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Goodnight, Texas Combines History And Heritage With A Modern Hardihood

Patrick Dyer Wolf is from Chapel Hill. Avi Vinocur is from San Francisco. The musicians' hometowns are separated by almost 3,000 miles, but right in the middle is Goodnight, Texas. It is a small town of 28 people and the namesake of the duo's musical partnership. While the Texas town remains the root of the group's name, the pair's musical foundation comes from an art of combining historical folklore with contemporary acoustics. Wolf and Vinocur recently performed at Motorco in Durham, and...
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Md. Governor Orders Closure Of 'Deplorable' Baltimore City Jail

Gov. Larry Hogan says he has ordered the immediate closure of the Baltimore City Detention Center, which a federal probe revealed in 2013 as being riddled with corruption, from smuggling to sex between inmates and guards.Update at 3:15 p.m. ET: Inmates Were Running Jail, Hogan SaysSaying that the Baltimore facility is the only city prison in the entire country that's run by a state government, Hogan says it is time for a change."For years, the Black Guerilla gang maintained a stronghold over...
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North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

North Carolina is full of historic sites. Approximately 75,000 properties are on the National Register of Historic Places, according to North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

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Duke University

More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer's and new evidence that suggests women's brains are especially vulnerable to the disease.

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Phyllis Mack Horton

In the early 20th century, Sears Roebuck CEO Julius Rosenwald teamed up with educator and civil rights icon Booker T. Washington to bring formal education to African-Americans in the rural South.

Image of Eric Trundy, who has used comedy as a therapy for a traumatizing childhood.
Eric Trundy

 

Up-and-coming standup comic Eric Trundy says that comedy saved his life, and he means that in the most literal sense of the words. His childhood was filled with trauma, from physical and sexual abuse to abandonment, and he repressed those memories for many years.

Lethal injection room
Wikipedia Creative Commons

Doctors in North Carolina would no longer be required to oversee or participate in executions under a bill heading to Governor Pat McCrory's desk.

House lawmakers gave final approval to the measure Wednesday that allows physician assistants, nurse practitioners or paramedics to oversee executions.

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Dorothy St. Claire Photography

The Back Porch Music on the Lawn series rolls on Thursday, June 30  with a mandolin player igniting a bluegrass group, along with a slick banjo and violin duo.

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Chris Charles

Clotheslines were once a part of everyday life for most American families. Women would often gather at community clotheslines, and neighbors in high rise buildings chatted over shared clotheslines hanging between their apartments. 

The new multimedia theatrical production “The Clothesline Muse” explores the history and culture of the clothesline, and looks at what it can tell us about changing community structure and relationships.

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Music Maker Tintype, Tim Duffy and Aaron Greenhood

The Music Maker Relief Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping true pioneers and forgotten heroes of the blues gain recognition as well as meet their day-to-day needs.

The foundation teamed up with Duke Performances to commemorate their 20th anniversary with a series of summer concerts.

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Richard Duncan / CDC

North Carolina's population is aging quickly, increasing the demand for personal caregivers. But a report from a poverty advocacy organization says elderly people might have trouble finding reliable care unless caregivers' wages increase.

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NCDOTcommunications / Flickr Creative Commons

Tony Tata  is resigning from his post as North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary to pursue other endeavors. Governor Pat McCrory abruptly announced the resignation this morning in a release.

Tata said he will spend more time with family and writing fiction books. In an interview set to air Wednesday night on Time Warner Cable, Tata was asked about a possible run for Congress in 2016.

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Making Comedy From Tragedy

Up-and-coming standup comic Eric Trundy says that comedy saved his life, and he means that in the most literal sense of the words. His childhood was filled with trauma, from physical and sexual abuse to abandonment, and he repressed those memories for many years. But after his kids were grown, he often experienced suicidal thoughts and could not avoid the debilitating psychological pain anymore. He quit his full-time job to and headed into the comedy club. He says that once he got on stage...
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Meet The California Family That Has Made Health Policy Its Business

If there's such a thing as the first family of health care, the Lees may be it.Five decades ago, two brothers helped start Medicare. Their father inspired them and they, in turn, have inspired the next generation.To mark the anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson signing Medicare into law on July 30, 1965, three Lees sat down to reflect on the U.S. health care system.It can be hard now to imagine a time when Medicare met serious opposition. But 92-year-old Dr. Peter Lee, a founder of the...
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