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Q&A with Durham mayoral candidates

(10/06/11 9:00am)

Next Tuesday, Durham voters will elect one of four candidates to serve as the next mayor of the Bull City. Incumbent candidate Bill Bell, Durham’s mayor since 2001, has three contenders vying to take over his position: retired salesman Ralph McKinney, local pastor Sylvester Williams and Durham County Commissioner Joe Bowser. The Chronicle’s Caroline Fairchild spoke with Bell, McKinney and Williams to learn about their vision for the city and Duke-Durham relations. Bowser could not be reached for comment this week.

Q&A with Edwin Black

(08/31/11 9:00am)

Before speaking at the Freeman Center for Jewish Life Tuesday night, author Edwin Black sat down with The Chronicle’s Caroline Fairchild to discuss his book, “War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America’s Campaign to Create a Master Race.” Black shared with us how his book relates to compensation for state-sponsored sterilization—an issue currently being discussed by the North Carolina legislature—and how state-sponsored eugenics relates to World War II and Adolf Hitler’s campaign against the Jewish population.

Bus system misses mark on ridership goal

(07/01/11 8:00am)

Last August, the University launched a unique project with a difficult mission: connect Duke students and downtown Durham with a new bus system. One year later, Durham and school officials are evaluating the success of the Bull City Connector program and asking themselves whether students are taking full advantage of the free transportation between West Campus and the downtown area.