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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
Credit Philip Gura / http://us.macmillan.com

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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The State of Things
12:07 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

How Storytelling Influences The Way We Think And Act

Slaying The Gorgon The Rise of the Storytelling Industrial Complex
Credit Joe McHugh / http://www.joemchugh.info

Joe McHugh says we spend too much time focusing on what information people consume instead of how they consume it. Conservatives may focus on Fox News, and liberals may love MSNBC, but McHugh says that’s not as important as the fact that members of both ideologies are watching television. He says the mediums we use can be as influential as the content they provide.


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Environment
10:06 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Aquatic Plant Pest Spreads To Eastern NC

A stem of the hydrilla plant. Biologists say the invasive aquatic weed is spreading to bodies of fresh water on the Coastal Plain.
Credit Reinaldo Aguilar / Flickr Creative Commons

An invasive plant called hydrilla is spreading from the Piedmont toward lakes near the coast. 

Biologists say the aquatic weed first found in Wake County is now on river banks in northeastern North Carolina and in lakes near Wilmington.  Dr. Rob Richardson is a crop science professor at N.C. State University.  He says the plant grows in thick patches, which can cause problems in drinking water supplies.

"Large mats have, at times, clogged turbines," says Richardson.

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Arts & Culture
6:18 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Gullah Geechee Corridor Plan Gets Federal Blessing

Restoration of a seashore farmer's lodge along the Gullah Geechee corridor.
Credit gullahgeecheecorridor.org

Preservationists are welcoming federal approval of a management plan to preserve areas steeped in Gullah Geechee culture.  The U.S. Department of the Interior says the effort to promote cities and towns in the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida is ready to be put into action.

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Politics & Government
6:07 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Senate Bill Would Abolish Regional Economic Development Commissions

Credit NC General Assembly

A bill that would abolish regional economic development commissions has tentatively passed the state Senate.

The measure would dissolve all seven of the state's commissions. The Department of Commerce would then send at least one employee to work in one of eight newly created economic zones.

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Arts & Culture
2:50 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Mad Men Mondays: Duke's Hartman Center Explores Episode 7

"Give him the children's aspirin more doctors recommend"
Repository: Hartman Center, Rubenstein Library, Duke University

This is a weekly column written by the Hartman Center, part of Duke University's Rubenstein Library that studies advertising history. Each Monday they dig through their archive to find ads for items referenced in the latest Mad Men episode. Here is this week's column (originally posted on their blog) written by Jacqueline Wachholz and the Hartman Center.

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The Story
12:33 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

As Politicians Talk Tightening Gun Laws, Charlotte Gun Store Sells Like It's The Holidays

Larry Hyatt
Credit Briana Duggan

In the weeks after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School this past December, President Obama began talking about tightening gun control – and firearm sales boomed. Larry Hyatt runs Hyatt Guns in Charlotte, N.C., and he says that he’s seeing a growing demand for "high capacity" guns and that he’s selling as much as he would over Christmas. He stocks 7,000 guns in his store, making it one of the biggest in the country. He tells host Dick Gordon about the one thing he’d like to see changed in Washington.

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The State Of Things
11:56 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Duke Professor Carries On Tradition Of Black Radical Poetry

Fred Moten
Credit http://english.duke.edu / Duke University

Fred Moten grew up in a home and in a time where revolution was not portrayed as a romantic dream for the future, but a vital necessity for survival. He was raised in Las Vegas in the late '60s and '70s by a family who understood the need for change.

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Health
7:02 am
Mon May 13, 2013

North Carolina Free Health Clinics In Flux

Donations sign on the front window of the Warren County Free Clinic in Warrenton.
Credit Leoneda Inge

North Carolina has one of the best networks of free clinics in the country.  Support from funders like the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation has helped take care of some of the state’s neediest patients; those who don’t qualify for Medicare of Medicaid.  Warren County – northeast of Raleigh – is home to one of the busiest free clinics in North Carolina.  But funding cuts have resulted in less service at a crucial time in the nation’s health care fight.

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