News: Local

Jun. 28, 2015 @ 03:03 PM

Neil Offen: Flushed with success

I knew I was in trouble the moment I saw how “easy” it was supposed to be to do this. I knew there would be 19 difficult steps as soon as I found out that there were “only 4 simple steps.” I knew there was no way I could do it as soon as I read that “anyone can do it.” Still, I figured I had to try to fix the toilet.

Jun. 27, 2015 @ 03:44 PM

National advocacy group reaches out to Hispanic moms

Saturday morning was like any other fitness class at A.B. Fitness in Northgate Mall, full of jumping jacks, leg lifts and squats on miniature trampolines. But after the class, something different was happening — the first Hispanic meet-up for the national organization MomsRising.

Jun. 27, 2015 @ 03:33 PM

School board reaches uneasy compromise

The Durham school board has voted to hold three meetings per month instead of the two some members sought. In a 4-2 vote, the board agreed to hold two committee meetings, which all members would attend, and one regular business meeting also attended by all members. The new schedule is a shift from the old one in which the board holds three committee work sessions and one regular business meetings for a total of four.

Jun. 27, 2015 @ 03:30 PM

Duke's new muscular dystrophy clinic: A one-stop shop

Kelby Oakley likes going to the doctor's office now more than ever. That's because of Duke Medicine's new clinic for muscular dystrophy patients like Kelby that opened recently at Lenox Baker Children's Hospital on Erwin Road.

Jun. 27, 2015 @ 03:26 PM

UNC med school gets OK for faculty buyouts

UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine has secured permission to use buyouts over the next year to encourage some of its retirement-eligible faculty to step down.

Jun. 27, 2015 @ 03:18 PM

Churches eye security in Charleston’s wake

The Rev. Anita Thompson, pastor of Emmanuel AME Church in Durham, will take a trip to Charleston, South Carolina next month with her two sisters. The trip had been planned before nine African-American women and men were gunned down during Bible study on June 17.

Jun. 27, 2015 @ 03:00 PM

Durham County Government holiday closings

Durham County Government will close most offices for the Independence Day holiday on Friday, July 3. All offices will reopen and resume normal hours of operation on Monday, July 6.

Jun. 27, 2015 @ 03:28 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: Cousins who are friends

I stood on the beach next to my cousin, looking out over the ocean off Nags Head. I wondered if the next shark attack would be out there in the waves. My cousin looked out to the sandbar, saying that he’d like to swim to it. He grew up in Florida, so he has a different view of the ocean.

Jun. 27, 2015 @ 10:47 AM

Puzzling folly on billboards is North Carolina’s tragedy

It isn’t clear why a powerful North Carolina senator from Onslow County, has been relentlessly working over the past five years on behalf of the billboard lobby, but it is extremely puzzling.

Jun. 26, 2015 @ 07:06 PM

Lawyers seek audit of NCCU chancellor

Lawyers for a trio of former N.C. Central University professors and administrators suing the school for discrimination say they’ve asked state auditors to look into Chancellor Debra Saunders-White’s expense claims.

Jun. 26, 2015 @ 05:21 PM

RDU seeks public input for master plan

Raleigh-Durham International Airport will host a public discussion in Durham as it prepares its master plan study, Vision 2040.

Jun. 26, 2015 @ 05:15 PM

Police log: Driver found shot to death in car Friday

Durham police are investigating a homicide that happened Friday afternoon near the intersection of Holloway and Raynor streets.

Jun. 26, 2015 @ 05:01 PM

GAY MARRIAGE: Durham has issued 240 same-sex marriage licenses

The Durham County Register of Deeds Office has issued 240 same-sex marriage licenses since gay marriage became legal in North Carolina last year. Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalizes same-sex marriage in all 50 states will not affect the office’s practice. ... Also, local and regional reaction to Friday's high court ruling.

Jun. 26, 2015 @ 06:55 PM

ALL EYES: Duke Eye Center addition a ‘game changer’

Duke is ready to open a 116,000-square-foot addition to the Duke Eye Center, a building its ophthalmology chairman says will be a “game changer” for his department in terms of elbow room and the patient experience.

Jun. 26, 2015 @ 01:55 PM

Homicide shuts down streets

Raynor Street between Miami Boulevard and Holloway Street is shut down so police can investigate a homicide.

Police also said Holloway Street between Miamia Boulevard and Bunn Terrace is shut down.

Residents are urged to avoid the areas.