Any manufacturer will tell you – and most people intuitively know – that the old cliché “build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door” is a fantasy. You’d better spend some money spreading the word of that mousetrap.
If you dropped in on downtown Durham Thursday, you would have found parking spaces scarcer than usual. Crowds milled along Morgan Street around the Carolina Theatre, and there was a palpable buzz in the air.
For baseball fans, it is a long wait from the end of the Major League season in October until the first pitch of the new season in April, a wait cloaked in the chill and shortened days of winter.
For baseball fans, it is a long wait from the end of the major-league season in October until the first pitch of the new season in April, a wait cloaked in the chill and shortened days of winter.
“Not since 2010.”
Television commentators returned often to that phrase or its cousin, “first time in five years,” as did friends in bars or strangers in the checkout line these past few days.
Durham residents have a well-deserved reputation for being eager to speak their minds and share their thoughts on all manner of local issues.
Given that, and given the importance of the issue at hand, we hope a good many people will show up next week to help the city begin shaping the details of the proposed new police headquarters.
State senators introduced their latest tax-cut extravaganza last month by promising "everybody's going to benefit."
"I'm tired of hearing that we only do this for the rich," Sen. Jerry Tillman (R-Randolph) said.
North Carolina taxpayers have heard the promise before.
History, for generations, was writ large. We learned in school the acts and deeds of prominent men and women – mostly men – and studied the course of major events.
Forty-seven years ago this weekend, Duke University students took to the quad in a “silent vigil” in the wake of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. A call for racial justice was among their causes.
The state’s historic preservation tax credit, left for dead by the General Assembly last year, is making a comeback, fueled by support not just from preservationists but also from economic development interests, local governments across the state – and the administration of Gov. Pat McCrory.
As revulsion against Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act reverberates around the nation, with organizations and businesses threatening boycotts and even a shadow cast over the widely watched NCAA Final Four tournament this weekend, North Carolina legislators incredibly are considering a similar bill.
The Downtown Loop, that confusing band of shape- and name-shifting streets, encircles downtown Durham and has much the same stifling effect as a noose around the neck.
The late Dean Smith did so much to burnish the often blemished image of big-time college athletics, he is remembered so justly for his personification of decency and altrui
Okay, we acknowledge “we’re number 100” doesn’t have the makings of a bumper sticker or a billboard.
Still, we think it’s pretty cool the Durham-Chapel Hill metropolitan area has now climbed one place to be the 100th largest in the country.