Jonathan Drew Associated Press Published 12:06 PM EDT Apr 10, 2019 Durham, N.C. – At least one person has been killed in a gas explosion at a building in downtown Durham, North Carolina. Durham police public affairs manager Wil Glenn says another 15 people have been taken to hospitals after the Wednesday morning explosion that officials have blamed on a gas leak. The city said police and fire officials as well as those from PSNC Energy were responding. Television station video showed flames jumping from windows along with heavy smoke and piles of rubble. The video showed a building with the name “Prescient” on it. The company’s website says its headquarters are in Durham and that its focus is affordable housing. Police cars blocked the streets in several directions of the explosion and a thick acrid smoked hung over a shopping district near downtown Durham. Helicopters circled overhead. Witness Donna Hester told WRAL-TV the explosion sounded like a bomb. … [Read more...] about At least 1 dead in gas explosion in downtown Durham, N.C.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman was fatally shot by another driver as she tried to leave the scene of a minor accident with two children in her car, said police, who were searching Wednesday for the gunman. The shooting happened Sunday afternoon in Greensboro, but it took several days for details to emerge about the apparent accident that may have stoked tensions before the shooting. Carolyn Rose Tiger, 26, was shot at a busy intersection in a commercial area after the man driving the other car pulled a rifle from his trunk and opened fire, Greensboro Police said in a news release Tuesday. Police said that she and the male driver appear to have been involved in a minor accident, and he tried to block her in with his car. The release said he then “got out of his car and retrieved a rifle from his trunk and opened fire on the victim’s vehicle as it was attempting to leave the area.” Tiger was struck by gunfire, and her car then crashed into a fence. … [Read more...] about N.C. woman with 2 children in car is shot, killed by other driver
Hotel and spaNestled up against Umstead State Park in Cary, N.C., the Umstead Hotel and Spa is luxurious and serene, and the staff is impeccably hospitable. The 150-room hotel is owned by billionaire businessman and philanthropist Jim Goodnight and his wife, Ann, who curates the property's 95-piece art collection. If you're feeling particularly flush, make reservations at award-winning Herons and ask for the Art Tour — a multicourse tasting menu that pairs artfully created dishes with pieces in the collection. A custom Dale Chihuly blown-glass sculpture, for example, inspired an exquisite dessert course with pulled and blown sugar shards. Bike trailsRaleigh's bike share just launched in December (70 percent of the fleet is electric), making it even easier now to bike the Capital Area Greenway, more than 100 miles of paved paths throughout the city. Locals love the Neuse River Trail, a scenic 27.5-mile uninterrupted stretch on the east side of town. … [Read more...] about Raleigh, N.C.: Where the cool simply sneaks up on you
Mark Price The Charlotte Observer Published 9:06 AM EST Jan 27, 2019 Charlotte, N.C. — Alligators in one eastern North Carolina swamp have proven it was no fluke last winter, when they survived a cold snap by freezing themselves in place with their noses above the ice. It happened again Monday at The Swamp Park, only this time more — and bigger — alligators joined in, says park manager George Howard, who posted a video Tuesday. The video has been viewed nearly 6,000 times in the past day. “All our alligators in ice here,” Howard says in the video. “Eighteen American alligators are thinking ahead, as they poke their noses through the ice.” Swamp waters in the 65-acre park froze Monday evening and stayed frozen all day Tuesday, Howard said. The troop of alligators, one of which is 11 feet, got international attention by doing the same thing one day last January, lying still in the water until it froze around their noses. Last year was the … [Read more...] about Gators freeze themselves in N.C. swamp with noses out
By Mike Moffitt, SFGATE Published 11:25 am PST, Thursday, January 24, 2019 A cold spell in North Carolina caused a swamp to freeze — as well as the alligators that live in it. A cold spell in North Carolina caused a swamp to freeze — as well as the alligators that live in it. Photo: Jeff Greenberg/UIG Via Getty Images Photo: Jeff Greenberg/UIG Via Getty Images Image 1 of / 18 Caption Close Image 1 of 18 A cold spell in North Carolina caused a swamp to freeze — as well as the alligators that live in it. A cold spell in North Carolina caused a swamp to freeze — as well as the alligators that live in it. Photo: Jeff Greenberg/UIG Via Getty Images Deep freeze turns 18 N.C. gators into … [Read more...] about Deep freeze turns 18 N.C. gators into reptile-cicles — but they’re still alive