Local briefs

Feb. 18, 2013 @ 05:38 PM

Speaker to address ‘just food system’

DURHAM — Civil rights attorney and policy advocate Maya Wiley will be the featured speaker at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems’ annual lecture Feb. 27.

Wiley’s topic will be “Unmasking Inequities: Building Toward a More Just Food System for All.” 

Wiley is the founder and president of the Center for Social Inclusion, a national public policy strategy organization that works to unite public policy research and grassroots advocacy to transform structural racial inequity into fairness and inclusion. She is a frequent speaker on the national stage and author of a number of policy articles.

The lecture, sponsored by CEFS and the N.C. Agricultural Foundation Inc., will be at the Durham Armory at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, with some reserved seating available.

For more information, visit www.cefs.ncsu.edu/newsevents/events/2013/sosa2013calendar.html#maya

Portion of West Corporation closed

DURHAM. – The City of Durham’s Public Works Department closed a portion of West Corporation Street Monday to perform an emergency storm drain replacement and pavement repair due to a sinkhole that appeared last week.

West Corporation between Morris and Fuller streets will be closed until March 18, as will the entrance to Liggett Street from West Corporation Street. A traffic detour is in place along with street closure signs to notify motorists. Parts of the sidewalk along these streets will also be closed during construction.

The sinkhole was caused due to the collapse of an aging storm pipe under West Corporation Street that subsequently caused a water line break and pavement failure.

 For additional information regarding this repair project, contact Sujit Ekka, civil engineer with the Stormwater and GIS Services Division in the City’s Public Works Department, at (919) 560-4326, ext. 30271 or by email at Sujit.Ekka@DurhamNC.gov.