News: Local

May. 25, 2015 @ 03:19 PM

Union veteran, other Fitzgeralds remembered at Maplewood Cemetery

The late Pauli Murray recalled in her 1956 memoir, “Proud Shoes: The Story of an American Family” how she observed Memorial Day, then also called Decoration Day, when Confederate flags marked the graves of Southern white men buried in the city’s Maplewood Cemetery. On the other side of a fence, Murray, then age 9, brought a United States flag to mark the grave of her grandfather, Robert G. Fitzgerald, who fought in the Union army during the Civil War.


May. 24, 2015 @ 03:37 PM

Neil Offen: It’s on my schedule (maybe)

This is a cautionary tale. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, particularly if the eggs are digitally dependent and the basket comes with a multi-language instruction manual (also, don’t do it if you have high cholesterol and your cardiologist has told you to cut down on egg baskets, but that’s a cautionary tale only for those who know how to spell angioplasty).


May. 24, 2015 @ 03:30 PM

State budget restores driver-ed funding — for now

A budget proposal from the state House restores more than $26 million to fund driver education programs throughout North Carolina. That’s good news for students, but not the end of the story for the thousands of teens across the state for whom driver education remains an uncertainty this summer.


May. 24, 2015 @ 12:14 PM

MEMORIAL DAY: Pilot, 91, flew P-38s and F-4s in two wars

Outside Dougherty’s apartment, there’s a little shelf by the door in the hallway. He has two airplane models on display — a P-38 on a stand, and an F-4 hanging above. The World War II and Vietnam aviator is part of the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association of Vietnam War veterans. He remembers those he served with, those who lived and died.


May. 24, 2015 @ 07:32 PM

Police seek hit-and-run suspect in Sunday a.m. fatality

Investigators with the Durham Police Department are investigating a hit-and-run fatality that was reported early Sunday morning.


May. 23, 2015 @ 09:11 PM

A WALK TO REMEMBER: Brown re-creates Washington Duke’s epic trip

It was intended to be a simple signpost in history, a commemoration of Washington Duke’s walk home from the Civil War 150 years ago. But for Civil War re-enactor Philip Brown, the punishing trek on blister-covered feet spanned more than just the physical 160 miles and two weeks. His journey plumbed the heights and depths of his own emotions, and illuminated his understanding of the plight of the returning post-war American soldier across the ages.


May. 23, 2015 @ 05:43 PM

FanFest a hit with kids, adults from all over

Left-handed hitter Carrick Ryan had the hottest bat at the ACC Championship baseball tournament, slamming the ball at an incredible 36 for 40 clip. That translates to an unimaginable .900 batting average. Well, full disclosure. Carrick is an 8-year-old student at Easley Year-Round Magnet School. And, OK, technically, he wasn’t IN the ACC tournament. His batting prowess was on display at an inflatable batting cage just outside Durham Bulls Athletic Park, host site of the six-day tournament which concludes with the Sunday, May 24 ACC title game between N.C. State and Florida State (1 p.m., ESPN2).


May. 23, 2015 @ 04:46 PM

Graduation 2015: Cresset Christian Academy

Cresset Christian Academy bade farewell to the Class of 2015 Friday night at the school’s Garrett Road campus.


May. 23, 2015 @ 04:03 PM

Police seek info on SECU robbery

Durham police are investigating a robbery that happened Friday evening at the State Employees Credit Union at 3810 Ben Franklin Blvd.


May. 23, 2015 @ 03:43 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: A minute on Memorial Day

At 3 p.m. on Memorial Day, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, if we are so inclined, we should pause for a minute of silence to remember our war dead. Not to remember why we fought, or who won or lost, or what it means today. But just to remember our war dead.


May. 23, 2015 @ 03:39 PM

Southern High project targets water quality

What do Southern High School of Energy and Sustainability and Raleigh’s main source of drinking water have in common? A lot more than you might think. Southern is host to an unnamed tributary to Chunky Pipe Creek, which flows into Little Lick Creek and eventually into the Falls Lake Reservoir — which serves as the major drinking water source for Raleigh and Wake County.


May. 23, 2015 @ 03:25 PM

Officials look to streamline, improve policing, crime prevention

In a special meeting this week, the City Council evaluated a recent Department of Justice report on the state of crime in Durham.


May. 23, 2015 @ 03:12 PM

Annual APS Walk for Animals raises $79,000

Children gave their birthday money to help the Animal Protection Society of Durham raise $79,000 at this month’s Walk for the Animals — $4,000 more than last year.


May. 22, 2015 @ 09:07 PM

Graduation 2015: Durham Academy

Under a canopy of towering oak trees in an Alabama park, Duke University football coach David Cutcliffe learned a valuable lesson as a child, he said at Durham Academy’s 41st commencement exercises Friday.


May. 22, 2015 @ 07:10 PM

Graduation 2015: Middle College High School

Kelcie Bullock on Friday told her fellow Class of 2015 graduates that they chose to attend Middle College High School at Durham Technical Community College because they are mavericks. Bullock said there are many different definitions for maverick but her favorite is the one that defines it as an unbranded calf that’s separated from its mother.