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BCR's Daily Fishwrap Report for March 5, 2010

Today's Durham news, insomniac edition:

Holton Center Open, Wants More Business: Officials are pegging low initial usage of the educational programs at the Holton Center vo-tech and recreational facility in East Durham on its late-summer opening, too late to attract summer campers who'd be able to continue on into school year programs. Still, the community health center in the building is on pace for its expected demand level, in part thanks to a surge in "newly uninsured" patients. (Herald-Sun)

$12m for Duke Eye Center: Duke's aging eye clinic facility will get a facelift with the help of LC Industries, the Durham-based non-profit (and 1936 Durham Lions Club spin-off) that employs the visually impaired in a wide range of light industrial and other fields nationwide. LC Industries is giving $12m to Duke towards a new eye center building to be constructed on the site of the current clinic's parking lot on Erwin Rd. (Herald-Sun)

DPS Dropout, Safety Numbers: DPS' drop-out numbers held steady year over year, hanging at or below state averages; keeping students in school has been a major initiative for DPS, and one underpinning the small high schools efforts among other interventions. Meanwhile, long- and short-term suspensions fell in Durham, thanks to ongoing efforts to balance discipline needs with keeping students in class. African-American students continued to be disproportionately represented among suspensions, in Durham and statewide, in an ongoing area of concern for districts, parents and advocates. Crime/violence reports in DPS were up significantly, a 12% rise vs. a 1% wise statewide. (Herald-Sun)

Beard Semifinalists: Durham's Magnolia Grill made the semifinalists list again in the prestigious James Beard Award competition for Outstanding Restaurant (along with Chapel Hills' Crook's Corner), while Nana's Scott Howell is up for the southeastern Best Chef award. Chapel Hill's Lantern and Poole's in Raleigh also are up for awards. (Indy Week)

Epcon Zoning Updated: Another request from the developer of a Farrington Rd. condominium development to evolve its South Durham offering got an approving nod from City Council on Thursday after resolving runoff draining issues to a neighbor's satisfaction. (Herald-Sun)

NC a Semifinalist for "Race to the Top": NC's one of the finalists in the Race to the Top competition pressed by the Obama administration, a push towards education reform that's drawn nervous looks from some teachers' groups but which has strong support from school reform movement leaders. One area where NC lags other states: in having caps on the number of charter schools, something state leaders don't have any desire to change given innovative efforts around small schools and online learning. (N&O)

TROSA Yard Sale: Non-profit TROSA is holding a yard sale through Saturday at its 1820 James St. location, a major annual fundraiser for the award-winning, highly-effective organization. (Herald-Sun)

Comments

Tina

Wondering if the WCPSS mess will adversely affect NC chances for Race to the Top $.

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