Monday, February 27, 2012
Upon becoming acquainted with Durham's Bike Coffee through audience participation at the Carolina Theatre's presentation of Portlandia and later when a coffee was hand-delivered by bike at 10PM by someone in a Mexican wrestling mask, Portlandia star and Wild Flag front woman, Carrie Brownstein tweeted Bike Coffee is "More Portland than Portland!"
The Duke Blue Devils Women's Basketball team claimed the ACC regular season championship by defeating the UNC Tar Heels in a 69-63 win. This was the Blue Devils' first win at UNC's Dean Dome in five years.
Pam Spaulding was recognized by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) as a Black Hero of the LGBT Community for her blog Pam's House Blend and work as a LGBT commentator and contributor. Spaulding is considered by many to be the most important lesbian blogger in America.
Scratch Bakery and Will and Pop's Food Truck appeared on Deep South Magazine's list "Where to Eat in the South in 2012" as #33 and #35 respectively. Deep South lauds Scratch for its "focus on seasonal, artisan baking" and Will and Pop's for "serving exclusively local products five days a week."
Thursday, February 23, 2012
ESPN College GameDay will return to Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday, March 3 prior to Duke's regular season ending tilt with North Carolina. The two-hour live show will air as a day-long preview to the greatest rivalry in college athletics.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The North Carolina Museum of Life and Science has become the first museum in the U.S. to earn Green Plus Certification. Sustainability is woven into each of the museum's exhibits through natural landscaping, native plantings, a partial green roof, solar hot-water heaters, rainwater collector cisterns, extensive composting, minimal materials used in exhibit displays, and an energy monitoring system that allows Museum staff to automatically manage the energy use in any exhibit from one central location.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Three Durham food scene standouts have been honored as 2012 James Beard Award semifinalists: Magnolia Grill, Outstanding Restaurant; Fullsteam Brewery owner Sean Lily Wilson, Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional; Nana's owner Scott Howell, Best Chef/Southeast.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Newly ordained minister and Durhamite Katie Ricks became the nation’s first openly lesbian minister to be approved for ordination since the church decided in 2011 to allow openly gay individuals to serve in the ministry.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Commuters in Durham and Chapel Hill use public transportation more frequently than any other metro area in the state, according to analysis of census data by American City Business Journals. About 3.8 percent of the 235,000 commuters in the four-county metro area of Durham, Orange, Chatham and Person use public transit, nearly twice the rate of commuters in Charlotte and four times that of commuters in the Raleigh area.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
The Durham-based Center for Responsible Lending has been named a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation's 2012 Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. The Center for Responsible Lending was awarded a $2 million grant to continue in its mission to protect homeownership and family assets by working to eliminate abusive financial practices and consumer products.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Bull City Buck$, a new app designed to reward patrons for supporting Durham businesses, encourage visits to new places downtown and to inspire out of town visitors to explore downtown Durham. The free app, which was created in American Underground by Albright Digital, keeps a tally of points earned by scanning QR codes at participating businesses. Bull City Bucks can also be logged on the website www.bullcitybucks.com.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Duke University has been selected as a host site for the 2013 NCAA First and Second Rounds for the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship. Duke will host the first and second rounds in Cameron Indoor Stadium for the third time over the last four years.
"The Loving Story," a film by Durham filmmaker Nancy Buirski chronicling the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, whose battle to be legally married led to an end of bans on interracial marriages in 16 states, airs tonight at 9PM on HBO. The film screened at the 2011 Full Frame and Tribecca film festivals and won the WGA Screenplay Award at the 2011 SilverDocs Festival.
Monday, February 6, 2012
Men's Health magazine ranked Durham #7 on "Where the Babes Are," its list of US cities with the most eligible women. The ranking is based on census data about the ratio of single women to single men, the percentage of college-educated women, the percentage of gainfully employed single women and the number who work out.