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Five observations and more from Duke football's first half against Virginia Tech

(09/28/19 12:35am)

BLACKSBURG, Va.—The Duke Blue Devils came away from the first half of their ACC clash with Virginia Tech with a 21-3 lead, following superb defensive play and overcoming early offensive woes to surge ahead in a big way later in the second quarter. Here are some quick observations and stats from the first 30 minutes of play: 

Sights and sounds from the Pittsboro PepperFest

(09/29/19 4:01am)

On the last day of summer, Pittsboro was ready to bring on the heat. At the intersection of downtown Pittsboro’s Hillsboro and Salisbury Streets, dozens of vendors gathered for North Carolina’s annual PepperFest. Their stock matched the balmy 90°F temperature outside and packed a spicy punch that elicited, for many, an anxious search for the water station. Set against the backdrop of groovy music, the event made for quite an enjoyable afternoon of sampling exciting food, meeting compelling people and interacting with the vibrant small town of Pittsboro.

Letter: 'Untitled 1' wasn't the first painting to ruffle feathers

(09/27/19 4:00am)

I read with interest your story on the removal of "Untitled 1."  It made me recall a situation during my tenure as Business Manager of the Chronicle in 1966-67.  A new art exhibit on campus included a painting of an abstract, but anatomically correct, female nude. The Duke administration quickly removed the painting, but not before an alert Chronicle photographer captured the image. Of course Editor Dave Birkhead ran it on the front page of the next issue. I was called to the office of the Dean of Students and informed that the Durham ladies who ran the Addressograph machines had refused to process this issue for mailing to our paid subscribers, because of this "obscenity."

How you can act on climate change, today!

(09/26/19 4:00am)

This week, millions of people across the world are participating in the Global Climate Strike to call for the end of fossil fuels usage and to demand climate justice. Hundreds of people gathered for the Triangle Climate Strike in Raleigh on Friday and multiple Duke environmental organizations hosted a rally right here on campus. It’s inspiring to see how much momentum has grown for climate action.