News: Local

Dec. 12, 2014 @ 07:19 PM

Chimerix CEO talks about ethical challenges of West Africa Ebola drug tests

The chief executive of a Durham company whose lead experimental drug is expected to be tested as  a treatment for Ebola in a clinical trial in West Africa spoke Monday about the challenges of carrying out the trial in the midst of a “tragic epidemic.”

Dec. 12, 2014 @ 06:55 PM

UNC Chapel Hill chancellor praises school's centers, institutes

UNC Chapel Hill Carol Folt spoke at a faculty meeting on Friday in support of the school’s centers and institutes, some of which have been under scrutiny by a working group of the UNC system’s governing board.

Dec. 12, 2014 @ 05:55 PM

EPA administrator lauds Durham Habitat homes

For the new residents of two Habitat for Humanity homes on Ashe Street, utility bills won’t be much of a burden.

Through energy efficient measures, heating and cooling bills at the homes won’t exceed $30 per month.

Dec. 12, 2014 @ 05:42 PM

Local briefs, Dec. 13

  • Rogers-Herr hosts academic contest
  • Christmas musical set Sunday
  • Assistance-dog program is set
  • Three join Special Olympics team
  • New Year’s Eve concert planned

Dec. 11, 2014 @ 08:56 PM

Vigil speaker: ‘All of us bleed when bullets dance’

It’s been nearly two years since a lone gunman opened fire in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut killing 27 people, and then himself. Since then there have been at least 95 more school shootings across the country, according to Everytown for Gun Safety. Thursday’s vigil at the Judea Reform Congregation was part of a nation-wide movement where more than 190 vigils were held in 36 states.

Dec. 11, 2014 @ 07:19 PM

Duke accepts 815 early decision applicants

On Thursday evening, 815 high school seniors were to find out they are the first members of Duke University's Class of 2019.

Dec. 11, 2014 @ 07:06 PM

10 arrested, 9 charged after protest

Nine people are facing charges after Wednesday night’s protest that shut down Fayetteville Road just outside of Southpoint Mall. A tenth person – a truck driver that police allege attempted to drive his truck through the crowd – will not face charges.

Dec. 11, 2014 @ 07:02 PM

HEAVEN SENT: Firefighters foot bill for hungry shoppers

Staratta Black had her heart set on some delicious pork chops when she entered Los Primos grocery on East Main Street Thursday afternoon. What she didn’t expect was that someone in a red-and-white suit would pay her bill at the checkout line. That someone was Santa Claus.

Dec. 11, 2014 @ 06:55 PM

Police log, Dec. 12

  • Police locate missing woman
  • Police seek information in stolen credit cards case


Dec. 11, 2014 @ 06:51 PM

UNC poverty, civil rights centers draw scrutiny

In the final stages of a review process that has 34 University of North Carolina centers and institutes facing possible funding cuts or closure, the political advocacy roles of two UNC Chapel Hill centers came under fire Thursday.  The UNC Chapel Hill Center for Civil Rights and the UNC Chapel Hill Center on Poverty, Work & Opportunity are two of 34 centers still under review by the working group, which could recommend them for funding cuts, closure, redirection or validation to the full UNC Board of Governors.

Dec. 11, 2014 @ 06:35 PM

Ruth Dzau wins Duke Energy citizenship award

Civic leader Ruth Dzau was recently awarded the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award, which pays tribute to individuals who have made a profound impact on the lives of citizens through exemplary service.

Dec. 11, 2014 @ 02:55 PM

Close encounter of the modern dance kind

The audience will have a very close encounter with modern dance when Durham Independent Dance Artists presents the premiere of Justin Tornow’s work “No. 13” (aka “The Weights”) Saturday and Sunday at The Carrack Modern Art Gallery in downtown Durham. That’s because at times, dancers will be just six inches away from the audience.

Dec. 11, 2014 @ 02:13 PM

UNC civil rights center draws scrutiny from BOG group

In the final stages of a review that has 34 University of North Carolina centers and institutes still in consideration for possible closure, funding cuts, redirection or “validation,” the UNC-Chapel Hill School’s Center for Civil Rights’ “advocacy” role came under fire Thursday.

Dec. 10, 2014 @ 10:40 PM

10 arrested during protest

Ten people were arrested Wednesday night after a protest shut down Fayetteville Road for about 40 minutes.