In The Herald-Sun

Sep. 17, 2014 @ 04:23 PM

DA weighs death penalty in slaying of UNC prof

District Attorney Jim Woodall expects to decide by November if he'll seek the death penalty against two men accused of murdering a UNC professor.


Sep. 17, 2014 @ 06:31 PM

Warrants offer possible motive for murder of Durham pastor

Details into the death of a Durham volunteer pastor have come to light after the release of a State Bureau of Investigation search warrant.


Sep. 17, 2014 @ 05:57 PM

Central Park excels on state tests

The Central Park School for Children once again outpaced all Durham charter schools on state standardized testing for the 2013-14 school year.

Central Park scored a 68.5 percent college and career proficiency rating and a grade-level proficiency rating of 75.8 percent.  College and career readiness standards indicate the percentage of students who scored at levels 4 and 5 on end-of-grade and end-of-course tests, while grade-level proficiency incorporates those who scored at levels 3-5.

Sep. 17, 2014 @ 05:59 PM

41 arrested in operation targeting drugs, prostitution

The Durham Police Department has made 41 arrests in a special operation targeting drug sales, prostitution and other illegal activity along highways.

Sep. 17, 2014 @ 04:12 PM

Durham VA addresses concerns at town hall meeting

Veterans had the chance to express their health-care concerns at a town hall meeting Tuesday evening outside the Durham VA Medical Center.


Sep. 17, 2014 @ 06:37 PM

Crime up on Duke's campus in 2013

Duke University reported in its annual security report that nine robberies occurred on or near campus last year, reflecting an increase from the prior year.


Sep. 17, 2014 @ 06:20 PM

UNC students smash scales to promote positive body image

Armed with bats and sledgehammers, UNC-Chapel Hill students took aim at weigh scales on Wednesday to raise awareness about eating disorders and to send a positive message about body image.

Sep. 17, 2014 @ 11:28 AM

REVIEW: ‘Dirty Dancing’ takes you back in time

The national tour of “Dirty Dancing – the Classic Story on Stage” not only takes audiences back to the 1963 story setting, but the 1987 film. It is on stage at the Durham Performing Arts Center through Sunday.
The movie’s soundtrack of classic and new songs was a theatrical musical waiting to happen. Well, it has happened, and while “Dirty Dancing” hasn’t made it to Broadway yet, it did gather many fans in London’s West End. There were a few technical glitches at opening night Tuesday – microphones briefly going silent and music volume being adjusted. But those are the kinds of things that happen opening night in a show that’s on tour in a new space. The audience may have cringed at the occasional mic static in the final scenes, but still rose to their feet to reward the cast with a standing ovation. And they deserved it. 

Sep. 17, 2014 @ 10:45 AM

Southern still winning, still giving

The Spartans donated $200 to an injured Georgia Tech recruit.

Sep. 17, 2014 @ 08:24 AM

Pedestrian killed by vehicle

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle around 8:38 p.m. Tuesday on Old Oxford Road between Roxboro Street and Dearborn Drive.

Sep. 17, 2014 @ 12:58 PM

Creedmoor Sun Trust Bank robbed

A young man police say was dressed as an elderly female robbed the Sun Trust Bank at 201 S. Main St. in Creedmoor Tuesday afternoon.

Sep. 17, 2014 @ 01:00 AM

Best Bet: Transactors show

Transactors Improv will perform “Ray’s Diner,” a long-form spontaneous theater piece conceived and directed by company member Steven Warnock, at 8 p.m. Saturday at  Common Ground Theatre, 4815B Hillsborough Road in Durham. Advance tickets are available at

Sep. 16, 2014 @ 06:14 PM

City adopts written-consent policy for searches

Starting Oct. 1, all Durham Police Department officers will obtain a person’s written permission before undertaking a so-called “consent search” of a vehicle or building.


Sep. 16, 2014 @ 05:58 PM



When Zavier Carmichael realized he’d be playing in major college football games less than four months after his high school graduation, someone in his own Duke locker room was there with calming words.

“I remember talking to him the first week or so,” Duke linebacker David Helton said. “Man, you are going to have to play.’ I was in the same position where…I had to play a little sooner than I thought I would as a freshman. It’s definitely something that’s scary but the more you get into it, it’s fun.”

Now a senior, Helton survived and thrived his freshman season in 2011 enough that, by last season, he led the ACC in tackles with 133.

This season, Carmichael is an important reserve behind redshirt freshman Chris Holmes at weak-side linebacker for the Blue Devils, who will carry an unbeaten record in a game with Tulane on Saturday (12:30 p.m., Fox Sports Carolinas).

Carmichael (19 snaps) and Holmes (35) both saw playing time as reserves in Duke’s season-opening win over Elon on Aug. 30.

Sep. 16, 2014 @ 05:38 PM

Court upholds 2012 search by DPD

Police officers were within their rights in 2012 to detain a man they found sleeping in a car at the Liberty Street public-housing complex long enough to have a police dog check the vehicle, state appellate judges say.