News: Local

Apr. 13, 2015 @ 09:07 PM

DPS sees substantial growth in homeless students since 2009

The number of homeless children attending Durham Public Schools has grown 69 percent since the 2009-10 school year.


Apr. 13, 2015 @ 07:04 PM

Local briefs, April 14

  • Public input sought on Eno-Haw hazard mitigation
  • Orange County Democrats elect new officers

Apr. 13, 2015 @ 06:46 PM

Duke Divinity dean to step down in 2016

Duke Divinity School Dean Richard B. Hays will step down as dean after the next academic year, the university announced Monday.


Apr. 13, 2015 @ 06:13 PM

Hillsborough parking lot construction postponed

Downtown construction originally scheduled for today has been postponed until Wednesday.

The town decided to postpone the work because of a rainy forecast for Tuesday.


Apr. 13, 2015 @ 06:09 PM

Police log: Police investigate reported embezzlement

Investigators are looking into reports that $5,221.80 was embezzled from a Family Dollar store in the 5100 block of Wake Forest Highway.


Apr. 13, 2015 @ 05:45 PM

‘Variations’ advance legacy of dance legend’s classic

Carolina Performing Arts’ presentation of the Martha Graham Dance Company today and Wednesday includes a work by Chapel Hill native Michelle Dorrance, an  award-winning tap dancer/choreographer.


Apr. 13, 2015 @ 05:13 PM

Our wild neighbors

Linda Ostrand picks up a baby opossum in a small hand towel serving as a blanket.

It’s important to keep them warm, she explains. This litter of nine has never lived in the outside world; they came straight from the pouch of their mother, who was hit by a car.


Apr. 13, 2015 @ 10:47 AM

APRIL 1865: Bull City recalls historic role in Civil War’s end

In April 1865, Confederate Gen. Joseph Johnson and Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman reached a final agreement seven miles from the then rural Durham Station community in what would be the largest troop surrender of the Civil War. And now, 150 years later, Durham is commemorating the surrender at what is now the Bennett Place State Historic Site, The surrender there ended the war in the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida, and paved the way for the Durham’s economy to blossom.


Apr. 12, 2015 @ 02:58 PM

Moral Mondays featured in 'Hot Type: 150 Years of The Nation'

As the four-day downtown Full Frame Documentary Film Festival came to a close Sunday, one of the invited films showed a different media medium. “Hot Type: 150 Years of The Nation” is a new documentary by Barbara Kopple about the liberal weekly print magazine as it reaches a milestone anniversary.


Apr. 12, 2015 @ 02:46 PM

Police charge four in alleged murder conspiracy

Four people were arrested Sunday on either charges of assault with a deadly weapon or conspiracy to commit assault with the intent to kill.


Apr. 12, 2015 @ 02:43 PM

Full Frame winners: ‘Kings of Nowhere,’ ‘(T)ERROR’

Two films — “Kings of Nowhere” and “(T)ERROR” — took home the Grand Jury Prize Sunday during the final day of the 2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. The downtown festival concluded Sunday.


Apr. 12, 2015 @ 02:28 PM

ECU ‘millennial campus’ gets go-ahead

Putting it on par with UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University among others, East Carolina University has secured permission to apply the “millennial campus” label to 328 acres of its property.


Apr. 12, 2015 @ 02:23 PM

Neil Offen: Taxed to the limit

Begin with Line 7 (As everyone knows, Lines 1 through 6 are only for chumps) — Enter wages, salaries, tips, coins found in bottom of vending machines and the $5.02 check you just got for being a member of a class action lawsuit that you had no idea you were a member of. Attach Forms W2, 1099, 1099 E, 1099 R and W3 EZ, which isn’t.


Apr. 11, 2015 @ 07:42 PM

Duke basketball rallies ’round practice player

When the Duke women’s basketball team boarded the plane for the Sweet Sixteen in Spokane, Washington they all wore the same uniform. The players wore a royal Duke blue shirt, but there wasn’t any trace of a name or number anywhere on the garment. Instead, a collage of the words ‘Cure Finders for Cystic Fibrosis’ pieced together to form a pair of lung on the front of the shirt. A phrase at the base of the lungs read ‘Just Breathe.’


Apr. 11, 2015 @ 06:01 PM

Two racers join filmmaker at Full Frame

In 2009, audiences met three tween go-kart drivers who were top in their competitive racing class in Marshall Curry’s documentary “Racing Dreams.” Curry is the subject of Full Frame Documentary Film Festival’s tribute programming, and “Racing Dreams” was screened Saturday during the festival, which ends today in downtown Durham.