In The Herald-Sun

Dec. 21, 2014 @ 06:19 PM

Duke wins, but sweater record falls short

Snowmen, reindeer and Santas abounded in Cameron Indoor Stadium Sunday afternoon as fans prepared to cheer on the Duke Blue Devils as the women’s basketball team faced off against the University of Kentucky Wildcats.

Dec. 20, 2014 @ 04:49 PM

Kids get crafty at Duke Gardens' holiday celebration

Families had the opportunity to make holiday crafts and learn about other cultures Saturday at the Doris Duke Center of Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

Dec. 20, 2014 @ 08:09 PM

Tax earmark possible for paving work

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, and there’s no such thing as a paving program that can keep Durham’s streets in what’s now their average condition without spending $2.6 million to $5.9 million a year. That’s the judgment of the Public Works Department, which is telling elected officials that it can, if they want, save money by lowering paving standards for streets that carry relatively little traffic.

Dec. 20, 2014 @ 06:18 PM

Scrabble to support transplant patients’ families

A 16-year-old Scrabble aficionado is helping to bring back a charity tournament to Duke Medicine, whose doctors helped him become who he is today. The Triangle Scrabble Club’s 5th Annual Charity Scrabble Tournament will be held Jan. 16-19 at Duke University Hospital’s North Pavilion.

Dec. 20, 2014 @ 04:41 PM

CLUCKS & BUCKS: Fowl bingo ‘drops’ fuel charity giving

Stakes were high at the Durham Farmers Market Saturday afternoon as people gathered to throw money into the pot and guess where chickens would next "do their business." The name of the game was “chicken poop bingo” — that’s not a typo — and 3-year-old spectator Charlie Read summed it up best: “Chickens can poop on my letter and I’m gonna win a prize.”

Dec. 21, 2014 @ 10:55 PM

New truancy center set to open next month

Preliminary data show that the Durham Public Schools ranks a lowly 75th  among the 115 in the state when it comes to school attendance.

The data for 2013-14 show that 44.4 percent of the district’s 54 schools have attendance rates that fall below 95 percent.

Dec. 21, 2014 @ 10:14 PM

Tar Heels hope to hang with buddy Ebron in Detroit

The Tar Heels are headed to Detroit for the Quick Lane Bowl. Former UNC tight end Eric Ebron plays for the Detroit Lions.

Dec. 21, 2014 @ 10:35 PM

Throwback Tar Heels turned down Buckeyes

This edition of the Tar Heels looked like a 1980s version on Saturday.

Dec. 21, 2014 @ 10:33 PM

No. 13 Duke pulls rank on No. 8 Kentucky

Duke had six players in double figures in an 89-68 win over Kentucky.

Dec. 21, 2014 @ 10:38 PM


NBA’s Marvin Williams was one-and-undone.


Dec. 21, 2014 @ 09:18 PM

This is it for UNC’s Scott, seniors

The Quick Lane Bowl on Friday will bring to an end the college careers of UNC seniors like Tim Scott.

Dec. 21, 2014 @ 06:40 PM

Neil Offen: A high-tech holiday in verse

’Twas the Monday before Christmas,

when all through the manse,

not a hashtag was stirring, no tweets had a chance.

Dec. 20, 2014 @ 06:34 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: 'Twas a lime rickey holiday

It’s time for my seasonal attempt at humor, in the sort of format of “A Visit from St. Nicholas (’Twas the Night Before Christmas)” by Clement C. Moore. But first, a “The Simpsons” reference. My writing below does not exactly fit the definition of a limerick, so I’ll call it a lime rickey, which is close enough. A lime rickey is a drink I heard of because of Mr. Burns. So enjoy this written lime rickey. Season’s greetings, ya’ll.

Dec. 20, 2014 @ 06:19 PM

The faces behind Christmas at Duke Chapel

Each December, Duke Chapel’s sanctuary gets a Christmas makeover. At the helm are two longtime members of the Congregation at Duke Chapel, Jim and Ellie Ferguson.

Dec. 20, 2014 @ 08:33 PM

Records are nice, but Crowder's No. 1 goal is Sun Bowl win

Jamison Crowder is within reach of two lofty ACC records, not that he or anyone on the Blue Devil football team cares that much. Crowder has 276 career receptions, seven short of matching the ACC mark of former Blue Devil Conner Vernon. And Crowder has 3,539 receiving yards heading into his final game, the Hyundai Sun Bowl Saturday against No. 15 Arizona State, 210 yards shy of Vernon’s ACC record.