Here's a look a today's local headlines:
HOME SALES SLUGGISH: Nearly 1,400 homes in Durham County were sold during the first six months of the year. How does that compare to last year at this time. Read Dave Hart's story (but not good).
GETTING BACK ON TRACK: When Fran Alexander retired to Durham, she brought with her more than a decade worth of know-how in the tricky business of coaxing high school dropouts -- some of them gang members, drug dealers or both - back into the classroom. Find out how she's doing in Marti Maguire's story.
OPEN-SPACE ARITHMETIC: The way Duke biologist Will Wilson sees it, there's more to in-town open space than making a place look nice. There are practical factors, too, and he's got the numbers to show it. Jim Wise interviews the scientist (also a sometimes contributor to the Durham News opinion page).
Also ... Michelle Laws says Lakeia Boxley is more than a murder victim. Carl Kenney says something's gone wrong with Durham's festivals, and Duke students are devouring "Eating Animals" in this summer's freshman reading program.
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