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Jul. 21, 2014 @ 05:38 PM

A new start for year-round students

Not a single tear was shed in Deborah Jones’ pre-K class at Holt Elementary Language Academy on Monday after her busy 4-year-olds said goodbye to their parents.
The students found Jones’ cache of toys and not a one whimpered when their parents said farewell and headed for the exit, leaving them in Jones’ able care.
“I need to see you smiling,” Jones prodded anxious parents as they left the classroom.

Jul. 21, 2014 @ 05:54 PM

UNC Health Care bounces back from operating loss

While UNC Health Care was affected by significant costs last fiscal year from its a new electronic health record system, the Chapel Hill-based health care system is expecting to be more flush in fiscal year 2015.

Jul. 21, 2014 @ 10:41 AM

Duke's Mellencamp faces alcohol charge

Walk-on defensive back, son of John Mellencamp, also has felony assualt charge pending

Jul. 21, 2014 @ 07:22 PM

Lovette trial witness: ‘I lied’

A witness in the murder trial of Laurence Lovette testified Monday that he falsely told police after the slaying of a Duke University graduate student that he had been with Lovette that night.


Jul. 20, 2014 @ 03:42 PM

UNC-led summer program introduces high schoolers to geoscience

As a group of high school students looked on from the river bank, professor Brent McKee stuck a tool into the bottom of the Neuse River to collect sand, leaves, sticks and dirt.

Then he carried the core sample back to the shore and instructed the students to spread it out in sections.

Jul. 19, 2014 @ 09:27 PM



It was eight years ago when Habitat for Humanity decided to change the equation for how to hold a fundraiser.

It stuck to something fairly normal — a bicycle ride throughout the city, but instead of holding it in the morning, it went out on a limb and held it at night and offered free food and beer for those who registered.

The nighttime ride was a big draw for Sharon Johnson and Melva Peed.

Both women have been involved with Habitat for a few years, working on building houses. Johnson enjoys being able to help build Habitat houses because of the connections she makes not only with the fellow volunteers, but the families that will eventually live in the houses.

“The families are engaged too,” Johnson said. Hearing the stories from each family helps her realize that the work she’s doing can be a big part of the community. Saturday was Johnson’s first time participating in the ride, but Peed had been on it last year.

Peed said being able to participate in the ride last year was amazing because she was able to see another side of Durham she hadn’t seen before. It also allowed her to enjoy the ride.

“It’s not for competition, it’s strictly for enjoyment,” she said.


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Jul. 21, 2014 @ 09:07 PM

Heavy rains cause flooding in parts of Durham

Heavy rains moved through Durham on Monday, dumping between 2 and 2.5 inches of rain in southwestern parts of the city and leading to flash flood warnings on Monday.
Scattered storms are expected throughout the week, according to the National Weather Service.
Mondays flooding followed last week’s rains that covered parts of Forest Hills Park with nearly two feet of water.

Jul. 19, 2014 @ 06:34 PM

David Price hopes to shine light on college athletic finances

U.S. Rep. David Price, D-N.C., and others in the U.S. House of Representatives, believe college athletics need increased financial transparency to ensure a fairness for student-athletes, non-athlete students, parents and, ultimately, taxpayers.

Jul. 20, 2014 @ 03:42 PM

UNC-led summer program introduces high schoolers to geoscience

As a group of high school students looked on from the river bank, professor Brent McKee stuck a tool into the bottom of the Neuse River to collect sand, leaves, sticks and dirt.

Then he carried the core sample back to the shore and instructed the students to spread it out in sections.

Jul. 20, 2014 @ 04:08 PM

“Nefarious” campaign piques interest in sign-law changes

A one-man sign campaign against Sheriff Mike Andrews could trigger a move by city officials later this year to rewrite Durham’s rules for placing non-commercial messages in public street rights-of-way.

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Jul. 21, 2014 @ 05:48 PM



Since the turn of the 21st century, Duke being picked at the bottom of ACC football in the preseason stood alongside certainties like death and taxes.

That all changed on Monday.

Coming off winning a school-record 10 games and reaching the ACC Championship Game, Duke was picked second in the ACC Coastal Division in a poll of media attending ACC Football Kickoff press conferences at the Grandover Resort.

The Blue Devils went 10-4 overall and 6-2 in the ACC last season to win the Coastal Division for the first time. They did so after being picked to finish seventh in the seven-team division last summer.

Duke has been picked last, except for being picked next to last in 2007, in the Coastal Division every year since the ACC split into divisions for the 2005 season. Prior to that, Duke was picked last in the entire ACC every year from 2000-2004.

