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5:40 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Bennett College Planning for Future

Bennett College in Greensboro is looking to the future while noting recent growth from its past.

Jeff Tiberii: The all women’s historically black college will continue to grow in the next few years. Yesterday President Julianne Malveaux spoke to the board of trustees and several local officials about plans to raise enrollment to 1,000 students and build several new buildings on campus. All told, Malveaux estimates projects between 70 and 100 million dollars by 2020.

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State of Things
9:28 am
Mon January 23, 2012

NC Literary Lights: Meet Alan Shapiro

Book cover, ''Broadway Baby'' by Alan Shapiro

Poet and writer Alan Shapiro expected to be a basketball star, not a literary star, but an injury took him off the court and left him alone with his grief. He found his way into verse and never left. Shapiro is the author of ten books of poems, two memoirs, a collection of criticism and now the novel "Broadway Baby," which was just released by Algonquin Books. He also has a new collection of poetry out called "Night of the Republic" (Houghton Mifflin/2012).

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Arts & Culture
8:20 am
Mon January 23, 2012

Durham Preservationists Consider African-American Sites

Several African-American historic sites across Durham are being considered for historic designation. Preservation officials say criteria include sites where significant events took place, buildings with architectural significance, and homes of prominent African-American families. Bob Ashley is the executive director of Preservation Durham. He says there are quite a few contenders for designation.

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Environment
4:00 am
Mon January 23, 2012

Raleigh Seeks Alternative Energy Source

Raleigh is hoping to build another sustainable energy facility. This one would be a hydroelectric plant at the Falls Lake Dam.

Dave DeWitt: Raleigh already generates power by harnessing methane gas at its landfill. Now, city officials are hoping to turn the Falls Lake Dam into a power plant. It would be small, generating electricity for just a few hundred homes. But it could also be profitable.

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State of Things
12:24 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

¡Las Luchadoras de Durham!

¡Las Luchadoras de Durham!
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Areli Barrera is a 26-year-old graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she still hosts a radio program on the campus station, WXYZ. But this weekend, she will be transformed into La Sirenita de Tiajuana (The Little Mermaid of Tiajuana), the nickname she’ll go by in the ring when she wrestles at Luchadoras 2. That’s an event designed in the tradition of lucha libre, Mexico’s popular freestyle wrestling matches. On Saturday in Durham, Barrera and other amateur female wrestlers will battle it out with breathtaking maneuvers to entertain the audience and to raise awareness about the NC Dream Team, an organization that advocates on behalf of undocumented immigrants.

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State of Things
12:20 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Reimagining Kenya's Future through Literature

Billy Kahora
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In 2007, Kenya experienced a violent backlash in response to politics surrounding the country’s presidential election. This year, Kenyans will go to the polls again, this time with a new constitution in place – a document many hope will eliminate some of the problems that led to bloodshed five years ago. Billy Kahora is a Kenyan writer and the managing editor of Kwani, a literary magazine that works to share the experience of East Africans and consider Kenya’s social and political future through writing.

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State of Things
11:43 am
Fri January 20, 2012

The Hot at Nights

Nice Talk by The Hot at Nights
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Musician Chris Boerner traded his saxophone in to focus on playing the guitar at a young age. Back then, Boerner thought rock ‘n’ roll was his true calling, but after studying classical guitar at Duke University, he turned his attention to jazz. He founded a hip-hop jazz collective in 2004 and the next year, released “Incoming,” his first album as a bandleader. Boerner’s new ensemble is a jazz trio called The Hot at Nights. They recently released a new album called “Nice Talk” and an EP called “Shibuya Session.” The latter is a collaboration with Nicolay Rook, one half of the hip-hop/R&B duo The Foreign Exchange.

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Arts & Culture
6:41 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Comparing The Carolinas

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The South Carolina Republican primary is tomorrow. It's the best chance for southern voters, especially southern conservatives, to weigh in on who will become the Republican candidate for President. One reason South Carolina is so important is because it's so different from Iowa and New Hampshire.

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Business & Economy
6:00 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Keeping the Triangle "Livable"

A leading Smart Growth advocate is visiting the Triangle today to speak on lessons in “Livability” for the 21st Century.  Democratic Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Portland says he’s impressed with urban revitalization projects like the American Tobacco Historic District in Durham.  But he says planners and politicians are running out of time if they want to develop mass transit to maintain the Triangle’s current quality of life.

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Military
5:10 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Fort Bragg Troops Headed to Afghanistan

About 58 hundred soldiers from Fort Bragg will be deployed to Afghanistan this spring. They're headed to the southern part of the country to work with NATO and Afghan troops. Captain Allie Scott says the paratroopers are part of a transition plan to gradually hand over that part of Afghanistan to local authorities.

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