Opinion: Grit Award

Jun. 06, 2014 @ 04:51 PM

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Thieves who stole 13,000 diapers – a full week’s supply for hundreds of babies in low-income families here -- actually may have been a blessing in disguise.
 


May. 30, 2014 @ 04:31 PM

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We all want to end our careers on a high note. That’s just what Ron Benson is doing.
Saturday will be the last game for the Chapel Hill High School girls’ soccer coach.


May. 23, 2014 @ 03:31 PM

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Allison Edwards apparently chose her profession well. Now in her fifth year, the social studies teacher at the School for Creative Studies was named Durham Public Schools Teacher of the Year earlier this week. As a side note, this is also the School for Creative Studies first year in existence, so it’s great to see a new school’s staff member garner such a prestigious award.


May. 16, 2014 @ 02:17 PM

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The world through the eyes of a child can provide a window to simple solutions for complex issues. Ava Forrest visited Hannah’s Hope, the orphanage where her brother lived in Ethiopia before her family adopted him.

Ava, who is 9, noticed that the older children didn’t have many toys. Her solution? Open a lemonade stand on a Saturday at her home in Durham to raise funds for Hannah’s Hope.

 

May. 09, 2014 @ 03:07 PM

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As polls closed Tuesday evening, people gathered around computers and TVs to see the returns come in. At 8:30 – an hour after polls closed – Durham still showed zero precincts reporting. Clearly, there was a problem.
Durham County Board of Elections Director Michael Perry and his team get a much-deserved shout-out this week for heading off an election night fiasco that was caused by a glitch in new software used by the state Board of Elections.


May. 02, 2014 @ 03:50 PM

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As sure as the robin and the redbud, strawberry picking time is a sign that winter is long gone. It means that local farmers’ markets will be bursting with a variety of produce before long. And it means the growers are heading into the make-or-break season.


Apr. 25, 2014 @ 03:34 PM

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How cool is it to have a festival that’s bringing 48 artists from all over who will converge on different venues downtown to entertain residents and visitors with jazz and further enhance the Bull City’s image?


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 02:27 PM

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He was one of 10 men who showed remarkable courage by breaking the color barrier in the Durham Fire Department.
Velton Thompson served as a firefighter for 35 years, paving the way for others who wanted to serve. He died Monday at the age of 81. Now only two of the original 10 black firefighters in Durham remain.


Apr. 11, 2014 @ 03:40 PM

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A legendary voice was silenced this week when journalist Chuck Stone died in Chapel Hill at the age of 89.
Mr. Stone was a newspaper editor and columnist who was unabashed in his criticism of elected officials and a fiery advocate for civil rights. He also was a professor at UNC Chapel Hill. His guidance put many young journalists on firm footing as they entered their profession.


Mar. 28, 2014 @ 12:36 PM

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UNC’s women’s team is the last one standing from the Triangle. The good news doesn’t stop there for the team, though. Coach Sylvia Hatchell said Thursday she has been cleared by doctors to join her team in Nashville for the Final Four.


Mar. 21, 2014 @ 03:52 PM

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Durham native and 27-year-old Marine Staff Sgt. Aaron Budd had a brain tumor removed in October. Deaf in one ear and with partial facial paralysis, Budd is a proud member of the Wounded Warriors Battalion West. He also recently competed in the Marine Corps Trials in archery. He told reporter Keith Upchurch that he hopes his score is among the best, which will lead to a trip to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., in September.


Mar. 14, 2014 @ 01:23 PM

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If you are over 40, you may have lamented at some point the changes that email and texting have wrought on grammar and spelling. The shorthand brought about by technology has people now using the language previously reserved for personalized license plates, with quick notes such as, “u r rt.”


Mar. 07, 2014 @ 01:37 PM

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If you have any doubts about the quality of education found in Durham Public Schools, you should get to know Jeff Whitt.
The Carrington Middle School teacher recently was named the 2014 Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted by the N.C. Association for the Gifted and Talented.


Feb. 28, 2014 @ 05:05 PM

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Leslie and Will McDow are remarkable parents who had a remarkable daughter.
Florence had a neurological disorder called autoimmune encephalitis. At 6, she lost her fight with it.


Feb. 21, 2014 @ 02:46 PM

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At 9, Jaeden Sharpe was a dreamer and liked the idea of making an impact on those around him. He and his brother were planning a clothing line, not to make money but to have an impact. He died a day after the first “J.J. Sharpe Impact” T-shirt was printed, shot while in the car with his mother.