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Apr. 23, 2014 @ 01:27 PM

Witness: Man shot 83-year-old grandfather during carjacking

A witness told a Durham County Superior Court jury Wednesday he saw a man shoot an 83-year-old grandfather twice during a carjacking in 2010.
Pete Tatum was testifying in the murder trial of Robert Earl Wilkerson, 30, in the death of George Junior Pratt, who was shot on his birthday.

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 10:04 AM

Durham education’s future topic of forum

The plight of teachers dominated the discussion Tuesday during a political forum for candidates seeking election to the Durham Public Schools Board of Education.

Candidates for the board’s District 1, 2 and 3 seats shared opinions on a wide range of subjects, including strategies to attract good teachers, career status (also known as tenure) for teachers, neighborhood schools and whether traditional public schools and charter schools can coexist.

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 09:36 PM

Solar project gets board’s go-ahead

An Arizona company obtained permission from Durham’s Board of Adjustment on Tuesday to erect a solar-power array in the northern part of the county off Red Mill Road.

Sunlight Partners’ project will occupy a vacant, 50-acre parcel near Falls Lake.

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 06:41 PM

White House awareness tour kicks off at NCCU

Tony West, an associate U.S. Attorney General, on Wednesday praised N.C. Central University for leading the way on campus sexual assault prevention.

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 06:35 PM

DCVB celebrates 25th anniversary

Ensuring pilots announced that passengers had arrived at the Raleigh-Durham airport instead of just Raleigh was an effort by the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau to put Durham on the map and brand the city.

Under the leadership of the organization’s first full-time executive, Reyn Bowman, DCVB launched in 1989 to help market the city and draw in visitors.

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 06:30 PM

Witness: Man shot 83-year-old grandfather in carjacking

A witness told a Durham County Superior Court jury Wednesday he saw a man fire two shots into an 83-year-old grandfather during a carjacking in 2010.

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 07:49 PM

Cree CEO: Company looking at ‘strategic opportunities’

Cree Inc.’s CEO Chuck Swoboda said company officials are looking at “strategic opportunities” to expand its product portfolio in a conference call about its third-quarter financial results Tuesday.

Swoboda indicated that the company will be looking to potentially make targeted investments in capacity and into strategic opportunities to enhance its product portfolio. He said some strategic opportunities may emerge over the next months as new LED technology accelerates and enters a consolidation phase.

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 06:48 PM

Police response to fast-food protest draws fire

City officials have fielded a complaint about the way police handled a protest, this time one that targeted two fast-food restaurants in north Durham.

It took issue with the decision of officers to cite two participants in the April 3 protest for violations of the city noise ordinance, for allegedly using a bullhorn after receiving orders not to.

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 04:36 PM

Novartis reshapes business with GSK, Lilly deals

Swiss pharmaceutical firm Novartis AG launched a major overhaul of its business Tuesday, unveiling a series of multibillion-dollar deals with Britain's GlaxoSmithKline PLC and the U.S.'s Eli Lilly & Co. that heralds more restructuring in the fast-changing industry.

Switzerland-based Novartis has agreed to buy GSK's cancer-drug business for $14.5 billion, plus up to $1.5 billion more if certain milestones are met. Two GSK cancer drugs, Tafinlar and Mekinist, would give Novartis a strong position for melanoma treatments. A drug for metastatic breast cancer and one for chronic lymphocytic leukemia are two other drugs included in the deal.

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 03:59 PM

Ronald McDonald House breaks ground on expansion

Jamie Owen is from Rosman, N.C., which is about five hours from North Carolina Children’s Hospital, where her son, Lane, 16, is being treated for meningitis.

Owen said her son was hospitalized after what looked like gangrene had started to consume her son following extensive scabbing during his treatment for meningitis. She’s been living in the Ronald McDonald House in Chapel Hill since February while Lane receives care.

Apr. 21, 2014 @ 10:33 PM

A performance full of urgency, hope and joy

Bill T. Jones’ “D-Man in the Waters” is the latest splash in the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s continuance of the legacy its founder, Alvin Ailey.  In 1958, Ailey had formed his repertory company to perform not only his work but the dances of other gifted choreographers. The company performs Part I of Jones’ 1989 “D-work” in its Wednesday program at UNC’s Memorial Hall.

“Alvin Ailey really loved Bill T. Jones when Jones was first starting out,” Battle said in a telephone interview. In fact, Ailey had commissioned Jones’ first work, “Fever Swamp,” premiered in 1983 by the Ailey company, according to the company’s website. 

Apr. 21, 2014 @ 10:28 PM

Durham council passes tower, Jack Tar incentives

City Council members on Monday approved a $4 million business-incentive package for a downtown project they hope yields a 26-story skyscraper and the renovation of the former Jack Tar Motel.

The 6-1 vote was the first of two likely by month’s end, as county officials have been asked to match the city’s offer to Austin Lawrence Partners.

Apr. 21, 2014 @ 10:28 PM

Obi picks Duke

Rice transfer Sean Obi was the top rebounder in Conference USA.

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 10:06 AM

Stakeholders share thoughts on next Durham superintendent

Only a handful of people turned out to have their say at a Monday forum about the next Durham Public Schools superintendent.

But those who attended brought plenty of ideas to share with Iowa-based Ray & Associates, the firm hired by the DPS Board of Education to conduct the district’s search for a new superintendent.

Apr. 21, 2014 @ 09:58 PM

Duke's Peters to camp with Mystics

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