News: Local

Feb. 26, 2015 @ 05:29 PM

PILING ON: 3rd storm in 2 weeks packs a wallop

A “rock solid” 6 to 8 inches of snow fell in Durham and Orange counties Wednesday night and Thursday morning putting most normal activities on ice and leaving thousands without power and prompting another round of school closings and delays.

Feb. 26, 2015 @ 04:33 PM

Make-up meeting set to discuss make-up days

A Durham Public Schools Board of Education meeting set for Thursday has been postponed and rescheduled for Monday, leaving students and teachers to wait to learn when they’ll have to make up days lost to snow-related issues over the past two weeks.

Feb. 26, 2015 @ 03:41 PM

Think spring: Bulls, Art of Cool, Full Frame just around corner

Sure, it’s still a winter wonderland and we’re eating all that bread cleared off grocery shelves, but spring is coming. Really, it is. Daylight Saving Time is next weekend. You can start marking your calendar now for outdoor excursions, Durham Bulls baseball games and two upcoming festivals.

Feb. 26, 2015 @ 03:34 PM

Firefighter hurt as truck flips on N.C. 98

A Redwood Volunteer Fire Department captain was hurt Thursday when the truck in which he and a passenger were traveling overturned twice on N.C. 98 in eastern Durham County, a North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper said.

Feb. 26, 2015 @ 03:03 PM

Residents deal with storm-caused power outages

Residents in Durham, Orange, Chatham and surrounding counties coped with power outages and brief power interruptions in the wake of the winter storm that dumped heavy, wet snow on North Carolina Wednesday night  and Thursday morning. Duke Energy reported as many as 220,000 customers without power early Thursday, said Duke spokesperson Justin Landon. As of about 2 p.m., about 132,000 customers were still without power, Landon said.

Feb. 26, 2015 @ 02:06 PM

Mitchell murder trial on hold until Monday

The trial of a man accused of murdering his 4-year-old son and trying to murder his two other children is on hold until Monday.

Feb. 26, 2015 @ 03:06 PM

COPING: A look at how some are beating the snowy-day blues

Watching old movies, catching snowflakes on the tongue and dreaming of spring kept many residents from going mad Thursday as the area struggled through another round of wintry weather. “Coping? Who’s coping?” said Realtor Cortney Lo, who explained how she and her family enjoyed the snowfall in Hillsborough. “We are playing with the snow!” she said. “We’ve been exploring, tunneling, following bird tracks, taking pictures and catching snowflakes on our tongues. Yah!”

Feb. 25, 2015 @ 11:49 PM

WHITEOUT? Triangle braces for half foot of snow

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning that began at 6 p.m. Wednesday and continues through noon Thursday as the biggest snow storm of the season was expected to bury the Triangle with between four and 10-plus inches or more of snow, most likely in the higher part of that range for Durham and Chapel Hill, more in some surrounding areas. ... All area public schools to be closed Thursday, Feb. 26.

Feb. 25, 2015 @ 05:59 PM

Slain 4-year-old's grandfather: 'He was like a doll'

Emotions ran high Wednesday afternoon as the 911 recording from the night 4-year-old Blake Mitchell was attacked was played in a Durham County courtroom.

Feb. 26, 2015 @ 03:09 PM

UNC art show to raise funds for Habitat

Guests at Friday's fourth annual Mixed Concrete art show can enjoy wine, purchase art and help others in their community. The show will be held at TRU Deli + Wine from 6:30 to 11 p.m., with all proceeds benefiting the UNC chapter of Habitat for Humanity. ... NOTE: Event postponed because of snow. Will be rescheduled for late March.

Feb. 25, 2015 @ 05:03 PM

University research faces restructuring, panel says

Given stagnant federal funding, universities like Duke that focus on biomedical research likely will have to make big changes in how they go about their business, particularly when it comes to training new researchers.

Feb. 25, 2015 @ 04:40 PM

SACRED SPACE: Faith leaders discuss Duke Chapel symbolism, use

A month after Duke University Chapel reversed its decision to have Muslim students issue their Friday call to prayer from the chapel tower amid controversy and security threats, university religious leaders Wednesday discussed “sacred space.”

Feb. 25, 2015 @ 03:22 PM

AFRICAN CHILDREN’S CHOIR: 18 Ugandan girls and boys to perform in Durham

The African Children’s Choir will perform a concert next week at King’s Park International Church in Durham. An offering will be taken to support the work of the choir program of international organization Music for Life.

Feb. 25, 2015 @ 04:46 PM

2,400 area students get free tickets to ‘Selma’

More than 2,400 Triangle students in grades 7-9 have received free tickets to see the movie “Selma,” thanks to several patrons who made contributions to buy tickets through the “Selma Project in the Research Triangle Project.”