As we settle in for a summer break, we’re sharing a sampling of some of our favorite stories from the 2022-23 school year — covering everything from dog court and the power of coffee and community to the fight to preserve Durham’s heron rookery. Happy reading!
— The Editors
Under the Radar
Our “Under the Radar” series took readers inside Durham’s obscure commissions and committees, providing a rare glimpse of groups that play an important role in running our city. The series included Jacqueline Cole’s portrait of the Dangerous Dog Appeals Board, Nina Moske’s peek inside the Historic Preservation Commission, and more.
In the Dark
Reporter Chloe Nguyen broke an important pair of stories earlier this year about a 35-hour Christmas blackout that left senior citizens and disabled residents at JJ Henderson Senior Apartments frightened and at risk. Residents’ electronic medical equipment failed, as did the building’s locking system, leaving the building doors open to trespassers. Now one resident says she thinks she’s being evicted because she spoke out, as Akiya Dillon recently reported.
Building Community, Cup by Cup
At 321 Coffee, lattes and cappuccinos are just the start of what’s on offer. By employing adults with intellectual and development disabilities, the business is creating an inclusive community, as Sevana Wenn describes.
A Siege of Herons
City Council voted this spring to permanently preserve a rare great blue heron nesting ground northeast of downtown. Ahead of the vote, Chase Pelligrini de Paur’s story drew a vivid picture of this unique Durham spot.
You Can’t Spell Pierce Freelon Without ‘Free’
Gabrielle Lazor caught up with former Durham City Council member Pierce Freelon and shared the Grammy-nominated musician’s thoughts on fatherhood, grief and the importance of ancestors.
Driving While Black
For Black motorists, traffic stops can be far from routine. Charlotte Kramon’s story took a deeper look at the issue.