Two years ago, the Durham City Council raised property taxes by a penny a $100 of a property’s assessed value. Unlike most tax assessments, which are plowed into the city’s general fund for overall operations, the tax hike was earmarked for providing housing.
The decision was not without conflict.
Bitcoin, the virtual currency that has been around since 2009, is an interesting concept. It has no government backing or regulation. Advocates say it’s a more efficient way to conduct transactions by eliminating fees and the middle man. Critics worry it provides an easy forum in which to conduct black market business such as money laundering and drug purchases. They also fear that it poses a significant financial risk for consumers.
UNC finance professor Greg W. Brown told The Herald-Sun’s Laura Oleniacz, “If all of a sudden you wake up one day and the whole thing was a sham, and the bitcoin market collapses – which my guess is you probably will – you’re out what you put in it.”
Shortly after he arrived at Duke University in 2004 as chancellor for health affairs and president and CEO of Duke University Health System, Dr. Victor Dzau looked ahead in an article in DukeMed magazine.
“‘We are going to face difficult times ahead,’ he predicts,” the magazine reported, “citing a host of challenges facing health care -- health inequalities, a growing number of uninsured, rising costs and dwindling reimbursements, increased competition between providers, cutbacks in research funding, unacceptable levels of medical errors and safety problems.
It has been nearly three weeks since coal ash from an old retaining pond at a Duke Energy power plant begin flowing into the adjacent Dan River through a broken stormwater pipe underneath the po
After months of criticism of policies and budget decisions that have gravely demoralized North Carolina teachers, Gov. Pat McCrory and General Assembly leaders last week began to address some of that criticism.
Durham’s long, complicated and sometimes tendentious debate over how to handle homeless roadside solicitors – “panhandlers” in the common idiom – is about to take another step.
Wendell Davis brings a strong resume and a deep background in this community to his job as Durham County’s new county manager.
The filing period for candidates for the next round of elections opened at noon on Monday. While it is still early in the filing period, which wraps up at noon Feb. 28, the indications so far are that there is a lot of interest in running this year.
Even with the foul weather disrupting filing earlier this week, contested races have already emerged. More are likely since two weeks remain for candidates to toss their hats in the ring.
We encourage voters to pay attention to who is filing and to be as educated as possible about candidates when it comes time to cast ballots. Be aware of what issues the people you will be selecting to represent you are likely to face.
We’re not supposed to have day after day of snow/sleet/wintry mix misery here. Our snowfalls, when they come, are supposed to be one-shot events that slink away quickly under the blade of the solar snowplow.
Many "Downton Abbey" watchers are nostalgia gluttons who grieved when Lord Grantham lost his fortune in Canadian railroad shares. There are, however, a discerning few whose admirable American sensibilities caused them to rejoice about Grantham's loss: "Now perhaps this amiable but dilettantish toff will get off his duff and get a job."
The images on Urban Ministries of Durham’s Facebook page are captivatingly cute: an orange teddy bear, a juicy slice of pie.
The captions are enticing:
The tattered and long under-utilized former Jack Tar Motel in downtown Durham may have a new lease on life. The Colorado development firm that plans a 26-story tower across Parrish Street from the old Jack Tar has the building under contract.
In “Duke-Carolina: The Blue Blood Rivalry,” a documentary out last year, one of the speakers offers this comment about Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“It’s not just the greatest rivalry in college basketball. It’s the greatest rivalry in all of sports!”
Protests in the aftermath of Jesus Huerta’s death have created something of a dilemma for many who cherish the right to speak out against perceived injustice and to protest government actions with which they find fault.
Most of those have civilly joined vigils or marches to grieve the young man’s self-inflicted fatal gunshot wound in the back of a police car, or to question or condemn the police actions or inactions that figured into the tragedy.
As charter schools have gained surer footing in North Carolina, it’s been interesting to watch their evolution. In this region, we have both outstanding charter schools and traditional public schools, as well as schools in both categories that are struggling.
In Carrboro, PACE Academy has been one of the schools that has struggled, financially and academically. The Charter School Advisory Board found several issues with the school, citing patterns of noncompliance, low academic performance and concerns about financial sustainability.