News: Local

Apr. 15, 2014 @ 10:31 PM

Steinem: Society's not post-feminist

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem spoke to a packed 1,600-seat Duke Chapel on a rainy Tuesday night. She talked about connections and how “we are linked, we are not ranked.”

Steinem recently turned 80 and told the audience that life is long and we are like Russian dolls. The original self doesn’t go away, she said, but stays the same and builds and builds.

Apr. 15, 2014 @ 08:09 PM

Durham Public Works: Most failed-development problems cleared up

So far the city’s only had to spend $35,000 to $40,000 of its own money to secure the completion of streets and other infrastructure in the “failed and struggling developments” left behind by 2008’s market crash.

That’s a small amount compared to the $8½ million or so in private-sector spending that’s gone into street and drainage work in 30 or so subdivisions the crash left in danger of going unfinished, Public Works Department and other city officials say.

But an estimated $5 million in work in 23 neighborhoods remains, and a pending court case is likely to play a big role in determining how much of that bill lands on the public’s shoulders.

Apr. 15, 2014 @ 05:34 PM

City worker loses appeal on driving record

N.C. Court of Appeals judges have declined a city trash-truck driver’s request that they order his bosses to clear his driving record of a report that he’d failed to show up for a random drug test.
Tuesday’s ruling went against Christopher Benjamin, who lost his job with the Solid Waste Management department just before Thanksgiving 2009 only to be reinstated about two weeks later.

Apr. 15, 2014 @ 04:48 PM

Educator with Lou Gehrig’s wants to takes students on life-changing trip

Vivian Connell’s urgency is real as she works to give her students what she hopes will be a life-changing experience.

In a Facebook post, Connell disclosed that she has ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. She likely has three to five years to live, and said she wants those close to her to help her do a few things.
Along with making sure her two children remember her and donating to the Duke ALS Clinic, she wants to do something for her students.

Apr. 15, 2014 @ 03:49 PM

Consultants: UNC data interpretation flawed, but low scores still a concern

Overall, the trio of academics hired by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill backed up assertions that Mary Willingham’s data about student-athletes didn’t support claims of widespread illiteracy.

Willingham reported in January that about 60 percent of UNC’s student-athletes tested between 2004 and 2012 had a literacy level between fourth and eighth grade.

Apr. 15, 2014 @ 05:28 PM

D.A.: No charges against NCCU police in fatal shooting

District Attorney Leon Stanback said Tuesday his office won’t seek charges against N.C. Central University police in last fall’s fatal shooting of an armed man on campus.

Apr. 14, 2014 @ 09:08 PM

Davis sworn in as Durham’s new county manager

New County Manager Wendell Davis pledged Monday to spend his time working to boost Durham’s “human capital” in cooperation with the city government, educators and the private sector.

“We can talk about crime, we can talk about poverty, we can talk about health disparities and all these other factors that impact and influence our communities on a daily basis,” Davis said. “But if we can figure out how to create access and opportunity, for young people, for all people, to get a solid education, then we create opportunity for people to change their lives.”

Apr. 14, 2014 @ 06:48 PM

Police log, April 15

Police on Monday identified the motorcyclist who was injured in a wreck on North Duke Street over the weekend.

Apr. 14, 2014 @ 06:16 PM

Plan calls for current board to hire superintendent

Durham Public Schools could name a new superintendent in June under an aggressive timeline recently adopted by the school board.
The board and its consultant, Ray & Associates, hammered out a timeline last week that places the job of hiring the new superintendent in the hands of the current board.
There had been some debate over whether the job should go to the board that’s currently seated or the one elected May 6. That election could produce as many as three new board members.

Apr. 14, 2014 @ 06:07 PM

Durham County home sales up 4.5 percent in March from 2013 level

Durham County home sales ticked up 4.5 percent in March year-over-year while home sales across four counties in the Triangle were down 1 percent.

Compared with February, however, sales were up both in the Triangle and in Durham, according to Triangle Multiple Listing Service data.

Apr. 14, 2014 @ 06:09 PM

Tuesday's forecast: Yellow slime

If your car has turned yellow, nature is about to shower you with a free wash.
Forecasters say Tuesday's chance of rain is near 100 percent, which should clear the air of the thick pine pollen that’s coated Durham for days.
It’s also expected to create a run of yellow slime in the streets.

Apr. 14, 2014 @ 04:42 PM

9th Wonder class to launch Hip-Hop Institute at NCCU

Patrick Douthit, the Grammy Award-winning hip-hip producer known as 9th Wonder, will teach a class on “Hip-Hop in Context” at N.C. Central University this fall, which will also launch the university’s Hip-Hop Institute.
NCCU formally announced the move at a news conference Monday on campus. NCCU Chancellor Debra Saunders-White said the university is embarking on a new era in its academic offerings. The Hip-Hop Institute is the beginning of an interdisciplinary program, she said, based in the history department.

Apr. 14, 2014 @ 01:17 PM

Durham health officials fight STD trend

A recent report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has Durham County Public Health adding new strategies to increase screening for sexually transmitted diseases among its residents.
The report sheds light on the nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted infections that occur in the United States every year, costing the American health-care system nearly $16 billion in direct medical costs. Adolescents and young adults account for a substantial part of these infections. CDC estimates that half of all new STDs in the country occur among young men and women aged 15 to 24.

Apr. 13, 2014 @ 08:10 PM

Council preps for vote on tower, Jack Tar incentives

City Council members say that before they vote on a $4 million business-incentive offer to the would-be developer of a new skyscraper, they want to discuss the developer’s use of a burned-out building on the site.

Plans call for the building’s Main Street and Parrish Street façades to be retained as part of the new “City Center” tower. Durham’s Historic Preservation Commission signed off on the idea last year.

Apr. 13, 2014 @ 05:49 PM

Organ donations: The gift of life

Delores Benton Evans owes her life to her son.

Without his donated kidney, Evans knows she would not be among the living.