Arbor Day was first celebrated in Nebraska in 1872, promoted by, as it happens, a newspaper editor.
"Let us endeavor then by our words on ‘Arbor Day’ - and all other opportune occasions - to so embellish the world with plant life, trees, flowers and foliage, as to make our earth homes approximate to those which the prophets, poets and seers of all ages have portrayed as the Home in Heaven," urged J. Sterling Morton, editor of the Nebraska City News as quoted on the website forestry.com.
It is a sadly frequent scenario:
A gunman or other assailant walks into a public place, opens fire or otherwise begins doing harm to anyone in sight, and innocent bystanders are killed or seriously injured.
Violent crime in Durham dropped measurably in 2013 over the previous year. That is certainly good news.
But the crime report that Police Chief Jose Lopez gave to the City Council Thursday came with a couple of downsides. Homicides – the most terminal of violent crimes – were up more than 40 percent, to 30.
“March is a month without mercy for rabid basketball fans,” the great journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson once said.
Although Thompson was a devoted University of Kentucky fan (we will forgive him that), we know all too well that of which he speaks.
Through all tiers of the game here in the heart of Tobacco Road, we will have fans and players sitting on the edge of their seats waiting for outcomes in the coming days and weeks.
Like so many firms in Durham and the Research Triangle, the Freelon Group spreads its influence and expertise across the country.
For many years, the University of North Carolina and the state’s community college system have had policies to encourage and ease the transfer of students from community college to the university system after two years.
Late last month, the two systems forged a new agreement that updates those policies and is designed to make the path from community college to four-year institution even smoother.
That’s welcome news for thousands of students who enter a community college with an eye toward eventually completing a four-year degree.
For several weeks, Durham's Human Relations Commission has been hearing from the Durham Police Department and its critics, and weighing what recommendations to make to the City Council.
There was a certain poignant coincidence in the juxtaposition of a story in The Herald-Sun this week and the death of a longtime civic and business leader.
An expensive consultant hired to help the troubled state Department of Health and Human Services money may have had a substantial impact.
At first blush, it may seem the Durham Public Schools Board of Education is being overly cautious in wading into the fight over teacher tenure. Guilford has forged ahead, with strong words and the promise of a legal fight.
But these are uncharted waters that are going to require care in navigating, and Durham’s board is moving at a deliberative speed to ensure its members are sure of each move.
A new “report card” on the health of Durham’s children had some positive news for the community this week – but as so often happens with such reports, the verdict was mixed.
Just over a half-century ago, well within the lifetime of many reading this, the South and Durham were still enmeshed in the shameful throes of Jim Crow segregation.
Perhaps nowhere was that more vividly in view than at the city-owned Carolina Theatre, leased at that point as a movie house.
The Museum of Life and Science in Durham has provided a place for thousands of children to get their hands on the world around them and gain a better understanding of it.
The nonprofit draws visitors from across the state, serving as one of Durham’s major attractions. Those visitors generate dollars for Durham gas stations, hotels and restaurants.
Do we still need Black History Month? You can find thoughtful dialogue on both sides of the question. Does it do more harm than good to relegate a particular part of our population, be it women, blacks, Hispanics, etc., to a particular month? Or does it help to ensure a spotlight shines on parts of our history that have not received the same attention and understanding?
Filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman tackled the question in his documentary “More Than a Month,” which aired earlier this month on PBS. Tilghman takes the position, rightly, that black history is certainly bigger than one month. As Tilghman explains, it’s part of the American story.
Head Start, the federal program that promotes school readiness for children birth to age 5 from low-income families, came about when President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 declared The War on Poverty. Part of that war included looking at the creation of a comprehensive child development program to help meet the needs of disadvantaged preschool-aged children.
Part of Head Start’s mission was to help break the poverty cycle, ensuring children from low-income families had the structures in place – be it educational, nutritional or social – to be on the same plane as their more affluent counterparts when the school bell rang for kindergarten. An integral part of its founding mission also was to ensure parent involvement from the communities Head Start would serve.