News: Local

Sep. 27, 2014 @ 03:53 PM

DENR cuts AmeriCorps program; Eno State Park loses naturalist

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has decided to cut the AmeriCorps program, which provided environmental education and outreach staff in parks, zoos and other departments and facilities, for next year.


Sep. 27, 2014 @ 03:37 PM

Police: Mother confessed to beating daughter, 4, who died

The Durham Police Department confirmed Saturday that Jessica Warren, 27, has confessed to beating her 4-year-old daughter, Armani Hodges, prior to calling 911 on Thursday night.

Sep. 27, 2014 @ 03:26 PM

UNC-Chapel Hill instructors reshaping intro science course instruction

It was the discrepancy between numbers of black students and their white and Asian peers who earned a D or an F in her Biology 101 large lecture course at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that was a wake-up call for Kelly Hogan.

Sep. 27, 2014 @ 03:18 PM

City seeks operator for East Durham rec center

Extending a program already in place at two other buildings, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department is looking for a nonprofit group that wants to operate a small community center on Harvard Avenue.


Sep. 26, 2014 @ 06:23 PM

Blue Cross Blue Shield drops HMO plans in 11 counties

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will drop its Blue Medicare HMO standard and Blue Medicare HMO Enhanced plan products in 11 North Carolina counties in 2015, affecting 50,000 beneficiaries statewide.


Sep. 26, 2014 @ 05:47 PM

Ministry registers high school students to vote

Two members of the John W. Edwards Social Justice ministry at Union Missionary Baptist Church have spent the past several days registering area high school students to vote.

Sep. 26, 2014 @ 05:36 PM

Harlem Wizards to work a little magic for John Avery club

The Harlem Wizards are coming to help the John Avery Boys & Girls Club celebrate its 75th anniversary.

Sep. 26, 2014 @ 05:22 PM

Bike-sharing program launches at Duke

A new bike-sharing program at Duke University aims to help the school meet its environmental impact goals by reducing the number of campus driven-alone trips taken by employees, students and staff.

The university launched a new program Friday through a contract with the Boston-based company Zagster. There are now 50 Zagster bicycles on campus parked at four stations, said Timothy Ericson, Zagster’s CEO, at the program’s official launch Friday.

Sep. 26, 2014 @ 05:14 PM

Police log

  • Man facing 16 charges wanted by DPD
  • Child’s death under investigation
  • Car damages Durham home
  • Disturbance leads to arrest on New Castle Road

Sep. 26, 2014 @ 04:49 PM

Horsch: Serving the community

The semester is winding down. Graduation is on the horizon. Basically, it’s a slide from here on out. … Wait, this seems weird. … Didn’t I just graduate?


Sep. 26, 2014 @ 04:38 PM

DATA tinkering with bus routes again

The Durham Area Transit Authority is rolling out a passel of service changes today, some meant to bolster service, others to improve the system’s on-time performance.

Sep. 26, 2014 @ 04:08 PM

10 schools to serve free lunches

A good thing just got better for some Durham Public Schools’ students.
The school district announced Thursday that in addition to free breakfast to all district schools, 10 schools will also serve free lunches to students, regardless of the students’ economic status.

Sep. 26, 2014 @ 04:11 PM

Superintendent: Principal handled assault allegation properly

Superintendent Bert L’Homme said W.G. Pearson Elementary School Principal LaManda Chestnut-Pryor acted immediately after learning about allegation of a sexual assault involving a 5-year-old boy on a school bus leaving the school.

Sep. 25, 2014 @ 07:05 PM

UNC-Chapel Hill doc called to help prepare Ebola training course

After treating Ebola patients in Guinea for three weeks earlier this year, UNC-Chapel Hill’s Dr. Billy Fischer was tapped by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help prepare a pre-deployment training course for doctors.

Sep. 25, 2014 @ 06:55 PM

‘Dancing With the Survivors’ – and her friends

Ballroom dancing, for Jo Ann Robison, is about more than just dancing. After moving to the Triangle last year and only knowing two people, dancing has given her a social life.
On Oct. 2, a special event at Fred Astaire Dance Studio will be about more than just dancing. It’s a fundraiser for breast cancer patients, and Robison is a breast cancer survivor. Fred Astaire Dance Studio franchises across the country will hold the same “Dancing With the Survivors” event, a play on the television show “Dancing With the Stars,” to benefit The Pink Fund. The fund provides money to current breast cancer patients in treatment for non-medical expenses.