Durham (City of)

The State of Things
12:32 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Questions About Informant Payments By Durham Police

Steve Schewel, Durham City Council Member
Credit City of Durham/Durhamnc.gov

    

Two local advocacy groups released documents showing the Durham Police Department made payments to informants in criminal matters.

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Arts & Culture
8:40 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Exhibit: Historic Fight To Desegregate The Carolina Theatre

Carl Whisenton co-chaired "Confronting Change" exhibit committee at the Carolina Theatre. He stands next to segregated ticket window.
Credit Leoneda Inge

Fifty years ago, when African Americans wanted to watch a movie at the Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham, they had to climb 97 steps up to the second floor balcony.

Today, there’s a new Civil Rights exhibit on display outside that second floor balcony to honor the fight to desegregate the theater.

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Arts & Culture
4:46 pm
Sat January 11, 2014

DPAC Performances Continue To Pack The House

R&B Star Gladys Knight performed with The O'Jays at one of the top five concerts at DPAC in 2013.
Credit Courtesy of DPAC

The Durham Performing Arts Center continues to be one of the top theaters and concert halls in the country.

New numbers from the trade magazine, Pollstar, ranks DPAC fourth in the US based on attendance.

Pollstar - 2013 - Top 5-ranked US Theatres:

1-Radio City Music Hall - New York, NY

2-The Colosseum At Caesars Palace - Las Vegas, NV

3-Orpheum Theatre - Minneapolis, MN

4-DPAC - Durham, NC

5-Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE - Los Angeles, CA

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Toy Donations
3:22 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

5 Days To Go; 6,000 Toys Short

Toy Story Cupcakes
Credit Ana_Fuji / Flickr

Every year, Durham Rescue Mission holds a Christmas Eve dinner for the needy. They serve turkey and ham. And for the kids, there's a toy giveaway.

But now, just five days out, the group is 6,000 toys short of what they need in order to give all the kids some new playthings for the holiday.

"We accept new and used toys throughout the year, but at Christmas time we do like to give a new toy to the kids," said DRM CEO, Ernie Mills. "What kind of new toy? I tell the parents, any kind of toy you would buy for your kids, our kids would love it also."

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Arts & Culture
6:31 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Durham School Of The Arts Joins Fisk Jubilee Singers

Nigia Hunt rehearses with other soloists at Durham School of the Arts, preparing to sing with The Fisk Jubilee Singers.
Credit Leoneda Inge

The Fisk Jubilee Singers are known world-wide for their flawless voices and performance of Negro Spirituals.  Paul Kwami is the choir’s musical director and is on a five city, high school southern tour to personally help young voices hone and preserve the songs that have inspired people of all cultures.

Kwami’s first stop: The Durham School of the Arts.

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Thu September 26, 2013

"American Underground" Selected For Google Tech Hub

Smashing Boxes is one of several tech companies working out of The American Underground in Durham.
Credit Leoneda Inge

The American Underground in Durham’s American Tobacco Historic District has been selected by Google to be a part of its “Entrepreneurs Tech Hub Network.”

The American Underground was launched three years ago – a home away from home for many young techies.  The "Terminator 2 Judgment Day" pinball machine gets a workout.

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Business & Economy
5:56 am
Mon September 16, 2013

School Renovation Helps East Durham Revitalization

Self Help's Tucker Bartlett with Maureen Joy Charter School students at ribbon cutting on South Driver Street.
Credit Leoneda Inge

There’s a section of East Durham undergoing major revitalization, and in the middle of it all is the oldest existing school building in the city.

But today, more than 100 years later, the old East Durham Graded School has been renovated in grand style.  The project is getting a lot of attention and economic developers and neighbors hope it’s the spark that will keep community revitalization going.

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Health
5:31 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Durham Grocery To Offer Healthy Snacks At Checkout

A supermarket in Durham is going to offer healthy snacks in the check out line.
Credit Tijmen Stam via Creative Commons

Shoppers at a local grocery in Durham will have the option of checking out at an aisle filled with healthy snack choices. So instead of lollipops and candy bars, last minute purchases at Los Primos Market might include apples, raisins or yogurt. Erica Samoff coordinates Partnership for a Healthy Durham, a community coalition that's collaborating with the East Durham Children's Initiative.

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Politics & Government
9:31 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Panhandling Violators To Get Help In Durham

A homemade solicitation sign and cup.
Credit Brokensphere via Wikimedia Commons

People ticketed for breaking panhandling rules in Durham may soon be able to avoid the criminal court system.  The change would mean sending violators of the solicitation or panhandling ordinance through Community Life Court – instead of paying fines or doing time in jail.

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Business & Economy
1:25 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Startup Hub Goes Regional In Expansion To Raleigh

An architect's rendering of American Underground's offices planned for Raleigh.
Credit Alliance Architecture

A new hub for startup businesses in Raleigh is set to open this fall. 

Durham-based American Underground says it's opening space enough for 25 startups on Fayetteville St. in downtown Raleigh.  The company sells affordable commercial space to Durham entrepreneurs in exchange for connecting them with investors and providing other support.

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