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Apr. 13, 2014 @ 08:42 PM

GALLERY: Merritt's Store and Grill celebration

A celebration was held at Merritt's Store and Grill on Sunday, April 13, 2014 in honor of the store's history. Merritt's, which opened in 1929, is considered a Chapel Hill staple restaurant. The Herald-Sun | Elizabeth Mendoza

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. 06, 2014 @ 06:12 PM

Gallery-2014 Durham CROP Hunger Walk at Duke Chapel

2014 Durham CROP Hunger Walk at Duke Chapel. The Herald-Sun | Bernard Thomas

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Apr. 15, 2014 @ 05:28 PM

D.A.: No charges against NCCU police in fatal shooting

District Attorney Leon Stanback said Tuesday his office won’t seek charges against N.C. Central University police in last fall’s fatal shooting of an armed man on campus.

Apr. 15, 2014 @ 05:34 PM

City worker loses appeal on driving record

N.C. Court of Appeals judges have declined a city trash-truck driver’s request that they order his bosses to clear his driving record of a report that he’d failed to show up for a random drug test.
Tuesday’s ruling went against Christopher Benjamin, who lost his job with the Solid Waste Management department just before Thanksgiving 2009 only to be reinstated about two weeks later.

Apr. 15, 2014 @ 10:31 PM

Steinem: Society's not post-feminist

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem spoke to a packed 1,600-seat Duke Chapel on a rainy Tuesday night. She talked about connections and how “we are linked, we are not ranked.”

Steinem recently turned 80 and told the audience that life is long and we are like Russian dolls. The original self doesn’t go away, she said, but stays the same and builds and builds.

Apr. 16, 2014 @ 06:56 PM

Local officials join push for gun safety

On May 21, Joslin Simms will mark the ninth anniversary of the death of her son, Rayburn, fatally shot after his car was rear-ended at a Durham intersection.

Apr. 16, 2014 @ 06:24 PM

Admission tickets required for DPS graduation ceremonies

In a major shift, Durham Public Schools will require admission tickets to attend graduations at Duke and N.C. Central universities in June.
Officials said the universities made the request in an effort to beef up security and better control graduation ceremonies in the wake of increasing acts of random violence, such as the bombing attack that took place during the Boston Marathon a year ago.

Apr. 16, 2014 @ 06:17 PM

Organic Transit, in new Durham headquarters, eyes growth

Outside Organic Transit’s headquarters on West Corporation Street on a recent Friday morning, green and orange solar-and-pedal-powered trikes were parked in rows.

An employee was test-driving some of them, and at one point, a small orange trike could be seen in the distance climbing a hill toward the office.

Apr. 16, 2014 @ 05:08 PM

Police log

  • Truck strikes police car, drives onto Tobacco Trail

Apr. 15, 2014 @ 08:09 PM

Durham Public Works: Most failed-development problems cleared up

So far the city’s only had to spend $35,000 to $40,000 of its own money to secure the completion of streets and other infrastructure in the “failed and struggling developments” left behind by 2008’s market crash.

That’s a small amount compared to the $8½ million or so in private-sector spending that’s gone into street and drainage work in 30 or so subdivisions the crash left in danger of going unfinished, Public Works Department and other city officials say.

But an estimated $5 million in work in 23 neighborhoods remains, and a pending court case is likely to play a big role in determining how much of that bill lands on the public’s shoulders.

Apr. 15, 2014 @ 04:48 PM

Educator with Lou Gehrig’s wants to takes students on life-changing trip

Vivian Connell’s urgency is real as she works to give her students what she hopes will be a life-changing experience.

In a Facebook post, Connell disclosed that she has ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. She likely has three to five years to live, and said she wants those close to her to help her do a few things.
Along with making sure her two children remember her and donating to the Duke ALS Clinic, she wants to do something for her students.

Apr. 15, 2014 @ 03:49 PM

Consultants: UNC data interpretation flawed, but low scores still a concern

Overall, the trio of academics hired by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill backed up assertions that Mary Willingham’s data about student-athletes didn’t support claims of widespread illiteracy.

Willingham reported in January that about 60 percent of UNC’s student-athletes tested between 2004 and 2012 had a literacy level between fourth and eighth grade.

Apr. 14, 2014 @ 09:08 PM

Davis sworn in as Durham’s new county manager

New County Manager Wendell Davis pledged Monday to spend his time working to boost Durham’s “human capital” in cooperation with the city government, educators and the private sector.

“We can talk about crime, we can talk about poverty, we can talk about health disparities and all these other factors that impact and influence our communities on a daily basis,” Davis said. “But if we can figure out how to create access and opportunity, for young people, for all people, to get a solid education, then we create opportunity for people to change their lives.”

Apr. 14, 2014 @ 06:48 PM

Police log, April 15

Police on Monday identified the motorcyclist who was injured in a wreck on North Duke Street over the weekend.

Apr. 14, 2014 @ 06:16 PM

Plan calls for current board to hire superintendent

Durham Public Schools could name a new superintendent in June under an aggressive timeline recently adopted by the school board.
The board and its consultant, Ray & Associates, hammered out a timeline last week that places the job of hiring the new superintendent in the hands of the current board.
There had been some debate over whether the job should go to the board that’s currently seated or the one elected May 6. That election could produce as many as three new board members.

Apr. 14, 2014 @ 06:07 PM

Durham County home sales up 4.5 percent in March from 2013 level

Durham County home sales ticked up 4.5 percent in March year-over-year while home sales across four counties in the Triangle were down 1 percent.

Compared with February, however, sales were up both in the Triangle and in Durham, according to Triangle Multiple Listing Service data.

Apr. 14, 2014 @ 06:09 PM

Tuesday's forecast: Yellow slime

If your car has turned yellow, nature is about to shower you with a free wash.
Forecasters say Tuesday's chance of rain is near 100 percent, which should clear the air of the thick pine pollen that’s coated Durham for days.
It’s also expected to create a run of yellow slime in the streets.