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Lost & Found
1:29 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Do You Recognize This Man?

This photo was found tucked in a book at the Chapel Hill Public Library.

This wonderful vintage photo was found tucked away in one of the books at the Chapel Hill Public Library. No one knows how long the picture has been there, but librarians would really like to find its owner - and perhaps find out more about this former Blue Devil. Contact the library if you have any information. (And contact us too. We want to know the story behind the photo.)

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Changing Industries in North Carolina

Industry consolidation and reorganization is happening in the tobacco, pharmaceutical and health care industries in North Carolina.

A conversation with Triangle Business Journal Reporter Jason deBruyn about industry trends in North Carolina

    

Reynolds American and Lorillard, two of the country’s biggest tobacco producers, announced a merger yesterday that is expected to reshape the tobacco industry. 

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The State of Things
11:31 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Los Jets: A Small Town Soccer Team With Something To Prove

Paul Cuadros (pictured third from the left) and his team, Los Jets
Credit Nuvo TV

  UNC journalism professor Paul Cuadros came to North Carolina 15 years ago to write about Latino migration.

A few years into his research, he launched Los Jets, the varsity soccer team at Jordan-Matthews High School in Siler City. It was wildly successful, but some of his players face an uncertain future when they leave the pitch. They are all sons of Latino immigrants, some of whom came to this country illegally.

Cuadros wrote a book about his team in 2006, called “Home on the Field: How One Championship Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of a Small Town.”

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The State of Things
11:24 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Audio Under the Stars

Fish Out of Water poster
Credit Audio Under the Stars

A conversation with the organizers of 'Audio Under the Stars'

  

Live storytelling events have increased in popularity recently, but audio listening parties are still relatively rare. A monthly event called "Audio Under the Stars" seeks to change that in Durham.

Its organizers see audio stories as vehicles to other times and occasions for social engagement. The latest installment, "Fish Out Of Water: Stories of misfits, oddballs, mariners and real fish", is Friday at 8pm at SPECTRE Arts in Durham.

Below is a taste of the kind of stories "Audio Under the Stars" showcases. 

Elizabeth Fritz recalls Durham in the 1950s. Produced by Elizabeth Friend.

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Politics & Government
10:19 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Moped Drivers: Should They Be Requried To Register Their Mopeds And Buy Insurance?

Credit Lars Elmo via Flickr

A North Carolina Senate committee wants to require moped owners to register their mopeds and buy insurance.

In North Carolina, mopeds owners can travel on roads without registering their vehicle at the Department of Motor Vehicle, owning insurance or having a valid driver's license.

Some members of the General Assembly have been trying for years to change that. Sen. Tom Apodaca (R-Hendersonville), told the senate finance committee on Tuesday morning that there's no financial liability for a moped driver if he crashes into a car.

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Business & Economy
8:52 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Merger With Lorillard Would Beef Up Reynolds Tobacco Portfolio

Reynolds American Tobacco stands to acquire the Newport brand of cigarettes if its merger with Lorillard goes through.
Credit Officer / Wikipedia

Reynolds American plans to acquire Lorillard as part of a $27 billion merger. The deal would bring together the second- and third-largest tobacco companies in America.

Reynolds owns the popular Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes, but now they stand to acquire Lorillard's iconic Newport brand.

Reynolds President Susan Cameron said she's had her eye on it for some time.

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Politics & Government
6:11 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Senate Budget Writers Make Concessions, Come Closer To A Deal

Credit Dave DeWitt

Leaders in the state Senate have offered an eight percent pay raise for teachers as they inch closer to putting together a budget.

Senate leaders unveiled their offer to House budget negotiators late Tuesday afternoon. Senators had previously wanted to give educators raises of 11 percent, but House leaders said such a large increase would require cutting too many other areas.

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Politics & Government
5:25 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

House Democrats Say Republicans Refuse Funding For Employee

Credit Dave DeWitt

Democratic leaders in the state House say Speaker Thom Tillis has refused to release funds for a full-time employee to manage their legislative operations. Minority Leader Larry Hall says he's had to let the Democratic caucus chief of staff go because Tillis would not release enough funding for that position to last past July 1st.

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Arts & Culture
5:23 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Raleigh Student Lands Role In TV Series From Tyler Perry

Timmy Richardson, also known as Sho'Time Timmy
Credit Shaw University

Raleigh's Timmy Richardson (aka Sho'Time Timmy) has got a lot going on. The youngster is a junior drum major in the Shaw University Band, he won a talent competition hosted by the legendary Apollo Theater -- and he's just landed a role in an upcoming TV series by Tyler Perry.

Richardson will play a character named "Justice" in Perry's "If Loving You is Wrong". The series is set to air on Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network this fall.

Timmy's mom Tanika says she knew her son was destined for great things.

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Archaeology
1:33 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

NC Archaeologist Has Find-Of-A-Lifetime, 3 Years In A Row

This might depict Alexander the Great. It is from a mosaic scene that is the first non-Biblical mosaic every uncovered in an Israeli synagogue.
Credit James Haberman

Many archaeologists wait their entire career for one big find. UNC-Chapel Hill's Jodi Magness? Well, let's just say that she's having a spectacular time making discovery after discovery.

In 2011, Magness took a team to Israel to identify a dig location. They hoped to find an ancient synagogue.

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