Southern plays Wilson Hunt with a berth in the 3-AA state championship game on the line. John McCann and Mark Donovan preview Friday's game in the latest episode of GameDay.
Police on Friday made back-to-back arrests in shootings that may have been related.
First, they announced the arrest of Thomas Deangelo Griffin, 19, charged with attempted first-degree murder in the shootings of two teenage boys on Tuesday at a vacant house on Grace Lane.
With the ACC championship game against No. 1 Florida State set for Saturday (8 p.m., WTVD) at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium, Duke coach David Cutcliffe was named national coach of the year by the Walter Camp Foundation for leading the Blue Devils to such heights.
Thursday was Walt Disney’s birthday. If defrosted today, he would be 112 years old.
I owe him a lot, despite the fact that he left this world just a few months after my birth in 1966.
Without him, I never would’ve come up with my irreverent impersonation of “Backstage Mickey,” which proved popular at office parties after a few beers and a hummus plate.
When Tray Batson visits Duke Hospital, he wheels around a cart filled with an acoustic guitar, glockenspiels and drums. He’s the music man to young patients, the singer who gets their mind off of needle sticks, transplants and long hospital stays.
On Thursday, Batson placed a rainbow glockenspiel in front of 4-year-old Jasmin. She stared at him with big eyes, the mask over her face almost reaching her eyelashes. Five different lines were connected to her; a pump and IV stand filled her with medicine.
An annual audit of Durham Public Schools’ finances has revealed an unassigned fund balance of $19.7 million.
That’s about $15 million more than Board of Education members thought was in the district’s “rainy day” fund this spring when they approached County Commissioners for extra money to help pay the bills.
Brushing off cautions from their lawyer, City Council members said Thursday they want to find a way to exempt what they term the “pioneer” residents of downtown from a move to boost parking fees to the market rate.
“Find us a damn loophole,” Councilman Eugene Brown told City Attorney Patrick Baker. “Find us a loophole and bring it back.”
Unemployment in the Durham-Chapel Hill metro fell to 6.1 percent in October, according to preliminary data released Thursday.
ACC TITLE GAME AT A GLANCE
No. 20 Duke (10-2, 6-2) vs. No. 1 Florida State (12-0, 8-0) at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game, 8 p.m. Saturday (WTVD).
Coastal Division champion No. 20 Duke and Atlantic Division champion No. 1 Florida State to duel for the ACC championship with a BCS Championship Game appearance on the line for Florida State and Heisman Trophy-hopeful quarterback Jameis Winston. Duke would win the ACC's automatic berth in the Orange Bowl with the upset.
Last August, Florida State hired Wilcox as its athletics director, plucking him off the staff at Duke where he was a senior deputy director of athletics. ... Wilcox’s duties at Duke included oversight of the football program and, since 2008, he and Duke coach David Cutcliffe had worked hand-in-hand to change the Blue Devils’ football fortunes.
When UNC last played in the Smith Center, poor defense and 26 missed free throws led to an 83-80 loss to Belmont, the team’s first non-conference home defeat since 2005. But the Tar Heels return to face UNC Greensboro tonight (7 p.m., ESPNU) after beating two top 5 opponents for the first time since the 2000-01 season.
Hunt High School football coach Stevie Hinnant is no stranger to deep runs in the state playoffs — his No. 4 seeded Warriors (11-3) will be playing in the 3-AA semifinals for the fourth straight time tonight at 7:30 at No. 2 Southern (12-2).
The warm weather has not been the only unseasonable phenomenon of this past week.
It has been a long time since Duke University, in the first week in December, saw its football and basketball team with the same number of losses.
Desmond “Dez” Jackson is a remarkable 14-year-old. He holds a gold medal in the 400-meter run that he won at the International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports World Junior Games. He also won a bronze in the 100.
From when he was big enough to carry a Christmas tree, Jeff Denson was helping his grandfather run their cut-your-own tree and wreath business.
And although his grandfather died last year at the age of 89, Denson is still helping. He bought the farm on St. Mary’s Road and is now running Smith’s Christmas Tree Farm & Wreaths with his family.
As part of planned demonstrations slated to be held around the country Thursday, activists and fast-food restaurant workers gathered in front of a McDonald’s Corp. restaurant on North Roxboro Street in Durham to call for higher wages.
Chanting “we can’t survive on $7.25” and “forward together, not one step back,” they walked from the restaurant to the site of where a 1957 sit-in was held in protest of segregation.
Unemployment in the Durham-Chapel Hill metro fell to 6.1 percent in October, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday.
The metro area’s rate was down from October of last year’s 7.3 percent, and was also down compared with September’s 6.3 percent, according to estimates from the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division that were adjusted for seasonal fluctuations in employment.
The Pittsboro-based Carolina Tiger Rescue provides shelter for big cats who have been taken out of their natural habitat, or abandoned by their human owners or handlers. This weekend, the organization will present its first Friends of Wildlife Film Festival, which focuses not just on the plight of big cats, but other animals and conservation issues.
Now in its 14th year, contemporary Christian singer Andrew Peterson’s “Behold the Lamb of God” tour has become a Christmas tradition. It’s returning to Church of the Good Shepherd in Durham for a concert Saturday, and with each tour comes new musical guests. This tour will feature singer/songwriter Ellie Holcomb. Previous guests on the tour have included Alison Krauss, Derek Webb, Sandra McCracken, Buddy Miller, Sixpence None the Richer, David Wilcox, Mindy Smith and Brandon Heath.
Joseph Holston’s “Protection” introduces the viewer to his autographic style and begins his pictorial narration of the journey of African-Americans from their arrival on America’s shores through the dehumanization of slavery, their journeys of escape and, finally, their triumph of freedom. The artist depends on line, color and shape to tell his stories; his style falls within the rubric of cubist-abstraction. Faces are blank; bodies are curved and bent into shapes that show us fear, sorrow and happiness. Color is his key. For the visitors who walk around the gallery without stopping to read the labels Holston’s color moves them from the darkest, blues, purples, blacks, and magentas of anguish and violence, to the golds, yellows, pinks and pale blues of joy and jubilation.