In The Herald-Sun

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 03:39 PM

NCCU cuts jobs ahead of state budget changes

N.C. Central University will eliminate 55 positions in anticipation of expected budget cuts by the state General Assembly.
Chancellor Debra Saunders-White on Wednesday told the Board of Trustees that she’s eliminating 38 vacant positions and laying off 17 employed staff – primarily middle-management – as a proactive measure.

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 08:50 PM

Judge sides with Durham, Guilford on tenure

School leaders were ecstatic Wednesday at the news that Superior Court Judge Richard Doughton has granted a preliminary injunction that, for the moment, relieves the Durham and Guilford county school districts of the burden of identifying 25 percent of their teachers to award contracts in exchange for giving up tenure or career status by June 30.
The two school districts have challenged the constitutionality of the Republican-backed legislation its supporters contend will make it easier to fire bad teachers.

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 10:22 PM



Max Smith of the state's No. 1-ranked East Chapel Hill boys' tennis team beat teammate Robert Bond 6-2, 7-5 to claim the 4-A PAC-6 singles title at the PAC-6 Championships Wednesday.

David Senerchia and /Dillon Leovic of Northern downed their crosstown rivals, Charles Herst and Patrick Taylor of Jordan, 7-5, 6-1 to win the doubles title.

Each of the finalists, along with the semifinalists they beat to advance to the championship round, have qualified for next weekend's state individual regional state 4-A tournament at Greensboro Page High School.


Apr. 23, 2014 @ 08:39 PM

Chesterfield Building owner confirms some ‘work is beginning soon’

Demolition and other work is beginning soon at the former Liggett Group cigarette factory on Main Street downtown, a spokesman for the company that owns the building confirmed Wednesday.

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. 23, 2014 @ 05:48 PM

QBs are topic No. 1 as Cutcliffe, Fedora both weigh in

As the most high-profile position on the field, quarterbacks tend to dominate football discussions. That was certainly true during the ACC football coaches’ spring teleconference on Wednesday, as the first questions to both Duke coach David Cutcliffe and North Carolina coach Larry Fedora were about their quarterbacks.

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 @ 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 @ 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. 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.