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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Scenes from Ninth Street: The bark is worse than the bite

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 8:35 AM

I frequent Ninth Street, stopping by The Regulator Bookshop, grabbing coffee at Market Street and lunch at Banh's. But I've been going down their with more mindfulness lately, to gather string, as we say in the journalism world, for a future story about the historic street. Last week I heard yipping. Not barking. Yipping. At construction workers, kids, any passerby. Apparently these three dogs, dressed like jailbirds, were impatiently waiting for their owner to return. The editor's blog documents life in the Triangle in photographs and stories....

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

On Duke's East Campus, a low-wire act

Posted By on Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Besides the fact this guy is apparently practicing to be the next Wallenda, the other interesting detail is that he has pink toenails....

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

The east side of Ninth Street: genuine Durham

Posted By on Sun, Feb 16, 2014 at 5:45 PM

The snow had nearly melted in Durham, and the warmth lured people to the benches and chairs along Ninth Street.  On a bench in front of Market Street coffee, I overhead a two college women discussing whether it is safe for Duke and UNC students to travel to rival turf to watch a basketball game. Near Dain's Place, people prayed at a table before eating their lunch. And outside the Ox & Rabbit, a man playing a Fender Squire guitar through a tiny amp.   I peeked around the corner where a copper frog stands in front of Native Threads....

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

HKonJ: Tens of thousands converge on Raleigh for a day of solidarity

Posted By on Sun, Feb 9, 2014 at 9:09 AM

On a sidewalk near the McDonald's on South Wilmington Street, I overheard three people discussing the HKonJ march. I have no idea about their political persuasion, but considering their use of the term "they," instead of "we," I'm guessing the trio were not participating in the march. "They're protesting everything," one person said. "Look, there's someone protesting fracking." Yes, we are. And the legalization, even promotion, of fracking is just one of the GOP's destructive policies that brought ten of thousands of people—we've heard estimates of 25,000 up to 80,000—to Raleigh on Saturday. Education, health care, unemployment, women's rights,...

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Smile, you're on Aqueti camera

Posted By on Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 12:23 PM

When I saw the enormous contraption—two people had rigged a camera about the size of a banker's box with wires and cables extending from the back— at the corner of Corcoran and Main streets this morning, I immediately thought, "surveillance." NSA. Google Street View. A spy satellite fallen to Earth. But it was none of the above (supposedly). Instead Aqueti, a new company founded by Duke electrical engineering professor David Brady, was testing a camera that produces panoramic, high-resolution digital images and streaming video. Scott McCain and Susan Prochnow were shooting the buildings at the corner to build a portfolio of images...

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Characters of downtown Durham: The man with 17 children

Posted By on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 2:03 PM

"Hey, I got a story." Willie got up from a bench and swaggered across the pocket park at Mangum and Main streets in Durham. He wore a coat embossed with yellow, red and green outlines of Africa. He smiled as he approached me at the corner, where I had been chatting with another man, Larry, who had been pushing a shopping cart full of aluminum cans. "OK, what's your story?" I replied. "I have 17 children." "By the same woman? I hope not, because I would feel sorry for her." "By four women. Seven by one, then four, three...

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Unearthed: a 1930s photo of the Liberty Cafe

Posted By on Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 10:31 AM

A reader passed along a link to a photo of the former Liberty Cafe, located inside Liberty Warehouse. It's in the public domain, having been shot by Marion Wolcott Post in circa 1939 for the U.S. Farm Security Administration. The original nitrate negative is at the Library of Congress. Apparently the cafe was a 24-hour joint that served Miller High Life. It closed years ago; now the warehouse is also bound for the wrecking ball, to be replaced with condos and stores....

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