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Apr. 23, 2014 @ 03:39 PM

NCCU cuts jobs ahead of state budget changes

N.C. Central University will eliminate 55 positions in anticipation of expected budget cuts by the state General Assembly.
Chancellor Debra Saunders-White on Wednesday told the Board of Trustees that she’s eliminating 38 vacant positions and laying off 17 employed staff – primarily middle-management – as a proactive measure.

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 01:27 PM

Witness: Man shot 83-year-old grandfather during carjacking

A witness told a Durham County Superior Court jury Wednesday he saw a man shoot an 83-year-old grandfather twice during a carjacking in 2010.
Pete Tatum was testifying in the murder trial of Robert Earl Wilkerson, 30, in the death of George Junior Pratt, who was shot on his birthday.


Apr. 23, 2014 @ 10:04 AM

Durham education’s future topic of forum

The plight of teachers dominated the discussion Tuesday during a political forum for candidates seeking election to the Durham Public Schools Board of Education.

Candidates for the board’s District 1, 2 and 3 seats shared opinions on a wide range of subjects, including strategies to attract good teachers, career status (also known as tenure) for teachers, neighborhood schools and whether traditional public schools and charter schools can coexist.


Apr. 22, 2014 @ 09:36 PM

Solar project gets board’s go-ahead

An Arizona company obtained permission from Durham’s Board of Adjustment on Tuesday to erect a solar-power array in the northern part of the county off Red Mill Road.

Sunlight Partners’ project will occupy a vacant, 50-acre parcel near Falls Lake.


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Apr. 22, 2014 @ 03:59 PM

Ronald McDonald House breaks ground on expansion

Jamie Owen is from Rosman, N.C., which is about five hours from North Carolina Children’s Hospital, where her son, Lane, 16, is being treated for meningitis.

Owen said her son was hospitalized after what looked like gangrene had started to consume her son following extensive scabbing during his treatment for meningitis. She’s been living in the Ronald McDonald House in Chapel Hill since February while Lane receives care.

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 10:04 AM

Durham education’s future topic of forum

The plight of teachers dominated the discussion Tuesday during a political forum for candidates seeking election to the Durham Public Schools Board of Education.

Candidates for the board’s District 1, 2 and 3 seats shared opinions on a wide range of subjects, including strategies to attract good teachers, career status (also known as tenure) for teachers, neighborhood schools and whether traditional public schools and charter schools can coexist.


Apr. 22, 2014 @ 09:36 PM

Solar project gets board’s go-ahead

An Arizona company obtained permission from Durham’s Board of Adjustment on Tuesday to erect a solar-power array in the northern part of the county off Red Mill Road.

Sunlight Partners’ project will occupy a vacant, 50-acre parcel near Falls Lake.


Apr. 22, 2014 @ 06:48 PM

Police response to fast-food protest draws fire

City officials have fielded a complaint about the way police handled a protest, this time one that targeted two fast-food restaurants in north Durham.

It took issue with the decision of officers to cite two participants in the April 3 protest for violations of the city noise ordinance, for allegedly using a bullhorn after receiving orders not to.


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Apr. 22, 2014 @ 11:06 PM

BULLS ROUST KNIGHTS

MIKE FONTENOT, JUSTIN CHRISTIAN WIELD THE BIG BATS IN 8-4 WIN

Merrill Kelly (4-0, 1.50) allowed seven hits and a run while striking out seven over seven innings and a rode a 12-hit attack to an 8-4 win at Charlotte’s new BB&T Ballpark Tuesday night.

Mike Fontenot (3-4, 2 doubles) and Justin Christian (2-4, home run) each drove in three runs for the Bulls (15-5), who have the best record in the International League.

The Bulls managed only a two-out single through the first two innings off Charlotte starter Dylan Axelrod, but used a hit batter and a pair of extra base hits to grab a 3-0 lead in the top of the third.

Axelrod hit No. 9 hitter Eddie Rodriguez with one out, Kevin Kiermaier followed with a double and Justin Christian tacked on a three-run home run moments later.

Christian extended his personal hitting streak to 10 games with that blast.

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 06:11 PM

Duke to face Wake, UNC, 'Cuse, Irish twice each in 2014-15

The Blue Devils’ men's basketball conference schedule for 2014-15 features home-and-home games with North Carolina, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Wake Forest. Duke will welcome Boston College, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami and Pittsburgh into Cameron Indoor Stadium, while making road trips to Florida State, Louisville, N.C. State, Virginia and Virginia Tech.


Apr. 22, 2014 @ 06:32 PM

UNC's 2-way ACC foes: Jackets, Cards, Duke, Wolfpack

The UNC men’s basketball team will play home and away games in 2014-15 against Georgia Tech and Louisville in addition to Duke and N.C. State, the ACC announced Tuesday.


Apr. 22, 2014 @ 05:52 PM

Ex-NCCU aide Moseley targets volunteer NCCU aide Wilkerson

Former NCCU associate head coach John Moseley recently accepted the job as head coach of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., and he’s busy recruiting — targeting NCCU volunteer assistant coach C.J. Wilkerson.