“We are obviously chosen much differently than we have been in the past,” said Duke coach David Cutcliffe, the ACC Coach of the Year in each of the last two seasons. “That means about as much as it meant a year ago. There really is no value.”

Cutcliffe did acknowledge, though, that seeing Duke picked second in the Coastal Division behind only Miami has to be memorable for his players.

Jul. 21, 2014 @ 06:34 PM

ACC Kickoff Notebook: FSU No. 1 in media poll

The reigning national champion Florida State Seminoles are the pick of the media attending ACC Football Kickoff at the Grandover Resort to win the league championship for the third year in a row. ... Johson likes Tech 'D' under Roof ... Fedora discusses reopening of NCCA probe. ...

Jul. 21, 2014 @ 06:22 PM

Fedora: Maturation process key for young, talented Tar Heels

With just 10 seniors on the depth chart, UNC coach Larry Fedora said this is the youngest team he’s had in 26 years. “It should be a lot of fun but there will be some headaches involved,” Fedora said Monday at the ACC Football Kickoff.

Jul. 21, 2014 @ 05:13 PM

Duke walk-on Mellencamp in legal trouble again

Duke walk-on football player Hud Mellencamp, the son of Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp, remains part of the Blue Devils football program despite his second arrest in the last 12 months.

Jul. 21, 2014 @ 10:51 PM

Bulls rip Rochester as Montoyo sets franchise wins mark

The Durham Bulls beat Rochester 5-1 Monday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, giving manager Charlie Montoyo his franchise-record 614th win. He'd been tied with his predecessor, Bill Evers, with 613 victories.

Jul. 22, 2014 @ 06:49 AM

Northern's Council lights it up in East-West All-Star Game

Ricky Council had something to prove Monday night in Greensboro Coliseum during the N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game. The West won 98-86, but Council led the East with 21 points. It took him a while to get going, but he found his mojo in the second half and had it working.

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Jul. 20, 2014 @ 12:17 PM
Jul. 20, 2014 @ 05:12 PM

Shine light on college sport costs

U. S. Rep. David Price, the Chapel Hill Democrat who long has represented that university town as well as much of Durham County in Congress, has waded into the growing debate over major-college athletics.

Jul. 20, 2014 @ 03:31 PM

Letters to the Editor, July 21

Although I do not always agree with him, I find Leonard Pitts' columns to be well thought-out, insightful, and skillfully expressed. 

Jul. 20, 2014 @ 12:09 AM

Being inconsistent with community values

If they could pull the wool over the eyes of the local chamber of commerce, I suspect it wasn’t too difficult to trick the police department where I live.

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Jul. 13, 2014 @ 11:45 PM

Refectory, now in single location, maintaining mission

The owner of The Refectory Café started on Duke University’s campus with a mission to change the model for quick-service food and to be the school’s first “green café.”

Jul. 20, 2014 @ 06:26 PM

The Buzz: Durham small businesses find labor abundant

In a recent study by consumer service firm Thumbtack, Durham placed as the top city in the country for ease of hiring new employees.

Jul. 20, 2014 @ 05:59 PM

Genecentric capitalizes on personalized medicine boom

GeneCentric Diagnostics, a Durham-based cancer diagnostics company, has completed a $5 million equity sale, started in 2013.

Jul. 15, 2014 @ 02:41 PM

Monuts moving to Magnolia Grill space

Doughnut shop doubling space: Monuts, a bakery-cafe specializing in donuts, bagels, and sandwiches, is taking over the former Magnolia Grill location on Ninth Street through a 10-year lease.

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Jul. 19, 2014 @ 10:52 AM

REVIEW: A Marine’s mission in ‘Sand and Fire’

The setting: Northern Africa, present day. The enemy: a new terrorist group using chemical weapons on civilians. The U.S. Marine: Gunnery Sgt. A.E. Blount. The result: a realistic, engaging, action-filled novel that is “Sand and Fire” by Tom Young.

Jul. 21, 2014 @ 11:20 AM

Class Notes

  • Hillside students to benefit from hiring initiative
  • Riverside student honored
  • Jordan student earns scholarship
  • Bilingual environmental lessons
  • Teachers to serve on panel
  • Partners send Eastway students to Washington

Jul. 21, 2014 @ 11:05 AM

Campus briefs

  • UNC med school gets $6M for back program
  • Physical therapy joins orthopedic surgery department

Jul. 15, 2014 @ 07:36 PM

Gee whiz, a simple parfait

I’ve done it a total of three times.

The first time was like being flung out of a giant slingshot.  The next two were more gentle and gradual.  The final time it lasted six hours.

Many people do it alone, but being a novice I always did it with another person.