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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

A Re-evaluation Of The Common Core

This photo was taken at the first meeting of the review commission.
Credit Reema Khrais

Advocates and opponents of the Common Core curriculum have debated its merits since its adoption in North Carolina in 2012. 

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The State of Things
12:14 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

The Races For NC’s Highest Court

The Supreme Court elections are coming and things are getting interesting.
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The North Carolina Supreme Court is supposed to be above hyper-partisan politics, but what happens when groups from outside the state become the biggest donors? 

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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Banned Book Week: Examining Censorship And Parental Oversight

Sunday's Banned Book trading card: Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass"
Emily Lynne Kohler Chapel Hill Public Library

Banned Book Week is a time to talk about censorship and pieces of literature that have been prohibited by schools throughout history. The American Library Association says hundreds of books face challenges every year. 

Last year, the Randolph County School board voted to take Ralph Ellison’s The Invisible Man off of school bookshelves. But the board called a special meeting the next week and reversed the decision.

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Examining Earth’s Forces Through Poetry

A collection of poetry by Janice Fuller touching on themes of death and burial and exploring the tension between light and gravity.
Credit Janice Fuller

  

When poet Janice Fuller sits down to write, she chooses three random words and uses them to jump start her creativity. 

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The State of Things
11:19 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Wilmington Resident Works On Big Films Like ‘Star Wars’ And 'Death On The Nile'

Chunky Huse has worked as a grip in the film industry for more than five decades on more than 100 films.
Credit Chunky Huse

  

For more than five decades, Chunky Huse has been working behind the scenes of the film industry as a grip—a master lighting and rigging technician who provides the support to make shots possible. 

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The State of Things
12:34 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Assessing The State Ethics Commission

The NC Ethics Commission has received more than 500 complaints in the last seven years. Only two have been referred for prosecution.
Credit Steph Guinan / Carolina Public Press

The State Ethics Commission is a small group of officials that has the large task of looking out for public corruption. 

Commissioners investigate everything from public officials’ investments to possible conflicts of interest in state government. But a 2012 report gave North Carolina a “C” when it comes to ethics enforcement. 

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The State of Things
12:33 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Discovering More Than You Know

Credit Dalkey Archive Press

When Melissa Malouf sat down to write about Alice Clark’s journey across the country, she tried to ride along with her. Her protagonist’s trip is as unpredictable as the winding roads she travels. 

The socially reserved Alice is haunted by a past in which three college friends died young. She is looking for someone who might know why and along the way she finds out she can be someone other than “just Alice.”

Her discovery may give clues to why she survived when her friends perished.

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Ciompi Quartet Opens Untraditional Season With Tradition

Ciompi Quartet Promotional Photos - 1
ciompi.org

  

The Ciompi Quartet, Duke University's resident string quartet, opens its fall season September 20th at Baldwin Auditorium with guest pianist Awadagin Pratt

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Environment
12:10 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Climate Change Threatens North Carolina’s Birds

American Oystercatcher
National Audubon Society, Meryl Lorenzo

  

Climate change will likely alter the migratory routes and habitats of more than half of the birds in North America, according to new study published by the National Audubon Society.

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

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