News: Local

Apr. 14, 2014 @ 06:09 PM

Tuesday's forecast: Yellow slime

If your car has turned yellow, nature is about to shower you with a free wash.
Forecasters say Tuesday's chance of rain is near 100 percent, which should clear the air of the thick pine pollen that’s coated Durham for days.
It’s also expected to create a run of yellow slime in the streets.

Apr. 14, 2014 @ 04:42 PM

9th Wonder class to launch Hip-Hop Institute at NCCU

Patrick Douthit, the Grammy Award-winning hip-hip producer known as 9th Wonder, will teach a class on “Hip-Hop in Context” at N.C. Central University this fall, which will also launch the university’s Hip-Hop Institute.
NCCU formally announced the move at a news conference Monday on campus. NCCU Chancellor Debra Saunders-White said the university is embarking on a new era in its academic offerings. The Hip-Hop Institute is the beginning of an interdisciplinary program, she said, based in the history department.

Apr. 14, 2014 @ 01:17 PM

Durham health officials fight STD trend

A recent report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has Durham County Public Health adding new strategies to increase screening for sexually transmitted diseases among its residents.
The report sheds light on the nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted infections that occur in the United States every year, costing the American health-care system nearly $16 billion in direct medical costs. Adolescents and young adults account for a substantial part of these infections. CDC estimates that half of all new STDs in the country occur among young men and women aged 15 to 24.

Apr. 13, 2014 @ 08:10 PM

Council preps for vote on tower, Jack Tar incentives

City Council members say that before they vote on a $4 million business-incentive offer to the would-be developer of a new skyscraper, they want to discuss the developer’s use of a burned-out building on the site.

Plans call for the building’s Main Street and Parrish Street façades to be retained as part of the new “City Center” tower. Durham’s Historic Preservation Commission signed off on the idea last year.

Apr. 13, 2014 @ 05:49 PM

Organ donations: The gift of life

Delores Benton Evans owes her life to her son.

Without his donated kidney, Evans knows she would not be among the living.

Apr. 13, 2014 @ 04:04 PM

Police log

Collision closes road, injures motorcyclist

Apr. 13, 2014 @ 08:21 PM

More than 100 kids at Prodigal Farm

“It’s goats everywhere mommy!”

Four-year-old Finn Butler said it best during his visit to Prodigal Farms Sunday afternoon for its Open Farm Day. More than 160 kids were out and about to greet visitors to the farm and dairy.
“We had over 160 babies born in about a month,” said Kathryn Spann, owner and cheesemaker at Prodigal Farm. “It’s obviously a big job. But today we can really focus on people and being hospitable.

Apr. 12, 2014 @ 10:00 PM

City Hall repairs delayed

Plans for a $6.4 million facelift of City Hall’s exterior suffered a setback in recent months, pushing the start of work to at least the late summer.

Apr. 12, 2014 @ 06:42 PM

Bell, commissioners debate anti-poverty strategy

County Commissioners may be cooperating with Mayor Bill Bell’s neighborhood-level anti-poverty initiative, but that doesn’t mean they lack for questions about it.

Apr. 12, 2014 @ 04:43 PM

Thousands take part in Art Walk

Local artists were on display Saturday as part of the two-day Art Walk and Spring Market.

With more than 200 artists spread across more than 30 locations in downtown Durham, patrons were able to enjoy sunny skies and the visual arts on foot.

The Art Walk and Spring Market will continue from 1-5 p.m. Sunday in downtown Durham.

Apr. 12, 2014 @ 04:17 PM

Durham to mark Earth Day April 27

Are you looking for ways to “love” the earth on a local level and make a global impact? If so, attend Durham’s 2014 Earth Day Festival and learn how you can help Durham save energy and reduce our carbon footprint.

Apr. 11, 2014 @ 07:18 PM

New buildings dedicated on Duke campus

Duke University dedicated two new buildings Thursday on West Campus.

Apr. 11, 2014 @ 07:04 PM

Police log, April 12

Sheriff’s deputies arrested 24-year-old Rashad Ahmad Adams after a vehicle chase through East Durham late Thursday afternoon.

Apr. 11, 2014 @ 06:51 PM

Argument preceded gunshots in Durham mall parking lot

J.L. Potts, an off-duty Durham County Sheriff’s deputy, heard an argument involving several people in the Northgate Mall parking lot on Thursday.

He approached the group near Dress Barn and Bank of America, planning to intervene, and saw a man firing shots in the direction of Club Boulevard

Apr. 11, 2014 @ 06:26 PM



Having dramatically improved one sport at Duke, David Cutcliffe and some of his football players are lending a hand – and two feet – to another this spring.

Five Duke football players, coming off a season where a school-record 10 wins were recorded on the football field, have joined the track team as sprinters.

This is far from a gimmick to help the guys stay in shape. It’s all part of the plan to make the Blue Devils even better in football while helping Duke’s overall athletic department.

“Coach was telling us how we want to elevate the program and how we are going to compete with elite teams,” Duke running back/sprinter Josh Snead said. “There are some things that are going to change. We are going to have an edge in everything.”

At Cutcliffe’s suggestion, Snead joined the track team along with defensive back DeVon Edwards and wide receivers Issac Blakeney, Ryan Smith and Anthony Nash.