Education
5:00 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Federal Investigators At UNC This Week

UNC Sophomore Landen Gambill is one of five women who filed a complaint that alleges UNC-Chapel Hill violated the Clery Act.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Federal investigators will be at UNC-Chapel Hill this week. They are on campus to investigate claims that the University under-reported sexual assault cases. 

The investigation stems from a complaint filed by three current students, a former student, and a former administrator. They say UNC-Chapel Hill violated the Clery Act by under-reporting the number of sexual assault cases in 2010.

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Tracy Samilton covers the auto beat for Michigan Radio. She has worked for the station for 12 years, and started out as an intern before becoming a part-time and, later, a full-time reporter. Tracy's reports on the auto industry can frequently be heard on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as on Michigan Radio. She considers her coverage of the landmark lawsuit against the University of Michigan for its use of affirmative action a highlight of her reporting career.

Tracy graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in English Literature. Before beginning her journalism career, she spent time working as a legal assistant at various firms in the Ann Arbor area.

Brian Hardzinski grew up in Flower Mound, Texas but came to the University of Oklahoma for college. He began his career at KGOU as an unpaid student intern assisting with various production and operations tasks, before spending two years producing and hosting Assignment: Radio and occasionally filling in during All Things Considered. Brian returned to KGOU as the Operations and Public Service Announcement Director in January 2009. Brian’s past work with KGOU has been honored by Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters, and local and regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Sat March 30, 2013

Raleigh Bartender Wins National Pisco Cocktail Contest

John Anton, bar manager at Mandolin
Credit courtesty of John Anton

If you’ve never heard of pisco, then you're not alone. But  Mandolin bar manager John Anton hopes to change that.  He wants to introduce pisco – a Peruvian grape brandy – to people in the Raleigh area willing to give it a go, and he believes that a trip to Peru to witness the makers of the spirit can help him do it. Anton will head to the Peruvian town of Ica next month, courtesy of pisco-maker Campo de Encanto, to watch a 90-year-old master pisco distiller in action.

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The Story
11:45 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Game On: "Pee Wee" Kirkland and Harlem's Rucker Park

Credit 'Pee Wee' Kirkland

Rucker Park is hallowed ground: the New York City basketball courts where the best players in the country make pilgrimages to play.

Guest host Sean Cole speaks with one of the Rucker legends, "Pee Wee" Kirkland, who captivated crowds and honed his skills for college ball and got an offer from the NBA.

"Pee Wee" declined the offer from the Chicago Bulls, in part because he was deep into a life of crime.

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Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Can Zoo Animals Hunt For Easter Eggs?

A chimpanzee eats treats from inside a papier-mâché egg.
Credit Zoo photo by Tom Gillespie

Who says animals can’t participate in an Easter egg hunt? This weekend, while thousands of children across the state hunt for candy-filled Easter eggs, the North Carolina Zoo will give its animals their own egg hunt.

The “Egg-Stravaganza” begins Saturday morning, and it involves zookeepers putting papier-mâché eggs filled with animal treats inside the animals' living spaces. Some of the lucky creatures that will be getting eggs include gorillas, elephants, ocelots, Red River hogs, seals, bears, and a cougar.

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Arts & Culture
7:30 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Standing Room Only At NC Catholic Churches

Raleigh Bishop Michael Burbidge on Palm Sunday at Sacred Heart Cathedral.
Credit Frank Morock

There are so many Catholics in North Carolina these days, it’s hard to keep count.  Those who are keeping count say numbers have jumped 300 percent in a generation. The Diocese of Raleigh is growing so fast it plans to break ground on a 2,000-seat cathedral next year.  For now, if you plan on attending mass this Easter Sunday, you better get up early or you’ll likely be having service at an overflow site at the Clarion Hotel.  Or, you’ll just have to stand.

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Environment
5:00 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Greensboro Resident Still Upset Over Tree Trimming

Stumps like this one have become more common in Greensboro neighborhoods. Duke energy says it cuts when necessary. Residents think the company is being too aggressive.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

Greensboro residents are upset with Duke Energy again over its tree trimming practices in the city, this time because of pruning around major transmission lines. Concerned locals are taking to Facebook and asking local leaders to do more.

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Education
5:00 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

House Lawmakers Sponsor School Safety Bill

A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the state House is behind a school safety bill that would add more law enforcement officers and social workers to schools.

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Ashley Lopez is a reporter for WGCU News. A native of Miami, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a journalism degree. 

Previously, Lopez was a reporter for

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