News: Local

Jan. 16, 2015 @ 04:55 PM

UNC system President Ross pushed out, to depart Jan. 2016

The head of North Carolina’s public university system was pushed out of his job Friday by an oversight board that heaped praise on his four years of service but didn’t explain the reasons for their move.

Jan. 16, 2015 @ 01:59 PM

Gov. McCrory eyes public/private tech hub

Gov. Pat McCrory wants North Carolina to compete with Silicon Valley and the Boston region in technology and innovation, he told the UNC Board of Governors Friday morning.

Jan. 16, 2015 @ 10:12 AM

UNC system president stepping down

University of North Carolina system President Tom Ross will leave next year, the Associated Press reported this morning, citing a member of the Board of Governors.

Jan. 15, 2015 @ 06:49 PM

PARK CENTER: RTP forges new direction with The Frontier

A year after purchasing the property, Research Triangle Park opened its first building in the Park Center development Thursday. The space, called The Frontier, is a 142,000 square-foot mix of offices, co-working spaces and free meeting areas.

Jan. 15, 2015 @ 06:37 PM

Police log, Jan. 16

  • Authorities looking for missing man
  • Suspects sought in burglary
  • Jewelry targeted in string of break-ins

Jan. 15, 2015 @ 06:19 PM

Morinaga America Foods seeks job candidates for Mebane plant

In anticipation of the opening of its new production facility in Mebane, Morinaga America Foods will hold two information sessions for people interested in careers at the factory. Scheduled to open in March, the company needs production operators, production supervisors and quality technicians. These positions will have pay ranges of $10-$20 per hour.

Jan. 15, 2015 @ 06:08 PM

Sewer backup floods Eno group’s office

A sewage backup from city-owned pipes flooded the Guess Road offices of the Eno River Association over the weekend, causing damage that preliminary estimates suggest will cost up to $100,000 to put right.

Jan. 15, 2015 @ 06:03 PM

Entertainment Briefs: Blues Challenge champ at Blue Note

Guitarist Selwyn Birchwood, winner of the 2013 International Blues Challenge, is touring in support of his Alligator Records debut “Don’t Call No Ambulance.” Birchwood will perform at The Blue Note Grill at 9 p.m. Feb. 6.

Jan. 15, 2015 @ 05:21 PM

Police chief hears activists’ grievances

On Thursday two members of Southerners on New Ground (SONG), an LGBTQ activist group, took up Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez’s offer to meet with anyone who disagreed with the way the department was handling public safety in the city.

Jan. 15, 2015 @ 04:48 PM

N.C. public universities eye tuition hikes after 1-year hiatus

North Carolina public universities want to raise tuition and fees by an average of 4 percent next year and 3.5 percent the following year for undergraduate state residents.

Jan. 15, 2015 @ 04:23 PM

Hillsborough author named 2015 Piedmont Laureate

James Maxey, a Hillsborough-based speculative fiction author, has been selected as the region’s 2015 Piedmont Laureate. During 2015 Maxey will appear at workshops, reading programs and speaking engagements throughout Durham, Orange and Wake counties.

Jan. 15, 2015 @ 04:17 PM

Ronald McDonald House expansion feted

Supporters of the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill gathered Thursday morning to celebrate the new expansion of the house set to open this summer.

Jan. 15, 2015 @ 04:18 PM

Future bright for Varsity Theatre as it reaches $50,000 goal

For the Varsity Theatre in downtown Chapel Hill, the future looks bright. On Thursday, the theater announced on its Twitter that it had met its original $50,000 goal on its online “Go Digital or Go Dark” Kickstarter campaign.

Jan. 15, 2015 @ 04:09 PM

DPAC ranks fourth in U.S. for theater attendance

The Durham Performing Arts Center announced Thursday that it is again ranked in the top five theaters in the nation for attendance. This is the fifth year DPAC has been in the top five.

Jan. 15, 2015 @ 05:50 PM

Muslim call to prayer from Duke Chapel bell tower canceled; safety cited

Duke University, which announced earlier this week that its Muslim Students Association would chant a weekly call to prayer from the Duke Chapel bell tower, decided Thursday that it would not do it after all.

Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations, said Thursday that the decision came after considerable discussion and deliberation within the university, especially among religious life leadership.

“What was conceived as effort to unify did not have the intended effect,” Schoenfeld said, adding that officials became aware of safety and security concerns. He would not elaborate.

News about the call-to-prayer action spread mid-week and resulted in a firestorm of criticism.