News: Columnists

Feb. 22, 2015 @ 03:07 PM

Neil Offen: Turning the page on the Internet (sort of)

A few days ago, just as I was all geared up to waste a few hours on mindless digital drivel, my Internet went down.


Feb. 21, 2015 @ 04:44 PM

PPI drugs increase intestinal damage due to NSAIDs

Physicians have long recognized that popular pain relievers like aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen can harm the digestive tract. These nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a mainstay of arthritis treatment.


Feb. 21, 2015 @ 03:28 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: Rivalries don’t matter when it really matters

Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill, for all their storied rivalry and occasionally sincere dislike for each other, lets that battle of the blues fall away when it really matters. At Wednesday’s game, Duke students wore “DEAN” T-shirts — in Duke blue naturally — but with the point of an in memoriam to the late great Dean Smith, storied UNC basketball coach and legend off the court as well.


Feb. 15, 2015 @ 12:03 PM

Neil Offen: A foodie’s delectable dictionary

Even though I am a card-carrying “foodie” who was eating food and carrying cards before it became cool, there are a number of foods and dishes that I never heard of before about March 23, 2008. Fortunately, I have done my research, which I am more than willing to share.


Feb. 14, 2015 @ 03:27 PM

Blue Greenberg: Photos capture human spirit under harsh conditions

A pair of spectacular photographic exhibitions on Iraq by Lynsey Addario and James Longley are now on view in Durham. Both Addario and Longley are recipients of the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.


Feb. 14, 2015 @ 02:14 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: ‘Selma’ is home of the brave

We are halfway through Black History Month, so that leaves you another two weeks to take advantage of events sharing local and national African-American history. But don’t only learn during the shortest month of the year. Concerts, classrooms, discussions, exhibits — there are a plethora of ways to absorb the knowledge now and later.


Feb. 09, 2015 @ 12:27 PM

Durham Police investigate homicide

Police are investigating a homicide that happened early today on North Miami Boulevard.


Feb. 08, 2015 @ 03:25 PM

Neil Offen: The tale of the tapes

Some years ago, just in time for them to become useless, I bought a number of audio cassette music tapes. It was part of my long-standing tradition of hopping on board a new technological trend at the precise moment the trend was ending.


Feb. 07, 2015 @ 04:50 PM

Blue Greenberg: Collecting for love, not speculation

Making art is a three-way partnership: the artist, the work of art, and the viewer. Think about it. Until that object has been seen by someone other than the artist, it is not complete. The collector, of course, is that spectator with the added dimension of having acquired not one, but several objects, from a particular artist.


Feb. 07, 2015 @ 04:40 PM

Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan: Valentine’s Day print edition

As I write this a few days before you’re reading it, I know my weekend will include helping my boy write all 21 names in his class on their “Paw Patrol” Valentines. Thankfully this is one activity that cannot become digitized. You don’t give first-graders e-Valentines. No social media Valentine’s Day wishes. It’s the print edition for Valentines at the elementary school level.


Feb. 01, 2015 @ 04:27 PM

Neil Offen: Why ‘tiring’ is root of retiring

Someone recently asked me what do I do now that I am, technically, retired. I don’t play golf. I don’t trade stocks. I don’t complain (at least very much) about how my back hurts. So how do I spend my time? How do I fill my days? Why does retired sound like you are just getting tired again? Here’s my answer.


Jan. 31, 2015 @ 03:39 PM

Women, use power of purse, effect change

Breaking news: women like sports. I’m being sarcastic because women have liked sports forever, have played sports, have watched sports, sports, sports, sports, etc. But some advertising folks seem to think that the audience for televised sports is just men who, shall we say, are not intellectual. Or have mothers, wives or daughters. We know that’s not true. Televised sports are a cultural phenomenon that goes way beyond some guy sitting in a recliner with a beer.


Jan. 25, 2015 @ 06:04 PM

The late show or, never ever early

Now, I’m not naming any names here —except, of course, for the repeated references to my wife, Carol — but there are certain people who just can’t seem to be on time.


Jan. 24, 2015 @ 08:21 PM

People's Pharmacy: Popular drugs linked to Alzheimer’s disease

Are anti-anxiety agents and sleeping pills making us stupid? That is a question that is giving some scientists nightmares.


Jan. 24, 2015 @ 07:29 PM

Jason Hawkins: Getting fit is all about the individual

Beginning in February, the once empty garage space attached to the CarQuest building on Mayo Street (between the Ford dealership and the Social Services offices) will serve as the foundation for support towards fitness and health when Cross Fit Broad Reach, opens in Hillsborough.