News: Local

Apr. 21, 2014 @ 09:57 PM

Firefighters battle 2 blazes

Five people were displaced Monday when fire broke out in their kitchen in North-East Central Durham. And Saturday, a woman's home caught fire when she fell asleep while smoking.

No one was hurt


Apr. 21, 2014 @ 06:01 PM

Willingham departing UNC, cites “irreconcilable differences”

Mary Willingham, the academic adviser at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who alleged widespread illiteracy among student-athletes, is leaving the university.

On Monday afternoon, she confirmed that she would leave UNC after her last class today.


Apr. 21, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Capping privilege tax worries city

State legislators are working on a tax-cut proposal for business that could wind up costing Durham’s city government up to $2.3 million a year in local revenue.


Apr. 20, 2014 @ 04:37 PM

Board still undecided about open search process

The Durham Public Schools board has yet to resolve whether the board will conduct an open search for a new superintendent, a closed one or a hybrid in which only finalists are introduced to the public.


Apr. 20, 2014 @ 02:06 PM

Easter service: Tradition with a different feel

The Easter sunrise service at Duke Chapel brought out a sizeable crowd before daybreak.

The 6:30 a.m. service was moved into Duke Chapel from Duke Garden because of mud, but that did not deter the more than 100 people who came together to worship Sunday morning.


Apr. 20, 2014 @ 12:26 PM

Neil Offen: Will you be drinking tonight?

On our wine list this evening, you’ll find several stains and a few grease marks, along with:

A 2007 Slovakian gamay or gamay not, with hints of goat cheese and leftover macaroni, and a finish full of crabapple and a satisfying aroma of drying cement. Great paired with the last Peppermint Pattie in the bag.


Apr. 19, 2014 @ 08:28 PM

COPLOG: Amber Alert issued for 10-month-old in Durham

Durham police and state officials issued an Amber Alert on Saturday for 10-month-old Tamiyah Elssy Bryant.


Apr. 19, 2014 @ 07:14 PM

Council to review gigabit-Internet deal with AT&T

The push for gigabit-per-second-speed Internet service in Durham reaches the City Council this week, in the form of a proposed agreement with AT&T officials hope will yield its first connections in mid-2015.

The deal calls for the city to cooperate with AT&T network-installation efforts, speeding the review of any needed regulatory approvals and inspections so the project can move forward quickly.


Apr. 19, 2014 @ 05:35 PM

Museum workshop puts parents, kids on same page

It was drizzling and overcast outside, but was bright and busy on Saturday morning inside a Museum of Life and Science room where children, their parents, friends and relatives were busy assembling small robots from kits. This was the second of three sessions held as part of the museum’s new Tinker Tech Family Workshop series that aim to bring science, technology, engineering and math to children outside of school.


Apr. 19, 2014 @ 05:30 PM

Dance, music, yoga at Shakori Hills Festival

While the cold made it harder to move his fingers, George Stewart and his partner in the two-man band Ed and George walked away with a positive feeling from a competition on Saturday that included bands playing old-time, bluegrass and other types of music. “We really enjoyed it; we think it’s nice that people came out (to) show their appreciation,” said Stewart’s band partner Ed Davis, as they walked away from the stage where the competition was held as part of Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Dance and Music.


Apr. 19, 2014 @ 08:30 PM

Changes coming to Central Park area

The redevelopment of Liberty Warehouse into apartments with ground-floor shops may be just the beginning of new development in the Durham Central Park area.

Potential developers are looking into buying other properties and buildings in the area, and additional business owners also are looking to set up shop in the lively district.


The area around Foster Street, Geer Street and Rigsbee Avenue is already home to the Durham Farmers’ Market at the Durham Central Park Pavilion, Fullsteam Brewery, Motorco Music Hall, Cocoa Cinnamon, King’s Sandwich Shop, the restaurant and bar Geer Street Garden, and multiple bars.

To add to the mix, the owners of The Blue Note Grill, a barbecue and rib restaurant that has live blues, bluegrass, rockabilly and other music each night on Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard, has signed a lease to relocate to two bays of a building on Washington Street near the Durham Athletic Park.


Apr. 19, 2014 @ 04:12 PM

Sheriff installs medicine drop box at courthouse

The Durham County Sheriff’s Office has installed a drop box where people can discard unwanted over-the-counter or prescription medications.
The drop box is in the lobby of the Durham County Courthouse at 510 S. Dillard St. The lobby is open Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding certain holidays. Medications deposited in the box will be disposed of in a safe and non-hazardous way. All drop-offs are anonymous.


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 11:42 PM

Fire hits Exchange Club Industries

Fire damaged a Durham Exchange Club Industries warehouse Friday, forcing an evacuation of employees. No one was hurt.


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 06:16 PM

Party-house worries emerge in more neighborhoods

A new coalition of neighborhood groups wants city and Duke University officials to clamp down on Duke’s off-campus party house scene, by cooperating with them in writing a formal protocol to respond to complaints.


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 05:06 PM

Good Friday at Duke Chapel

On a cool, windy Good Friday, the campus around Duke Chapel was bustling with the sounds of students walking to class, birds chirping from the magnolia trees and the buzzing of construction at the Rubenstein Library. A construction crane arm swung high above a crowd of people gathered on the chapel quad below.