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Civil War History 101: The Largest Troop Surrender Happened In Durham

Thousands of history buffs are expected to visit the Bennett Place State Historic Site this week in Durham. 150 years ago, Confederate and Union generals met at the Bennett farm to negotiate a big surrender of troops. But did this event essentially mark the end of the Civil War? It’s according to who you ask and where they’re from. The Bennett family farm was close to 190 acres of corn, wheat and oat. Today, about 35 acres of the original farm is left and much work and money has gone into...
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Egypt's Former President Morsi Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison

Less than two years after he was removed from power by the military, an Egyptian court has sentenced former President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison for the arrest and torture of protesters during his tenure.The charges stem from the months of protests between late 2012 and July 2013, when Morsi was kicked out of office.Twelve other defendants were also found guilty and received the same sentence as Morsi; they include former Muslim Brotherhood legislator Mohamed al-Beltagi and Essam al...
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A Duke Energy power plant and coal ash ponds outside Asheville.
Zen Sutherland

Some residents who live near coal ash sites owned by Duke Energy are being told not to drink or cook with water that comes from their wells.

Eighty-seven of the 117 letters (pdf) sent by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources so far have indicated that well water exceeded state groundwater standards for some toxic heavy metals.

Rap group Toon and the Real Laww performing at Art of Cool
The Art of Cool Poject

 

Jazz and soul fans are welcoming the fourth year of a homegrown tradition: The Art of Cool Fest.

 

 

Friday kicks off a three-day mix of local and national artists bringing the dynamic world of jazz and soul music to Durham.

Redistricting Reconsidered

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The district plan for North Carolina as set by the 2011 General Assembly.
ncleg.net

The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the North Carolina Supreme Court to reconsider the controversial redistricting measures taken by the legislature in 2011. 

The U.S. Supreme Court threw out the state court’s decision and instructed it to look again at these issues in light of the highest court’s rulings in a similar case in Alabama. At issue is whether the new lines are racially-based gerrymandering or permissible redistricting measures.

Students participate in the 2014 NC Science Festival.
NC Science Festival

What do hip-hop and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) have in common?

Dr. Chris Emdin of Columbia University argues commonality between the two involve complicated problem solving techniques and approval from others in the same field. Just as scientists seek validation of their experimental findings, musicians seek communal approval of their works. 

Historian and Civil War reenactor Philip Brown.
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April 9, 1865 is widely known as the day the American Civil War ended.

Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee handed his sword over to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in Appomattox, Va.

But 89,000 of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's men were still scattered across the South, willing and able to continue fighting the North. 

Bennett Place, Civil War
www.ncdcr.gov

Thousands of history buffs are expected to visit the Bennett Place State Historic Site this week in Durham.  150 years ago, Confederate and Union generals met at the Bennett farm to negotiate a big surrender of troops.

But did this event essentially mark the end of the Civil War?  It’s according to who you ask and where they’re from.

The Bennett family farm was close to 190 acres of corn, wheat and oat.  Today, about 35 acres of the original farm is left and much work and money has gone into restoring and preserving the site.

Photo: A Duke Energy coal-fired plant in Arden, N.C.
Michael Phillips via Creative Commons

The North Carolina House of Representatives has approved a plan to comply with proposed federal requirements to curb planet-warming carbon pollution from power plants.

House Bill 571 would create an advisory board comprised of energy companies and environmental advocates to advise the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The bill, approved in an 84-33 vote, now goes before the Senate.

A picture of the US Supreme Court building.
Daderot / Wikipedia

 

 Voting districts are back on the table for the North Carolina Supreme Court, but not by choice.

 

The U.S. Supreme Court threw out the state Supreme Court ruling on Monday that upheld Republican-drawn legislative and congressional districts. It ordered the North Carolina Supreme Court to reconsider whether the redistricting of 2011 relied too heavily on race.

 

Meet TROSA Founder Kevin McDonald

Apr 20, 2015
Kevin McDonald is the founder of TROSA.
trosainc.org

Throughout his youth, Kevin McDonald was searching for a sense of belonging.

His father was in the U.S. Air Force, which meant his family moved a lot during McDonald’s childhood. Wherever they moved, McDonald felt severe anxiety in his constantly changing social situation. 

His life in the home came with another set of challenges.

"My mother was very, very abusive. Physically and emotionally," he told host Frank Stasio on WUNC’s The State of Things.

Eighth-grade students Yasmine Boufedji, Angelycia Bogart, Dunya Alkaissi, and Nassir Jordan.
Reema Khrais

As principal Mussarut Jabeen makes her way to the playground, two very young girls run to her, pleading for undivided attention. The first shows off a temporary henna tattoo.

“Oh look at your henna, it’s so pretty,” exclaims Jabeen, principal of Al-Iman, a private Islamic school in Raleigh.

The other girl has just fallen and scraped herself.

“Oh, my little,” Jabeen says. “How about we wash it?”

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Science And Math Meet Music In High School Hackathon

What do hip-hop and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) have in common? Dr. Chris Emdin of Columbia University argues commonality between the two involve complicated problem solving techniques and approval from others in the same field. Just as scientists seek validation of their experimental findings, musicians seek communal approval of their works. Dr. Emdin speaks at the North Carolina Science Festival’s High School Hackathon which seeks to get students thinking...
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It's another busy morning at Dr. Anthony Aurigemma's homeopathy practice in Bethesda, Md.Wendy Resnick, 58, is here because she's suffering from a nasty bout of laryngitis. "I don't feel great," she says. "I don't feel myself."Resnick, who lives in Millersville, Md., has been seeing Aurigemma for years for a variety of health problems, including ankle and knee injuries and back problems. "I don't know what I would do without him," she says. "The traditional treatments just weren't helping me...
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