Law
5:40 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Death Row Sentence Changed Under Racial Justice Act

Advocates of the state's Racial Justice Act are hailing a judge's ruling today that race was a factor in a death row inmate's jury selection. Marcus Robinson was sentenced in 1994 for murder. Superior Court Judge Gregory Weeks ruled that prosecutors in the trial disqualified potential black jurors more often than others. Stephen Dear with People of Faith Against the Death Penalty says he thinks this decision shows that bias has played a role in convictions.

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State of Things
12:22 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

The Illustrations of Ashley Bryan

An assignment from his kindergarten teacher to make a book about the alphabet set Ashley Bryan on the path to become a writer and illustrator of children’s literature. It was unchartered territory for an African-American at the time, but Bryan broke through the barriers of the publishing industry and has written more than 30 books since 1962.

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State of Things
12:12 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

The Jesus Discovery

Christian belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ is fundamental to the faith. A recent book by James Tabor, chair of the department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, describes the discovery of evidence that casts doubt that Jesus rose again. Has the final resting place of Jesus been found?

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State of Things
12:07 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Mandolin Orange

Mandolin Orange has ripened since their first album. Their recently released double CD "Haste Make/Hard-Hearted Stranger" includes new instruments, new collaborators and sophisticated production.

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Politics & Government
6:20 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Community Land Trusts Beat Foreclosure

Shirley Sherrod in Durham at the National CLT Network Conference.
Leoneda Inge

There is still a long way to go to make up for all the home foreclosures that besieged the country during the past five years.  But there is one home delivery model that has beaten the odds.  Reports show Community Land Trusts across the United States continue to have substantially lower delinquency and foreclosure rates than home owners in the conventional market.  A national gathering of community development leaders met in Durham this week to take a closer look at Community Land Trusts. 

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Politics & Government
6:10 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Coble, Holding Offer Different Experiences

North Carolina’s 13th congressional district is shaping up as one of the most contentious races on the May 8 primary ballot. Two of the candidates, Paul Coble and George Holding, are fighting over who is more conservative.

Dave DeWitt: Paul Coble is no stranger to running for elected office. The one-term mayor of Raleigh and current chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners has run nine times. He says his experience should count.

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Science & Technology
6:00 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Nature Research Center Grand Opening Today

Nature Research Center
NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Today is a long-awaited day in Raleigh, the Nature Research Center will open its doors to the public for the first time. It’s a $56 million wing of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. The 24-hour opening will feature demonstrations, bands, and live walk-throughs of the facility. The Nature Research Center is a dazzling array of technology, built to engage young minds.

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Politics & Government
5:25 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

State Democratic Party Chairman Won't Run For Re-Election

State Democratic Party chairman David Parker addressed allegation of sexual harassment against the party's former Executive Director. Parker won't resign but is calling for an early election of a new chair.

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Sports
1:10 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Olympic Hopefuls Come To Cary

The North American Olympic Qualifying Tournament in table tennis is being held in Cary this weekend. The event features world-class athletes trying to make their Olympic dreams come true.

Dave DeWitt: Table tennis is a wildly popular sport in Asia and eastern Europe. In the United States, the sport is growing, but with little to no chance of winning Olympic medals this year in London, just making the North American team is the goal.

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State of Things
12:19 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

The Beautiful Project

http://thebeautifulproject.org/

After her mother’s death, photographer Jamaica Gilmer interviewed the women in her family about the times they struggled with identity and how they developed their notions of beauty.

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