News: Local

Oct. 23, 2014 @ 06:44 PM

Professor, critic calls for ‘big, meaningful changes’ at UNC

Academic failures revealed in an investigation into one UNC-Chapel Hill department Wednesday occurred because of a system that requires athletic “eligibility to be prioritized over educational enrichment,” a university professor said Thursday.

Oct. 23, 2014 @ 05:40 PM

Speakers zero in on domestic violence

Panelists weighed in Thursday on domestic violence in Durham, suggesting ways to make the reporting system safer and more effective.

Oct. 23, 2014 @ 05:34 PM

Police log

  • Police investigate suspicious death
  • Arrests made in Wednesday shooting


Oct. 23, 2014 @ 05:27 PM

Winkler sculpture to remain in Durham

"Winding Out,” by Asheville sculptor Robert Winkler, one of 12 pieces in the Bull City Sculpture Show, has been chosen as the piece that will remain in Durham, pending a City Council vote.


Oct. 23, 2014 @ 04:26 PM

Coaches removed from academics, investigation finds

When asked Wednesday how involved he was in his players’ academics, North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said he was only focused on his next opponent.


Oct. 23, 2014 @ 04:01 PM

Hands of clay: Durham potters to hold first studio tour

Ceramic artist Cynthia Aldrich opens up one of her kitchen cabinets and handles several coffee cups made by local potters. She matches each cup with its maker, and among the names are Deb Harris, Dorothy Davis and others. All are artists whose work she admires, and on her artist website, Aldrich says drinking coffee from the mugs is like “breakfasting with friends.”


Oct. 23, 2014 @ 01:45 PM

Petition seeks DA's removal

A man involved in a running feud with the Durham County Sheriff's Office and judicial officials has asked that District Attorney Roger Echols be removed from office.


Oct. 23, 2014 @ 09:50 AM

Carolina community questions leaders in wake of probe’s release

Questions were raised at a meeting held for the UNC-Chapel Hill community Wednesday about the impact on current Department of African, African-American and Diaspora Studies students from the scandal involving the department and what athletic coaches should have known about it.

Oct. 23, 2014 @ 09:53 AM

Report uncovers years of academic fraud at UNC

Members of UNC faculty and staff knew and in some cases actively assisted student-athletes who were seeking to take classes that only existed on paper to boost grade-point averages and maintain eligibility, according to a report released Wednesday.


Oct. 22, 2014 @ 07:30 PM

‘Paper’ classes propped up more than athletes, report said

A system of “paper classes” in UNC’s Department of African and Afro-American Studies became an eligibility prop for more than just some of the university’s athletes, a former federal prosecutor’s report says.

The classes also became popular with campus fraternities, which “had an incentive to direct their members to” them so they could more easily secure the aggregate grade-point average required to retain official campus recognition, investigator Kenneth Wainstein and his team said.

Oct. 22, 2014 @ 07:16 PM

Police log

  • Woman recovering after shooting
  • Two die in Granville Fire
  • Vehicle crashes into chiropractor’s office
  • Officers make arrests in weekend robberies

Oct. 22, 2014 @ 07:08 PM

Report aftermath: No closure for UNC athletics

With the release of Kenneth Wainstein’s report detailing the paper class system in the UNC Chapel Hill Department of African and Afro-American Studies, the academic side of campus can begin the process of moving on.

But there will be no such closure for the athletic side, which is in the midst of an NCAA investigation and now must deal with the unsettling reality of how responsible UNC’s athletic advising staff was for pushing athletes to the fraudulent courses.

Oct. 22, 2014 @ 06:42 PM

Longtime flight instructor ID’d as plane crash victim

Michael John Ratty of Chapel Hill has been identified as the man killed in Wednesday’s Durham County plane crash.


Oct. 22, 2014 @ 06:18 PM

Middle school students unite against bullying

Students decked out in orange crowded around a bright orange poster Wednesday in Phillips Middle School’s cafeteria.

Markers in hand, they were ready to make a change in their school and their community by signing the pledge to unite against bullying.