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for Independent Weekly Vol. 28 Issue 15, April 2011
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Residents of Durham are fighting for control of Old North Durham Park. The 3.6 acre park is home to the only public soccer field in downtown Durham, but many some want to change that. The Friends of Old North Durham Park has presented a master plan for proposed changes to the park. Opponents dislike the plan and say the group intends to gentrify the park and disrupt the local center of community life. There is some evidence the city has neglected the park and many Latino residents feel as if there voice is not being heard on the issue.
Durham police are trying to crackdown on celebratory gunfire. Around the Fourth of July and New Year’s, the city has seen an increase in the number of 911 calls due to the reported sound of gunshots. The police will start a campaign to educate citizens about the dangers of firing a gun into the air. Charts are included which show the total number of gunshots reported from March 25, 201 to March 25, 2011, the total reported daily for that time frame and the numbers reported on the Fourth of July and New Years holidays.
Raising Renee is a documentary film that will feature at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham. The film profiles nationally known Durham painter Beverly McIver who teaches art at North Carolina Central University. The subject of the film is about McIver’s decision to care for her mentally handicapped sister after her mother’s death. The article discusses major points in the film and McIver’s life after the decision.