Apr. 22, 2014 @ 11:10 PM

ECU nips Tar Heel baseball in Greenville

Zach Houchins had four hits and Ryan Williams worked the final 4.2 innings out of the bullpen as East Carolina hung on for a 3-2 win over visiting North Carolina Tuesday evening at Clark-LeClair Stadium. Landon Lassiter homered for the Tar Heels, who dropped to 23-18 on the year and will host No. 30 Liberty Wednesday at 6 in Chapel Hill


Apr. 22, 2014 @ 11:09 PM

Duke picks up 2nd straight shutout, 6th straight victory

The Duke baseball team blanked its second straight opponent, shutting out UNC Greensboro 2-0 Tuesday evening at Jack Coombs Field for its season-high sixth consecutive victory.


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Apr. 22, 2014 @ 08:17 AM
Apr. 22, 2014 @ 05:20 PM

Success’s challenges

Two decades ago the new Durham Bulls Athletic Park signaled, if not necessarily the end of downtown’s long decline, at least the beginning of the end.

A decade ago, as businesses moved into the American Tobacco complex, one of the most extensive historic preservation projects in the state, the decline’s end was pretty clearly behind us and significant rebirth had begun.


Apr. 22, 2014 @ 08:05 AM

North Carolina is ‘Variety Literatureland’

“Variety Vacationland.” Do you remember that slogan from our state’s past?

I suggest a new one: “Variety Literatureland.”


Apr. 22, 2014 @ 02:22 PM

Read this now. Or save it for later.

This piece should have run last week.

But putting it off seemed easier.

Such rationalization for procrastination may sound lame, but ask the scientists: It's in our DNA.


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Apr. 19, 2014 @ 08:30 PM

Changes coming to Central Park area

The redevelopment of Liberty Warehouse into apartments with ground-floor shops may be just the beginning of new development in the Durham Central Park area.

Potential developers are looking into buying other properties and buildings in the area, and additional business owners also are looking to set up shop in the lively district.


The area around Foster Street, Geer Street and Rigsbee Avenue is already home to the Durham Farmers’ Market at the Durham Central Park Pavilion, Fullsteam Brewery, Motorco Music Hall, Cocoa Cinnamon, King’s Sandwich Shop, the restaurant and bar Geer Street Garden, and multiple bars.

To add to the mix, the owners of The Blue Note Grill, a barbecue and rib restaurant that has live blues, bluegrass, rockabilly and other music each night on Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard, has signed a lease to relocate to two bays of a building on Washington Street near the Durham Athletic Park.

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 07:49 PM

Cree CEO: Company looking at ‘strategic opportunities’

Cree Inc.’s CEO Chuck Swoboda said company officials are looking at “strategic opportunities” to expand its product portfolio in a conference call about its third-quarter financial results Tuesday.

Swoboda indicated that the company will be looking to potentially make targeted investments in capacity and into strategic opportunities to enhance its product portfolio. He said some strategic opportunities may emerge over the next months as new LED technology accelerates and enters a consolidation phase.


Apr. 22, 2014 @ 04:36 PM

Novartis reshapes business with GSK, Lilly deals

Swiss pharmaceutical firm Novartis AG launched a major overhaul of its business Tuesday, unveiling a series of multibillion-dollar deals with Britain's GlaxoSmithKline PLC and the U.S.'s Eli Lilly & Co. that heralds more restructuring in the fast-changing industry.

Switzerland-based Novartis has agreed to buy GSK's cancer-drug business for $14.5 billion, plus up to $1.5 billion more if certain milestones are met. Two GSK cancer drugs, Tafinlar and Mekinist, would give Novartis a strong position for melanoma treatments. A drug for metastatic breast cancer and one for chronic lymphocytic leukemia are two other drugs included in the deal.


Apr. 22, 2014 @ 06:08 PM

Business briefs, April 23

  • Monuts makes list of best doughnut shops
  • RDU to host Terminal 1 event
  • East Coast Game conference kicks off Wednesday

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Apr. 22, 2014 @ 12:30 PM

Food chat: gridiron edition

When I was in high school, there was a story about one of the coaches, Coach P.  Another coach took a honey bun off his desk and ate it.
When Coach P found out what had happened, he picked up the thief by his shirt, held him against the wall of the office, and growled a warning.

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 10:08 AM

Democracy NC outlines new voting laws to DCIA

Durham Congregations In Action members learned about changes to North Carolina voting laws and how it could impact their congregations during its monthly meeting this week. DCIA is a collaboration of about 60 congregations.
Adam Sotak, organizing director of Democracy North Carolina, was the guest speaker at the event held at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.


Apr. 23, 2014 @ 10:14 AM

COSA needs volunteers

Circles of Support and Accountability, the circle networks that work with sex offenders returning to the Durham community, needs volunteers. The circles were created with the purpose of “no more victims.”
Drew Doll, COSA coordinator, said he needs at least 10 people to come to an introductory training session from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on May 17 at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church. Doll told a gathering of Durham Congregations In Action, which helped start the local COSA, that only three people have signed up so far.


Apr. 23, 2014 @ 09:29 AM

Belief Briefs

  • Clergy breakfast to support workers organizing
  • Community festival Saturday at Ebenezer Missionary
  • Durham CAN assembly Sunday
  • Black figures in Islamic history presentation Sunday
  • Baptist Men to build ramps Saturday across N.C.
  • Groups celebrate anniversary at Mt. Calvary UCC
  • And more ...