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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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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

BugFest: A Celebration of Arthropods

Florida predatory stink bug nymph
Credit Matt Bertone, 2014

  

Stink bugs, moths, fireflies, and caterpillars are just a few of the creepy crawlers featured at Bugfest, a showcase of more than 100 exhibits about an array of arthropods at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Wilderness In The Urban Jungle

Wood Duck
Credit Ellerbee Creek Watershed Association

Honking horns, slamming doors and congested streets: these are the sounds and sites of a bustling city. 

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The State of Things
11:29 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Reinvesting In NC Prisons

Credit Kate Ter Harr / Flickr/Creative Commons

    

In 2011, state lawmakers noticed a discrepancy in North Carolina’s correctional facilities: crime was going down, but the prison population was booming. The culprit? The state’s probation laws.

More than half of prison admissions were because of probation violations. And many of those were minor offenses. In a rare bipartisan move, the General Assembly rewrote the rules. 

Since then, fewer people are in prison, fewer people are going back to prison, and costs are down.

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The State of Things
11:28 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Finding Truth Somewhere In Between

Cast Members In Raleigh's Theatre In The Park's Production of Somewhere In Between
Theatre In The Park

A new play premiering at Raleigh's Theatre In The Park encourages viewers to question their notions of love, truth and sexuality. 

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