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Column: Durham's passions

(04/19/01 4:00am)

I hopscotched through the U.S.-Pennsylvania, Texas, North Carolina-and back and forth to the Korean peninsula as an Army brat, but the unfortunate destination of my father's career was Northern Virginia. There, in the many car trips that the suburbs make inevitable, the concrete paradise rolled before me like the desert of a Jack Kerouac imagination, and I harbored a traitorous desire that it would all come crashing down in some apocalyptic disaster of grand proportions.

Liggett Group considers developing old tobacco buildings

(01/22/01 5:00am)

Just last spring, plans for a massive redevelopment of the American Tobacco campus had the city's leaders forecasting the revival of downtown Durham and lining up to back the project with aiding infrastructure. Now, the Liggett Group is quietly considering designs to convert eight downtown buildings into a mixture of shops, offices and apartments-an 835,000 square foot development rivaling American Tobacco's in size.

Easley, Dems sweep state offices

(11/08/00 5:00am)

North Carolinians may have voted solidly in favor of Republican presidential candidate George Bush, but Democrats swept North Carolina state and local elections yesterday, taking both the governor's mansion and key races in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the presidential election, North Carolina gave its 14 electoral votes to Republican George W. Bush with 53 percent of the state's vote over Democrat Al Gore's 46 percent.

Bernstein scolds media, political system

(10/30/00 5:00am)

Since cracking the Watergate scandal with fellow Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward in 1972, Carl Bernstein has become a popular media pundit in the political commentary circuit. Yet before a Page Auditorium audience full of students and parents Saturday, Bernstein slammed the two realms within which he has spent most of his life-media and politics.