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BCR's Daily Fishwrap Report for July 20, 2009

There's only a tiny bit of key local news in the papers today, but stretching back to the weekend there's enough for a bit of a fishwrap:

  • County leaders may be close to appointing a new social services director, with the H-S reporting a closed-door meeting scheduled for today with the County Commissioners and Durham's Board of Social Services. The board is lined up 4-1 in favor of an external candidate, with only BOCC (and DSS board) member Joe Bowser opposed. Bowser's complained that county staff performed the reference check on the candidate and passed word along to the board, instead of allowing the DSS board to do reference checks directly. The finalist didn't see her contract renewed in another state over what the H-S terms "disagreements... about how quickly to privatize services." (H-S)
  • The son of Bill Burroughs, a Treyburn resident active as Cora Cole-McFadden's first campaign manager and as a leading alumni and fundraiser for St. Augustine's College, has been charged in his death. (N&O)
  • Durham Public Schools plans to brief the BOCC no later than the end of September on the controversial site choice for a new high school. A H-S article on Sunday laid out the ongoing debate over a site at Erwin and Cornwallis in Duke Forest, with environmentalists continuing to complain about the possible impact on New Hope Creek, and with DPS' Hugh Osteen noting that while other DPS officials have said(*) Erwin/Cornwallis is still a "leading contender," there are several sites under consideration. (H-S)
  • MindWorks held a public open house for its new office space at Golden Belt; the firm had been working out of a small office space in south Durham, and has found a small one-apartment outpost at Golden Belt grow into occupation of all of Building 5 for a firm that provides multimedia, corporate communications, e-learning services, podcasts and more. (H-S)

* - This post corrected from the initial version to clarify that it was Hank Hurd last month noting Erwin/Cornwallis as a leading contender; Osteen did not reiterate the statement to the H-S' Matt Milliken that it was so positioned. The error is mine, the H-S got it right in the original.

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