News: Local

Apr. 18, 2014 @ 11:42 PM

Fire hits Exchange Club Industries

Fire damaged a Durham Exchange Club Industries warehouse Friday, forcing an evacuation of employees. No one was hurt.


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 06:16 PM

Party-house worries emerge in more neighborhoods

A new coalition of neighborhood groups wants city and Duke University officials to clamp down on Duke’s off-campus party house scene, by cooperating with them in writing a formal protocol to respond to complaints.


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 05:06 PM

Good Friday at Duke Chapel

On a cool, windy Good Friday, the campus around Duke Chapel was bustling with the sounds of students walking to class, birds chirping from the magnolia trees and the buzzing of construction at the Rubenstein Library. A construction crane arm swung high above a crowd of people gathered on the chapel quad below.


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 04:33 PM

Platt: Not a lumberjack, and I’m OK

Well, what a relief.

This year, the job of newspaper reporter doesn’t rank all the way at the bottom of CareerCast.com’s list of the top 200 jobs.
Instead, it’s apparently just almost the worst job, squeaking in ahead of lumberjack based on work environment, stress and hiring outlook.


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 11:20 PM

D.A. won’t seek death penalty in grandmother’s stabbing

Durham County District Attorney Leon Stanback said Friday his office will not seek the death penalty against a teen accused of fatally stabbing his grandmother.
Treyvon Evans, 17, was arrested in February in the slaying of 62-year-old Carolyn Hemingway in the apartment they shared on Glasson Street in West Durham. He’s also accused of wounding his 4-year-old brother.


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 12:55 PM

Duke grad takes on lacrosse scandal for new book

His publisher wanted him to write a fourth book about Wall Street.

But William D. Cohan, a 1981 Duke University alumnus and business writer, said he felt compelled instead to write an exhaustive book – more than 600 pages – about the 2006 Duke lacrosse scandal.
 


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 12:40 PM

Fire heavily damages printing company

A printing press was heavily damaged early Friday when large rolls of paper caught fire at a business in southern Durham and forced a midnight evacuation of 41 employees, fire officials said.

No one was hurt.



Apr. 17, 2014 @ 05:11 PM

Durham firefighter who helped integrate department dies

Velton Thompson, one of the first black firefighters hired by the city of Durham, died Monday after a long illness. He was 81.

Mr. Thompson was one of 10 blacks hired as a group who integrated the Fire Department after a history of exclusion and racial segregation.


Apr. 17, 2014 @ 04:27 PM

Forums on superintendent search slated for next week

The search firm hired to help guide the school district’s search for a new superintendent will hold two public forums next week to give residents a chance to share the qualities they want to see in the next schools chief.


Apr. 17, 2014 @ 08:53 PM

Police log

  • Durham man charged in attempted abduction
  • Durham man faces child sex assault charges

Apr. 17, 2014 @ 04:12 PM

School board divided over next super’s salary

When the school board adopted an aggressive timeline for selecting a superintendent last week, the vote was a unanimous one.
But public records from that April 9 meeting show a wide divide over the $225,000 advertised salary the board eventually approved.


Apr. 17, 2014 @ 03:49 PM

Listen to the stories

Tim Duffy and Captain Luke Mayer walked out of the StoryCorps mobile recording booth and performed a brief concert in the American Tobacco
courtyard Thursday. The captain’s fluid bass voice treated the crowd and passers-by to his versions of “I’m a King Bee,” “Polk Salad Annie” and other blues and folk songs while Duffy played guitar.


Apr. 17, 2014 @ 02:48 PM

Cousteau: Good people can work together for environment

In 2009, Alexandra Cousteau used a grant from Coca-Cola to travel the developing world for 100 days exploring water conservation issues.

But it wasn’t until a year later, when she spent 150 days traveling around North America, especially the United States, that she came to grips with the real problems.


Apr. 16, 2014 @ 06:56 PM

Local officials join push for gun safety

On May 21, Joslin Simms will mark the ninth anniversary of the death of her son, Rayburn, fatally shot after his car was rear-ended at a Durham intersection.