News: Local

Aug. 21, 2014 @ 11:47 AM

UNC investigating dorm break-ins

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill campus police are investigating two separate burglaries that happened at the same residence hall early Wednesday morning.



Aug. 22, 2014 @ 10:12 PM

Making their mark

Gerta Campen and Jessica Maldonado paint the green background to a portion of the Durham Civil Rights History Mural Project. Durham artist Franco designed this section of the mural, and the green area that Campen and Maldonado painted surrounds a raised fist at the bottom of the wall.

Campen, 96, and Maldonado, 16, are, respectively, a volunteer and a student with the Durham nonprofit organization LinkAbility, which links students to different types of community projects. When they finish this part of the mural, Janice Brahms-Butler, executive director of the organization, tells Maldonado, “You have left your mark now, here in Durham.”


Aug. 21, 2014 @ 03:24 PM

Fire displaces 6 children, 1 adult

Six children and an adult were displaced when their home caught fire Wednesday morning and destroyed several rooms, fire officials said. No one was hurt.


Aug. 20, 2014 @ 06:12 PM

Ackland, Women’s Center, Botanical Garden face new leadership

UNC-Chapel Hill officials are in the process of replacing the leaders of three campus institutions: the Ackland Art Museum, the Carolina Women’s Center and the N.C. Botanical Garden.

 

Aug. 20, 2014 @ 05:44 PM

Bicyclists secondary in Club Blvd. plan, city official says

Accommodating bicyclists on West Club Boulevard isn’t a “primary objective” of a $350,000 traffic-calming project that will narrow five intersections in the Watts Hospital-Hillandale neighborhood, Durham’s transportation director says.


Aug. 20, 2014 @ 05:40 PM

Committee OKs raise plan for UNC faculty, administrators

A plan to dole out a flat $5 million to the University of North Carolina system campuses for raises for faculty and administrators was approved by the Board of Governors finance committee on Wednesday.


Aug. 20, 2014 @ 05:22 PM

Johnny T-shirt to carry on in memory of owner

Although the staff at Johnny T-shirt is mourning the loss of the store’s owner, they plan to continue catering to Carolina fans just as he always did.

 

Aug. 20, 2014 @ 06:14 PM

DPS teacher raises money for Ferguson students

A Mangum Elementary School teacher has raised nearly $130,000 – and counting -- for the St. Louis Area Foodbank to help feed children in Ferguson, Missouri.

Schools in Ferguson did not open as scheduled Aug. 14 because of the ongoing civil unrest that began when a police officer shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
Julianna Mendelsohn, a fifth-grade teacher at Mangum, had set a goal to raise $80,000 when she started the crowdfunding campaign “Feed the Students of Ferguson” on Aug. 14.


Aug. 20, 2014 @ 04:19 PM

Southern Folklife Collection marks 25 years

Look closely at an old preserved banjo head in the Wilson Library exhibit room and you will see signatures of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, and others who were part of the civil rights movement. The piece belonged to folk singer and musicologist Guy Carawan, who is credited with helping to make “We Shall Overcome” the anthem of the movement.


Aug. 20, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

Jury awards cataract patient $1.5M in malpractice suit

A jury found a Durham ophthalmologist and hospital negligent in using the wrong drug during cataract surgery that severely damaged a patient's eye. He was awarded $1.5 million.

 

Aug. 20, 2014 @ 04:11 PM

Man indicted in teen's death

A Durham County grand jury has indicted Lequan Kashawn Wilson in the death of a teen on East Main Street last month.

 

Aug. 19, 2014 @ 06:06 PM

Whitted project gets housing tax credits

Second time was the charm for the proposed Whitted Junior High School redevelopment, which has received an allocation of low-income housing tax credits from the state.


Aug. 19, 2014 @ 05:03 PM

Duke first-year students move in to East Campus dorms

As volunteers streamed by carrying luggage and other items outside of his Duke University residence hall on Tuesday, freshman Jack Labosky said the word he would use to describe the environment around him was “bustling.”


Aug. 19, 2014 @ 04:47 PM

Duke law’s Civil Justice Clinic to help poor

Low-income Durham residents who need a lawyer but can’t afford one will get a boost from Duke Law School as it launches a Civil Justice Clinic.