We can’t recall the last time someone won the Grit Award twice in a year. So we’ll mark 2013 as one for the record books, thanks to a sergeant in the Sheriff’s Office who twice has been in the right place at the right time to help someone in serious need.
During my lifetime there have been many innovations that changed our lives, but perhaps none more significant than television
It seems like such a small thing. One gift. Yet that is all the organizers of a toy and coat drive to be held today in McDougald Terrace are asking donors to give. They want to make sure that no child leaves empty-handed, and that all the children living in the public housing community have winter coats. On Thursday, the drive was still 80 toys short.
This has been a week filled with people in the news who are deserving of the Grit Award. Duke’s Perry Simmons was one of 16 football players honored nationally as a scholar-athlete. “It just shows when you put in the hard work and try to do the right things, things pay off for you,” Simmons said.
Desmond “Dez” Jackson is a remarkable 14-year-old. He holds a gold medal in the 400-meter run that he won at the International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports World Junior Games. He also won a bronze in the 100.
File this one in the “Cool Things About Living in Durham” category.
We can boast a resident who built a miniature replica of the printing press that Ben Franklin said he used as a printer apprentice. And it works.
Last week in this space, we talked about the importance of supporting veterans throughout the year. This week, Operation Homefront demonstrated that purpose in a generous, meaningful way.
Diana Graham, a graduate of N.C. Central University who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom as a member of the National Guard, offered insightful advice earlier this week when she spoke at the university on Veterans Day.
We are fans of A Healthier Durham, the campaign that the Durham County Department of Public Health launched in October to, as the name says, make us healthier.
You can log your exercise and see not just how you are doing, but how the community is doing in pursuing healthier lifestyles.
It’s been a while, we must admit, since the Grit Award panel took the SAT. But most of us remember about where our scores fell, which gives an idea of the import that test has for many teens.
The photo that Christine Nguyen took that appeared on page A1 Wednesday is wonderful. In case you missed that day’s paper, it showed a high school principal receiving an award that he didn’t expect. The best part of the photo was the expressions of sheer joy on the faces of the young people surrounding him.
Human kindness in the midst of horror is a remarkable thing. Rena Finder experienced both the horrific and being on the receiving end of human kindness when Oskar Schindler saved her and her mother during the Holocaust.
It’s a pretty safe bet what most of us would do if we looked in our shower and saw a tarantula.
It’s not your usual Grit Award this week; we’re not going to focus on a single group or person. Instead, it’s a collective award. That’s appropriate, since we need a crowd to hoist our glasses in a toast to the brewers who came together to create the Beer Fest Beer for Durham’s wildly successful annual World Beer Festival.
There are 119,801 people who are waiting for an organ transplant. Each day, 18 people die while they are waiting. But on any given day, about 79 people receive an organ transplant.