News: Local

Jun. 29, 2015 @ 04:27 PM

Ensemble takes on Jagger and Richards

The Duke University Vespers Ensemble concentrates on sacred music of the Renaissance by composers such as Dieterich Buxtehude and Christobal de Morales. In recent months, the choir also has been rehearsing the music of composers Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the principal songwriters of The Rolling Stones, with whom the Vespers Ensemble will perform when the Stones take the stage Wednesday at Carter Finley Stadium.


Jun. 29, 2015 @ 04:18 PM

Sanchez named principal at Spring Valley

Sarah Sanchez, the assistant principal at Lucas Middle School, has been appointed principal of Spring Valley Elementary.  She begins her work there Monday.


Jun. 29, 2015 @ 03:31 PM

Duke Diet & Fitness names program director

William S. Yancy Jr., M.D. MHSc, Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center, will be the new program director of the Duke Diet and Fitness Center, said Adam Perlman, associate vice president of Duke Health and Wellness.


Jun. 29, 2015 @ 03:31 PM

NCCU to celebrate 105th anniversary

A collection of 105 artifacts dating back to the early years of N.C. Central University will be exhibited on campus Wednesday, July 1 in celebration of the university’s 105th anniversary which will be July 5, 2015. The pop-up exhibit will be in Room 110 of the James E. Shepard Memorial Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 1.


Jun. 28, 2015 @ 07:26 PM

‘Around the world in a teacup’

B.C. Dash was one of several speakers on Sunday afternoon at the Durham County Library for a joint event with Sister Cities of Durham to bring people together over varieties tea made from countries across the world.


Jun. 28, 2015 @ 03:37 PM

New food truck also re-entry program for ex-cons

The Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham has a new program rolling out soon, on wheels. 2econd Helpings will be a new food truck “where a conviction is not a barrier, but a requirement.” The food truck will employ only those Durhamites returning to the community after serving time in prison.


Jun. 28, 2015 @ 03:34 PM

School board to address funding questions

The school board will schedule a special meeting to discuss “next steps” in the wake of the County Commissioners’ decision to only fund $3.5 million of its request for $7.8 million in new local money and the uncertainty surrounding school funding in the state’s budget.


Jun. 28, 2015 @ 07:53 PM

Police log: Hispanic man found shot to death Sunday

The body of an unidentified Hispanic man was found at around 6 a.m. Sunday on the side of the North-bound entrance ramp to Interstate 85 from Redwood Road, the Durham County Sheriff’s Office reported Sunday afternoon.


Jun. 28, 2015 @ 03:03 PM

Neil Offen: Flushed with success

I knew I was in trouble the moment I saw how “easy” it was supposed to be to do this. I knew there would be 19 difficult steps as soon as I found out that there were “only 4 simple steps.” I knew there was no way I could do it as soon as I read that “anyone can do it.” Still, I figured I had to try to fix the toilet.


Jun. 27, 2015 @ 03:44 PM

National advocacy group reaches out to Hispanic moms

Saturday morning was like any other fitness class at A.B. Fitness in Northgate Mall, full of jumping jacks, leg lifts and squats on miniature trampolines. But after the class, something different was happening — the first Hispanic meet-up for the national organization MomsRising.


Jun. 27, 2015 @ 03:33 PM

School board reaches uneasy compromise

The Durham school board has voted to hold three meetings per month instead of the two some members sought. In a 4-2 vote, the board agreed to hold two committee meetings, which all members would attend, and one regular business meeting also attended by all members. The new schedule is a shift from the old one in which the board holds three committee work sessions and one regular business meetings for a total of four.


Jun. 27, 2015 @ 03:30 PM

Duke's new muscular dystrophy clinic: A one-stop shop

Kelby Oakley likes going to the doctor's office now more than ever. That's because of Duke Medicine's new clinic for muscular dystrophy patients like Kelby that opened recently at Lenox Baker Children's Hospital on Erwin Road.


Jun. 27, 2015 @ 03:26 PM

UNC med school gets OK for faculty buyouts

UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine has secured permission to use buyouts over the next year to encourage some of its retirement-eligible faculty to step down.


Jun. 27, 2015 @ 03:18 PM

Churches eye security in Charleston’s wake

The Rev. Anita Thompson, pastor of Emmanuel AME Church in Durham, will take a trip to Charleston, South Carolina next month with her two sisters. The trip had been planned before nine African-American women and men were gunned down during Bible study on June 17.


Jun. 27, 2015 @ 03:00 PM

Durham County Government holiday closings

Durham County Government will close most offices for the Independence Day holiday on Friday, July 3. All offices will reopen and resume normal hours of operation on Monday, July 6.