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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Prick up your ears, Durham: Listening Point, where you can take in the soundscape

Posted By on Tue, May 20, 2014 at 8:19 PM

[This story was updated Wednesday morning.] Among the many reasons I love Ninth Street in Durham is because it's the onIy place, with the exception of a university campus, where people still post flyers on kiosks and light poles. This old-school way of communicating—not via social media, which does not require you to leave your chair (or your bed)—reaches people who walk around, look around and, in this case, listen. At Ninth and Perry streets, this flyer was stapled to a lamp post. It was 8:45 on a Tuesday morning. I stopped, although I admit I did not close my...

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

A rare and beautiful moment at University Tower—the Green Weenie—in Durham

Posted By on Sun, May 18, 2014 at 9:36 AM

The Pickle. The Green Weenie. The Dallas Phallus: For the past 29 years, University Tower has been derided for its resemblance to a fully erect male member. And with a leafy forest at its base ... well, let's move on. In 1985, when Texas developer Tommy F. Stone built the 17-story tower on Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard, its flamboyance turned that portion of Durham's skyline into a punch line. The essence of Durham, at least at the time, was mettle and grit, not metal and glass. So placing the tower at the western gateway to the city was like placing giant...

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

INDY wins three Green Eyeshade awards

Posted By on Tue, May 6, 2014 at 8:34 AM

John H. Tucker's story about an innovative  yet controversial program to prevent domestic violence won second place in the non-dailies division of the 2014 Green Eyeshade Awards, sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists. The article was honored in the Courts & the Law reporting category. Lisa Sorg won two second-place honors, one in public affairs reporting for "Appetite for Destruction," a story about North Carolina's new gun laws that allow patrons with valid conceal-carry permits to bring weapons into bars and restaurants. She also was recognized for a body of work in the Serious Commentary category: "Tit for tat," which analyzed the proposed state...

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