Orange County Health Department officials have thrown down the gauntlet to their counterparts in Durham, challenging them to walk the Appalachian Trail.
Joe and Terry Graedon will air their 1,000th radio episode on WUNC 91.5 FM Saturday, July 25, and for more than 200,000 listeners over 150 public radio stations nationwide.
Former Durham Public Schools superintendent Eric Becoats, who resigned from DPS in December 2013 amid a scandal over his handling of district finances, has been named the Philadelphia school district’s assistant superintendent for the Turnaround Network, a new office created to improve low-performing schools.
The discussion on affordable housing in downtown Durham came to a head this week as Mayor Bill Bell suggested the city look into buying four units in a proposed condominium project.
Fire damaged the roof of a house off Fayetteville Street around midnight Friday and left eight people and four dogs displaced. No injuries were reported.
The state Supreme Court on Thursday reversed a lower court’s decision and declared the state’s controversial “Opportunity Scholarship Program” to be constitutional. In its 4-3 decision, the court said that it was required to stay within the limits of its assigned role and make a determination only as to whether the program is constitutional while the General Assembly has the duty of determining the wisdom of such programs.
The City Council on Thursday was able to address concerns about 2014 traffic stop numbers from the Durham Police Department.
UNC officials are looking into what Chancellor Carol Folt termed a “completely unacceptable” failure of the system they use to warn students, faculty and staff of on-campus safety threats. The review follows a pair of armed robberies that happened on campus at about 11 p.m. Wednesday. Campus police are looking for two men who were in a white, four-door sedan and used handguns to threaten their victims.
The Durham Police Department’s High Enforcement Abatement Team (HEAT) 2 unit and N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) conducted an operation targeting alcohol sales to minors July 17. “Employees at 31 locations were cited for selling alcohol to minors,” spokeswoman Kammie Michael said. “Employees at nine of the 31 locations asked for identification but still sold the alcohol, according to officers. Two employees were cited at one location.”
Nine people were displaced Thursday after lightning hit their house and set it on fire, officials said. No one was hurt.
City Councilman Eddie Davis spoke to the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham on Thursday about community action following the U.S. Department of Justice’s April report on violence in Durham.
Fast food and homecare workers gathered outside of the McDonald’s restaurant at 102 W. Morgan St. Thursday for another rally as part of the national Raise Up for $15 movement.
The main events of Durham County Library’s fifth annual Durham Comics Fest happen Saturday, July 25 at Southwest. Writers and visual artists Jimmy Gownley, Nick Bertozzi, Jim Ottaviani and Malcolm Goff will be teaching workshops. Also taking place will be a comic book swap and a local artists alley.