News: Local

Apr. 22, 2015 @ 08:55 PM

MARATHON MAN: Duke icon Al Buehler retires after 60-year run

Al Buehler has had more than a great run. He’s had an historic one. After 60 years, Buehler, 84, is retiring from Duke University as the oldest living professor in Duke’s history and the only Duke Olympic coach in track and field. He leaves behind the grateful hearts of thousands of students he’s molded and mentored as head track and cross-country coach and professor in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation department. He even has a trail named for him — the Al Buehler Cross Country Trail — around the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Course.


Apr. 23, 2015 @ 09:44 AM

Young black males here face 6 times risk of being slain

A report compiled by the DOJ’s Office of Justice Program found that black males between 15 and 34 in the city of Durham were at a greater risk of homicide than all Durham residents. Based on data from the Durham Police Department along with the FBI and U.S. Census Bureau it was determined that the average homicide rate of young black men per 100,000 people was 41.6. The rate for Durham residents as a whole was 7.2 per 100,000 people.


Apr. 22, 2015 @ 05:36 PM

Board to discuss teacher rights, budget

Due process rights for teachers and a budget presentation for the 2015-16 school year will highlight the school board’s regular business meeting Thursday night, April 23.


Apr. 22, 2015 @ 04:25 PM

Holloway Street shooting wounds two, leads to standoff

Two people were hospitalized with gunshot wounds early Wednesday and the man suspected of pulling the trigger is in custody at the Durham County jail.


Apr. 22, 2015 @ 03:54 PM

At long last, East End Connector makes headway

For 56 years, what would be a nearly four-mile stretch of pavement to be dubbed the East End Connector has been on the drawing board. Construction on the road began in February but on Wednesday, state, city and county officials officially broke ground on the long-awaited project that will link the Durham Freeway and U.S. 70. It will also improve U.S. 70 from Pleasant Drive to north of N.C. 98 when completed in 2020.


Apr. 22, 2015 @ 03:30 PM

DCIA campaigns to ‘Feed and Read’

Durham Congregations In Action has launched a Feed and Read campaign to pair congregations with local schools to provide literacy tutoring and food.


Apr. 22, 2015 @ 08:15 AM

Shooting leads to standoff, street closure on Holloway

An early morning shooting injured two people and shut down a portion of Holloway Street as officers respond. 


Apr. 21, 2015 @ 06:53 PM

NCCU wary of future facing fundraising aid cap

It might not pass the N.C. General Assembly this year, but N.C. Central University leaders suspect a version of the $1 million cap on state aid to fundraising offices across the UNC system will someday become law.


Apr. 21, 2015 @ 06:17 PM

Young authors to be honored by school board

Students who helped to write and self-publish the teen fiction novel “Running for Hope” will be celebrated Thursday at the school board’s regular business meeting.


Apr. 21, 2015 @ 06:02 PM

Three arrested at Miami Blvd. convenience store

After months of complaints the Durham Police Department and the Alcohol Law Enforcement made three arrests at a store on North Miami Boulevard.


Apr. 21, 2015 @ 05:48 PM

DOCUMENTING AN ICON: Comedy, music legend Pigmeat Markham hailed from Hayti

Durham native Dewey “Pigmeat” Markham is best known for his judge character, which reached a wide audience in the late 1960s when Markham performed his “Here Comes the Judge” sketch on the then popular “Laugh-In” comedy show.


Apr. 21, 2015 @ 05:46 PM

OFFLINE: WiderNet Project spreads info — without the Internet

Cliff Missen started simply in 2000, with six websites copied onto a CD-ROM. Fifteen years later, his technology nonprofit is celebrating the 1,000th installation of a system that has changed the way people learn in developing countries.


Apr. 21, 2015 @ 05:26 PM

‘Aging Well in Durham’ conference set

Durham County will host its first conference focused solely on issues related to adults aging well and safely in Durham.


Apr. 21, 2015 @ 11:26 AM

Grand jury indicts teen in slaying of ex-girlfriend

A Durham County grand jury indicted a former Jordan High School student Monday on a murder charge in the slaying of his ex-girlfriend.


Apr. 20, 2015 @ 06:34 PM

UNC search panel wants president who understands N.C.

The Board of Governors committee responsible for finding a successor to system President Tom Ross got down to work Monday, by first considering what they’ll look for in a headhunter.