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Military
5:00 pm
Mon March 21, 2011

NC Marines Help In Air Strikes Against Gadhafi's Regime

Harrier at night aboard USS Kearsarge
Credit 26th MEU

Marines from Camp Lejeune are part of the coalition conducting air-strikes on Moammar Gadhafi's forces in Libya. The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit joined attacks yesterday. Officials said they were successful in destroying military targets near Bengazi. Marines in the 26th began their deployment by aiding refugees of massive floods in Pakistan last August.

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The State of Things
11:18 am
Mon March 21, 2011

Meet Samia Serageldin

Credit www.harpercollins.co.uk

Seragledin was in Egypt during the recent revolution and she joins host Frank Stasio today to talk about her home country's past, present and future.

Growing up in Egypt, Samia Serageldin didn't think about becoming a writer. She was more worried about the fate of her family whose political activity set them against the ruling parties under Nasser, then Sadat. She married and moved to London at age 20 with her husband. Except for two brief years of hopeful return to Egypt in the late 1970s, Serageldin has been an expatriate, living in Michigan, Massachusetts and North Carolina. Her autobiographical first novel, “The Cairo House,” was published in 2000 and chronicles the rise and fall of a class of Egyptians caught between Western and traditional influences. Her subsequent books, “The Naqib’s Daughter” and “Love is Like Water,” also focus on Egypt.

Arts & Culture
7:00 am
Mon March 21, 2011

Civil War Sword Back In New Bern

A relic from the Civil War Battle of New Bern is back in North Carolina. The combat sword from one of the few female union soldiers to play a prominent role on the battlefield is in the hands of a local Civil War memorabilia dealer.

Will Gorges says Kady Brownell was credited with helping her Rhode Island regiment avoid friendly fire by climbing to high ground and using her unit's flag to wave off an attack from fellow union soldiers:

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Business & Economy
6:00 am
Mon March 21, 2011

Food Processing Center Opens Near Wilmington

A food distribution program at UNC-Wilmington is opening a food processing center this week for local farmers. The center will act as a way to deliver locally grown fruits and vegetables to area schools and restaurants. Farmers can store their goods at the center and make a profit from distribution.

Leslie Hossfeld is a co-founder of the program that sponsors the food center, called Feast Down East. She says the facility has partnered with more than 70 restaurants in Wilmington:

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Environment
6:00 pm
Fri March 18, 2011

UNC Research Points To New Ozone Standard

Air Quality Forecasts

On warm days like today, pollution in the air can produce excess ozone near the ground. And air quality officials often issue ozone alerts - warning people with breathing problems to reduce activity or stay indoors.  But new research from UNC indicates the current acceptable ozone levels established by the Environmental Protection Agency might actually be too high. 

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Education
5:44 pm
Fri March 18, 2011

Teachers March For Jobs

Teachers protesting
Credit Dave DeWitt

More than 1,000 teachers from around the state took to the streets of Raleigh today. They were in town for the North Carolina Association of Educators annual conference. They are protesting, in part, against possible budget cuts in the General Assembly that could lead to tens of thousands of teachers and school personnel being laid off. The Legislature is trying to plug a $2.5 billion dollar budget gap.

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Health
5:35 pm
Fri March 18, 2011

FDA Panel Advises Against Menthols

An FDA panel says removing menthol cigarettes from the market would benefit public health. The Food and Drug Administration advisory panel stopped short of recommending an outright ban on menthol cigarettes. But its report released earlier today says the minty flavoring in menthols makes it harder for smokers to quit.

Sports
5:00 pm
Fri March 18, 2011

Table Tennis Pros Gather in Cary

This weekend Cary will host the nation’s largest round robin table tennis competition. More than 300 internationally ranked players will visit Cary for the event.

Mike Babuin is the founder of the Cary Table Tennis Association and creator of the competition. He says that while many Americans play table tennis at home, few consider it a serious sport. That’s not the case in other countries. And he says the countries taking table tennis seriously are the ones bringing home Olympic medals:

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Fri March 18, 2011

The Lee Boys

The Lee Boys

Lee Boys Alvin Lee, Derrick Lee and Roosevelt Collier joining host Frank Stasio to perform in our studio in advance of tonight’s appearance at the Sacred Steel conference at the Carrboro ArtsCenter.

The Lee Boys play Sacred Steel, so called because of its roots in gospel and the pedal steel guitar that drives the sound. Made up of three brothers and their nephews, the band members all learned to play at the House of God Church in Perrine, Fla., where their father was a pastor. They integrated blues, rock, jazz and funk elements into their sound, creating an energetic and uplifting music, which they have showcased at churches, clubs and festivals across the country.

The State of Things
11:50 am
Fri March 18, 2011

"Butterfly's Child"

'Butterfly's Child' by Angela Davis-Gardner

Angela Davis-Gardner joins host Frank Stasio in the studio to talk about writing and loving Japan.

Raleigh writer Angela Davis-Gardner loves Japan. She went there to teach when she was a young woman fresh from her undergraduate studies at Duke University. The landscape and the people stayed in her imagination so profoundly that she has visited several times and set her most recent books there. “Plum Wine” examines the aftermath of World War II in Japan. And her new book, “Butterfly’s Child” (The Dial Press/2011) moves between Japan and America at the end of the 19th century.

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