Health
3:33 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Paraplegic Man Saves Another Man's Life; You Can Help Say Thanks

Brandon Jeffries (left) and Erik Fugunt. Erik saved Brandon's life in 2012.
Credit Jacqueline Dunkle

It was 4:30 in the morning and Erik Fugunt was awake. He's a mechanic and he'd been working on a boat in the garage. He took a break, took his earbuds out, and went to take out the trash. That's when he heard it... a sound that you never ever want to hear. Craaaash. Actually, he describes it this way: "Crash, crunch smash, smash, patoosh!"

This wasn't just any fender bender, Erik could tell. "You know rally car racing? When they wreck, when they take a tumble? It's a distinct, horrible smash, like someone rattling around like a ping-pong ball. That's what I heard."

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The State of Things
12:13 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Tax Day Spurs Conversations Around The State

Tax Day 2014

Triangle Business Journal Reporter Jason deBruyn talks about changes to North Carolina taxes

  

While tax day can evoke feelings of anxiety and dread across the country, some North Carolina groups are using today’s deadline to start conversations about tax reform and filing issues in the state.

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The State of Things
12:13 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Witness To An Execution: Part Two

Execution chamber
Credit Wikipedia

Stephen Lich Tyler drove to Texas last week to witness the execution of his father’s killer, Ramiro Hernandez Llanas. Before he left, he spoke on The State of Things about his struggles with the decision to attend and his expectations of the execution. He returned to the studio today to talk with host Frank Stasio about the experience and how it shaped his perspective on the death penalty.

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The State of Things
12:07 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Another Look At The Duke Lacrosse Case

The Price of Silence book cover
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Host Frank Stasio talks to investigative journalist and author, William Cohan about his new book

  

In March 2006, three white lacrosse players at Duke University were accused of raping an African-American exotic dancer. The case raised questions about race, gender and class in the justice system. Ultimately, the lacrosse players were found innocent. But Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong lost his law license for withholding evidence and other offenses.

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Health
9:49 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Durham NC Opens New STD Screening Clinic - HIV Testing Free

A microscopic image of HIV
Credit Duke University

In the last year, Durham County has seen about 100 new cases of HIV reported. It's also seen about 20 new cases of syphilis.

Generally speaking, that's on par with other metro areas in the state, which are seeing more cases of STDs, while North Carolina's rural areas are seeing a decline.

It's hard to know what is accounting for the rise. The most obvious possibility is an increase in unsafe sexual activity. But there's also a chance that, as screening becomes more commonplace and more effective, we're simply identifying more cases that were there to begin with.

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Arts & Culture
7:38 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Merge Turns 25 in Durham

Merge Records is hosting a series of events at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and Duke Gardens to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
Credit Merge Records

It's a big year for Merge Records. The Durham-based label is celebrating its 25th birthday with a series of events, which has included concerts, limited release recordings and a 25K run.

Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance founded the label in Chapel Hill to promote their band, Superchunk. A quarter-century later, dozens of other celebrated artists have jumped on board, including the Grammy-winning Arcade Fire.

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Education
4:08 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Teachers Lash Out At Compensation Task Force Report

State Sen. Jerry Tillman presides over the Educator Effectiveness and Compensation Task Force.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Maybe it’s the name. A “Task Force” conjures up an image of a group of people rushing in, grabbing a problem around the neck, and wrestling a solution out of it.

Any notion that that might happen with the Educator Effectiveness and Compensation Task Force was doused with cold water by co-chair Rob Bryan when he presented the group’s final report.

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Politics & Government
3:51 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

'Nobody Should Die In North Carolina Because Race Played A Role In Getting The Death Sentence'

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Monday afternoon, the state Supreme Court heard the cases of four former death row prisoners whose sentences were commuted to life in prison under the Racial Justice Act.

State lawmakers repealed the Racial Justice Act last year. That act allowed death row inmates to use statistical evidence of racial bias to challenge their sentences. The cases heard today are still pending.

Attorney Danielle Elder represented the state in court this morning. She and other prosecutors argue that a previous ruling was based on jury selection statistics that were too broad.

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Mad Men Mondays
3:08 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

'Mad Men' Mondays: Intriguing Archival Images From Advertising History

Here are some real ads that are from the 'Mad Men' time period. The Smirnoff Brunch: Worth dropping by for.
Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/hartman

AMC’s final Mad Men season debuted this week. Many staff members of the Hartman Center at Duke University tuned in. The center specializes in advertising and marketing history. Their archives are full of the sort of ads seen on the series. In fact, the AMC show even consults with them from time to time.

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The State of Things
11:28 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Syrian Doctor In Cary Pushes For Free Syria

Dr. Mazen E. Hamad
Credit http://caryhealthcareassociates.com/ / Cary Healthcare Associates

  

When Mazen Hamad talks with his brother over internet chat, he can see through the open window of his brother’s living room. On the screen, Mazen sees bombs raining down outside of his brother's apartment in his home country of Syria. Dr. Mazen Hamad narrowly escaped the Hama Massacre more than 30 years ago; today he supports the Syrian revolution from North Carolina.

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