Science & Technology
5:00 pm
Tue August 16, 2011

RDU's Full-Body Scanners Aim to Protect Privacy

Example of the image produced by the scanners
Credit tsa.gov

Raleigh-Durham International Airport is beefing up its security with new imaging technology designed to protect passenger privacy. The Transportation Security Administration is installing five new scanners at RDU. They should be up and running in the next few days. RDU's TSA Federal Security Director Michael Zunk says previous scanners allowed security to see a detailed image of a person's body.

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State of Things
12:03 pm
Tue August 16, 2011

NC Literary Lights: The Literary Legacy of Doris Betts

Doris Betts
Credit http://www.ncwriters.org/

Novelist and short story author Doris Betts' enduring characters have won her favorable comparisons to Flannery O'Connor and William Faulkner throughout her long career. Among those characters is Violet, the scarred heroine of "The Ugliest Pilgrim" and “Violet,” the musical that short story inspired. Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy at the Progress Energy Center in Raleigh presents "Violet" this weekend. As part of our continuing series, North Carolina Literary Lights, host Frank Stasio talks about the play with director Eric Woodall and about Betts' literary legacy with Marianne Gingher, professor of English and comparative literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Joe Flora, professor emeritus of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Lynn Veach Sadler, a Betts scholar and former vice president of Methodist University in Fayetteville.

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State of Things
11:46 am
Tue August 16, 2011

Hindu Chaplain at Duke

Usha Rajagopalan
Credit www.today.duke.edu

Duke University has named its first Hindu chaplain. Usha Rajagopalan's peripatetic young life in India exposed her to diverse forms of Hinduism, and for the past decade she's been educating Triangle residents about her faith through workshops, discussions – and puppets. 

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Education
7:00 am
Tue August 16, 2011

Shaw Names Interim President

Shaw University is bringing back a familiar administrator to lead the institution as it searches for a new leader.

Shaw University is bustling this week as students return for the fall semester.  But they returned to a school without a president. Irma McClaurin resigned last week after less than one year on the job.  Andrew Tillery is a 23-year-old senior at Shaw.

Andrew Tillery:  "Like, I’m a senior, I’ve been here a little, a long time now. And for 11 months, you know that, you can’t hardly get a bond with a president like that for a school."

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Environment
5:50 am
Tue August 16, 2011

Fayetteville: Clean Up Tornado-Damaged Homes

The City of Fayetteville wants the remaining damaged homes from the April 16th tornadoes cleaned up. The twisters that swept across the state left thousands of homes damaged or destroyed. Scott Shuford, Fayetteville's Development Services Director, says they've identified 85 homes in need of extensive cleanup or repair four months after the storms hit. He says they don't have any jurisdiction to do anything about homes that are just eye-sores.

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Law
6:06 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

Lawsuits Focus on Biomass Facilities

An exemption for biomass facilities from carbon dioxide limits under the Clean Air Act is being challenged in court. The Environmental Protection Agency is exempting biomass facilities from the rules for the next three years because they're considered carbon-neutral or low-carbon emitters. Frank Rambo is the senior attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center working on that case.

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Arts & Culture
10:00 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Producer Mitch Easter's Guitars Stolen

Mitch Easter is a legend in the world of alternative music. He was a founding member of Let's Active, produced the first REM recordings back in the early 80s and has since helped scores of young bands hone their sound. One of the guitars used in those original REM recording sessions was among half-dozen instruments stolen from Easter's home in Winston Salem. 

State of Things
9:00 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Meet Kelley Katzenmeyer

Kelley Katzenmeyer
Credit www.lemonadestandproductions.com

Filmmaker Kelley Katzenmeyer, a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, deferred her admission to Columbia University to study abroad in Seoul, South Korea last year. She took her camera and immediately went to work documenting the rigorous Korean education system. Katzenmeyer planned to make a film about the pressures placed on Korean students to succeed, but she discovered that the pressure of attaining cosmetic beauty rivals academics. The forthcoming film is Katzenmeyer’s first documentary project.

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Education
1:56 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

UNC BOG Supports Thorp

UNC system leaders today expressed public support for UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor Holden Thorp. Thorp has been under fire from some alumni for firing football coach Butch Davis last month.

UNC system president Tom Ross and Board of Governors chair Hannah Gage released a statement this morning, reiterating their support for Thorp and his leadership of UNC-Chapel Hill.

Earlier this week, an alumni group threatened a lawsuit. They said they were misled into helping pay for a stadium expansion and were led to believe Davis would continue as coach.

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State of Things
1:10 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

The Wanderlust Files

Ndem, Senegal
Credit Sed Miles

The last time Durham-based photographer Sed Miles was on “The State of Things,” he was preparing to pack up and leave the country, headed out on a dream assignment to see the world. Since then, he’s been to Mexico, Brazil, several European countries and West Africa. Miles has been documenting his travels on a photography blog he calls “The Wanderlust Files.”

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