Trying a different approach this time, focusing on three stories:
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This happens to be the last DNO&E of 2014, and possibly my last post period until after the holidays, so I hope you guys have a good Christmas or whatever.
- ATC-based Appia has been acquired.
- Even though the sex assault claim that spurred their acquisition was later refuted, fancy pants cameras are now on Durham school buses.
- /u/texnation, who had been undergoing treatment in Duke hospital for over two months, finally had enough hospital cuisine and reached out for help in acquiring some tacos. /u/BullDurham27701 came to the rescue.
- A Duke employee was arrested for embezzling a mere $8,000, ending a 16 year career with the University.
- Our US House representative GK Butterfield will head up the congressional black caucus.
- I can’t really improve upon what WRAL has to say about this one: “A vehicle pursuit by a homeowner – resulting from the theft of a pair of sneakers – ended with a crash, a vehicle fire, two suspects in custody and a third on the run”
- Here’s a headline from the Herald: “Thieves take bite of Apple.” I know what you’re thinking, right? This must be like Student burglar damages cheese or something? Turns out, they just stole Apple products, which is much less interesting.
- Local cycling advocates are responding to recent incidents with calls for action from the city.
- Duke is renovating Wallace Wade stadium. It’s amazing what a few bowl games (and presumably a few good years for the endowment…) can do. The project will run right through graduation, and the 2015 commencement will be held in the DBAP instead
- There’s still time to go ice skating at the ATC if you’re so inclined.
- Despite efforts to agree upon a compromise, the future of petition projects to improve sidewalks is still uncertain.
- Michael Page is once again County Commissioner Chairman.
- Gonza Tacos y Tequila is replacing 604 West in West Village. It’s a neat location, just not much visibility unless you know it’s there.
- An engine fire totaled a DATA bus.
- The Chronicle has an article on Heavenly Buffaloes, my favorite wing shack in the world.
- Apparently there’s something called a slick stick. And you still need regulatory approval to have one.
- Work for GSK? Well maybe not for long.
- The Art of Cool festival has announced the lineup for the 2015 event.
- We’re number one! We’re number one! We’re number one… at creating budget presentations.
- City Hall renovations are under way. Total price tag is expected to be $7.3M
- The light rail project looks to be on track to receive DOT funding.
- The mixed use Erwin Terrace complex across from Duke on Erwin Road will be expanding. It sounds like they’re looking to add office space.
- Southside apartments, the redevelopment of the Rolling Hills area into low income family housing, continues to be plagued by scheduling and budget issues. The city is on the hook for $3.8M.
- The play structure in Central Park known as Mount Merril is now complete.
- The council has approved a zoning request for Grandin Trace, a 54 home community off Barbee Rd.
- The Eno River Association has added 17.52 acres which will ultimately go to the state park.
- The Crescent Communities apartment complex near Harris Teeter has opened another building.
- G2B, which had closed while expanding its facility, has now reopened.
- A mother and son were hit by a car while attempting to cross University Drive. Having been by this place many times, I can tell you it’s awful for pedestrians; there’s a bus stop that’s across University from a neighborhood with no sidewalk or crosswalk nearby, and it seems likely that the pedestrians were trying to get between the bus and their home. The BPAC had already targeted this stretch of road for an overhaul to make it friendlier on pedestrians.
- The Cheddar Bo, formerly only found in locations east of Raleigh, is finally coming to town.
- Protip for new gun owners: maybe you should take your firearm to a shooting range first to learn the difference between the “shoot” and “unload” process so you don’t accidentally shoot up your own house.
- “DURM” brand inventors Runaway Clothes have opened a popup store in the former home of Intrepid Life.
- Speaking of that, Intrepid Life is coming back. Well, kind of; the business model is different this time. Victoriano’s new venture will be a members only shared space in a house on Broad Street.
- TIL that Chicken poop bingo is a thing. I guess you can go do it in Central Park on December 20.
- Startup incubator American Underground is expanding.
- Durham got a nod from Travel and Leisure as one of the world’s best places to travel in 2015.
- RDU International Airport may be on its way to becoming a bit more international.
- Tre Bella has opened a boutique on Main near Church St. It’s always encouraging to see more diversity in downtown retail.
- Need a goat? The Sheriff has one for sale.
- The Museum of Life + Science has acquired two new red wolves. Their previous wolves recently passed away.
- The Council has come out very strongly in support of the DPD’s handling of recent protests. They also want to remind protesters that there is a legal process to go through if you want to march in the street and impede traffic (the recent marches which have blocked streets have not requested permits to do so).
- DPD officers have racked up over $20k in overtime dealing with recent protests. Maybe the protesters should change that iconic chant: “No Justice, no Peace, Fund the Police.”
- Long time Durham dining mainstay Pop’s has closed its doors for good. I used to love Pop’s backdoor when they operated out of their original location (now Lily’s Pizza), but they dropped off my radar after their move to Main St. They’re survived by the spin-off, Pop’s Backdoor South (sold to new owners a while back), and sister restaurant Rue Cler (originally owned by the same people as Pop’s, but I don’t know who is involved now).
- Market Street Coffee on Ninth Street has also closed, and the owner blames the loss of subsidized parking.
- A bit of good culinary news, though, as downtown ice cream shop The Parlour is expanding into the neighboring storefront.
- If you’re thinking about donating to charity this season, you might skip the toys and focus on basics like hats and gloves.
- This just in: according to the Herald, “Christmas Eve services celebrate coming of Christ“. Let me go pack my bags for the Rapture…
- Some DPD officers are worried about their own safety when dealing with the recent protests. Rocks and other projectiles have apparently been thrown at officers in recent clashes, ultimately resulting in arrests.
- Duke tuition may be expensive, but supposedly it’s worth paying for, as Kiplinger’s rates it as the number ten best value in college education. If you can’t shell out the $63,530 per year, don’t worry; the safety school over in Chapel Hill is close behind at number 22.
- Some Jewish groups gathered peacefully on the first night of Hanukkah to protest the recent grand jury decisions. Some of these groups are also critical of how the DPD has handled recent protests.
And that’s that! Enjoy your holidays, people, the DNO&E sure will.
So this is a thing I’m doing I guess.
This isn’t the real podcast. I haven’t totally figured that part out yet. This is basically a 16 minute sound test in which I give a bit of context about what I’m doing and ask for you guys to help.
Any feedback is welcome (yes, I already know I need a pop screen, sorry for the crackles…)