Chapel Hillians like to make fun of Durham a lot
(and vice-versa) of course. However, when we looked through www.newsoftheweird.com,Â
a lot of weird things happen in Durham. Of course, given the dynamics of fan
support in the Triangle, you could safely bet that most of these people are
actually UNC fans...
1994 -- In two April incidents, Rogelio Aparicio, 46, in Manila, and an unidentified man on the steps of the main police station in Durham, N.C., each pulled out guns and fired two shots at his own head, in apparent suicide attempts, missing each time.Â
1991 -- Durham, N.C., police were called to an apartment in December by a resident who said that, while he was entertaining guests, an unidentified man walked in the door, went to the kitchen, fired a shot into his refrigerator, and left.Â
1993 -- On Nov. 18, a man wearing a sweatshirt with the hood pulled tightly over his head and a mask covering all but his eyes pounded on the front door of the Security Federal Savings Bank in Durham, N.C., scaring employees inside. After several loud attempts to push open the door, which is a "pull" door, he fled. Durham police say precisely the same thing happened at another bank on Oct. 22.Â
1994 -- Courthouse officials in Durham, N.C., suspect that in February a disgruntled lawyer or lawyers stole a big stack of brochures that explained how battered women could obtain court orders against their husbands without resorting to a lawyer.Â
1997 -- Can't Hold It In: The school board in Durham, N.C., suspended a substitute teacher at Hillside High School in November after she urinated into a trash can during class, allegedly because of a medical condition.
1993 -- Christopher Scott Carver, 27, died just outside a Raleigh, N.C., dentist's office in February. He was found with a plastic bag over his head and had apparently overdosed on laughing gas, for which police theorized he had broken into the office.
1994 -- Among the losing candidates in November in the Raleigh, N.C., mayor's race was an African-American, the former Cecil McGirt, 45, who changed his name in 1981 to Doctor O.B. Aal-Anubiaimhotepokorohamz. That is a shortened form of the much longer name he chose after extensively researching his family history, a project he undertook after he realized he was
foolish to believe he was Irish. His wife and each of their six children also have the first name Doctor, as a message of support for educational achievement.Â