Franklin Street, shrouded by night, was overrun with ghouls and cartoon characters as the thousands gathered to celebrate Halloween in Chapel Hill.
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.
Durham Technical Community College has named Tracy Mancini dean of the Arts, Sciences and University Transfer Department.
Mancini previously served as assistant dean of the Associate in Arts Program and as chair of the English and communications discipline in the Arts, Sciences, and University Transfer department at Durham Tech.
Unemployment in the Durham-Chapel Hill metro fell to 6.1 percent in October, according to preliminary data released Thursday.
Duke students leaned over a row of small candles, concentrating on the eighth in the menorah, and recited a blessing for the lights.
The glow reflected off their faces as dozens of students Wednesday recited the memorized prayer together on the final night of Hanukkah.
“Baruch ata Ado-nai, Elo-heinu Melech ha’olam, Asher kid’shanu b’mitzvosav v’tzivanu l’hadlik ner shel Chanukah.”
Together in the Bryan Center on campus, they thanked God for sanctifying them with His commandments, and for commanding them to kindle the final Hanukkah light.
If they want developers to voluntarily include low-cost units in future projects, Durham officials will have to increase substantially the concessions they offer in return, city/county planners say.
No developer has ever taken advantage of the two governments’ existing offer to allow 15 percent more units in a project without additional zoning provided they’re reserved for people who make 60 percent or less of the area median income.
In talking with developers, planners have learned the extra income from the low-cost units won’t offset the extra costs they incur by including them. “The developer is going to lose money on that,” hence the lack of interest, Planning Supervisor Aaron Cain said.