In The Herald-Sun

Apr. 18, 2014 @ 11:20 PM

D.A. won’t seek death penalty in grandmother’s stabbing

Durham County District Attorney Leon Stanback said Friday his office will not seek the death penalty against a teen accused of fatally stabbing his grandmother.
Treyvon Evans, 17, was arrested in February in the slaying of 62-year-old Carolyn Hemingway in the apartment they shared on Glasson Street in West Durham. He’s also accused of wounding his 4-year-old brother.


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 12:55 PM

Duke grad takes on lacrosse scandal for new book

His publisher wanted him to write a fourth book about Wall Street.

But William D. Cohan, a 1981 Duke University alumnus and business writer, said he felt compelled instead to write an exhaustive book – more than 600 pages – about the 2006 Duke lacrosse scandal.
 


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 04:33 PM

Platt: Not a lumberjack, and I’m OK

Well, what a relief.

This year, the job of newspaper reporter doesn’t rank all the way at the bottom of CareerCast.com’s list of the top 200 jobs.
Instead, it’s apparently just almost the worst job, squeaking in ahead of lumberjack based on work environment, stress and hiring outlook.


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 10:40 PM

ACC TRACK: Duke decathlon star slips to 3rd; Rohner takes title

Two-time all-American Curtis Beach injures elbow, takes 12th in javelin to sink ACC title hopes, but teammate Robert Rohner edges third Duke decathlete -- Ian Rock -- to win prestigious decathlon championship.


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 06:44 PM

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DUKE"S RODNEY HOOD HEADED TO NBA; COACH K PROMOTES AIDES SCHEYER, CAPEL

Two expected moves became official on Friday when Duke announced that Rodney Hood is entering the NBA Draft and former player Jon Scheyer received a promotion within the staff.

Hood had been going back and forth on his decision whether or not to leave Duke with two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Projected as to be selected in the middle of the first round in the June 26 NBA Draft, Hood decided Thursday to turn professional, a decision he confirmed to The Herald-Sun and which was reported in Friday's paper.

“I want to thank Coach K, the entire coaching staff, my teammates and everyone involved with the Duke program for giving me this opportunity,” Hood said in statement released by Duke on Friday. “Playing at Duke was a lifelong dream. Everything I experienced here has helped me grow and develop as a player and as a person. The fan support during the year I sat out and the year I played was something that I will remember for a lifetime. Now it is time to move on to the next level and chase my dream of becoming an NBA player. Duke played a large part in preparing me for this step and I am looking forward to making the most of it.”

A transfer from Mississippi State, Hood sat out one season per NCAA transfer rules before averaging 16.1 points per game for Duke this season.

Hood was named a captain for the Blue Devils, who went 26-9 overall with a 13-5 ACC record.


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 06:16 PM

Party-house worries emerge in more neighborhoods

A new coalition of neighborhood groups wants city and Duke University officials to clamp down on Duke’s off-campus party house scene, by cooperating with them in writing a formal protocol to respond to complaints.


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 05:06 PM

Good Friday at Duke Chapel

On a cool, windy Good Friday, the campus around Duke Chapel was bustling with the sounds of students walking to class, birds chirping from the magnolia trees and the buzzing of construction at the Rubenstein Library. A construction crane arm swung high above a crowd of people gathered on the chapel quad below.


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 12:40 PM

Fire heavily damages printing company

A printing press was heavily damaged early Friday when large rolls of paper caught fire at a business in southern Durham and forced a midnight evacuation of 41 employees, fire officials said.

No one was hurt.


Apr. 17, 2014 @ 08:50 PM

Google Inc. opens doors to showcase Franklin Street office

A peek into Google Inc.’s downtown Chapel Hill offices on Thursday revealed employees sitting or standing in front of two and sometimes three computer screens, and white boards on the walls for drawing or writing.


Apr. 17, 2014 @ 10:29 PM

Perfectionist heptathlete Xenia Rahn has 'tough' day

Only moments earlier, North Carolina’s Xenia Rahn completed her first day of heptathlon competition at the ACC Track Championships with a ninth-place finish in the 200. The result left Rahn in second place, with 3,267 points with the final three events to be completed today at UNC’s Fetzer Field and Irwin Belk Track.


Apr. 17, 2014 @ 05:11 PM

Durham firefighter who helped integrate department dies

Velton Thompson, one of the first black firefighters hired by the city of Durham, died Monday after a long illness. He was 81.

Mr. Thompson was one of 10 blacks hired as a group who integrated the Fire Department after a history of exclusion and racial segregation.


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 06:45 PM

Duke's Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood headed to NBA

Jabari Parker announced Thursday that he’s leaving the Blue Devils after one outstanding season to enter this summer’s NBA Draft. Late Thursday night, Duke redshirt sophomore forward Rodney Hood confirmed to The Herald-Sun that he too will declare for this year’s NBA Draft. He said he had yet to hire an agent.


Apr. 17, 2014 @ 04:12 PM

School board divided over next super’s salary

When the school board adopted an aggressive timeline for selecting a superintendent last week, the vote was a unanimous one.
But public records from that April 9 meeting show a wide divide over the $225,000 advertised salary the board eventually approved.


Apr. 17, 2014 @ 03:49 PM

Listen to the stories

Tim Duffy and Captain Luke Mayer walked out of the StoryCorps mobile recording booth and performed a brief concert in the American Tobacco
courtyard Thursday. The captain’s fluid bass voice treated the crowd and passers-by to his versions of “I’m a King Bee,” “Polk Salad Annie” and other blues and folk songs while Duffy played guitar.


Apr. 17, 2014 @ 02:48 PM

Cousteau: Good people can work together for environment

In 2009, Alexandra Cousteau used a grant from Coca-Cola to travel the developing world for 100 days exploring water conservation issues.

But it wasn’t until a year later, when she spent 150 days traveling around North America, especially the United States, that she came to grips with the real problems.