News: Local

Sep. 22, 2014 @ 04:24 PM

NCCU gets grant to prevent HIV

N.C. Central University’s Juvenile Justice Institute has been awarded a three-year grant totaling $897,840 to develop techniques for reducing rates of alcohol and drug abuse and HIV transmission among 18- to 24-year-olds.  

Sep. 22, 2014 @ 05:55 PM

IBM opens center to protect companies’ data

IBM opened a new cloud data resiliency center Monday, which is part of the company’s 4 million-square-foot plot of property in Research Triangle Park.

Sep. 21, 2014 @ 10:21 PM

Duke endowment recovers from recession-era losses

The market value of Duke University’s endowment has risen to $7 billion in part due to a 20.1 percent return on university investments in the fiscal year that ended June 30, the university announced Saturday.


Sep. 21, 2014 @ 10:18 PM

Youth playing with lighter starts house fire

A youth playing with a lighter caused a Sunday afternoon fire that displaced four children and four adults, fire officials said. No one was hurt.

Sep. 21, 2014 @ 10:07 PM

Sidewalk pressures on council heating up

The City Council’s recent decision to back-burner 11 “petition” sidewalk projects is already getting some push-back from one of the affected neighborhoods.


Sep. 21, 2014 @ 10:02 PM

Families find fall fun at Bennett Place historical celebration

Families welcomed fall and found nontraditional fun at Bennett Place this weekend as they stepped back into the nineteenth century.

The Civil War historical site offered a Tar Heel Harvest Fair and Farmers Market both Saturday and Sunday, where families could learn about how people used to gather together and celebrate.

Sep. 21, 2014 @ 10:01 PM

40th annual CenterFest a success

Jazz music filled the streets of downtown Durham Sunday morning as people entered the balloon archway welcoming people to the 40th annual CenterFest, a festival where attendees could enjoy music, dancing, art of all kinds and, of course, food.

Tents set up on the streets of downtown both Saturday and Sunday offered festival visitors every kind of art they could imagine. The festival, put on by the Durham Arts Council, showcased 140 artists representing 17 different states, including 81 from North Carolina and 19 from Durham. 

Sep. 21, 2014 @ 06:15 PM

Looking for closure: Family, police reinvestigate 2000 murder

Little was known about the deaths of Ervin Daniels and Hattie Best when they were murdered in November 2000.

All media reports a few days after their death said that an elderly couple was murdered in the Few Gardens neighborhood. Where they were living in Few Gardens was a quiet part of a sometimes troublesome part of the city. Daniels and Best were friendly people, but they were careful about who they let into their lives. 

Sep. 21, 2014 @ 06:09 PM

Sheriff’s deputies outfitted with cameras

The Durham County Sheriff’s Office has outfitted 31 deputies’ patrol cars with cameras, and nine more are on the way.

Sep. 20, 2014 @ 06:34 PM

City questioning adequacy of subsidized-housing upkeep reserves

A policy proposal from the Community Development Department is triggering more questions about whether the city is requiring big enough maintenance reserves when it subsidizes low-income housing projects.

Sep. 20, 2014 @ 05:29 PM

Durham schools bring home National Healthy School Awards

Nearly half of the North Carolina schools that won National Healthy School Awards from the Alliance from a Healthier Generation are from Durham Public Schools.

Sep. 20, 2014 @ 05:10 PM



The Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association is known for one of its fundraising events — the eclectic Beaver Queen Pageant — but Saturday it took to a new event to raise awareness for the creek.

The first annual Ellerbe Creek Nature Tour featured five stops in Durham that allowed for visitors to take in the scenery and learn about the nature that surrounds them.

Chris Dreps, executive director for the ECWA, said the tours of the Ellerbe Creek Nature Preserves help create public awareness for the dangers they’re facing.

“Our missing is to protect and restore Ellerbe Creek and make it an asset to the people of Durham,” he said.

Sep. 20, 2014 @ 04:13 PM

Residents weigh in on obesity, chronic illness

Brenda Solomon, 53, suffered a heart attack and has high blood pressure and sleep apnea. She’s overweight, and knows she should eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.
But knowing doesn’t always translate into doing.

Sep. 20, 2014 @ 04:20 PM

Duke Medical Center free clinic opens door to better health

Free men's health fair and clinic continues Sunday, Sept. 21, at Duke Medical Center.

Sep. 20, 2014 @ 11:42 AM

Rape survivor to discuss memoir

On Thursday evening, a New York City author will return to her hometown of Chapel Hill to share her story of survival and raise money for the Orange County Rape Crisis Center.