedEx Cup rankings, moving him from the back of the pack to the ing it, dancing in and out of the lead as media crews came in and out to middle of the field in this, his comeback year. sporadically document his moment as the Man to Beat. It lasted until an Kim may have earned a spot in the record books, but 10 years after his last afternoon storm suspended play, with Huh in Second Place at -11 and Wu PGA Tour win, John Huh was able to land on the right side of the bubble, and Im sharing the lead at -12. another kind of victory, to be sure, but just as sweet.

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What do Black folks really think of BLM yard signs? by Sayaka Matsuoka

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s I walked around Westerwood on Saturday morning, I passed countless of Black Lives Matter signs staked in people’s front yards. White text on a black background, they were literal signs of solidarity, often shown by white people, in the midst of the revitalized movement for Black lives that took off in 2020. And while some activists and think pieces have called the signs pandering or performative, I couldn’t help but wonder what Black folks think when they see those signs. So I asked them. Editor’s note: This is clearly a very informal, very small survey and is not meant to express the views of all Black people about these signs. Duh. Also, one way to support Black lives if you do want to get a BLM sign is to make sure you’re ordering from a Black-owned business. Do your research!

Natalie Miller, owner of the Historic Magnolia House

“They don’t make me feel safer. I just am thankful for the owner of the property in which the sign lives.”

Casey Thomas, community organizer

“My first reaction when I see a bunch of them near each other, is, ‘Ooh… I bet we could get this precinct to vote for someone useful pretty easily.’”

Byron Gladden, former Guilford County school board member

“I feel more seen if they are in predominantly white areas and there is additional work going on around racial equity and bias.”

Veneé Pawlowski, owner of Black Magnolia Southern Patisserie

“It’s nice to know that there are people that I don’t have to guess whether or not they perceive Black lives as a threat. It’s also nice to see allyship and have people that aren’t normally put upon stand up for those who otherwise are ignored.”

Jermaine Exum, owner of Acme Comics

“So those signs let me know where the homeowner stands. Just like Confederate flags on houses that I’d see on houses as a kid let me know something about the homeowner. I think to myself as I drive by, Would I be welcome in that house? I’ll never know, but still I would wonder. Not that any sign translates to certainty of reception, but when I see a BLM sign I at the very least know that the homeowner thinks about the concerns and worth of others outside of their house.”

Mary Smith, mother of Marcus Deon Smith and community activist

“I love them. Because Black Lives Matter. And in our case Marcus’ life did matter. So I like them.”

Tenicka Shannon, mother of Fred Cox Jr. and community activist

“They are a constant reminder to those that don’t believe we matter, however, they don’t make me feel safer. As an African American who has witnessed police brutality first-hand, nothing makes me feel safe.”

Nikki Miller-Ka, former TCB food editor, food expert

“I have one. I live in a majority white neighborhood but I saw other neighbors with them and it made me feel safe, tbh. I felt empowered to get a sign after seeing neighbors with them. Someone stole our original sign though. Now we keep it closer to the house so if they want, they will have to come and get it.”

Peter Daye, owner of Cut the Music prints

“When I see a BLM yard sign, it’s a household saying, ‘THIS house is a house that’s on the side of fair treatment and justice to black and brown people…’ Just a show of support. I don’t think of safety.”

Prince Mundeke, Senior Pastor at El-Shaddai Vision Church USA

“BLM signs doesn’t change anything at all. Racism is in DNA of Americans. To me the signs are just giving awareness of something that people already know it exist. Promotion of Black excellency in every life aspect will be a better way to fight racism. More Blacks in medical career, more

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business, more banks, more PhDs in Black communities. BLM is a political activity of Democratic party.”

Ingram Bell, director of Cure Violence Greensboro

“I love BLM yard signs. They don’t make me feel safe or unsafe. They promote love in our community as well as support! They bring unison to an issue of a people who are underserved and marginalized.”

Daniel White, photographer

“It does feel good to see the BLM signs when I walk/drive around different areas (Greensboro and beyond). The awareness is cool, but I do wonder what else the individuals are doing to further teach themselves and others about racial injustices around the world. I can’t say that I makes me feel safer when I’m wandering around when I see the signs, mostly because I know in the back of my head that even with the signs there, anything can still happen in the climate were in.”

Blake Odum, CEO of The Motivational Foundation

“If I see a Black Lives Matter yard-sign in a neighborhood, it makes me think that there is a certain level of tolerance for Black people. It does make me think, People in this neighborhood are more tolerant to the social justice ideology that ‘Black Lives Matter,’ …if that makes sense.”

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CROSSWORD by Matt Jones

‘Trade Offs’ — well, it’s close enough.

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