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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Paging Alfred Hitchcock: Gulls find a heat island far from the coast

Posted By on Sun, Jan 12, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Even though Durham is 150 miles from the East Coast, I occasionally see seagulls roosting in parking lots. Cities have ample garbage, ideal for foraging, and heat islands perfect for roasting in the sun. These appear to be ring-billed gulls, which have adapted to suburban living far from the beach. The New York Times explains why some gulls have taken a shining to parking lots. A flock of seagulls landed in South Square today. A couple hardy ones rode the thermals. The rest grounded themselves and puffed up their wings as they tried to stay warm....

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Homeless person's bed is gone, but not the wealth disparity

Posted By on Sat, Jan 11, 2014 at 11:50 AM

About 10 days ago, we published a photo essay "30 feet separates the haves from the have nots"—online on Dec. 30 and then in the print edition on Jan. 2. It concerned the wealth disparity in downtown Durham: half-million dollar condos at Main and Mangum streets right across from where a homeless person had made a bed of newspapers in the long grass. Well, within a week the long grass, which was elegant and lovely, had been shorn down to nubs; the bed is gone and the area is exposed to the elements. Nearby bushes had been trimmed back...

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Third Fork Creek is in trouble

Posted By on Sun, Jan 5, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Third Fork Creek in Durham, which, if followed to its final destination, dumps into the Atlantic Ocean, is one of the city’s dirtiest waterways. It is nearly a dead zone for fish and aquatic life, which may explain in part why I haven’t seen as many herons along its banks in Forest Hill Park. The creek, which is on the state’s list of impaired waterways, runs through densely populated urban areas, the source of most of the pollution. Its headwaters are near Forest Hills Park and N.C. Central University and head southeast through Hope Valley and Woodcroft, into Jordan...

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Hey readers, are these boxers from the old Ringside?

Posted By on Sat, Jan 4, 2014 at 3:21 PM

On a recent dingy day, I spotted these boxers plastered to the facade of the building at 715 N. Washington St. It's just north of the old Durham Athletic Park, and houses the Durham Bike Co-op and The Shadowbox. It seemed like I had seen the boxers before, but I couldn't place them. It's a pretty desolate stretch as far as pedestrians go, and the co-op has been closed for the holidays; no one was at Shadowbox, either. But after waiting for a while I met a guy on the street who said these boxers may have been salvaged from...

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

A kids' pop-up bakery, no GMOs

Posted By on Sun, Nov 17, 2013 at 10:46 AM

The Lakewood neighborhood in southwest-central Durham epitomizes the diversity of the Bull City. Racially and economically mixed, progressive—during the 2012 primary, Vote Against Amendment One signs were more prolific than dandelions in the lawns— it is a hodgepodge of woodsy back yards, '50s ranch homes with toys in the driveway and mid-century bungalows, their verandas often crowded with people in the summertime. On Saturday morning, handmade signs, the colors running from the overnight rain, pointed the way: Fun Friends Bakery, owned, operated and named by two young girls, Ella and Ameerah, had popped up on James Street. Their friends,...

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