With recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City, the relationship between police officers and the public, particularly minorities, is the subject of a much needed national debate. In this context, a program of the Durham Police Department offers a model of policing that seeks to improve community relations.
After years of work and fundraising, the Durham History Museum opened in 2012 in a space on West Morgan Street called the History Hub. The hub has given a visible presence to Durham’s efforts to celebrate and preserve its multi-faceted history.
Before the Durham Bulls Athletic Park or the Durham Performing Arts Center were built, before the renovation of the Carolina Theatre, the city and county in the late 1980s built the Durham Convention Center to help jump-start downtown redevelopment and attract business.
When society feels threatened by crime, the natural inclination is to increase penalties. The idea of “swift justice,” however, does not always lead to good policy. When crack cocaine hit the streets decades ago, the remedy was to set harsher penalties for possession and trafficking, but the policy only created crowded prisons and racial disparities in punishment.
A couple of distinctly Durham reactions – perhaps supplements would be the better word – to Black Friday’s frenzy stood out at the end of last week.
Thanksgiving’s behind us, and black Friday (not to mention black Thursday afternoon….) with its wild shopping, is too.
And with the calendar flipping a page, or the digital equivalent, Monday, sprint to Christmas hits full stride. We will, for the next 25 days, be immersed in the holiday season.
Coaches talk about “rebuilding years,” of arduously reshaping a program whose ticks in the win column have been disappointing.
Duke University’s football program has beyond doubt been in that process for the past several years – and with resounding success. Two recent weeks of setbacks notwithstanding, Duke football under Coach David Cutcliffe plays at a different level, with a different aura within the region and across the nation than in those painful 0-for-the-season years not so long ago.
At Duke University, a plot of old-growth forest has collided with plans to build a new student health center on a portion of the land. Duke faculty members and senior officials appear to be taking an appropriate, deliberate approach to find a compromise.
By the time you read this newspaper, chances are you are in the final stages of making that Thanksgiving meal, or perhaps you just stepped off a plane and are finally home to visit with friends and family.
As the fallout from last month’s release of the report by Kenneth Wainstein continues, the flagship campus of the UNC system has reacted by holding on to public records related to the report. It’s the wrong way for UNC to treat the public that supports it.
Durham has become known for its small beer breweries that make use of local and seasonal ingredients. In 2014, Durham also has been placed on the map for that other brew so important to the proper maintenance of daily life and sanity – coffee.
The N. C. General Assembly’s passion in the past decade to micromanage school calendars stands among the most bone-headed of decisions.
A decade ago and before then, no one in Durham would have believed that downtown, particularly the area inside the Loop, would some day eclipse the South Square business district. What a difference 20 years -- along with a lot of polish, hard work and public-private investment – can make.
One of the greatest gifts of democracy is the concept of openness in government, the belief that citizens who support the government should see its proceedings and records, warts and all. On the federal level, this idea led to the creation of the Freedom of Information Act. In North Carolina, the Open Meetings Law and Open Records Law protect public access to government.
An in-house audit raises some good questions about whether city residents are getting their money’s worth, as well as the best public service, from a policy that allows some city employees to take home city-owned vehicles. This is a policy that should be refined and tweaked, but not ended.