News: Local

Apr. 06, 2014 @ 04:05 PM

‘Evolution of a Criminal’ among nine award winners at Full Frame

“Evolution of a Criminal,” a documentary by filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe, took the Reva and David Logan Grand Jury Award and the Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award during Sunday’s ceremony at the final day of the 2014 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

Apr. 05, 2014 @ 09:52 PM

Durham committee offers candidate endorsements

The Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People on Saturday released its slate of endorsements for the upcoming primary election.

Apr. 05, 2014 @ 08:54 PM

Habitat gives homeowner a new foundation

Retired pastor Joe Harvard was walking with his wife, Carlisle, last summer when he made a surprise announcement: His 50th wedding anniversary gift to her would be a house.

It wouldn’t be for them, however. Instead, it would be a Habitat for Humanity house for someone in need.

Apr. 05, 2014 @ 08:52 PM

East Durham fire displaces 4 people, dog

Four people and a dog were burned out of their East Durham home Saturday afternoon, Durham fire officials said.

No one was hurt.

Battalion chief Dan Cremeans of the Durham Fire Department said firefighters were called to the single-family house at 209 S. Adams St., off Holloway Street, about 3:30 p.m.

Apr. 05, 2014 @ 05:51 PM

Police Beat

  • Woman accused in box knife assault

Apr. 05, 2014 @ 05:41 PM

FULL FRAME: Connections to a disaster

In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and releasing billons of gallons of crude oil.

Filmmaker Margaret Brown, who is from the Gulf state of Alabama, wanted to tell the story that she said “kind of happened in my back yard.”

However, Brown did not want to make a film that pointed the finger exclusively at BP Oil, the company that leased the rig from Transocean, for its shortcuts in safety that led to the explosion.

Apr. 05, 2014 @ 04:46 PM

Durham Doughnut ambassador seeks to reconnect readers with sweet memories

With four doughnuts between them, Julie Jean Thomson was at the downtown doughnut shop Monuts Donuts with a friend recently.

The number and variety of doughnuts that they ordered sparked the interest of another customer, who asked if it was Thomson’s job to write about doughnuts

Apr. 05, 2014 @ 04:37 PM

FULL FRAME: ‘The Hip-Hop Fellow’ about 9th Wonder at Harvard

“The Hip-Hop Fellow” premiered in a packed Fletcher Hall at the Carolina Theatre Saturday morning during the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in downtown Durham.

It’s the second film by Kenneth Price about hip-hop producer 9th Wonder, known first to North Carolina before he went on to stardom. “The Hip-Hop Fellow” depicts 9th Wonder’s year-long fellowship at Harvard University.

Apr. 04, 2014 @ 09:42 PM

Durham schools boost anti-obesity effort

As director of child nutrition for Durham Public Schools, James Keaten is transforming cafeterias into places where fresh fruits and vegetables are replacing junk food.

What may be surprising is that students, for the most part, love it.

Even salads offered in middle schools are being snapped up.

Apr. 04, 2014 @ 08:11 PM

Durham minor misdemeanor diversion program launches for 16, 17-year-olds

A new Durham County program designed to keep 16-and-17-year-olds from getting minor misdemeanor charges from going on their permanent records had its first day in court on Friday.

Apr. 04, 2014 @ 07:33 PM

Local briefs, April 5

  • Star Watch rescheduled for Saturday
  • ‘Conversations with Commissioners’ Tuesday
  • Commissioners reschedule April 14th Session

Apr. 04, 2014 @ 10:49 PM

Police log, April 5

Police find missing Durham infant

DURHAM - Durham police on Friday sought a missing 1-year-old boy, Andre Thompson Jr.

They found him late last night, safe in Durham.

Apr. 04, 2014 @ 06:49 PM

People’s Alliance releases Durham endorsement slate

The Durham People’s Alliance wants some new faces in the school board, but favored incumbents in other contested races in the upcoming May primary election.

Apr. 04, 2014 @ 06:28 PM

FULL FRAME: Filmmaker is subject of ‘Evolution of a Criminal’

Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe turned the camera on his own life and the aftermath of robbing a bank as a teenager in “Evolution of a Criminal,” which screened Friday at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

Apr. 04, 2014 @ 05:50 PM

Magic Johnson to visit Bridgescape Academy

Former NBA great Earvin “Magic” Johnson is coming to town Tuesday to tour the Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy facility at the Holton Career and Resource Center.