Opinion: Grit Award

Aug. 15, 2014 @ 11:57 AM

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Jerry Mack and N.C. Central University football team added a player Sunday.

Aug. 08, 2014 @ 11:23 AM

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It seems like such a common-sense move that you wonder why the change wasn’t made long ago. Perhaps because there was no one like Kendra Montgomery-Blinn to lead the charge.

Aug. 01, 2014 @ 04:48 PM

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Anyone who loves U.S. women’s history has a debt to Anne Firor Scott, according to the American Association of University Women. A trailblazer, Scott almost singlehandedly created the field of Southern women’s history. She served as Duke University’s first female chair of the history department, and taught in the department for 30 years.

Jul. 25, 2014 @ 03:02 PM

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Years ago, summer camp meant canoeing, swimming and bunk beds. Saying times have changed is a bit of an understatement.

Jul. 18, 2014 @ 04:03 PM

Durham Grit Award, July 19

Kathleen Pryer had a problem we suspect is not uncommon among academic researchers.

She had what she was sure would be a fruitful line of research, but she couldn’t persuade anyone to fund it.

Jul. 11, 2014 @ 04:19 PM

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When the city leagues stopped operating for kids in certain age groups who wanted to play baseball, Pat James stepped up. She wanted her son and his friends to have the opportunity to play. But she also wanted to make sure that they kept their eye on the ball.

Jul. 04, 2014 @ 06:03 PM

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Every day, nine children in the United States are either injured or killed because of an unsafely stored gun. In the U.S., 1.7 million children live in homes where guns are loaded or not stored correctly. In Durham in 2014, a 5-month-old girl was injured and a 9-year-old boy was killed in accidental shootings.

Jun. 27, 2014 @ 01:33 PM

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People who choose to put themselves in harm’s way to help others are reminders of what is best in humanity.

Jun. 20, 2014 @ 05:17 PM

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At 19, Duncan Hay understands how to deal with a tough situation. When he was 15, he received a stem cell transplant at Duke. As his family worked through his treatment, they found solace and normalcy in the H.E.A.R.T.S. Club at Hillandale.

Jun. 13, 2014 @ 03:21 PM

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If you need a reminder about what’s important in life, consider Jessica Wilkes. The 27-year-old renewed her vows with her husband, Joshua, at Duke Chapel earlier this week. It had been a dream of hers since she was a child.

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.