Jeremy Loeb

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Health
5:00 am
Fri February 18, 2011

Drug Maker Working on Smallpox Treatment

The federal government has awarded drug maker Chimerix a nearly $25 million grant to develop an anti-viral drug for smallpox.

The Durham-based company’s lead candidate is a drug called CMX001. Chimerix President and CEO Kenneth Moch says the government wants the treatment ready in case of a smallpox outbreak as the result of a bioterrorist attack.
 

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Business & Economy
4:55 am
Thu February 17, 2011

GSK Cutting Jobs in RTP

Some GlaxoSmithKline employees in Research Triangle Park will be laid off as the drug maker scales back its Neuroscience Medicines Development Center.

The cutbacks follow an announcement last year by Chief Executive Andrew Witty to "modernise" the company's focus on research and development.  Kathy Pitman is a GlaxoSmithKline spokeswoman:

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Poet Maya Angelou Awarded Medal of Freedom

Writer, poet, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou has been awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor. President Obama presented the Wake Forest professor with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony yesterday. Mr. Obama said Angelou’s work has spoken to millions:

"By holding on, even amid cruelty and loss, and then expanding to a sense of compassion and ability to love…. By holding on to her humanity, she has inspired countless others who have known injustice and misfortune in their own lives."

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Arts & Culture
4:55 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Korean Catholics Building Church in Apex

Korean Catholics in the Triangle will soon have a new place to worship.

For years, Korean Catholics like Whansu Kang have been gathering at the St. Michael’s church in Cary. That should change this fall when the first phase of the Saint Ha-Sang Paul Jung Catholic Church is expected to be completed. It will give members of the Korean Catholic community their own space. Kang says the new space will give Korean students and visitors to the Triangle a place to turn to:

Sports
4:30 am
Wed February 9, 2011

Duke-UNC Basketball Tonight

One of the biggest rivalries in college basketball heats up as UNC visits Duke tonight in Durham. It’s the first match-up for the two teams this season and both of them are coming off blowout wins. The Tar Heels are playing perhaps their strongest basketball of the season, a trend that hasn’t gone unnoticed by Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski:

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Arts & Culture
4:55 am
Tue February 8, 2011

Natives Leave When Immigrants Move In

A new study made available today sheds light on the phenomenon of neighborhood segregation. Kyle Crowder, a sociology professor at UNC Chapel Hill, conducted the research along with two others:

"Despite all of the talk about progress towards equal opportunity for everyone in gaining access to neighborhoods, there’s still a lot of evidence that native-born blacks and native-born white householders tend to move away from neighborhoods that have high concentrations of immigrants."


Crowder says people of different races typically leave for different reasons.

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Education
5:00 am
Fri February 4, 2011

Johnston County Teens to Teach Driving Safety

The North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program has awarded Johnston County a $20,000 grant to battle teen driving crashes. County spokesman Robin Gurgainus says there have been 39 teenagers killed in accidents in the past six years, giving Johnston the second-highest rate in the state.

"A lot of these accidents are single-car accidents due to speed and not wearing a seatbelt. You know, I was a paramedic for 5 years. If you don’t wear a seatbelt, a minor accident can kill you."

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Arts & Culture
2:00 pm
Tue February 1, 2011

Candlelight Vigil for Egypt

A candlelight vigil and prayer for the people of Egypt will be held this evening in Raleigh. The Muslim American Public Affairs Council and several others groups are organizing the vigil. Moe El-Gamal is the chairman of the council and one of the leading organizers. He also led a demonstration at the legislative building earlier today.

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Law
5:00 am
Tue February 1, 2011

State Expands DNA Collection

Roy Cooper
Credit governor.state.nc.us

People arrested for violent felonies and some misdemeanors dealing with sexual predators will have their DNA entered into the state’s database as part of a new law taking effect February 1st. Attorney General Roy Cooper has been outspoken supporter of the measure.

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Arts & Culture
3:30 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

Bodie Island Lighthouse Needs More Repairs

Credit National Park Service

The Bodie Island Lighthouse might not be lit anytime soon. The National Park Service received about 3 million dollars in 2009 to renovate the structure built in 1872. Mike Murray is Park Manager of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

"It makes sense to finish the work that’s been done. Repairs are 85% complete. But because we encountered unforeseen work in a very old structure that had never been renovated before, we don’t have the amount of funding needed to finish it."

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