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Apartments get council OK

Rezoning for a 240-unit apartment complex between Guess and Hillandale roads got the Durham City Council's stamp of approval Monday night.

The council's 5-2 vote came after a protest petition that had been signed by more than 40 nearby property owners was ruled invalid due to removal of signatures. With the protest petition in force, the rezoning would have needed six yea votes to pass.

Police report

Overall, crime in Durham was down 3 percent in the first six months of 2008, compared with the same period last year. Violent crime, however, showed a 9 percent increase, due largely to a wave of robberies in January.

Those figures were part of a quarterly report that Chief of Police Jose L. Lopez delivered to the city council Monday night.

Lopez cautioned, though, that his monthly numbers were preliminary and might be adjusted after quarterly review.

Try, try again

Before the City Council got down to business this evening, public-affairs director Beverly Thompson wanted to point out the new bells and whistles in the council's chamber at City Hall.

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