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Mar. 25, 2014 @ 06:12 PM

VIDEO: N.C. Central students and faculty get 'happy'

N.C. Central students and faculty create a rendition of Pharrell William's 'Happy.'  Video courtesy of N.C. Central University

Mar. 19, 2014 @ 05:05 PM

Gallery-North Carolina Central University fans gathered in front of the McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium to see the Eagles off on their first ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.

NCCU fans gathered in front of the McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium to see the Eagles off on their first ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Herald-Sun | Bernard Thomas

Mar. 15, 2014 @ 10:53 PM

VIDEO: Durham Bulls National Anthem tryouts

More than 100 people auditioned to perform the National Anthem during the Durham Bulls 2014 season.  Video by The Herald-Sun | Christine T. Nguyen

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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. 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. 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.

Apr. 14, 2014 @ 04:42 PM

9th Wonder class to launch Hip-Hop Institute at NCCU

Patrick Douthit, the Grammy Award-winning hip-hip producer known as 9th Wonder, will teach a class on “Hip-Hop in Context” at N.C. Central University this fall, which will also launch the university’s Hip-Hop Institute.
NCCU formally announced the move at a news conference Monday on campus. NCCU Chancellor Debra Saunders-White said the university is embarking on a new era in its academic offerings. The Hip-Hop Institute is the beginning of an interdisciplinary program, she said, based in the history department.

Apr. 14, 2014 @ 01:17 PM

Durham health officials fight STD trend

A recent report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has Durham County Public Health adding new strategies to increase screening for sexually transmitted diseases among its residents.
The report sheds light on the nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted infections that occur in the United States every year, costing the American health-care system nearly $16 billion in direct medical costs. Adolescents and young adults account for a substantial part of these infections. CDC estimates that half of all new STDs in the country occur among young men and women aged 15 to 24.

Apr. 13, 2014 @ 08:10 PM

Council preps for vote on tower, Jack Tar incentives

City Council members say that before they vote on a $4 million business-incentive offer to the would-be developer of a new skyscraper, they want to discuss the developer’s use of a burned-out building on the site.

Plans call for the building’s Main Street and Parrish Street façades to be retained as part of the new “City Center” tower. Durham’s Historic Preservation Commission signed off on the idea last year.

Apr. 13, 2014 @ 05:49 PM

Organ donations: The gift of life

Delores Benton Evans owes her life to her son.

Without his donated kidney, Evans knows she would not be among the living.

Apr. 13, 2014 @ 04:04 PM

Police log

Collision closes road, injures motorcyclist

Apr. 13, 2014 @ 08:21 PM

More than 100 kids at Prodigal Farm

“It’s goats everywhere mommy!”

Four-year-old Finn Butler said it best during his visit to Prodigal Farms Sunday afternoon for its Open Farm Day. More than 160 kids were out and about to greet visitors to the farm and dairy.
“We had over 160 babies born in about a month,” said Kathryn Spann, owner and cheesemaker at Prodigal Farm. “It’s obviously a big job. But today we can really focus on people and being hospitable.

Apr. 13, 2014 @ 12:39 PM

Neil Offen: How to tax your brain

Final check before filing:

Begin by adding line 18 — number of people you run into whose names you can’t remember — to line 14, number of times you try to avoid saying their names during a conversation.
Add lines 23 through 35 and try doing it without a calculator if you start to get cocky.

Apr. 12, 2014 @ 10:36 PM

Dissatisfaction with Common Core State Standards crosses political lines

Strange bedfellows – two words that may come to mind when considering the growing opposition movement to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that is taking place not only in North Carolina, but also across the nation.