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Apr. 10, 2014 @ 09:54 AM

Free, wearable art: Vega Metals creates another Art Walk ornament

By the time the Durham Art Walk and Spring Market opens Saturday, Cindy Vega and Neal Carlton, co-owners of Vega Metals on Hunt Street, will have cut out and hand prepared 800 metal ornaments to give away to visitors who stop by the shop during the two-day event.
Since the first Art Walk, Vega Metals has created a new ornament to commemorate each event (held in the fall and spring every year). The ornaments are free. “We say wear them,” Vega said of the popular metal works of art.

Apr. 10, 2014 @ 01:01 AM

New neighbors

On a recent afternoon, visual artist Rachel Campbell was working on a commission of Chapel Hill paintings in her studio. In another section of Mercury Studio’s new location, Janice Smith was working on her education resources website. Nearby, part of a sculpture sat on a table

Apr. 10, 2014 @ 04:25 PM

Romero, Bulls shut down Charlotte at the DBAP

Three Durham Bulls pitchers combined on a three-hitter, as the home side crushed the Charlotte Knights 8-1 at the DBAP on Wednesday night.


Apr. 09, 2014 @ 11:00 PM

Beischer, Durham Academy sweep Durham High School Invitational

Durham Academy's Will Beischer fires a 3-under 69 to lap the field at the annual Durham High School Invitational golf tournament at Treyburn Country Club Wednesday. DA also won the team title, finishing ahead of Trinity School of Durham & Chapel Hill.

Apr. 09, 2014 @ 08:34 PM

Durham job seekers hunt prospects under big top

Under a tent set up downtown on Wednesday, several hundred job applicants and recruiters networked while munching on popcorn or drinking a beer, with jugglers and acrobats performing nearby.

“It’s a different way of communicating with people,” said Chris Heivly, founder of the Tech Jobs Under the Big Top, of the “reverse,” technology job-focused job fair.

The event had planned for 11 company executives making pitches to applicants, instead of the other way around.

Heivly said he encourages recruiters to stand in front of their tables and applicants not to bring resumes or wear suits. It’s a fun way of holding a job fair, he said.

“Everyone’s smiling – it’s a tent,” he said.

Apr. 09, 2014 @ 05:05 PM

Area unemployment falls to 4.9%

Unemployment in the Durham-Chapel Hill metro area fell in February to 4.9 percent, the lowest rate that the area has seen since June 2008.

That’s according to seasonally adjusted data from the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

Apr. 11, 2014 @ 08:49 PM



Bubba Watson won the Masters two years ago with his brand of "Bubba golf," producing shots of raw skill and wild imagination. His strategy now is to keep it simple, and he is halfway to another green jacket.

Watson took over Augusta National on Friday with 75 minutes of brilliance and power. On another demanding day of crispy greens and swirling wind, he ran off five straight birdies on the back nine and wound up with a 4-under 68 for a three-shot lead over John Senden.

There's nothing fancy about his golf, except for his outrageous length. He has made only two bogeys in 36 holes. He has missed only eight greens.

"It's not science here," Watson said. "It's try to hit the greens. And if you're hitting the greens, that means you're obviously hitting your tee shots well. So that's all I'm trying to do is just hit the greens ... maybe throw in a birdie here or there. That's what I've done the last two days and it's worked out so far."

Watson made bogey on the 18th hole with a shot that bounced left of the green and into the gallery. He finished at 7-under 137, giving him the largest 36-hole lead at the Masters since Chad Campbell in 2006.

Apr. 09, 2014 @ 03:32 PM

Deputies arrest sex offender, two more in Durham drug bust

Sheriff’s deputies went looking for a wanted sex offender on Concord Street.
They found him. But they also discovered cocaine, weapons and several pounds of marijuana, according to Deputy Paul Sherwin, spokesman for the Durham County Sheriff’s Office. They took two more people into custody on drug charges.

Apr. 09, 2014 @ 06:45 PM

Chimerix CEO steps down, replacement named

Durham-based Chimerix Inc. has named a successor for CEO Ken Moch, who is resigning about a month after a family’s request for access to the company’s experimental drug brincidofovir to save their 8-year-old son drew national attention.

While Chimerix declined to release the drug the way the family requested, the company was able to get the drug to Josh Hardy. Company leaders struck a deal with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the launch of a pilot study that was expected to be part of a larger clinical trial. Josh was the first patient enrolled, and more patients were expected to get access, too.

Apr. 09, 2014 @ 10:33 AM

REVIEW: ‘The Wizard of Oz’ a new take on the classic story

For fans of everything that is the pop cultural icon “The Wizard of Oz,” a new take on the musical is at the Durham Performing Arts Center through Sunday, part of its U.S. tour. The show originated in Canada and has not been to Broadway yet. It has several Broadway-level aspects as well as a few that might use some tweaking before it goes to the Big Apple.
The special effects are a nice surprise, with lighting and smoke – too much smoke on opening night, as the smoke detector was set off in the 2,700-seat theater. During a scene with Dorothy (Danielle Wade) and the Wicked Witch of the West (Jacquelyn Piro Donovan) early in Act Two, the alarm sounded and the house lights went on. 

Apr. 09, 2014 @ 09:21 AM

Two teens shot in Durham

Two teens were shot in their lower extremities overnight.
The first shooting took place in the common area at the rear of building 23 on Wabash Street in McDougald Terrace.

Apr. 09, 2014 @ 10:57 PM

His mother ailing, Duke QB Connette eyes transfer closer to LA

Duke quarterback Brandon Connette is exploring a transfer to a school on the West Coast to be closer to his ailing mother, sources close to Connette said Wednesday night.

Apr. 09, 2014 @ 08:52 AM

Ex-N.C. State hurler Nathan Karns has ups, downs in Bulls' loss

 The Charlotte Knights took an 8-2 decision over the Durham Bulls Tuesday night at the DBAP, evening the four-game series at one game apiece as the home side managed just four hits.

Apr. 08, 2014 @ 10:32 PM

VIDEO: Orange High School agriculture students prepare for livestock show

Orange High School agriculture students prepare pigs, steer and lambs for the annual Central Piedmont Livestock show held in Hillsborough, NC. For more than six decades, youths from Durham, Person, and surrounding counties have shown animals at the show that are judged, and eventually sold. Video by The Herald-Sun

Apr. 09, 2014 @ 07:35 PM

3 Tar Heel pitchers combine on 1-hit shutout of N.C. A&T

A.J. Bogucki carried a no-hitter into the seventh in his first career start and North Carolina topped North Carolina A&T 10-0 Tuesday at Boshamer Stadium.