For years, tech users and businesses have lamented that the United States lags behind many industrialized countries in the speed of its Internet connections.
That has been changing as Internet service providers have been led and prodded by Google’s ambitious plans, seemingly to stand astride the modern information highway like an ancient Colossus.
Durham Public Schools officials want to be sure the community is prepared for bad news next week when the state releases single-letter grades for every school.
And they want to be clear that in their view those grades will fail completely at giving a fair portrait of how our schools are doing.
Durham County Commissioners’ Chairman Michael Page has taken to heart a presidential challenge to address youth whose socioeconomic situation and disaffectedness from society put them at risk.
Consider 347 colleges and universities are in Division 1, the NCAA’s top tier of athletic competition.
That means nearly 350 men’s basketball coaches active right now – and scores of earlier greats enshrined in the sport’s pantheon. Consider Dean Smith, Bobby Knight, Jim Calhoun, Adolph Rupp, Rick Pitino -- Sunday, one member of that fraternity hit a milestone none of the others has done in all the decades of college basketball competition.
The week just ending brought countless reminders that this community is filled with people eager to do good works -- and that that spirit knows no age limit.
The Main Library in downtown Durham is a busy place, usually filled with students doing homework and research, casual and voracious readers picking up books, job seekers filling out forms and using the banks of computers -- and, like many urban libraries, homeless people trying to get warm for a bit.
What they heck are people thinking?
After more than a decade of post-9/11 heightened security at everything from airports to museums, you would think people would expect anything resembling a weapon to be unwelcome at, say, a local courtroom.
The statement from the University of North Carolina board of governors Friday morning about the system’s president, Thomas Ross, included effusive praise one generally loves to hear from a boss.
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’
Not surprisingly, the new head of the Duke University Health System brings a sterling resume. He will fill a post that oversees health care, cutting-edge research and medical training at a university whose medical school and hospital network rank among the top in the country.
Under a welcome bright, sunshine-drenched day, the several hundred people gathered outside the Duke Chapel just before 1 p.m. Friday were quietly celebratory, reverent, and eager for the brief service that brought them there.
Partisanship aside, reform worthwhile
We have, it seems, successfully weathered – so to speak – our first winter precipitation event of the young year.
Much of this week’s weather waltz followed a script s all too predictable in the Piedmont Carolinas, where we sit often on the uneasy edge between wet and dry, between below- and above-freezing temperatures.
Durham’s surging economy, as we have often noted, does not spread its benefit equally across our population. The Durham of affluent neighborhoods, trendy restaurants, gourmet food shops and touring Broadway shows is shadowed by a Durham of decrepit housing and legions of our fellow citizens with ill-paying jobs – or no jobs at all – and little hope.