In The Herald-Sun

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 @ 05:45 PM

John Lewis’ long civil rights march

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.

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 @ 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. 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. 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. 18, 2014 @ 04:27 PM

Freshman linebackers step into Duke injury breach, excel

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

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.

Sep. 16, 2014 @ 05:32 PM

UNC School of Education revamping teacher education

A proposed program redesign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education would raise the requirements for many aspiring preschool, elementary and middle school teachers.

Sep. 16, 2014 @ 05:29 PM

A ‘7,000-person start-up:’ CEO tells story, strategy of Cree

Several years into his position as CEO of Cree, Chuck Swoboda said the company would never go into the business of LED light bulbs.

Sep. 16, 2014 @ 05:06 PM

DPS breakfast program wins $50,000 award

The school district’s Child Nutrition Services division continues to get high marks and awards, too, for its program started this year to provide all Durham Public Schools students with free breakfast.