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The State of Things
11:34 am
Thu October 23, 2014

The Narrative Of UNC-Chapel Hill's Academic Fraud

Kenneth Wainstein presents his findings about academic fraud at UNC-Chapel Hill

    

From 1993 to 2011, more than 3,000 students at UNC-Chapel Hill took classes that did not require them to show up.

They were told only to submit a final paper, and they got artificially inflated grades. Nearly half were student-athletes who benefitted from the classes by remaining eligible to play.

Those findings were released Wednesday from former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein, who had been commissioned by the university to investigate academic fraud.

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The State of Things
11:34 am
Thu October 23, 2014

The State of Things Issues Table: Education

The 2014 midterm elections are less than two weeks away, and we continue our issues-based series talking about the state of education in the state.
Credit NC General Assembly/US Senate

    

As the midterm elections get closer, education is a prominent topic in North Carolina’s congressional races. 

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Politics & Government
11:31 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Election Day(s): You Can Vote Today In North Carolina

Still shot of the Google map that shows early voting locations.

There is a comprehensive, interactive Google map that shows early voting locations across the state.

Click here to see precise locations and hours, even directions. Most locations are open Monday-Friday until close of business. Saturday hours are also available.

You can vote in any of the early voting locations in your county.

Early voting continues until 11/1.

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Health
8:52 am
Thu October 23, 2014

NC Health Officials Mobilize Against Ebola

North Carolina is ramping up preparation efforts in case of an Ebola diagnosis.
Credit Thomas W. Geisbert, Boston University School of Medicine / Wikipedia

North Carolina health and safety officials are building a united front to prepare against the Ebola virus.

State Health and Human Services secretary Aldona Wos announced at a press conference yesterday that the Centers for Disease Control has named North Carolina's State Laboratory of Public Health to be a regional hub to test potential Ebola specimens.

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Education
2:45 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Academic Irregularities At Carolina: Tweet By Tweet

Credit #SocialMediaNC via Twitter

On Wednesday, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced the results of an independent investigation conducted by former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein into past academic irregularities at Carolina. WUNC's Jeff Tiberii was at the press conference. Here are his tweets, along with some others (most recent tweet first):

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The State Of Things
11:50 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Movies On The Radio: Film Noir

The Big Combo (1955)
Credit Wikipedia

  

Smoke-filled rooms, femmes fatales and twisting crime plots are markers of a period in cinematography known as film noir.

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Education
10:08 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Academic Fraud At UNC: Athletes Directed Toward Bogus Classes

Kenan Memorial Stadium at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Credit William Yeung / Flickr/Creative Commons

Update Thursday 9:04 a.m.:

Kenneth Wainstein says academic fraud at UNC Chapel Hill began more than 20 years ago. The former federal prosecutor detailed the findings of his eight-month investigation Wednesday. It’s the latest in a series of investigations that marks one of the worst scandals in the school’s 225-year history.

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9:25 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Charlotte, NC Nurse Writes Letter To Nurse With Ebola

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A nurse from Charlotte has written an open letter to Nina Pham. Pham is the Dallas nurse who was stricken with Ebola after caring for a critically ill patient. "We know how tedious and difficult it is to put and take off on full protective gear over and over again. We know how hot, sweaty and unbearable it gets. .. We know what it’s like standing beside someone for hours at a time, knowing that life is slowly leaving his or her body. We know how much that hurts mentally, physically, and emotionally." Read the letter and listen to an interview on Here & Now:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new and much stricter guidelines for doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers dealing with Ebola patients in America - all workers must be covered head-to-toe in protective clothing, including full face masks and a buddy system to ensure safe disrobing.
Health
8:43 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Chapel Hill Librarians Helping Ebola Fight In West Africa

String-like Ebola virus particles are shedding from an infected cell in this electron micrograph.
Credit NIH/NIAID via Flickr/Creative Commons

Some Chapel Hill librarians are joining in the effort  to respond to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. A non-profit group called WiderNet is making information available to those without Internet access.

WiderNet's project director, Cliff Missen, says only two percent of people in Liberia and Sierra Leone have an Internet connection -- that includes health care workers.

"What we do is something completely different," says Missen. 

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Business & Economy
8:42 am
Wed October 22, 2014

State Jobless Rate Dips, But Has Mixed Reviews

NC's September 2014 jobless rate dipped from 6.8% to 6.7%.
Credit NC Commerce

North Carolina’s unemployment rate edged downward in September.  But some still call the latest jobless report “mixed.”

The state’s jobless rate sits at 6.7 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point from the month before.

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