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Senate pushes to eliminate retirement benefits for teachers, state employees
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Buried deep in the Senate budget proposal that lawmakers passed last week is a provision that would eliminate state-paid health retirement benefits for teachers and state employees who are hired after Jan. 1, 2016. “This puts the state at a major disadvantage in the recruitment and retention of state employees, teachers and university faculty
 
Superintendent gets candid about the state of DPS schools
Thursday, June 25, 2015
DURHAM – In 2000, less than 50 percent of black students in Durham Public Schools were passing compared to 80 percent of white students. Since this announcement over a decade ago by then superintendent Ann Denlinger, the school system has made some improvements, but not enough. Superintendent Bert L’Homme spoke about the state of schools in a
 
Alma Adams champions education at caucus banquet
Thursday, June 25, 2015
DURHAM – United States Congresswoman Alma Adams donned one of her trademark hats and an “I love my HBCU” pin on her chest – two accessories descriptive of who she is. As the keynote speaker of the 2015 William L. Wainwright Annual Scholarship Banquet of the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus Foundation, Adams first spoke about
 
Keeping it all in the family
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
DURHAM – Millions of acres owned by African-Americans are at risk of being lost. Land considered “heir property,” which was owned by a group of family members who are descendants of the original owner who do not have a valid deed or will, can be lost due to a forced sale of the land by any person who inherits or purchases an interest in
 
Citizens speak out at CAN meeting
Friday, June 19, 2015
DURHAM – It was a packed church on one of the hottest days of summer thus far, and it wasn’t even Sunday. Durham CAN (Congregations, Associations and Neighborhoods) hosted a delegates assembly meeting Tuesday night to discuss common goals and possible agreements towards Durham’s future. Mayor Bill Bell, Durham Public Schools
 
Raising black sons in a hostile environment
Friday, June 19, 2015
For many young black men, no cop is a good cop. Though police officers are called to serve and protect, much negative light has been shed on the force due to the deaths of Eric Garner, Freddie Gray and more at the hands of law enforcement. So do we teach our sons (and daughters) to fear the force or to trust it? The Tribune had two men weigh in for
 
Black women speak out on violence
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
DURHAM – No woman in America is more likely to experience domestic violence or be assaulted than a black woman. Historically, African-Americans and women have been societally silenced, especially when it comes to the topic of violence, but this norm slowly is changing. Women – and a few men – gathered at the Hayti Heritage Center last
 

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Marcella Mollon-Williams is passing on a longstanding family tradition. A fifth-generation