Durham (City of)

Arts & Culture
1:23 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

North Carolina-Based Band Snags Notable 'Song Of The Year' Honors

Sylvan Esso
Credit the artists

It's been a big year for the band Sylvan Esso, the Durham-based duo of singer Amelia Meath and producer Nick Sanborn.  Earlier this month Paste Magazine named their song "Coffee" its Song of the Year.

Sylvan Esso’s music comes with a certain digital reality. It’s devoid of the oft-shallow feel of some electro-pop songs that are just about parties or typical relationship fodder. This maintains an earthiness that it takes a band from North Carolina to possess.

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Arts & Culture
12:12 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Contest Sends Teams On Video Expeditions Across Durham, NC

A new scavenger hunt will make sleuths and stars of Durhamites this Saturday. In this first-of-its-kind fundraiser in Durham, teams will solve riddles, and then head scatter across town to videotape short scenes from movies. For example, here's a clue:

"Durham’s most famous romance unfolded at an 1880s James Manning-designed house. Shoot a short scene inspired by this iconic silver-screen couple on the porch."

Here's how that clue might play out in the contest:

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11:29 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Using New Media To Address 150 Unsolved Murders In Durham, NC

Credit Ian Britton / Flickr/Creative Commons

There have been 17 murders in Durham so far this year, a number that is pretty average for the past five years or so in the city.  But the Durham Police Department isn't just focusing on investigations that are current, they are also making an effort to investigate more than 150 murders that are still unsolved. 

Sergeant David Piatt, with the Homicide Investigation Unit is keenly aware that the families of those victims are still waiting for answers,.

"I don't think you can say one person is more important than the other.  They all deserve closure,"  he says.

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Business & Economy
8:44 am
Thu October 2, 2014

'Innovation District' Could Bring 1 Million Square Feet Of New Office Space To Durham

Adam Sichol and Jamison Peschel are Managing Partners with Longfellow Real Estate Partners, developers of 'Durham ID.'
Credit Leoneda Inge

Downtown Durham has undergone a major transformation over the past decade.  And economic development projects are not slowing down with new hotels, office space and housing under construction.

Yesterday, community stakeholders came together to announce the latest big project.  It’s called the Durham Innovation District or "Durham ID," for short.

The Durham Innovation District or Durham ID will stretch from North Duke Street all the way to the Durham Farmer’s Market when it’s all finished. 

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8:49 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Can Vehicle Search Consent Forms Diminish Racial Bias? Ask Fayetteville, NC

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On Thursday, the Durham City Manager will present the City Council with a recommendation that police officers be required to get consent in writing before searching a vehicle. This is part of a response to months of debate over reports of racial bias in the Durham police department.

Durham Deputy Police Chief Larry Smith would have to implement such a process. Smith recently presented to the city council two examples of how a consent form works now and how a search would work if an officer were required to get consent in writing. 

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Business & Economy
5:00 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Youth Radio: 'I've Never Seen Any White People' In This Durham Park, Now I Do

Emmanuel Johnson worked as a teen reporter during the summer of 2014 at WUNC.
Credit Carol Jackson

Emmanuel Johnson is a senior at Riverside High School in Durham. As a part of WUNC's Youth Radio Project, he reports on a changing neighborhood in his hometown.

I've lived in Durham, NC my whole life and I always walk past this park on the corner of Oakwood Avenue and Holloway Street. It's downtown, near the public library.

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The State of Things
12:09 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Durham City Council Considers Police Recommendations

Durham City Council hears recommendations from City Manager on how to improve police and community relations.
Credit Jorge Valencia

  The Durham Police Department has been accused of racial profiling, which led the Human Relations Commission to recommend changes in policy and procedure in May.

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Politics & Government
9:05 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Durham City Manager: 'In Some Areas, Unexplained Racial Disparities Do Exist'

Durham City Manager Tom Bonfield presented his response to alleged racism in the Durham Police Department in a packed hearing before city council.
Credit Jorge Valencia

The Durham city manager presented the city council recommendations in a packed hearing on Thursday to improve the relationship between the police and minority groups.

It's a long-awaited response to an investigation by the city's Human Relations Commission on claims that the police targets minorities. In his report, city manager Tom Bonfield had some clear findings.

"Our review and the data tells us in some areas, unexplained racial disparities do exist," Bonfield said to the council.

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Business & Economy
9:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Durham Cuts 4 Jobs From Solid Waste Department

Durham has cut landfill costs by boosting recycling measures in recent years. Now, the city has cut the waste reduction coordinator job to make up or a budget shortfall.
Credit Ildar Sagdejev / Wikipedia

Durham's Solid Waste Department is cutting four jobs to make up for a $1.1 million budget shortfall.

Director Donald Long said his department is very expensive to run. Its $16 million budget is about the same size as last year, and Long said one of the only places to cut costs is personnel.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Takes Over Durham

The Full Frame Theater at Durham's American Tobacco Historic District is where some of this year's documentaries will be seen.
Credit Gurnal Scott

Documentary film enthusiasts are in downtown Durham today through Sunday for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.  City leaders like the business. 

There could easily be an extra 12,000 to 13,000 people packed in a few city blocks because of Full Frame.

“And they’ll be laughing and smiling and talking about the films that they’ve seen.  It’s really a great, great event.”

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