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5:32 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Editing An Encyclopedia That Changes By The Minute

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On April 16, 2007, Sue Gardner was following the news of the Virginia Tech shooting on every major web site she could find. The one where she learned the most was not a news site – it was the free encyclopedia Wikipedia. The content, she says, was more comprehensive.

“It was better than CNN, and better than the CBC,” she says. “I found that fascinating. How could that be?”

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Environment
1:31 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Duke Study Shows No Contamination Near Fracking Wells In Arkansas

A Marcellus Shale drill rig in Pennsylvania used in the fracking process.
Credit Ken Skipper, USGS

New tests near hydraulic fracturing sites in Arkansas show no evidence of methane leaking into groundwater supplies. A study released Wednesday from Duke University found no negative effects on drinking water near fracking operations. 

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The State of Things
11:27 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Is The Southern Accent Fading In Raleigh?

Downtown Raleigh Skyline
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NC State professor of linguistics Robin Dodsworth discusses the demise of the southern accent

It’s no secret that Raleigh and other parts of the Triangle have changed drastically in the past decades. But new linguistic research shows that along with social and industrial change, the Triangle is seeing its Southern accent fade.


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The State of Things
11:05 am
Wed May 15, 2013

First Openly Lesbian Presbyterian Pastor, One Year In

Minister Katie Ricks
Credit http://www.churchrec.org / Church of Reconciliation Chapel Hill, NC

Pastor Katie Ricks reflects about being the first openly lesbian pastor in the country ordained by the Presbyterian Church

    

When Katie Ricks became the Associate Pastor of the Church of Reconciliation in Chapel Hill last year, she was the first openly lesbian pastor in the country ordained by the Presbyterian Church. 

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Environment
11:01 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Debating Alcoa’s Future On the Yadkin

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Residents in Stanly County spoke passionately Tuesday night about whether Alcoa should receive a water quality permit from the state. The company, which has been in the area 50 miles Northeast of Charlotte for more than 100 years, owns four hydro-electric dams along the Yadkin River. Alcoa needs a water quality permit from the state before it can seek a 50-year federal license to operate the dams. Local residents are divided on Alcoa. Opponents say the company is not a good steward of the river.

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The State of Things
10:53 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Foodie Musician Gathers Huge Ensemble, Releases Album

D-Town Brass Performance
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Composers Andy McGowan and Bob Pence talk about their band D-Town Brass and preview their new cd's

  Andy McGowan is making his mark on Durham with the restaurant Geer Street Garden, but by night, he and, sometimes, 15 of his closest friends form D-Town Brass and jam until the early hours. They’ve just released two albums, “UR” and “Golden Belt.”

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Arts & Culture
10:30 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Six Street Pianos Coming To Raleigh For Artsplosure

A child plays on a street piano in New York. Raleigh has never hosted a street piano project before.
Credit Ed Yourdon via Flickr, Creative Commons

All the world’s a stage. Or, at least Downtown Raleigh will be for the next two weeks, as six pianos have been placed there outdoors for anyone to play.  The decorated instruments are set up in public locations around the city as a part of Artsplosure, Raleigh’s annual visual and performing arts festival, and passersby of any skill level are encouraged to give them a go.

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Business & Economy
7:44 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Raleigh Development Flourishes Thanks To Resilient Economy

Credit City of Raleigh

Raleigh city officials have plans for several new residential developments in the middle of the capital city.  They say it's part of their master plan to entice not only new residents but new business downtown.

It is also an indication that Raleigh is doing well economically.  City Planning Director Mitchell Silver says residences that are on the drawing board or under construction are geared toward not just urban professionals, but families.

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The Story
2:45 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

As Costa Concordia Sank, Newlyweds Allowed Others To Take Life Boats First

Benji Smith and Emily Lau were honeymooning aboard the Costa Concordia cruise ship before it hit a rock and sank.
Credit Benji Smith

It was a Sunday night early last January, and Benji Smith and Emily Lau were celebrating their honeymoon aboard the Costa Concordia cruise ship.

They were traveling near Tuscany when it happened: The ship scraped a rock that tore through its hull, flooding its engine room, and sending the ship tilting onto its side. More than 4,000 people were on board.

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The State of Things
12:13 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Professor Examines Overlooked Writers Of The 19th Century

Truth's Ragged Edge The Rise of the American Novel
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When we think of the classics of 19th Century literature, names like Melville and Hawthorne come to mind. But what about their contemporaries? What makes ones writer a master and another forgotten? Phillip Gura, professor of American literature and culture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, tackles that subject in his newest book, “Truth’s Ragged Edge: The Rise of the American Novel” (FSG/2013).

UNC Professor and author, Phillip Gura, talks about his new book, 'Truth’s Ragged Edge: The Rise of the American Novel'

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