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10:22 am
Thu February 17, 2011

The Game Of Her Life

Phiona Mutesi

Tim Crothers joins host Frank Stasio to talk about how chess is changing Mutesi’s life.

Of the 600 million people who know how to play chess worldwide, Phiona Mutesi is one of the best. The 14-year-old Ugandan phenom recently competed in the Chess Olympiad, an international tournament that pits players against each other in strategic competition. A short time ago, Mutesi had never even heard of the game.

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Health
5:00 am
Thu February 17, 2011

Triangle A Hub For Comparative Effectiveness Research

Recently, researchers at Duke published a study looking at implantable cardiac defibrillators in patients and determined that one fourth of patients receiving them didn’t need them. For the past few years, researchers at UNC have been doing head to head analyses of older versus newer psychiatric medications, and they’re finding many patients have more success with older, cheaper drugs.

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Business & Economy
4:55 am
Thu February 17, 2011

GSK Cutting Jobs in RTP

Some GlaxoSmithKline employees in Research Triangle Park will be laid off as the drug maker scales back its Neuroscience Medicines Development Center.

The cutbacks follow an announcement last year by Chief Executive Andrew Witty to "modernise" the company's focus on research and development.  Kathy Pitman is a GlaxoSmithKline spokeswoman:

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Business & Economy
4:50 am
Thu February 17, 2011

Borders Bankruptcy Hits Triangle Hard

The Triangle will be hit especially hard when Borders Books closes several of its stores.


By April – the Borders Group will close about 30-percent of what the company calls its under-performing stores.  Borders’ reorganization plan was reveled yesterday when owners announced they are filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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Politics & Government
4:43 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

State Senate Approves Block to Federal Health Care Law

The state Senate has passed a bill that would block the federal requirement that everyone have health insurance or face a penalty. The measure passed easily by 30 to 18 today. Republican Senator Austin Allran of Hickory says the measure accomplishes three things-first, it says people in North Carolina should not be required to have a health insurance policy or be a member of a health care plan.

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Health
4:00 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

UNC Forum Focuses on Agent Orange

A panel of local and national experts were scheduled to address the legacy of Agent Orange at a public forum February 16th in Chapel Hill. The toxic herbicide was used by the U.S. government to remove tree cover in the jungles of Vietnam, so the enemy wouldn't be able to hide as easily. Nancy Leterri is executive director of Children of Vietnam. She says the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs allows compensation for anyone who had 'boots on the ground' in Vietnam and who suffers from disabilities including certain cancers, Parkinson's Disease...

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The State of Things
11:34 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Egypt After The Uprising

Credit Chris Hondros - http://www.bagnewsnotes.com

As we wonder what will happen in the wake of the 30-year Mubarak regime, host Frank Stasio talks with experts, expatriates and observers about the possibilities.

Last week's toppling of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has drawn the attentions of the world to the unrest in the Middle East. As we wonder what will happen in the wake of the 30-year Mubarak regime, host Frank Stasio talks with experts, expatriates and observers about the possibilities.

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The State of Things
11:15 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Public Understanding Of Science

When it comes to science, the public doesn't know what to think. Andrew Binder, a researcher at North Carolina State University, conducted a study on public opinion surveys of science. He found that people may say that a field of science, like nanotechnology, is too risky, but when asked specifics, their attitudes are often more favorable than they first appeared.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Poet Maya Angelou Awarded Medal of Freedom

Writer, poet, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou has been awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor. President Obama presented the Wake Forest professor with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony yesterday. Mr. Obama said Angelou’s work has spoken to millions:

"By holding on, even amid cruelty and loss, and then expanding to a sense of compassion and ability to love…. By holding on to her humanity, she has inspired countless others who have known injustice and misfortune in their own lives."

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Arts & Culture
4:55 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Korean Catholics Building Church in Apex

Korean Catholics in the Triangle will soon have a new place to worship.

For years, Korean Catholics like Whansu Kang have been gathering at the St. Michael’s church in Cary. That should change this fall when the first phase of the Saint Ha-Sang Paul Jung Catholic Church is expected to be completed. It will give members of the Korean Catholic community their own space. Kang says the new space will give Korean students and visitors to the Triangle a place to turn to:

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