February 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Duke Energy has already written off a $10-million line of credit the company guaranteed to help produce September's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., boosting the role of corporate funds in putting on the event. The loan is not due until the end of the month, but Duke wrote it off as a loss in the third quarter and reported it again Wednesday when it released its year-end earnings, noting that it took a $6-million loss and $4-million tax benefit for “DNC Host Committee Support.” Tom Williams, a spokesman for Duke, said the decision to write it off last year was a decision made by the energy company's controller for accounting purposes.
February 7, 2013 |
DURHAM, N.C. -- The Duke University fraternity that threw a party mocking Asians has been suspended by its national office for "inappropriate and insensitive" behavior. Photos from a Feb. 1 party hosted by Kappa Sigma fraternity were posted on Facebook, showing partygoers dressed in Asian gowns and conical caps, some with chopsticks in their hair. An invitation emailed to Duke students was addressed, "Herro Nice Duke Peopre!!" and closed with, "Chank You. " Mitchell B. Wilson, executive director of the national Kappa Sigma fraternity in Charlottesville, Va., said in a telephone interview Thursday that the Duke fraternity, known as the Eta Prime Chapter, had been ordered to cease all activities.
February 6, 2013 |
DURHAM, N.C. - Growing up as an Asian American in Texas, Ashley Tsai endured slurs from grade school through high school. But she said she did not expect to encounter discrimination from a fraternity at prestigious Duke University, where she's a senior. Over the weekend, a party hosted by Kappa Sigma fraternity mocked Asians and spoofed Asian dress. Tsai and other Asian American students organized a protest that included a "Race Is Not a Party" Facebook page and a campus rally Wednesday where students chanted, "Don't party at our expense!"
January 24, 2013 |
Cameron Silver and Christos Garkinos, owners of the upscale vintage boutique Decades on Melrose Avenue, are set to make their reality television debut March 6 with “Dukes of Melrose," Bravo TV announced Thursday. The debut season of the long-gestating show (we first told you about it back in 2011 ), which focuses on the duo's business of buying and selling of high-end vintage women's apparel and accessories and covers locales from Hollywood walk-in closets to the auctions of Paris, was shot over the first five months of 2012 during the boutique's busy run up to the 2012 Academy Awards.
October 7, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Cable television heavyweights Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly faced off Saturday night in “The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium,” with the ideological opponents, by turns blunt and vulgar, debating everything from the economy to entitlements. The event, hosted by George Washington University in Washington, D.C., presented a chance for the two politically charged talk show hosts to try to persuade each other to move to the opposite side of the spectrum. Not surprisingly, that part was a bust.
September 18, 2012 |
After 12 years together and 10 albums (including the upcoming "Made Possible," due next week), the members of the piano trio the Bad Plus have always seemed like musicians with simply not enough to do. All jokes aside, the band's members, Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson and Dave King have made time to work with a variety of collaborators over the years, which in addition to including such names such as Billy Hart and Joshua Redman also feature...
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July 13, 2012 |
Maria Cole, the widow of music legend Nat King Cole and the mother of singer Natalie Cole whose own singing career included a stint as vocalist for Duke Ellington's orchestra in the mid-1940s, has died. She was 89. Cole died Tuesday at a hospice in Boca Raton, Fla., after a short battle with cancer, her family said. "Our mom was in a class all by herself," her three daughters said in a joint statement. "She epitomized class, elegance, and truly defined what it is to be a real lady.
July 6, 2012 |
For one day's work, $44 million is a pretty sizable paycheck. For a few hours this week, William D. Johnson served as chief executive of Duke Energy Corp. before resigning. His departure package could include $7.4 million in severance, relocation expenses and more, according to a securities filing. Johnson, formerly CEO of Progress Energy Inc., signed a contract on June 27 to head up Duke for three years. He assumed the position on July 2, when a long-planned, multibillion-dollar merger between Progress and Duke, an electric utility focused in the Southeast, went into effect.
May 16, 2012 |
Amile Jefferson initially didn't have Duke on his short list of colleges to attend and almost signed early with another school. Likewise, the Blue Devils showed minimal interest in the highly coveted big man from Friends' Central School in Philadelphia. That all changed during Jefferson's senior season, when Duke suddenly decided to offer the 6-foot-7, 190-pound power forward a scholarship and Coach Mike Krzyzewski took over the recruiting process. "Once Coach K started recruiting me, I did not talk to an assistant coach," Jefferson said . "That definitely shows the coach wants you, and every conversation I had with him seemed genuine.
May 4, 2012 |
Last month, Garbage played its first concerts since October 2005, when the members of the influential alternative-rock group cut short a world tour and began what they referred to at the time as an indefinite hiatus. Yet before a boisterous capacity crowd at L.A.'s El Rey Theater - where the band played a sold-out two-night stand following a last-minute warm-up gig at the Bootleg in Echo Park - Garbage sounded like it had never left, powering through its set with a muscular precision that belied the seven years it spent offstage.