News: Local

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 @ 06:26 PM

State high court asked to review Taser case

A lawsuit challenging a Durham Police Department officer’s use of a Taser is once again on the doorstep of the state Supreme Court.


Jan. 24, 2015 @ 06:24 PM

Books Roundup: The lives of a bookseller

Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill recently published the paperback edition of Gabrielle Zevin’s novel “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” ($14.95). Zevin will read and sign copies of the novel at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill.


Jan. 24, 2015 @ 05:29 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: Directions? Just follow your nose

While Los Angeles stands alone in its transportation issues, here in the Triangle we can also go on forever about what’s the best route to get to points A, B, C and back. I never tire of traffic talk. A few years ago I wrote about those late mergers when the Durham Freeway merges onto Interstate 40, and got some of the more salty comments from readers who also do not like those who, ahem, cut in line at the last minute when the rest of us were waiting patiently.


Jan. 24, 2015 @ 04:05 PM

Youth summit answers Obama challenge

Saturday's My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Durham Youth Summit brought together young men between the ages of 11 and 21 to discuss the challenges they face every day. The summit was part of a nationwide challenge proposed by President Barack Obama in September 2014.


Jan. 23, 2015 @ 06:31 PM

DNA, phones seized from four Duke fraternity members

Newly released Durham County search warrants pertaining to the recent rape allegations reportedly involving members of a  Duke University fraternity show that police collected DNA and cellphones from multiple men that were in contact with the victim on the night in question.


Jan. 23, 2015 @ 05:16 PM

DPD headquarters site closing delayed

A real-estate closing that was to occur Friday for the site of Durham’s next police headquarters is instead being delayed another 60 days, city officials say. The move buys time for consultants working for the city to finish their analysis of the site’s environmental problems, which mainly involve potential soil contamination from spilled oil and gasoline.


Jan. 23, 2015 @ 04:11 PM

Police log: Officers respond to standoff, no injuries reported

A standoff reported Friday afternoon in southeast Durham ended without major conflict. Police evacuated businesses on the 600 block of Ellis Road Friday afternoon and were allowed back in about 1 p.m.


Jan. 23, 2015 @ 04:09 PM

Bull City fires, property damage up slightly in ’14

The Durham Fire Department responded to 897 fires in Durham last year, a 1.59 percent increase over 2013, according to officials.


Jan. 23, 2015 @ 03:07 PM

Murder victim reported robbery days before death

According to Durham Police Department reports, Charles Ellis Hinnant, whose body was found on Monday, reported having his wallet, three credit cards, his check book and $350 worth of cash taken from him on Jan. 15, four days earlier.


Jan. 22, 2015 @ 09:09 PM

School board OKs Whitted spending hike

The school board on Thursday voted 6-1 to contribute an additional $800,000 to the $21.5 million Whitted Junior High School redevelopment project.


Jan. 22, 2015 @ 07:01 PM

Escrow issue threatens future DPD HQ site purchase

City Council members retreated behind closed doors Thursday to iron out a last-minute snag that threatened their government’s plan to buy land off East Main Street to use as the site of Durham’s next police headquarters.


Jan. 22, 2015 @ 06:41 PM

‘Trouble in Mind’: A play within a play about racism and theater

Kathy A. Perkins, the lighting designer for PlayMakers Repertory Company’s presentation of “Trouble in Mind,” was a friend of its playwright, Alice Childress. Perkins said that Childress’ “Trouble in Mind” was performed off-Broadway but while it was optioned for Broadway, it didn’t go forward because Childress said no to changing the ending.


Jan. 22, 2015 @ 05:47 PM

Police Log: Police investigate pair of shootings

Durham police are investigating separate shootings in the area of Fayetteville Street and the 400 block of Linwood Avenue that left two women with gunshot wounds.


Jan. 22, 2015 @ 05:24 PM

UNC to invest in own startups; BOT sets $5M fund

UNC-Chapel Hill startups will now have access to $5 million in funding after the university’s Board of Trustees (BOT) announced a new fund Wednesday.