News: Local

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 02:14 PM

Police log

Durham man pepper-sprayed after backpack theft

Apr. 21, 2014 @ 10:33 PM

A performance full of urgency, hope and joy

Bill T. Jones’ “D-Man in the Waters” is the latest splash in the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s continuance of the legacy its founder, Alvin Ailey.  In 1958, Ailey had formed his repertory company to perform not only his work but the dances of other gifted choreographers. The company performs Part I of Jones’ 1989 “D-work” in its Wednesday program at UNC’s Memorial Hall.

“Alvin Ailey really loved Bill T. Jones when Jones was first starting out,” Battle said in a telephone interview. In fact, Ailey had commissioned Jones’ first work, “Fever Swamp,” premiered in 1983 by the Ailey company, according to the company’s website. 

Apr. 21, 2014 @ 10:28 PM

Durham council passes tower, Jack Tar incentives

City Council members on Monday approved a $4 million business-incentive package for a downtown project they hope yields a 26-story skyscraper and the renovation of the former Jack Tar Motel.

The 6-1 vote was the first of two likely by month’s end, as county officials have been asked to match the city’s offer to Austin Lawrence Partners.

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 10:06 AM

Stakeholders share thoughts on next Durham superintendent

Only a handful of people turned out to have their say at a Monday forum about the next Durham Public Schools superintendent.

But those who attended brought plenty of ideas to share with Iowa-based Ray & Associates, the firm hired by the DPS Board of Education to conduct the district’s search for a new superintendent.

Apr. 21, 2014 @ 06:53 PM

Police alliance endorses Andrews, Aus

Incumbent Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews and would-be District Attorney Brian Aus are among the candidates endorsed by the North Carolina Sheriff Police Alliance.

The organization’s 12-member board held a political screening Friday and recommended Andrews and Aus, as well as:
- Charles Blackwood for Orange County Sheriff.
- Incumbent Doretta Walker for her judicial seat.
- Challenger Steven Storch for the judicial seat currently held by Pat Evans.

Apr. 21, 2014 @ 05:59 PM

Police log

Man facing sex charges was scout leader

Apr. 21, 2014 @ 05:36 PM

Durham diabetics get tips to manage disease

More than 2,500 Durham residents on Medicaid have diabetes, and their medical costs are more than twice that of non-diabetics, according to research from a nonprofit.

Apr. 21, 2014 @ 09:57 PM

Firefighters battle 2 blazes

Five people were displaced Monday when fire broke out in their kitchen in North-East Central Durham. And Saturday, a woman's home caught fire when she fell asleep while smoking.

No one was hurt

Apr. 21, 2014 @ 06:01 PM

Willingham departing UNC, cites “irreconcilable differences”

Mary Willingham, the academic adviser at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who alleged widespread illiteracy among student-athletes, is leaving the university.

On Monday afternoon, she confirmed that she would leave UNC after her last class today.

Apr. 21, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Capping privilege tax worries city

State legislators are working on a tax-cut proposal for business that could wind up costing Durham’s city government up to $2.3 million a year in local revenue.

Apr. 20, 2014 @ 04:37 PM

Board still undecided about open search process

The Durham Public Schools board has yet to resolve whether the board will conduct an open search for a new superintendent, a closed one or a hybrid in which only finalists are introduced to the public.

Apr. 20, 2014 @ 02:06 PM

Easter service: Tradition with a different feel

The Easter sunrise service at Duke Chapel brought out a sizeable crowd before daybreak.

The 6:30 a.m. service was moved into Duke Chapel from Duke Garden because of mud, but that did not deter the more than 100 people who came together to worship Sunday morning.

Apr. 20, 2014 @ 12:26 PM

Neil Offen: Will you be drinking tonight?

On our wine list this evening, you’ll find several stains and a few grease marks, along with:

A 2007 Slovakian gamay or gamay not, with hints of goat cheese and leftover macaroni, and a finish full of crabapple and a satisfying aroma of drying cement. Great paired with the last Peppermint Pattie in the bag.

Apr. 19, 2014 @ 08:28 PM

COPLOG: Amber Alert issued for 10-month-old in Durham

Durham police and state officials issued an Amber Alert on Saturday for 10-month-old Tamiyah Elssy Bryant.

Apr. 19, 2014 @ 07:14 PM

Council to review gigabit-Internet deal with AT&T

The push for gigabit-per-second-speed Internet service in Durham reaches the City Council this week, in the form of a proposed agreement with AT&T officials hope will yield its first connections in mid-2015.

The deal calls for the city to cooperate with AT&T network-installation efforts, speeding the review of any needed regulatory approvals and inspections so the project can move forward quickly.