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Apr. 24, 2014 @ 05:20 PM

Two days, 10 venues: Art of Cool Festival in full swing

Angel Dozier said she is strategizing about “how I’m going to be in so many places at one time” during this weekend’s inaugural Art of Cool Festival. She lives in Durham, but has passed the word about the festival on social media sites and has friends from Atlanta, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., who are coming to the festival.
She is particularly excited to hear KING, the rhythm and blues trio of vocalists Paris and Amber Strother and Anita Bias. “I’m so excited,” Dozier said. “KING is coming to Durham. This is unheard of to have this kind of talent come here.”

Apr. 24, 2014 @ 09:41 PM

Conference draws Triangle game companies

From a three-person team behind development of a new mobile game to a California-based business with multiple titles under its development belt, Triangle game companies gathered in Raleigh on Thursday for the last day of a two-day conference.

The East Coast Game Conference was expected to draw more than 1,300 people to the Raleigh Convention Center. It included game development students who wanted to get critiques on their portfolios and representatives as well as established companies.

Apr. 24, 2014 @ 05:31 PM

Medical examiner: Grandfather's leg wounds proved fatal

An 83-year-old grandfather died from complications of gunshot wounds to his legs, a medical examiner told jurors Thursday in Durham County Superior Court.

Dr. Samuel Simmons of the N.C. Medical Examiner’s Office performed the autopsy on homicide victim George Junior Pratt, who was shot during a 2010 carjacking.

Simmons said Pratt had wounds in his left leg above the knee and the inside of his lower right leg.

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 08:50 PM

Judge sides with Durham, Guilford on tenure

School leaders were ecstatic Wednesday at the news that Superior Court Judge Richard Doughton has granted a preliminary injunction that, for the moment, relieves the Durham and Guilford county school districts of the burden of identifying 25 percent of their teachers to award contracts in exchange for giving up tenure or career status by June 30.
The two school districts have challenged the constitutionality of the Republican-backed legislation its supporters contend will make it easier to fire bad teachers.

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Apr. 23, 2014 @ 06:35 PM

DCVB celebrates 25th anniversary

Ensuring pilots announced that passengers had arrived at the Raleigh-Durham airport instead of just Raleigh was an effort by the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau to put Durham on the map and brand the city.

Under the leadership of the organization’s first full-time executive, Reyn Bowman, DCVB launched in 1989 to help market the city and draw in visitors.

Apr. 24, 2014 @ 07:18 PM

Pool at Long Meadow Park won’t open this summer

Safety worries will prevent the city from opening one of its three outdoor swimming pools this summer, and likely in the summer of 2015 also, Parks and Recreation Department Director Rhonda Parker says.

The problem affects the pool in Long Meadow Park, which is in North-East Central Durham near Eastway Elementary School and the city’s Eastway Village redevelopment.

Apr. 24, 2014 @ 06:02 PM

DA candidates Aus, Garrell talk about trust in the system

Durham district attorney candidates Brian Aus and Mitchell Garrell made their pitches to the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham at its monthly meeting Thursday at Shepherds House United Methodist Church. Candidate Roger Echols spoke at the last meeting.
Aus, a defense lawyer, and Garrell, a former Durham prosecutor, both touted their decades-long ties to Durham.

Apr. 24, 2014 @ 05:25 PM

Details emerge on University Square redevelopment

A recent update on the University Square redevelopment went into more detail about the project including available parking, a park and affordable housing.

The Friends of Downtown gathered Thursday with Gordon Merklein, executive director of real estate at UNC, Jason Frost, vice president of development at Cousins property, and Jeff Furman, vice president of development at Northwood Ravin to give an update on the project and let the public ask questions.

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Apr. 24, 2014 @ 10:21 PM



Hornets and Spartans are known for handing their business on football fields and basketball courts, where their rivalry has simmered for decades.

It’s a different story on the fairways and greens. The two schools actually need each other out there, making the gentleman’s game of golf the perfect sport to bring some much-needed civility to the Hillside-Southern rivalry, their coaches say

“It’s good to be competitors on the field of play, but outside the field of play, they’ve got to come together,” Southern coach Van Miles said.

Just imagine the mighty sound on a Friday night of football if the historically strong marching bands from Southern and Hillside joined their horns and drums, Hillside coach Gordon Matthewson said.

Both Hillside and Southern could use some help with fundraising, and it would make all the sense in the world for the two schools to collaborate toward that end, Southern coach Van Miles said.

