News: Local

Jan. 22, 2015 @ 09:09 PM

School board OKs Whitted spending hike

The school board on Thursday voted 6-1 to contribute an additional $800,000 to the $21.5 million Whitted Junior High School redevelopment project.


Jan. 22, 2015 @ 07:01 PM

Escrow issue threatens future DPD HQ site purchase

City Council members retreated behind closed doors Thursday to iron out a last-minute snag that threatened their government’s plan to buy land off East Main Street to use as the site of Durham’s next police headquarters.


Jan. 22, 2015 @ 06:41 PM

‘Trouble in Mind’: A play within a play about racism and theater

Kathy A. Perkins, the lighting designer for PlayMakers Repertory Company’s presentation of “Trouble in Mind,” was a friend of its playwright, Alice Childress. Perkins said that Childress’ “Trouble in Mind” was performed off-Broadway but while it was optioned for Broadway, it didn’t go forward because Childress said no to changing the ending.


Jan. 22, 2015 @ 05:47 PM

Police Log: Police investigate pair of shootings

Durham police are investigating separate shootings in the area of Fayetteville Street and the 400 block of Linwood Avenue that left two women with gunshot wounds.


Jan. 22, 2015 @ 05:24 PM

UNC to invest in own startups; BOT sets $5M fund

UNC-Chapel Hill startups will now have access to $5 million in funding after the university’s Board of Trustees (BOT) announced a new fund Wednesday.


Jan. 22, 2015 @ 05:06 PM

Groups partner to reduce poverty in East Durham

A new program aimed at reducing poverty in East Durham has just finished its first training session and matched 14 families in poverty with allies to support their goals to succeed.


Jan. 22, 2015 @ 05:01 PM

E.K. Powe students share gift of reading

The Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu famously said “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” One group of fourth graders at E.K. Powe Elementary School also believes it can begin with a single book.


Jan. 22, 2015 @ 04:31 PM

Carolina Theatre raising cash for new seats

The Carolina Theatre has begun a Kickstarter campaign to help replace the 21-year-old seats in its cinemas.


Jan. 22, 2015 @ 03:59 PM

Hillsborough advances to ‘Coolest Small Town’ semifinals

Hillsborough is a step closer to being named America’s Coolest Small Town.


Jan. 22, 2015 @ 03:00 PM

Hudson names judge in Riley case

Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson agreed Thursday it’s his duty, not the prosecutor’s, to select the judge who will preside at the trial of a man accused of shooting a Durham police officer.


Jan. 22, 2015 @ 05:40 PM

Police anticipate arrests in 2 of 3 slayings

Durham police are reportedly on the brink of making arrests in connection with two of the three murders reported in the city Monday and Tuesday.



Jan. 21, 2015 @ 08:08 PM

Police reveal names of three murder victims

Durham Police on Wednesday released the names of three previously unidentified bodies all found in Durham in a 24-hour period that spanned parts of Monday and Tuesday.


Jan. 21, 2015 @ 07:33 PM

UNC wrestling coach Mock pushes for sexual assault discussion

For UNC wrestling coach C.D. Mock, the message of a well-known anti-domestic violence, anti-sexual assault PSA echoes a message he’s tried to convey in a website he started to tell the ongoing saga of his son’s sexual assault case at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.


Jan. 21, 2015 @ 06:52 PM

City catches heat over crime-map change

A Web publisher and some of its customers are objecting to a decision by city officials to stop using in-house mapping software to relay word to the public about where crime happens in Durham. Officials earlier this month announced that they had shut down the former CrimeMapper system in favor of posting the same data to a Web service called RAIDS Online.