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Apr. 24, 2014 @ 09:48 AM

New sounds for the big band

In the music of Revive Big Band, swing rhythms and instrumental solos, the core language of jazz, fuse with the rhythms of funk, rhythm and blues, soul, and the word play of hip-hop. This 18- to 20-piece band has performed tributes to the music of late rapper Guru, and arranged tunes by composers like Freddie Hubbard and Wayne Shorter.
The band will perform Saturday at Diamond View Park during the two-day inaugural Art of Cool Festival. The band is made up of musicians around the New York area, many of whom went to school with trumpeter Igmar Thomas, who started the band and writes all the arrangements and original compositions for Revive.

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 @ 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.


Apr. 23, 2014 @ 10:22 PM

SMITH WINS PAC-6

MAX SMITH SWEEPS EAST CHAPEL HILL TEAMMATE ROBERT BOND IN SINGLES FINALS

Max Smith of the state's No. 1-ranked East Chapel Hill boys' tennis team beat teammate Robert Bond 6-2, 7-5 to claim the 4-A PAC-6 singles title at the PAC-6 Championships Wednesday.

David Senerchia and /Dillon Leovic of Northern downed their crosstown rivals, Charles Herst and Patrick Taylor of Jordan, 7-5, 6-1 to win the doubles title.

Each of the finalists, along with the semifinalists they beat to advance to the championship round, have qualified for next weekend's state individual regional state 4-A tournament at Greensboro Page High School.

 


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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. 23, 2014 @ 06:41 PM

White House awareness tour kicks off at NCCU

Tony West, an associate U.S. Attorney General, on Wednesday praised N.C. Central University for leading the way on campus sexual assault prevention.


Apr. 23, 2014 @ 08:39 PM

Chesterfield Building owner confirms some ‘work is beginning soon’

Demolition and other work is beginning soon at the former Liggett Group cigarette factory on Main Street downtown, a spokesman for the company that owns the building confirmed Wednesday.


Apr. 22, 2014 @ 10:15 PM

For Senior Games competitors, life just beginning

There’s not enough glucosamine in the world to make the knees and hips of senior citizen Vonda Feamster move like that.

Feamster did a supremely kinetic number on Tuesday during the opening ceremony for the Durham Senior Games & SilverArts Showcase, and she’d hardly caught her breath inside the Community Family Life and Recreation Center at Lyon Park before hopping back on stage to belly dance with some ladies who call themselves The Golden Genies.


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Apr. 23, 2014 @ 10:22 PM

SMITH WINS PAC-6

MAX SMITH SWEEPS EAST CHAPEL HILL TEAMMATE ROBERT BOND IN SINGLES FINALS

Max Smith of the state's No. 1-ranked East Chapel Hill boys' tennis team beat teammate Robert Bond 6-2, 7-5 to claim the 4-A PAC-6 singles title at the PAC-6 Championships Wednesday.

David Senerchia and /Dillon Leovic of Northern downed their crosstown rivals, Charles Herst and Patrick Taylor of Jordan, 7-5, 6-1 to win the doubles title.

Each of the finalists, along with the semifinalists they beat to advance to the championship round, have qualified for next weekend's state individual regional state 4-A tournament at Greensboro Page High School.

 

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 05:48 PM

QBs are topic No. 1 as Cutcliffe, Fedora both weigh in

As the most high-profile position on the field, quarterbacks tend to dominate football discussions. That was certainly true during the ACC football coaches’ spring teleconference on Wednesday, as the first questions to both Duke coach David Cutcliffe and North Carolina coach Larry Fedora were about their quarterbacks.


Apr. 23, 2014 @ 05:41 PM

Net loss: Duke dips from No. 1 (nation) to No. 5 (ACC) in a weekend

Owning the nation’s No. 1 ranking, the Blue Devil women's tennis team dropped consecutive ACC road matches at Clemson and Georgia Tech by 4-3 scores. The results, rather amazingly, dropped Duke from the top of the ACC to the No. 5 seed for this week’s ACC Tournament at Cary Tennis Park.


Apr. 23, 2014 @ 10:49 PM

Tar Heels upend No. 30 Liberty at Boshamer Stadium

Adrian Chacon had two hits and an RBI, and four Tar Heel pitchers allowed just one run on four hits as North Carolina beat No. 30 Liberty 3-1 Wednesday night at Boshamer Stadium.


Apr. 23, 2014 @ 05:28 PM

Knights impale Bulls with 9-run, 10-hit attack, shutdown pitching

Charlotte pounded out nine runs on 10 hits, Deunte Heath was sharp over five scoreless innings and and the homestanding Knights beat the Durham Bulls 9-1 Wednesday in front of 9,574 fans who made it to BB&T Ballpark for the 11:05 a.m. game.


Apr. 23, 2014 @ 09:31 PM

Panthers to appear on national TV 3 times in 2014

The defending NFC South champion Carolina Panthers will play three nationally-televised games and face six playoff teams from last season, the NFL announced Wednesday. Complete 2014 NFL schedule.


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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. 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.


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. 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.