News: Local

Jul. 22, 2014 @ 08:25 PM

‘The last lioness’

Selena Warren Wheeler was an instrumental influence during her 102 years of life. Mrs. Wheeler was known for her work with the Stanford L. Warren Library and being a clear support system for not only her husband and family, but also the city of Durham.

Jul. 22, 2014 @ 08:05 PM

Trustees committee looks to grow commercialization at UNC-Chapel Hill

A committee of UNC-Chapel Hill leaders wants to raise the profile of the university as a job creator through its research discoveries.

Jul. 22, 2014 @ 07:48 PM

Police release more details on shooting

Police on Tuesday released more information about an officer-involved shooting at the Burton Apartments on Mathison Street that still has a man hospitalized in critical condition with a head wound.

Jul. 22, 2014 @ 06:31 PM

Duke professor schools financial advisers on self-control

Who would give up the Garden of Eden for an apple?
According to Dan Ariely, a professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University, we’re all doing that sort of thing all the time.

Jul. 22, 2014 @ 06:13 PM

Four well-known choreographers to perform new solos

The American Dance Festival program “On Their Bodies” offers a rare opportunity to see four award-winning, male choreographers, with their own companies, perform their new solos on the same program. Performances take place today and Wednesday at Durham Performing Arts Center.

Jul. 22, 2014 @ 05:39 PM

‘Localized’ rain brings multitude of issues

By official records, this July has been rainy. The National Weather Service in Raleigh has recorded 6.98 inches of rain so far this month – 3.84 inches above average.

But depending on where you are in the Triangle, that 6.98 inches of rain might not have hit you, or you could have received more.
National Weather Service meteorologists describe rainfall like that as “localized.” Pockets of heavy rain can fall at one part of the city, and then on the other half there could be none.

Jul. 22, 2014 @ 05:40 PM

New charter school set to open next month

Leaders of Durham’s 11th charter school, Reaching All Minds Academy, said Tuesday that the school is set to open Aug. 18.

Jul. 22, 2014 @ 08:56 PM

Witness: Lovette admitted killing Duke student

A witness testified Tuesday that Laurence Lovette admitted robbing and fatally shooting a Duke University graduate student in 2008.


Jul. 21, 2014 @ 09:07 PM

Heavy rains cause flooding in parts of Durham

Heavy rains moved through Durham on Monday, dumping between 2 and 2.5 inches of rain in southwestern parts of the city and leading to flash flood warnings on Monday.
Scattered storms are expected throughout the week, according to the National Weather Service.
Mondays flooding followed last week’s rains that covered parts of Forest Hills Park with nearly two feet of water.

Jul. 22, 2014 @ 02:24 PM

UNC Health Care bounces back from operating loss

While UNC Health Care was affected by significant costs last fiscal year from its a new electronic health record system, the Chapel Hill-based health care system is expecting to be more flush in fiscal year 2015.

Jul. 21, 2014 @ 05:38 PM

A new start for year-round students

Not a single tear was shed in Deborah Jones’ pre-K class at Holt Elementary Language Academy on Monday after her busy 4-year-olds said goodbye to their parents.
The students found Jones’ cache of toys and not a one whimpered when their parents said farewell and headed for the exit, leaving them in Jones’ able care.
“I need to see you smiling,” Jones prodded anxious parents as they left the classroom.

Jul. 21, 2014 @ 07:22 PM

Lovette trial witness: ‘I lied’

A witness in the murder trial of Laurence Lovette testified Monday that he falsely told police after the slaying of a Duke University graduate student that he had been with Lovette that night.


Jul. 20, 2014 @ 08:35 PM

Police log, July 21

  • Cocaine trafficking charged
  • Wilmington man charged with identity theft

Jul. 20, 2014 @ 04:08 PM

“Nefarious” campaign piques interest in sign-law changes

A one-man sign campaign against Sheriff Mike Andrews could trigger a move by city officials later this year to rewrite Durham’s rules for placing non-commercial messages in public street rights-of-way.

Jul. 20, 2014 @ 03:42 PM

UNC-led summer program introduces high schoolers to geoscience

As a group of high school students looked on from the river bank, professor Brent McKee stuck a tool into the bottom of the Neuse River to collect sand, leaves, sticks and dirt.

Then he carried the core sample back to the shore and instructed the students to spread it out in sections.