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BCR's Daily Fishwrap Report for August 17, 2009

  • The renovated Durham Athletic Park opened this weekend with a celebration of the end of renovations to the 1930s-era structure. The onetime backdrop for the movie "Bull Durham," the DAP re-opened to a celebrity softball game, free hot dogs, and competitions between local sports mascots. NCCU and Durham School of the Arts will be two of the main users of the renewed DAP, along with festivals and events. (H-S, Indy, N&O)
  • Tonight's City Council meeting may see a decision made on which processing vendor to use for recycling now that collection has moved to a city function. Ex-collections partner Tidewater Fibre has lobbied hard to keep the processing business and submitted the best on-paper numbers, but City staff continue to say they don't believe TFC's numbers are realistic based on past experience. Some Council members are reportedly still studying the bids and wanting more details on employment and tax impact to boot. (H-S)
  • Add another aggrieved party to the list of stakeholders in the Jordan Lake case: the son of the family that sold some of the 751 assemblage property to Neal Hunter back in 2000 is now complaining that local officials "detrimentally" told his family the property could never be developed, leading to a sales price one-eighth of what Hunter would later flip the land for post-survey. (H-S)
  • Officials at both NCCU and Duke are on the look-out for signs of A/H1N1, the so-called "swine flu" pandemic strain as students return to campus this week. (H-S #1, #2)
  • Durham Tech's enrollment has surged 8% this year as more residents look to community colleges to retool their skills during a recession. (H-S)
  • The new Durham Central Market food co-op reports that it's narrowed the list of sites under consideration for the 6,000-8,000 sq. ft. market to three, all between Morgan and Geer and Mangum and Foster streets near the DAP. A fall announcement of location and a fall 2010 opening are still planned. (H-S)
  • The Eno River Association's plans to buy 130 acres near its namesake waterway in north Durham are on ice after the state funds they were relying on to make the purchase with were diverted to emergency spending needs by the Perdue administration thanks to the recession. The association's executive director tells the N&O that it's unlikely the purchase will be able to go through. (N&O)
  • Durham-based non-profit (and Self-Help spinout) the Center for Responsible Lending spent a third of a million dollars on lobbying this year to date, with almost half of that going to press Federal agencies on credit card fee reform and an unsuccessful try at allowing bankruptcy judges to modify mortgage terms. (AP)
  • The DPD officer injured in an apartment shooting last month is recovering well at home after what's been described as a surprisingly good recovery. (H-S)


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