News: Local

Nov. 22, 2014 @ 03:16 PM

Renovations to begin soon at Durham City Hall

Much-needed repairs to Durham’s City Hall and Annex will begin in early December.

The City’s General Services Department is overseeing the nine-month renovation project that will consist of three major sub-projects.

Nov. 21, 2014 @ 08:21 PM

Fire damages house, displaces 5 occupants

Fire heavily damaged a home south of downtown Friday afternoon, displacing five residents. No one was hurt.

Firefighters were called at 4:45 p.m. to a one-story house at 1204 Franklin St., off Alston Avenue , and saw flames inside and heavy smoke coming from the attic.

Nov. 21, 2014 @ 07:01 PM

DKU celebrates opening

Duke University leaders formally celebrated this fall’s launch of Duke Kunshan University with a campus opening ceremony on Monday.

Nov. 21, 2014 @ 06:42 PM

UNC faculty member inquires about former faculty chair's status

UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt said that keeping private the employment status of employees implicated in the report by former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein until their review processes are over passes “my smell test.”

Nov. 21, 2014 @ 07:26 PM

Police log, Nov. 22

  • Chapel Hill police looking for missing woman
  • In other crime news …

Nov. 21, 2014 @ 04:33 PM

Court: Orange regulators overstepped

A unanimous N.C. Court of Appeals panel says regulators in Orange County have exceeded their authority by trying to inspect “spray irrigation” septic systems.

Nov. 21, 2014 @ 06:42 PM

UNC-Chapel Hill’s accrediting agency raises compliance questions

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s accrediting agency has raised questions about the school’s compliance with 18 standards in light of the findings of former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein’s investigation into the school’s academic and athletic scandal.

Nov. 25, 2014 @ 12:17 PM

Duke faculty react to proposal to build new health center on ‘Anderson Woods’ site

BY LAURA OLENIACZ; 919-419-6636


DURHAM – Two acres of woods on Duke University’s West Campus have some oak trees that are several hundred years old, scientists say, and have been untouched by farming. Faculty members have used the woods for decades for teaching and research.

Nov. 21, 2014 @ 12:47 PM

Thanksgiving meals can be healthy

By KEITH UPCHURCH; 919-419-6612

DURHAM – Stuffing yourself on Thanksgiving can lead to weight gain, but health officials said it’s possible to enjoy your favorite foods without paying a price.

Nov. 20, 2014 @ 09:47 PM

Later school start times could come in the 2016-17 school year

The school board on Thursday adopted a resolution setting a goal not to start middle schools or high schools before 8 a.m. or later beginning in the 2016-17 school year.


Nov. 20, 2014 @ 06:52 PM

Council to keep close tabs on take-home car policy

An audit of the use of “take-home vehicles” by the Durham Police Department and other city departments raised important policy issues, according to City Council members, who on Thursday said they want to be kept in the loop about any follow-up.


Nov. 20, 2014 @ 05:43 PM

UNC provost, chancellor describe reforms in response to scandal

Despite a number of reforms implemented in response to the athletic and academic scandal at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the school’s provost, James W. Dean Jr., said that he doesn’t expect “anyone to do the victory dance any time soon.”

Nov. 20, 2014 @ 05:11 PM

Council reshapes draft “memorials” policy

City Council members appear likely to endorse a policy that allows the removal of roadside memorials on public property, but signaled Thursday they don’t want one as strict as what the city staff initially proposed.

Nov. 20, 2014 @ 04:44 PM

Police log, November 21

  • One man charged after robbery, chase
  • Search for toddler gets help

Nov. 20, 2014 @ 04:29 PM

Sheriff’s Office seeks information about man’s beating

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what happened to a man before he was beaten and left in a ditch.