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A new anthem of hope

A new anthem of hope

  Drugs, crime and murder. It’s a familiar narrative to Durham musician Marcus Cox, as he’s watched drugs and crime tear communities apart, but it’s also a story that inspired some of his latest work. Several years ago, after hearing about the murder of twins in Richmond County, Cox began to write songs in response to the tragedy. “Personally I… Read more →

SEEDS' Spring Plant Festival inspires renewal

SEEDS’ Spring Plant Festival inspires renewal

  I think there is a kind of energy in the world that is always ebbing, like a wave that washes onto a beach and clears the sand before drawing back, pausing, and then repeating. The Spring Plant Festival, hosted by SEEDS on Saturday morning, was like one of these waves over my life. The day before, I found out… Read more →

TROSA raises money for medical clinic

TROSA raises money for medical clinic

From Wednesday, April 15 to Saturday, April 18, people in the Durham area can stop by Oxford Commons and get almost anything from an office chair to a used car. TROSA – Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers – holds its fundraising sale this week to help raise money for a new medical clinic for its residents. But this sale is not… Read more →

SEEDS' Pie Social brings community together to celebrate spring

SEEDS’ Pie Social brings community together to celebrate spring

To celebrate the arrival of spring and the departure of a cold winter, SEEDS (South Eastern Efforts Developing Sustainable Spaces), a non-profit educational garden in Durham, is hosting its seventh annual Pie Social on April 25. “April is a really fun time for people to come into the garden,” said Laurel Shulman, SEEDS’ office and communications manager. “We are all lacking sunshine… Read more →

Zumbathon fundraiser benefits Boys and Girls Club

Zumbathon fundraiser benefits Boys and Girls Club

“Are we going to have a good time?” repeated Paul Lewis, rallying the group of 40 who had gathered in the gym. The crowd cheered, louder this time, bouncing to shake off the cold and gear up for a Saturday afternoon of Zumba. The first Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club Zumbathon was off to a start in the Boys and… Read more →

LiMing provides authentic Chinese food for growing Asian population in Durham

LiMing provides authentic Chinese food for growing Asian population in Durham

A rapidly growing Asian population has led to a greater need for authentic Asian food in Durham. According to the U.S. Census, 3.6 percent of Durham’s population in 2000 identified as Asian. Within 10 years, the population increased by approximately 70 percent, with 5.1 percent of the total population identifying as Asian in 2010. Durham residents utilize LiMing’s Global Mart not only for groceries, but… Read more →

The business behind Valentine’s Day

The business behind Valentine’s Day

  Valentine’s Day isn’t just flowers and chocolates. For some Hispanic families in Durham, N.C. – it’s a livelihood. Mayra Hernandez, 21, and her mother, Irma Delgobo, 37, have been setting up their Valentine’s Day stands for over five years. For Delgobo, who runs no other business, this holiday is a special and — most importantly — financially rewarding one… Read more →

Hillside basketball star looking forward

Hillside basketball star looking forward

It’s every youngster’s dream to play ball and make it to the next level. Get into college on a full ride. Win the big game on a last second shot that puts your team up as the clock expires. Everyone practices as a kid at the basketball court closest to his or her house. “3-2-1,” they say as they chuck… Read more →