As an audience countdown struck “one,” the Lucky Strike tower at the American Tobacco Campus Friday lit up with rows of multicolored bulbs. Families gasped, craning their necks, as fake snow flurries swirled around them.
The holidays were ushered in, Durham-style, with not only the lighting of the tower, but the kick-off to the fourth annual Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge, where 57 nonprofit organizations decorated trees in a competition for cash prizes. The trees are lined up outside of the Durham Performing Arts Center, and voting runs through Dec. 20.
Music therapist Tray Batson plays the Dora Explorer theme song for Jasmin, a Duke Hospital patient. He’s the music man to young patients, the singer who gets their mind off of needle sticks, transplants and long hospital stays.
Hillside High School freshman Desmond “Dez” Jackson is positioned to become the state’s first amputee to compete in high school track and field. The Herald-Sun | Christine T. Nguyen and John McCann
County officials would never have agreed to give Durham Public Schools an additional $2.4 million this year had they known the district was flush with a $19.7 million unassigned fund balance.
Police on Friday made back-to-back arrests in shootings that may have been related.
First, they announced the arrest of Thomas Deangelo Griffin, 19, charged with attempted first-degree murder in the shootings of two teenage boys on Tuesday at a vacant house on Grace Lane.
Unemployment in the Durham-Chapel Hill metro fell to 6.1 percent in October, according to preliminary data released Thursday.
As the Duke Blue Devils prepare to take on the Florida State Seminoles today at 8 p.m. in Charlotte, fans and the university are not just celebrating an ACC championship game, but also a historic 10-win football season.
The road to the championship reminds older Duke fans of the last time the team had near this many wins - 1941.
Sweepstakes raid yields two arrests, a few citations
No. 20 Duke, No. 1 FSU meet for ACC title in Charlotte Saturday
Duke cornerback Ross Cockrell is not offended the No. 20 Blue Devils are a 29-point underdog to Jameis Winston and top-ranked Florida State for tonight’s ACC championship game at Bank of America Stadium (8 p.m., WTVD). “Florida State has been blowing everybody out,” he said. The Seminoles (12-0, 8-0) have beaten opponents on average 54-11 this season behind Winston, who set ACC freshman records by throwing for 3,490 yards and 35 touchdowns. They have defeated all but one of their opponents by at least 27 points.
Thursday was Walt Disney’s birthday. If defrosted today, he would be 112 years old.
I owe him a lot, despite the fact that he left this world just a few months after my birth in 1966.
Without him, I never would’ve come up with my irreverent impersonation of “Backstage Mickey,” which proved popular at office parties after a few beers and a hummus plate.
A New York Jets linebacker and a former Oakland Raiders quarterback have sued the company that now owns a downtown former cigarette factory, alleging that they’re entitled to a share of the proceeds from the building’s sale.
When Tray Batson visits Duke Hospital, he wheels around a cart filled with an acoustic guitar, glockenspiels and drums. He’s the music man to young patients, the singer who gets their mind off of needle sticks, transplants and long hospital stays.
On Thursday, Batson placed a rainbow glockenspiel in front of 4-year-old Jasmin. She stared at him with big eyes, the mask over her face almost reaching her eyelashes. Five different lines were connected to her; a pump and IV stand filled her with medicine.
An annual audit of Durham Public Schools’ finances has revealed an unassigned fund balance of $19.7 million.
That’s about $15 million more than Board of Education members thought was in the district’s “rainy day” fund this spring when they approached County Commissioners for extra money to help pay the bills.
N.C. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin told attendees of a Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce forum on Thursday that the state likely would have seen more companies willing to sell heath plans through its online marketplace if state lawmakers had not opted for a federally-run exchange.
Brushing off cautions from their lawyer, City Council members said Thursday they want to find a way to exempt what they term the “pioneer” residents of downtown from a move to boost parking fees to the market rate.
“Find us a damn loophole,” Councilman Eugene Brown told City Attorney Patrick Baker. “Find us a loophole and bring it back.”
Scruffy bandit strikes again
Alma Hunt has been described as a woman with a green thumb, an avid blackjack player and as a native daughter of Durham.
Marking her 100th birthday at the Carolina House on Thursday, Hunt was thrown a party with family and friends who gathered to wish her the best.