News: Local

Apr. 11, 2014 @ 10:42 PM

UNC: Student-athlete literacy claims lack valid data

Three experts hired by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill say data cited by Mary Willingham doesn’t support her allegations about literacy problems among student-athletes.

On Friday, UNC officials released reports by professors from the University of Minnesota, University of Georgia and University of Virginia who examined Willingham’s data and found it lacking.

Apr. 11, 2014 @ 02:28 PM

More than a statistic

Shereka Littlejohn Dunston said to the small group, “I’m that one in four.”

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Dunston talked about her journey, citing that she is part of the statistic that one in four college women has survived rape or attempted rape.
According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, SAAM was first observed nationally in April 2001. SAAM and its teal ribbon have been designated to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent sexual violence.

Apr. 11, 2014 @ 10:49 AM

When things collide

Meredith Burgess of American Underground put the finishing touches on a sign that invites visitors to “come play” and help build a Rube Goldberg machine. The structure of the machine was just beginning to take shape in the green space across from CCB Plaza downtown during the second day of Paradoxos 2014.


Apr. 10, 2014 @ 09:32 PM

Willingham: Student-athlete problems go far beyond UNC

Mary Willingham’s not out to smear the UNC Tar Heels, she told an N.C. Central social work class Thursday night.

It’s a broader problem, throughout the NCAA, she said: Student-athletes are promised a real education, put to work without pay in sports that rake in money for the NCAA and universities and then left to fend for themselves if they’re not star athletes with pro prospects.

Apr. 10, 2014 @ 07:52 PM

Suspect in officer’s shooting sentenced to 10 years

 A man whose family claims he’s a victim of racial profiling received a 10-year federal prison sentence in connection with the 2012 shooting of a Durham Police Department officer.

The sentence was the maximum Carlos Antonio Riley Jr., 22, could have received after pleading guilty to a count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Apr. 10, 2014 @ 11:08 PM

Shots fired outside Durham mall

Three men were in custody Thursday after reports of shots fired outside Macy’s at Northgate Mall.

No injuries were reported, although a car was damaged

Apr. 10, 2014 @ 04:49 PM

Optimists gearing up for Hog Day 2014

An Orange County favorite will be back this summer under new management.
The Optimist Club of Orange County has taken over management of Hog Day 2014 and is looking forward to giving visitors the nostalgic touch that drew them to the festival more than 30 years ago.

Apr. 10, 2014 @ 04:27 PM

Firefighter suffers burns battling blaze

A Durham firefighter was burned early Thursday fighting a house fire, officials said.
He was treated at Duke University Hospital for second-degree burns to the backs of his hands and released later in the day.

Apr. 10, 2014 @ 01:01 AM

New neighbors

On a recent afternoon, visual artist Rachel Campbell was working on a commission of Chapel Hill paintings in her studio. In another section of Mercury Studio’s new location, Janice Smith was working on her education resources website. Nearby, part of a sculpture sat on a table

Apr. 09, 2014 @ 08:34 PM

Durham job seekers hunt prospects under big top

Under a tent set up downtown on Wednesday, several hundred job applicants and recruiters networked while munching on popcorn or drinking a beer, with jugglers and acrobats performing nearby.

“It’s a different way of communicating with people,” said Chris Heivly, founder of the Tech Jobs Under the Big Top, of the “reverse,” technology job-focused job fair.

The event had planned for 11 company executives making pitches to applicants, instead of the other way around.

Heivly said he encourages recruiters to stand in front of their tables and applicants not to bring resumes or wear suits. It’s a fun way of holding a job fair, he said.

“Everyone’s smiling – it’s a tent,” he said.

Apr. 10, 2014 @ 12:35 PM

A colossal journalist who blazed trail, then led others

Chuck Stone had this cologne that wouldn’t quit.

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill used to be located on campus in Howell Hall, and the second floor where Stone’s office was smelled like him.

The guy had a way of owning a room like that.

Apr. 09, 2014 @ 06:31 PM

Bull City Play Streets set for Saturday

After a winter of sledding and sliding through Durham’s ice and snow- covered streets, children and families can get their “game on” without braving the chill, as the Bull City Play Streets series gears up for its second year. 

Apr. 09, 2014 @ 06:14 PM

Minor injuries in Durham school bus accident

Several students and a bus driver were injured in a bus accident Wednesday afternoon.

Bus 440, carrying 30 students from Brogden Middle School, was near the intersection of Club Boulevard and Farthing Street when a vehicle struck it from behind.

Apr. 09, 2014 @ 06:12 PM

Police log

  • Teens injured in Durham shooting
  • Woman attacks two people