News: Local

Jan. 31, 2015 @ 05:52 PM

SUPER LUCK: Contest win sends Acree to Super Bowl

When Anthony Acree heard he’d won two tickets to the Super Bowl, he was sure it was a scam. ... It wasn’t. ...The Durham resident had fully inflated luck on his side when he won a sweepstakes sponsored by online search engine Bing Rewards and he'll be in Phoenix for the big game Sunday, Feb. 1.


Jan. 31, 2015 @ 05:04 PM

Police log: Nine arrested, charged by police

Zachary Lewis Gray Bell, 22, of Rougemont has been arrested and charged with failure to report accident, hit and run leaving the scene of property damage, injury to personal property, assault on a female and false imprisonment.


Jan. 31, 2015 @ 04:54 PM

Chapel Hill Transit searches for solutions

Chapel Hill Transit continues to look for creative strategies to alleviate problems such as aging buses and limited staffing.


Jan. 31, 2015 @ 03:53 PM

Local briefs: A look a some Durham happenings in February

The 10th Annual Durham City-County Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, postponed because of inclement weather in January, has been rescheduled for noon, Feb. 20 at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St.


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. 31, 2015 @ 03:26 PM

Duke VP urges city to probe rental house

A Duke University vice president has urged city inspectors to “aggressively pursue occupancy code violations” against the landlord of a Vickers Avenue house at the center of a fresh round of student-party complaints.


Jan. 31, 2015 @ 02:41 PM

TELLING STORIES: Pop-up museum brings history, community together

Every city has a history and every resident has a story. Those stories were celebrated Saturday at the Durham History Hub. Visitors to the “pop-up” museum were told to bring an item that represents why they’re in Durham. It could be anything from a picture of their parents to the keys to an old family farm dating to the 1800s.


Jan. 30, 2015 @ 06:41 PM

Coalition lawyer criticizes call for drug crackdown

Officials are resorting to “more or less the same playbook we’ve been running in this country for 40 years” if they think part of the answer to poverty in a portion of North-East Central Durham is a further crackdown on drug crime. And it’s “not going to do anything to reduce poverty or improve the conditions of people in those neighborhoods,” said Ian Mance, a lawyer for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice.


Jan. 30, 2015 @ 05:26 PM

Rougemont water project clears hurdle

A water project for central Rougemont cleared has cleared another regulatory hurdle, with organizers securing a go-ahead permit from Durham’s Board of Adjustment. The board’s unanimous OK gave the county government permission to install two wells, a water-treatment building and piping on a 3.1-acre site to the west of U.S. 501.


Jan. 30, 2015 @ 04:28 PM

Poodle perishes, but residents escape Friday blaze

A poodle died Friday in a northern Durham townhouse fire that displaced several people, officials said. No people were hurt.


Jan. 30, 2015 @ 04:21 PM

RAGS TO RICHES: Combat Paper Project transforms military uniforms into works of art

The Combat Paper Project,  transforms military uniforms into handmade paper and works of art. Project continues today at UNC-Chapel Hill's Gerrard Hall and is free and open to the public.


Jan. 30, 2015 @ 01:50 PM

Durham school board monitors rape allegation

School board members reached Friday said they will continue to monitor closely the events surrounding an alleged Dec. 9 rape that reportedly took place at the Southern School of Energy and Sustainability.


Jan. 30, 2015 @ 01:29 PM

Duke research trial could begin in August

A medical malpractice lawsuit against Duke University and one of its former cancer researchers could begin the week of Aug. 24, according to court officials.


Jan. 29, 2015 @ 09:03 PM

Library hosts renovation ‘visioning’ session

Durham residents got their initial look at the proposed renovation of the Durham County Main Library during the first of several planned visioning sessions held Thursday.


Jan. 29, 2015 @ 07:17 PM

Murder victim Trinity Wilkins recalled as ‘gentle, kind, loving’

January 19 changed Rebekah Smith Callejas’ life. That was the day she learned the body of her brother, Trinity Wilkins, had been found in a Durham pond. He'd been murdered.