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Remembering Karen Blumenthal: 'Have you knocked on every door?'

(05/28/20 4:00am)

Sometime during my senior year, we got a tip at the Chronicle about a salacious incident on Central Campus involving an athlete that had resulted in a heavily redacted police report. Being baby news vultures, we salivated at the prospect of a scoop, but being young and dumb, we were ready to call it quits after making a round of cursory phone calls and not getting anywhere. The editors and I debated whether to run something that would’ve been mostly innuendo, or to kill the story and move on. As always, we turned to Karen for wisdom. I can’t remember her exact words but I believe it was something to the effect of: “Have you knocked on every door of Central Campus to see if anyone heard anything? THEN WHAT ARE WE EVEN TALKING ABOUT?”

The Chronicle News Blog Presents: Top Ten News Stories of the Decade

(12/29/09 5:15am)

If you haven't noticed as we draw to the close of this decade, the media loves its lists. There's Time's annual world's most influential people list, Rolling Stones' Best Albums of the Decade, the New York Times Book Review's Best of 2009, the New Yorker's Best Films of the Decade...and the list goes on and on and on, if you'll pardon the pun.

Supreme Court Justice makes his Duke debut

(01/29/09 9:29am)

With relatively little pomp and fanfare,  Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will be coming to Duke tomorrow to speak about "his life in the law." He will be appearing at the Law School's Star Commons at 12:15. Oddly enough, the Law School has done little advertising for one of the most well-known conservative justices on the Court, appointed under President Ronald Reagan.

Reflections on an Historic Election

(11/11/08 7:59am)

Almost exactly a year ago, a young, charismatic Senator from Illinois came to North Carolina for the first time, right here in Durham. Although certainly not unknown, he was only one in a crowded field of Democratic presidential hopefuls. Catapulted to fame by a stirring speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, many nevertheless believed that his paper-thin resume and lack of clout would spell an early death for the upstart campaign, especially when standing against the considerable resources and powers thrown into the presidential bid of Sen. Hillary Clinton.