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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. 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 @ 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.


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Apr. 21, 2014 @ 10:33 PM

A performance full of urgency, hope and joy

Bill T. Jones’ “D-Man in the Waters” is the latest splash in the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s continuance of the legacy its founder, Alvin Ailey.  In 1958, Ailey had formed his repertory company to perform not only his work but the dances of other gifted choreographers. The company performs Part I of Jones’ 1989 “D-work” in its Wednesday program at UNC’s Memorial Hall.

“Alvin Ailey really loved Bill T. Jones when Jones was first starting out,” Battle said in a telephone interview. In fact, Ailey had commissioned Jones’ first work, “Fever Swamp,” premiered in 1983 by the Ailey company, according to the company’s website. 

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 04:44 PM

Orange County has 9th rabies case in 2014

Orange County Animal Services has received its ninth positive rabies test result of the year, this time involving a raccoon, according to the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health. 

The county recorded 12 positive cases last year and also in 2012.


Apr. 21, 2014 @ 06:01 PM

Willingham departing UNC, cites “irreconcilable differences”

Mary Willingham, the academic adviser at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who alleged widespread illiteracy among student-athletes, is leaving the university.

On Monday afternoon, she confirmed that she would leave UNC after her last class today.


Apr. 22, 2014 @ 04:50 PM

Health event includes food trucks, games

Durham County Department of Public Health officials will host a celebration of Public Health Month on Friday with food trucks, games and more.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Durham County Human Services Building at 414 E. Main St.


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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. 21, 2014 @ 01:25 PM
Apr. 21, 2014 @ 06:15 PM

Eroding local control

We’ve been alarmed at many threads coursing through the General Assembly, but one of the more ironic has been the Republican majority’s efforts to circumscribe and undermine city governments.


Apr. 21, 2014 @ 10:14 AM

Race and Obama news coverage

I have a question for George Will.

If he can't answer it, maybe Brit Hume can. Both men were recently part of a panel on "Fox News Sunday" to which moderator Chris Wallace posed this question: Has race played a role in the often-harsh treatment of President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder?


Apr. 21, 2014 @ 03:02 PM

Another Affordable Care Act success story: maternity coverage

Despite early setbacks, millions of people have now enrolled in private insurance plans that meet new standards set by the Affordable Care Act. All of these policies must now cover a broad set of benefits including prescription drugs, mental health treatment, and hospital stays.


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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

Lifestyles View All »

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. 22, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Coconut oil not a villain

A single coupon did more than just save me money, it opened my eyes.
Looking at that $1 coupon for Earth Balance Organic Coconut Spread I couldn't help but recall the days when I deemed coconut oil as the poster child for bad fats.


Apr. 21, 2014 @ 11:15 AM

Campus briefs

  • Duke researchers receive Team Science Award
  • Student-curated Civil War exhibit coming to UNC
  • Grant aims to ensure future of N.C. artists’ archives
  • Warren Wilson offers scholarships to 9 in Durham
  • Cultural critic Teju Cole speaks at Duke on Thursday
  • Exhibit at Ackland Art Museum to explore dynamics

Apr. 19, 2014 @ 03:04 PM

The end of print – in print

“Without words, we’re history’s orphans. Our lives and thoughts erased,” writes Anana Johnson, the narrator of Alena Graedon’s debut novel “The Word Exchange” (Doubleday, $26.95).
In “The Word Exchange,” Anana’s father Doug Samuel Johnson disappears while editing the final edition of the “North American Dictionary of the English Language.” In Graedon’s world, the much-discussed death of print has finally happened. Anana’s father and a small group of compatriots have vehemently opposed the move away from print to devices. Anana, who works for her father as an editor and assistant, goes on a search to find her father.