Dave DeWitt

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Dave DeWitt is WUNC's Environment Reporter. He came to WUNC in 2003 and spent four years on the staff of The State of Things.

He regularly files for NPR’s news magazines as well as Marketplace and Only A Game. He formerly worked in college athletics, college admissions, and with the Tar Heel Sports Network. In 2001, he wrote the non-fiction book "True Blue".

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Law
4:33 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Cook Sentenced To Maximum

Raymond Cook has been sentenced to 36 to 53 months for the death of Elena Shapiro. The former plastic surgeon was convicted today of felony death by vehicle.

The jury came back this morning with a unanimous decision on the lesser charge of felony death by vehicle. The prosecutor had been seeking a second-degree murder conviction in the 2009 accident in Raleigh. Cook was driving 75 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone and was also drunk at the time of the crash.

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Education
5:00 am
Tue March 1, 2011

Wake Schools Task Force To Meet

Wake County Schools staff will get together this week to begin discussing a way forward on the controversial issue of student assignment. Superintendent Tony Tata is convening a special task force that will develop a new plan.

The members of the task force have their work cut out for them – find a plan a divided school board and community can get behind.

Much of their work will be focused on dissecting the plan offered by the Wake Education Partnership and the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

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Education
4:00 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

Appeals Court Hears Wake School Board Case

A North Carolina Appeals Court today heard a case against the Wake County School system. Plaintiffs say the Wake School Board broke laws regarding open public meetings.

The Wake School Board meeting on March 23rd was contentious and crowded. So crowded, in fact, that several news outlets offered to pay for the meeting to be moved to the Performing Arts Center downtown.

Education
5:00 am
Thu February 24, 2011

Luddy Leads Way In School Privatization

Thales Academy
Credit Dave Dewitt

Two bills making their way through the State Legislature have the potential to dramatically change public education in North Carolina. The first is a public charter school bill that is likely to pass. It will raise the cap on the number of charter schools in the state and make other changes that would make it easier to open and operate a charter school.

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Sports
4:35 am
Fri February 18, 2011

Brind'Amour To Be Honored

Rod Brind'Amour
Credit CarolinaHurricanes.com

Rod Brind'Amour will be honored tonight before the Carolina Hurricanes take on the Philadelphia Flyers. He will have his jersey retired.

Rod Brind'Amour was known as one of the hardest working and toughest players in a sport that places a high value on both. He attributes his drive to his father, a pipefitter in Campbell River, Canada.

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Education
5:00 am
Mon February 7, 2011

Changing Charter Schools

The State Legislature is making good on its promise to change laws that govern charter schools. But some public school advocates say the current bill is too far-reaching.

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Education
4:35 am
Mon January 31, 2011

Tata Takes Over

Wake County’s new school superintendent takes office officially today. Tony Tata takes the reins of a school system facing major challenges.

Tata’s background is already well-known to those who pay attention to the Wake Schools. He’s a retired brigadier general with less than two years experience in education, hired by a deeply divided school board. He made positive impressions even on his detractors during a series of formal and informal events earlier this month. And even with a looming budget crisis, Tata will likely be judged on the issue of student assignment.

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Sports
5:00 am
Fri January 28, 2011

At 18, Skinner Scores Big For 'Canes

Jeff Skinner
Credit CarolinaHurricanes.com

The NHL All-Star Game will be played in Raleigh this weekend. The event includes the NHL Wide Open festival in downtown tomorrow, a Rookie Skills Challenge, and the game itself on Sunday.

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Sports
5:00 am
Thu January 27, 2011

NHL All-Star Game Brings World To Raleigh

Credit Dave DeWitt

The NHL All-Star Game will be played in Raleigh this weekend. The game will bring the world’s best hockey players to the Triangle. Thousands of fans are expected to attend the festivities in and around the Downtown Raleigh Convention Center, starting tomorrow. They’ll get a chance to get their picture taken with the Stanley Cup and hone their slap shots on fake ice. Millions more will watch the game and other associated events on TV.

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Arts & Culture
3:05 am
Fri January 21, 2011

Remembering Reynolds Price

Reynolds Price
Credit Duke University

Reynolds Price has died. The prolific author and professor of English at Duke University passed away yesterday. He was 77 years old.

Reynolds Price had a motto. The man who wrote dozens of books, poems, essays, and plays and taught for six decades at his alma mater lived his life by words offered to him by a teacher at Oxford University more than 50 years ago.

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