The State of Things
12:44 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Affordable Care Act Insurance Enrollment In North Carolina

Healthcare.Gov
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An update on the Affordable Care Act enrollment with Triangle Business Journal reporter Jason deBruyn

    

The deadline for signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act is just around the corner. By Monday March 31st, the Obama administration hopes that 6 million Americans will have begun the process of enrollment. 

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The State of Things
12:35 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Hip Hop Music In The Classroom

Patrick Douthit, better known as hip-hop producer 9th Wonder.

An expert panel discusses hip hop music in academia

Hip Hop Studies is a growing field in academia led by the work of scholars like Patrick Douthit, the hip-hop producer and artist better known as 9th Wonder

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Tobacco Trail
8:55 am
Wed March 26, 2014

How Dangerous Is The American Tobacco Trail, Really?

A group of police, pastors and park advocates began the process of identifying problem areas on the trail.
Credit Eric Mennel / WUNC

For residents of the Triangle, it's no secret that a certain portion of the American Tobacco Trail has an image problem.  Here's a selection of comments on stories about the trail:

We have been hearing about the high crime rate on this trail for a while now. It amazes me that anyone sets foot on it, especially in the Durham area.

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Business & Economy
8:47 am
Wed March 26, 2014

"Clearing The Pathway For Business" At Executive Networking Conference For Minorities

Willie Deese, Executive VP and President, Merck Manufacturing, will host the Annual Willie Deese CEO Dinner at the "Executive Networking Conference."
Credit www.merck.com

Hundreds of people in business, government, and the non-profit sector are meeting in Durham this week to discuss ways to grow minority and women-owned businesses.

This year’s Executive Networking Conference at the Washington-Duke Inn and Golf Club will include congressmen and leaders in supplier diversity.

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Business & Economy
8:45 am
Wed March 26, 2014

SAS Offers Free Software To Help Next Generation Of Managers Understand Data

SAS is offering free analytic software for university students and professors to use. The company says there will be a shortage of business analysts across industries in a few years.
Credit SAS

A Cary-based software company is offering a free service to university students and professors.

SAS Analytics U will allow them to use statistical tools to manage data, identify trends, and make decisions in their research and class work. Analytics U also allows them to share their work in online communities.

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Sports
7:07 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Lady Tar Heels Head To Sweet 16

Credit University of North Carolina Athletics

This photo from Carolina Athletics says it all:

The photo was first shared on Facebook with a caption that reads: "How sweet it is! Carolina got the win over Michigan State and is headed to the Sweet 16!"

More about the game and the NCAA championship here. Or follow the team's journey in the tourney on Facebook.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

State's Proposal To Overhaul Medicaid Has Advocates Hopeful

Credit NC General Assembly

Members of the General Assembly’s Health and Human Services committee are scheduled to meet today in Raleigh. One of the biggest tasks the committee faces is reforming Medicaid- the program that provides health care for people in poverty.

Earlier this year, state officials seemed to be advocating for a move to managed care. But a new proposal recently put forth by state health officials would build on the state’s current system of treating Medicaid patients.

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yMusic
3:24 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Setting The Shuttle Launch To Music

yMusic rehearses while in residency at Duke
Credit Eric Oberstein / Duke Performances

Scott Lee grew up on the Gulf coast of Florida. Once in a while, on a clear night, at the right time of year, he could walk outside, look 150 miles to the East, and see the glow of a shuttle launch from Cape Canaveral.

"As they rise upwards, they kind of start to curve," Lee said. " And it's a really interesting phenomenon, because they're still just going straight up. But to you, it looks like they're coming back down. So you start to wonder... 'Is something wrong?' "

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Arts & Culture
2:55 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

This Man Made A Version Of The Trevi Fountain In Cardboard, And Then Let It Be Destroyed

The real Trevi Fountain
Sean MacEntee Flickr/Creative Commons

Jimmy Grashow first saw Rome’s Trevi Fountain in the mid-sixties, when he studied in Italy as a young sculptor. The fountain was originally designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and his marble horses and gods of the sea tower 85 feet above the crowds of tourists.  Grashow was hooked and he kept that image of the fountain in the back of his mind.

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Arts & Culture
2:14 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

How Lessons Learned From DPAC May Help Help The New Performing Arts Center In Greensboro

This rendering is of a proposed design for the performing arts center in Greensboro. The project is expected to break ground before the end of 2014.
Credit City of Greensboro

Plans for a new downtown performing arts center in Greensboro are moving forward. City officials and fundraisers finalized an agreement this month about construction and operation details for "The Steven B. Tanger Center For The Performing Arts". A ground-breaking could take place this fall. The building is expected to host Broadway shows and co-exist with a state-of-the-art venue just down the road, Durham's Performing Arts Center (DPAC.)

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