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Mavis Staples and Ben Harper combine for great music
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Time has certainly not dampened the urgency in Mavis Staples’ voice. Now 80, the Grammy-winning legend and social activist has one clear enemy on her new album: the status quo. She sings the word “change” some 20 times. The terrific “We Get By” opens with the song “Change” and ends 10 tracks later with “One
 
McDonald’s workers set to strike
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
DURHAM – Durham McDonald’s workers will strike Thursday, May 23 – the day of McDonald’s annual shareholder meeting — demanding the right to a union, and they’ll be joined by 2020 presidential candidate Julian Castro. "We need to stand with workers now more than ever to demand fair pay, better working conditions, and the
 
First black official in ACC dies
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
APEX — Jim Burch was the first black man to officiate a basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but one of the men he taught to follow in his footsteps said Burch didn't make much out of the achievement. "Everybody else talked about that. He just shared his story and his journey," ACC referee Jamie Luckie said in an interview on Monday. "He
 
Community runners squat for charity
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
DURHAM – Eight Triangle-area residents and an estimated 50 virtual participants squared off in the Fourth Annual Bull City Squat Challenge on May 18. Hosted by The Choice Performance Center of Durham, the event benefited The Duke Cancer Institute and the nonprofit Erika’s Lighthouse, and raised $7,000 for the charities. This year, the
 
Is it seasonal allergies or dry eye?
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Two of the more common eye-related problems are dry eyes and eye allergies. While the symptoms are similar, there are differences between the two conditions. Sometimes they can occur at the same time, compounding the problem. That’s why it’s important to have a medical eye exam to determine the cause of your symptoms so you can get the
 
HBCU students compete in TMCF’s ‘THE PITCH’
Monday, May 20, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), with presenting partner, Apple, will host 100 hand-selected students from 37 Historically Black Colleges and Universities for THE PITCH 2019. This challenging entrepreneurial competition will be held May 20-23 in Durham. The TMCF’s newly redesigned Innovation & Entrepreneurship
 
School News
Monday, May 20, 2019
ORANGE COUNTY Mary Patricia Peres-da-Silva of McDougle Middle was named the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools teacher of the year at the annual Recognition Reception on May 8 at Carrboro High. Peres-da-Silva is a math teacher with 20 years of teaching experience. She holds bachelor of science and master of science degrees in physics from Bombay
 
Big business and renaming a neighborhood
Sunday, May 19, 2019
What if Google tried to rename your neighborhood? That happened to some Californians in spring 2018, when Google Maps changed the moniker of three San Francisco neighborhoods – Rincon Hill, South Beach and South Market – to “East Cut.” Given the extensive reach that Google has in the transmission of geographic data, through Google
 
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Mavis Staples and Ben Harper combine for great music

Time has certainly not dampened the urgency in Mavis Staples’ voice. Now 80, the

McDonald’s workers set to strike

DURHAM – Durham McDonald’s workers will strike Thursday, May 23 – the day of

First black official in ACC dies

APEX — Jim Burch was the first black man to officiate a basketball game in the Atlantic