Scott Tobias is the film editor of The A.V. Club, the arts and entertainment section of The Onion, where he's worked as a staff writer for over a decade. His reviews have also appeared in Time Out New York, City Pages, The Village Voice, The Nashville Scene, and The Hollywood Reporter. Along with other members of the A.V. Club staff, he co-authored the 2002 interview anthology The Tenacity Of the Cockroach and the new book Inventory, a collection of pop-culture lists.

Politics & Government
4:30 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Greensboro Misplaces Hundreds Of Housing Violations

City inspectors in Greensboro lost track of more than 300 cases of housing and nuisance violations.

The violations ranged from overgrown lots to structures that should have been condemned. In some instances city inspectors found housing code violations, but didn’t follow up and were not held accountable by supervisors. The lost violations effect between 50 and 75 properties. Councilwoman Nancy Vaughn says a new computer system didn’t cross-check with old cases.

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Politics & Government
3:30 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Presidential Race In NC Coming Down To Wire

The Obama and Romney Campaigns continue to fight for North Carolina's 15 Electoral College votes.

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Environment
2:25 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Search Continues For Missing Tall Ship Captain

The Coast Guard is continuing its search for the missing captain of the tall ship that sank off North Carolina's coast. The replica ship HMS Bounty went down in wind and waves stirred up by Hurricane Sandy. 63-year-old Robin Walbridge has not been seen since Monday. Searchers rescued 14 of the ship's crew. One crew member died. Petty Officer Brandyn Hill is a Coast Guard spokesman. He says they look at several factors before opting to continue a search.

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State of Things
2:12 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Is North Carolina A Swing State?

In 2008, Barack Obama won North Carolina, marking the first time the state went for the Democratic candidate in over 30 years. In fact, in the previous couple of elections, Republicans won with solid victories. George W Bush had double digit leads over Al Gore and John Kerry. So what happened in 2008, and can it be repeated?

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State of Things
1:03 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

The Studio Ghibli Collection

When the animators of “Toy Story” got stuck, they used to watch movies by Hayao Miyazaki for inspiration. Critics often call Miyazaki the greatest animator of all time, but many people have still never heard of him. The Carolina Theatre is about to screen a series of films from Miyazaki’s production studio. It’s called the Studio Ghibli collection. Guest host Isaac-Davy Aronson is joined by Helen McCarthy, the author of "Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation" (Stone Bridge Press/1999).

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Politics & Government
7:35 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Voters In Caswell County

Gordon Bendall assists voter Carolyn Foster in Caswell County
Credit Leoneda Inge

North Carolina Early Voters have been going to the polls in record numbers.  And political analysts predict the outcome in this state could look a lot like four years ago when the winner of the presidential race won by a hair.

In 2008, most of the 100 counties across North Carolina were definitively for Barack Obama or John McCain.  But there were a handful of counties where the electorate was split right down the middle.   President Obama won Caswell County, for example, by 337 votes.  

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Politics & Government
6:10 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Goodwin Challenges Marshall For Secretary Of State

Early voting ends Saturday in North Carolina. Voters are electing a new governor - and they're also making selections for other statewide offices.

Secretary of State Elaine Marshall calls her office a maternity ward for businesses, where new companies are registered every day. The Democrat is running for a 5th term in the post. Marshall says she's revolutionized technology at the department, putting business and investment records online, improving efficiency and accessibility.

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Karen Grigsby Bates is the Los Angeles-based correspondent for NPR News. Bates contributed commentaries to All Things Considered for about 10 years before she joined NPR in 2002 as the first correspondent and alternate host for The Tavis Smiley Show. In addition to general reporting and substitute hosting, she increased the show's coverage of international issues and its cultural coverage, especially in the field of literature and the arts.

State of Things
10:54 am
Wed October 31, 2012

ZOMBIES!

Zombies are 21st Century stars of the big and small screens. They have been serialized, spoofed, snuffed and ridiculed in movies like “Shaun of the Dead,” “Zombieland,” and television shows like “The Walking Dead.” Though they are a staple of horror fiction, they also have some base in reality. In fact, zombies can be traced back to the Haitian tradition of voodoo.

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