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State of Things
11:58 am
Tue July 19, 2011

Iron House

John Hart
Credit bigail Seymour Photography

Durham-born writer John Hart has had three New York Times bestsellers, won several awards, and had his books optioned by Hollywood. North Carolina's open spaces and its dark corners continue to inspire his work.

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State of Things
11:51 am
Tue July 19, 2011

Is That You in the Blue?

Dex Romweber Duo
Credit Judy Woodall

Jack White of The White Stripes calls Dex Romweber a huge influence on his music...and he's not alone. Romweber's stripped-down style has inspired a generation of indie-punk rockers. For the last few years, he and his sister Sara have been playing together as the Dex Romweber Duo.

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State of Things
11:21 am
Mon July 18, 2011

Meet Shirlette Ammons

Katina Parker
Credit Katina Parker

Writer and musician Shirlette Ammons is not afraid of intimacy. Her poems and songs are like diary pages that she invites audiences to flip through at their leisure. Ammons is used to sharing her personal space. She grew up in a rural country home with a twin sister and dozens of cousins. After she left home for college, she started to explore her race and sexuality and used the power of the pen to document her self-discovery.

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State of Things
12:07 pm
Fri July 15, 2011

Mice in Space

When America’s last space shuttle mission blasted off, astronauts weren’t the only living creatures aboard the Atlantis. Thirty mice also went along for the ride. After orbiting the Earth, they may return with some important answers about bone density that can help scientists treat human bone diseases like osteoporosis.

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State of Things
11:54 am
Fri July 15, 2011

The Small Ponds

The Small Ponds
Credit www.thesmallponds.com

The Small Ponds combines the vocal and instrumental talents of Triangle musicians Caitlin Cary and Matt Douglas, backed by Jesse Huebner and Skillet Gilmore. Their music has been described as gorgeous art folk.

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State of Things
11:12 am
Fri July 15, 2011

Filthybird

Filthy Bird
Credit www.filthybird.com

The partnership that fuels the heralded local band Filthybird is both creative and romantic. Renée Mendoza and Brian Haran found personal salvation and professional redemption when they met in Greensboro, NC a few years ago.

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State of Things
12:04 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

The Casino Business

Harrah's

Gambling is big business in Western North Carolina. A new report by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that Harrah's Cherokee Casino pours more than $380 million into the local economy there. That has led to improvements in life expectancy, poverty rates and even education in the area.

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State of Things
11:57 am
Thu July 14, 2011

The NC Symphony Will Rock You

NC Symphony
Credit www.ncsymphony.org

Classic rock meets classical music as the North Carolina Symphony takes on the music of iconic British band Queen. In “The Music of Queen,” hits like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Somebody to Love” and “We Will Rock You” have been arranged for a symphony orchestra by guest conductor Brent Havens.

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State of Things
11:52 am
Thu July 14, 2011

Bolívar Blvd.

Bolivar statue at Bayfront Park in Miami, FL

A new exhibit at Duke University explores the footprint of Simón Bolívar in the United States. Bolívar was the liberator of Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Panama from Spanish rule in the 19th century. He was heavily influenced by the principles of the American Revolution and spent time in the United States learning about the new democracy. Numerous towns, cities and memorials in the U.S. have been named or erected in Bolívar’s honor.

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State of Things
9:00 am
Wed July 13, 2011

The Modern Day HOA

Nearly 55 million Americans live in communities that are governed by homeowners associations, or HOAs. In exchange for dues, residents have access to neighborhood amenities like pools, parks and club houses. But more and more, HOAs are responsible for providing services and maintenance once offered by city and municipal governments – like trash pick-up and sewage system repairs.

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