A confluence of events has led to the Durham County Library’s choice of John Lewis’ graphic memoir “March: Book One” as this year’s selection for Durham Reads Together.
Tammy Baggett, director of the library, heard Lewis speak about the book at a 2013 American Library Association convention. When she returned from that event, she approached Joanne Abel, the library’s humanities and adult programming coordinator. Abel recalled that Baggett told her, “Joanne, this is the perfect book for Durham Reads Together,” and from that moment the library began working to get Lewis to attend this year’s events.
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.
Details into the death of a Durham volunteer pastor have come to light after the release of a State Bureau of Investigation search warrant.
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.
The Durham Police Department has made 41 arrests in a special operation targeting drug sales, prostitution and other illegal activity along highways.
Veterans had the chance to express their health-care concerns at a town hall meeting Tuesday evening outside the Durham VA Medical Center.
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.
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.
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.
The Spartans donated $200 to an injured Georgia Tech recruit.
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.
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.
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 www.brownpapertickets.com/event/830606.
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.
FRESHMAN LINEBACKERS STEP INTO DUKE INJURY BREACH, EXCEL
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.
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.