1/11/11. Don't all those 1's look just like... oh, I don't know... icicles coming down? You bet they do. And how appropriate for an icy day here in the Bull City.
As every reader doubtlessly knows, most of Durham is shut down or in limited operations due to the roads. I have to say, the route I took to downtown this morning (Duke/Gregson and W. Main, down to American Tobacco via Corcoran with a stop outside the Post Office) weren't bad at all, though the risks of refreezing tonight seem real and significant. Just be careful if you go out there, ok?
Not that there are many places to go. Duke has extended its severe weather policy until 7pm at least and cancelled classes today, and many local businesses have followed suit. Most flights out of RDU are on ice, too.
We'll spare everyone the spate of Red Hat stories, given the coverage yesterday, as the Linux software manufacturer is staying in the Triangle, albeit in Wake County. In other news:
More on BDP/West Village: In case you missed it, the N&O had a revealing article this weekend on the travails of Christian Laettner and Brian Davis, including info from a deposition of Blue Devil Partners' comptroller documenting numerous money transfers between corporate units, to Davis, and to financial advisor Anthony Delfre -- whom a Google search reveals was recently sued in a court case involving a professional football player, too. One former BDP investor now has the right to send in tech experts to copy the hard disks of company computers... and, FWIW, I think Messrs. Laettner and Davis are better at jump shots than knowing what a Guttman wipe is. (N&O)
Duke-Progress Merger: In a move that has more effect on Wake than Durham, downtown Raleigh is losing a corporate HQ as Progress Energy will get absorbed into Charlotte-base Duke Energy, which promises to keep a major base of operations in Raleigh -- though not the corner suite. One has to suspect the announcement that Red Hat is staying in Wake was a quickly-timed move to backstop the psychological impact of the Progress announcement. (Herald-Sun)
RDU-LAX Back in May: Delta Air Lines is resuming non-stop flights to Los Angeles this spring, after pausing it in November. (N&O)
More Outdoor Dining Downtown?: Downtown Durham Inc. staff are pressing to allow more "casual outdoor seating" space, both inside the City Center district and throughout downtown, though they'll need to raise the money for a ordinance change. (Herald-Sun)
Changes to DPS Food: A new federal law on child nutrition should help grow the amount of healthy foods in DPS and other local school systems, while expanding access to free and reduced lunch programs among those families who are eligible. Some local officials worry that slightly higher prices for non-F&R lunches are possible, and about other impacts of the new regs. (Herald-Sun #1, #2)
More on NCCU Fundraiser: NC Central is getting serious about doing more to raise funds from alumni, something the university hasn't made a priority in the past -- even, I believe, outsourcing some of its annual fund work. Lois Deloatch comes to Central after decades at Duke, and lays out her strategy for improving philanthropic giving in her new vice chancellor role. (Herald-Sun)