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Dec. 18, 2014 @ 04:41 PM

Dazzler: 55,000 Christmas lights set to music

It started with one or two strands of lights when Michael Shoaf was a kid, helping his dad put up the Christmas lights. The next year, there were more lights. And more, and more. And more. Now the house at 3518 Donnigale Avenue in southwest Durham brings a steady stream of cars every night in December to see the light show Shoaf has rigged to blink along to five songs if you tune to 104.5 FM.

Dec. 18, 2014 @ 06:34 PM

City Council members call for restraint on both sides

Protesters and police both need to act with more restraint at events like those that triggered dozens of arrests in recent weeks, Mayor Bill Bell and other City Council members said Thursday.


Dec. 18, 2014 @ 08:24 PM

Board to seek state repeal of school grading law

The Durham Public Schools Board of Education on Thursday unanimously approved a resolution that asks state lawmakers to repeal a law requiring public schools to be given letter grades ranging from A to F based on student achievement.


Dec. 17, 2014 @ 05:51 PM

Police: Dec. 5 march had citywide fallout

An after-action report from the Durham Police Department on a Dec. 5 protest march downtown that ended with 31 arrests depicts a force stretched thin to deal with an event that included another blockage of the Durham Freeway.


Dec. 18, 2014 @ 05:32 PM

Health Decisions names interim CEO

In the wake of its CEO’s death, Health Decisions has named G. Stephen DeCherney as interim CEO.


Dec. 17, 2014 @ 06:36 PM

Sun Bowl win top priority for Duke

Duke has accomplished a lot under David Cutcliffe, from winning the ACC Coastal Division championship last season and having a chance to win double-digit games in back-to-back years for the first time in school history with a win in the Hyundai Sun Bowl on Dec. 27.


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Dec. 17, 2014 @ 07:50 PM

Estes Hills students bring Christmas cheer to nursing home

Estes Hills students bring Christmas cheer to nursing home

Dec. 18, 2014 @ 06:34 PM

City Council members call for restraint on both sides

Protesters and police both need to act with more restraint at events like those that triggered dozens of arrests in recent weeks, Mayor Bill Bell and other City Council members said Thursday.


Dec. 18, 2014 @ 05:32 PM

Health Decisions names interim CEO

In the wake of its CEO’s death, Health Decisions has named G. Stephen DeCherney as interim CEO.


Dec. 18, 2014 @ 05:02 PM

Police log: Two injured in home invasion

Two men were transported to the hospital Thursday after police responded to a home invasion in eastern Durham.


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Dec. 18, 2014 @ 10:25 PM

Duke gets tough to top UConn

No. 2 Duke recovered from a slow start to the second half and the Blue Devils scored 15 of 17 points during a key stretch in a 66-56 win over reigning NCAA champion Connecticut at the Izod Center.

Dec. 18, 2014 @ 08:44 PM

Williams wants tougher Tar Heels

Following an unsatisfying blowout win of UNC-Greensboro on Tuesday, North Carolina coach Roy Williams said his team was in store for some very long practices before taking on No. 12 Ohio State (9-1) in Chicago on Saturday.


Dec. 18, 2014 @ 08:52 PM

UNC staying the course on defense

Look for North Carolina to go after Rutgers with the same 4-2-5 defensive scheme that has yielded unreliable results.


Dec. 18, 2014 @ 10:43 PM

Faulk has goal, assist in Canes’ win over Leafs

Justin Faulk had a goal and an assist, and the Eastern Conference-worst Carolina Hurricanes broke a six-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the previously surging Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.


Dec. 18, 2014 @ 06:55 PM

3 to compete in Shrine Bowl

The area will be well represented in Saturday’s Shrine Bowl as three local players will participate in the game in Spartanburg, S.C., that pits all-star teams from North Carolina and South Carolina against each other.


Dec. 17, 2014 @ 09:54 PM

UNSTOPPABLE: Williams’ 26-20 night ends Duke 3-game skid

Duke got off the naughty list on Wednesday night with a 92-72 win over Oklahoma thanks to senior center Elizabeth Williams.


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Dec. 18, 2014 @ 05:19 PM
Dec. 18, 2014 @ 06:50 PM

Grading idea flunks

In our continuing debate over how well our public schools serve our children and the community, politicians and others obsess over ways to gauge schools’ performance and compare one to another.


Dec. 18, 2014 @ 05:30 PM

"Picking the pockets’ of the rich

John Hood’s Dec. 13 op-ed blasting government policies that redistribute wealth from the rich to the poor contains several fallacies, both moral and economic.  On the moral side, his parallelism between the activities of Dickens’ Fagin and government taxation (with the former, and by analogy the latter, characterized as “stealing” and “sinful”) contradicts core principles of most of the world’s great religions.


Dec. 18, 2014 @ 01:41 PM

Hood: Suppression takes another hit

Liberals are desperate to prove that North Carolina’s new election law constitutes the second coming of Jim Crow-era voter suppression. Their desperation reflects three desires.


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Dec. 15, 2014 @ 10:35 AM

A dentist and candy: the unlikely pair for a Durham business

While Sindhura Citineni worked as a dentist in a rural North Carolina town, many children came to her office with teeth decay.

The parents weren’t sure what to do. Even if they banned all the Mountain Dew and the candy, the kids would gorge on it at their first opportunity of independence.

Dec. 17, 2014 @ 07:56 PM

FDA continues delay in Chapel Hill drug approval

Pharmaceutical company Pozen said Wednesday that two versions of an experimental drug were denied approval for the second time by the Food and Drug Administration.


Dec. 08, 2014 @ 10:33 AM

The wine doctors

In the last 41 years, 220 people throughout the world have earned the title of Master Sommelier.

The title is reserved for a select few who can blindly taste six wines and tell you the year, grape varieties, and area of origin within 25 minutes, in addition to passing two other parts on theory and wine service.

Approximately 10 percent of people who take the test pass it.

Fred Dex is one of them. And he’s the only person in both North and South Carolina to earn this title.


Dec. 16, 2014 @ 10:46 AM

Market Street Coffeehouse closes

The Market Street Coffeehouse on Ninth Street will be closing permanently.


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Dec. 14, 2014 @ 11:08 PM

Honest-to-goodness free lunch

As much as we love it, our family jokes that the worst first date ever would be lunch consisting only of Costco’s free samples.

We adore nibbling our way through the warehouse and grazing our weight in little bites.

Dec. 15, 2014 @ 12:43 PM

Student of the Month: Molly Monsees

A trip to Guatemala last summer sealed the deal for Molly Monsees.

Even though the 17-year-old Northern High School student already suspected that she is genetically programmed to want to help people, that trip cemented her plans to pursue a career in public health or nursing


Dec. 16, 2014 @ 01:00 AM

Best Bet: Durham Community Concert Band

The Durham Community Concert Band will be performing its Christmas concert along with choral members from the Emerson Waldorf School. This free concert will be held at the Durham Armory Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The Durham Community Concert Band will also perform a second concert at Northgate Mall in front of Macy’s Saturday at 3 p.m. This concert also is free.


Dec. 18, 2014 @ 06:45 PM

Guaranteed: A “reactionary, bourgeois” good time

Ken Bloom, the clarinetist and guitarist for the local band Mappamundi, leaps into a guitar solo on an Eastern European song titled “Opium,” a song which is not really about drugs but about love. The singer declares that “your love poisons me like opium.”