Durham Academy Head of School Michael Ulku-Steiner and Assistant Head of School/Upper School Director Lee Hark announce that school will be closed Feb. 13, 2014. The video has received a lot of national attention. Courtesy Durham Academy.
The Durham Public Schools Board of Education on Wednesday voted unanimously to join a lawsuit opposing a new state law that, in four years, will end tenure or “career status” for North Carolina teachers.
In a statement read by board member Natalie Beyer, the board directed Chairwoman Heidi Carter and the school district’s attorney to take “any and all action necessary” to join a lawsuit the Guilford County school board plans to file seeking a declaratory judgment and injunctive relief. They’re opposed to a law that requires school districts to identify 25 percent of their teachers for four-year contracts and to offer bonuses to those who voluntarily give up “career status” before 2018.
Two former Durham Police Department detectives say a 2013 N.C. Supreme Court decision should trigger the dismissal of a malicious-prosecution lawsuit against them in the Duke lacrosse case.
The resident of an apartment above Pizzeria Toro has sued the pizza shop as well as a kitchen equipment cleaning company for punitive damages related to a fire that damaged the apartment in early November.
The business and two others nearby were forced to close by the fire, which was the second at the shop in the year. The two other businesses have since re-opened, while Pizzeria Toro has not.
The school board could decide as early as today whether to join litigation challenging a new state law that requires school districts to offer four-year contracts to 25 percent of their teachers in exchange for a waiver of tenure rights.
The Durham Public Schools Board of Education on Tuesday narrowed the list of potential superintendent search firms to four.
Board members voted 5-2 during a committee meeting to consider McPherson & Jacobson LLC of Omaha, Neb., Ray and Associates Inc. of Cedar Rapids, Ia., BWP & Associates of Libertyville, Ill. and the Raleigh-based North Carolina School Board Association.
They must finalize the vote in a special meeting next week. If confirmed, it means the board won’t invite PROACT Search of Wilmette, Ill., to town for an interview.
Human Relations Commission members agreed Tuesday to ask the City Council to revamp the system for handling complaints about police officers, to make it one more clearly under civilian control.
German composer Richard Strauss may or may not have approved. Members of The Bulltown Strutters street band played the opening fanfare to Strauss’ piece “Thus Spake Zarathustra” as several members of The League of the Tutu fastened and secured a tutu around the torso of the Major the bull sculpture in CCB Plaza Tuesday.
The transformation of Major into “Bullerina” marked the beginning of the 2014 Mardi Gras Parade. Mary Yordy, the member of the Tutu league who started this pre-parade ritual in 2011, said she wanted the band to play a Cajun song, but Strauss was all right.
Tuesday’s parade had several firsts.
At the 22nd Annual Vigil Against Violence on Tuesday, there came a time during the service for the part that changes every year: reading the list of names. Thirty-two people were victims of homicide in 2013 in Durham.
The name was read aloud, a bell was rung, and loved ones were invited to walk up to the front of the sanctuary at Shepherds House Church in Northeast Central Durham, to be recognized and loved by the vigil’s organizers, the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham and Parents of Murdered Children.
“This is a person. This is not just a name, not just a statistic, not just a number,” said Effie Steele, a leader in the Religious Coalition.
Durham police on Monday arrested three people after a traffic stop on Lee Street.
Durham government and school employees have taken up a new challenge – boosting exercise.
For the next month, employees from Durham County, the city of Durham and Durham Public Schools have agreed to become more physically active.
Frank Cruz, a 36-year-old man convicted Tuesday on charges of rape, kidnapping and burglary, faces at least 138 years in prison.
Orange County Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour handed down the sentence -- with a maximum of 179 years -- one of the largest ever in the county’s history.
Slick roads on late Monday and early Tuesday kept motorists slipping and sliding, resulting in dozens of traffic accidents for police to manage.
A retired administrator tied to fraud at an academic department at UNC won’t face criminal charges, District Attorney Jim Woodall said Tuesday.
Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a Durham man accused in the fatal January shooting of a 9-year-old boy who was riding in a car with his mother.
Durham County District Attorney Leon Stanback confirmed Tuesday that his office will seek the death penalty against Everett Lamont Graves, 23. He declined to elaborate.
Durham restaurants will be serving up donated soups ranging from all-beef chili to butternut squash bisque to Italian wedding soup on Thursday as part of a fundraiser for Urban Ministries of Durham.
The restaurants will be competing for donation-based votes for their soups at the eighth annual Empty Bowls fundraiser presented this year by Olive & Olive P.A.