Apr. 24, 2014 @ 05:17 PM

No. 6 Duke advances to ACC women's tennis quarters

The sixth-ranked and fifth-seeded Duke women’s tennis team opened the ACC Tournament Thursday with a 4-0 sweep of 70th-ranked Wake Forest at the Cary Tennis Park.

Apr. 24, 2014 @ 10:39 PM

ACC WOMEN'S LACROSSE: UNC advances, Duke falls

No. 14 Virginia beats No. 7 Duke in ACC quartefinals while UNC upends Boston College on its home turf, will face Syracuse in semis Friday (3 p.m., FSC).

Apr. 24, 2014 @ 07:39 PM

No. 9 Tar Heels to meet Wolfpack; Duke meets Hokies

Third-seeded North Carolina will match up against sixth-seeded N.C. State Friday at 3 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Tennis Tournament at the Cary Tennis Park. Duke will meet Virginia Tech at noon.

Apr. 24, 2014 @ 06:56 PM

No. 1 seed UNC to meet FSU in women's tennis quarters Friday

Top seed North Carolina opens play at the ACC Women's Tennis Championship against eighth-seeded Florida State on Friday at 9 a.m., from the Cary Tennis Park.

Apr. 24, 2014 @ 07:11 PM

Reigning NCAA champ Duke opens ACC Tournament today

The No. 2-ranked Blue Devils, the reigning NCAA men's lacrosse champions, carry an eight-game winning streak into an ACC Tournament semifinal game with No. 4 Syracuse today (5 p.m., ESPNU) at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.

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Apr. 22, 2014 @ 08:17 AM
Apr. 23, 2014 @ 04:59 PM

Solar’s rising presence

A few weeks ago on these pages, Mebane Rash of the N. C. Center for Public Policy Research shared a story about a western North Carolina community, Mount Airy, actively embracing solar farms.

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 08:58 PM

The president as arrested-development adolescent

Recently, Barack Obama -- a Demosthenes determined to elevate our politics from coarseness to elegance; a Pericles sent to ameliorate our rhetorical impoverishment -- spoke at the University of Michigan. He came to that very friendly venue -- in 2012, he received 67 percent of the vote in Ann Arbor's county -- after visiting a local sandwich shop, where a muse must have whispered in the presidential ear. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., had recently released his budget, so Obama expressed his disapproval by calling it, for the benefit of his academic audience, a "meanwich" and a "stinkburger

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 06:34 PM

Letter to the Editor, April 24

I recently sent a letter to the Duke Chronicle as I felt a severe violation had occurred when a young black man was pepper sprayed and arrested on my campus. I will soon be graduating and generally have not felt comfortable speaking up about racism at Duke.

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Apr. 24, 2014 @ 05:53 PM

RTP firm seeks funds to study possible Alzheimer’s treatment

A Research Triangle Park drug development startup company is looking to raise money to further studies of a drug candidate that was originally targeted as a treatment for diabetes as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.
T3D Therapeutics CEO Dr. John Didsbury said the start-up company licensed a diabetes drug candidate from Dara BioSciences, a Raleigh-based pharmaceutical company focused on cancer supportive care products and on developing cancer treatments. Didsbury was formerly chief scientific officer at Dara.

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. 23, 2014 @ 06:22 PM

Business briefs, April 24

  • Bronto to host office, job showcase
  • Novozymes expanding in Wake County
  • Blue Cross partnering with Wake Forest Baptist

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.

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Apr. 24, 2014 @ 08:58 AM

Green Day’s 'American Idiot' rock opera coming to DPAC

Punk rock can have a place on Broadway. “American Idiot,” the rock opera by Green Day, has been a success on Broadway and on tour, and is coming to Durham next week. Based on the California band’s 2004 album of the same title, “American Idiot” is about the coming of age of three young men. It will be at the Durham Performing Arts Center April 29-30.
Jared Nepute plays Johnny, who takes the urban drugs and music path to adulthood from suburbia. There’s no act one and two – just one 95-minute performance without intermission. Nepute said he likes it that way. Songs in the show are those from the album, including “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “Holiday” and “21 Guns.”

Apr. 24, 2014 @ 09:13 AM

Paying homage to a photographer who saw Durham through his lens

There are a lot of people who love Durham and North Carolina, but no group is more enamored of our area than photographers, and the Will Grossman competition has been organized to encourage that love. This year’s theme was “People, Places and Things in North Carolina.” All photographs must be made in the state.  Beyond that rule, the artists could interpret those guidelines any way they wanted. 

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.