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Lost & Found
1:29 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Do You Recognize This Man?

This photo was found tucked in a book at the Chapel Hill Public Library.

This wonderful vintage photo was found tucked away in one of the books at the Chapel Hill Public Library. No one knows how long the picture has been there, but librarians would really like to find its owner - and perhaps find out more about this former Blue Devil. Contact the library if you have any information. (And contact us too. We want to know the story behind the photo.)

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Sports
9:05 am
Mon July 14, 2014

AAA All Stars Head To Durham Wednesday

Mike Hessman of the Toledo Mud Hens is returning to Durham Wednesday for the AAA All Star Game.
Credit milb.com

The annual AAA All Star game is being held for the first time at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park Wednesday. 

The Bulls have four players on the International League squad, and the team is being helmed by Durham manager Charlie Montoyo.  Festivities began with concerts and other fan events over the weekend. 

Scott Carter works for the Bulls.  He said excitement is building for tonight's popular Home Run Derby.

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The State of Things
12:30 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Behind The World Cup

2010 World Cup play
Credit Wikimedia

In just two days, the World Cup Final will mark the end of a month-long tournament where 32 teams from across the globe faced-off to determine the world champion of football. The fandom for the World Cup runs deep. For the month, even those with little interest in the sport become fiercely loyal fans. The event reveals larger themes about society and culture. Host Frank Stasio talks with Duke professor Laurent Dubois who edits the Soccer Politics blog and writes about soccer for several publications.

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The State of Things
11:17 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Michael Jordan: The Origins Of A North Carolina Legend

Jordan regularly stuck out his tongue during drives to the basket
Jason H. Smith Flickr Creative Commons

North Carolina has produced countless sports stars over the years but none with the global recognition of native son Michael Jordan. 

He dazzled sportscasters and sports fans first in Chapel Hill, and then around the world as the NBA’s greatest player. 

But through all the championships, MVP awards, and All-Star games, Jordan kept many personal issues to himself. He faced overt racism, allegations of sexual assault in his immediate family, and criticism of his gambling habit. 

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Sports
1:20 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

[VIDEO] Behind-The-Scenes, One Summer With Durham Bulls

Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Credit Frank Hunter

Last year more than a dozen creative types - writers, photographers and filmmakers descended on the Durham Bulls Athletic Park for an unprecedented in-depth look at minor league baseball. Someone was at the stadium for every inning -- of every game -- all summer long. All of the work of Bull City Summer has been reviewed and now the very best is on display at several area locations.

WUNC's Carol Jackson has the story:

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Sports
12:53 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Carolina Hurricanes Introduce Bill Peters As New Head Coach

Credit AlbertHerring / Wikicommons

The Carolina Hurricanes hope their new coach will take them back to the playoffs for the first time since 2009. 

General manager Ron Francis formally introduced Bill Peters as the next head coach today.  Peters has been an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings for the last three seasons and has experience as a minor league head coach.

This is the first big hiring decision from Francis, who took over in April.  He says Peters is a good fit for a Hurricanes team that is still developing into a competitor for the playoffs.

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U.S. Open
9:50 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Listen: What It's Like To Caddy At Pinehurst For 71 Years

Willie McRae (right) with reporter Dick Gordon.
Credit Carol Jackson

Pinehurst No. 2 is one of the most revered courses in the land. It was designed by Donald Ross, who called it “the fairest test of championship golf I have ever designed.” That course is the site of this week's U.S. Open.

Willie McRae knows the place about as intimately as anyone. Willie is the longest-serving caddy at the resort. He started working there when he was 10 years old, May 19, 1943. He's caddied for "the average Joe" and the world's elite.

And he has a lot of stories to tell.

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Sports
3:41 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Remembering Payne Stewart As U.S. Open Begins

A statue of Payne Stewart is next to the 18th green at Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, N.C., where the 114th U.S. Open is taking place this week. Stewart won the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst and struck this pose after clinching the win. (John Mummert/USGA)

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 2:42 pm

Many of the best golfers in the world are in Pinehurst, North Carolina, today for the start of the U.S. Open. The match will played on the recently restored course Pinehurst No. 2.

Fifteen years ago, a golfer named Payne Stewart won the tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., but died in a plane crash just four months later.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Jeff Tiberii of WUNC reports from Pinehurst.

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Sports
9:59 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Long Drives And Short Chips: The US Open Tees Off Today

Michael Campbell reacts to winning the 2005 U.S. Open held at the Pinehurst Resort No. 2 Course in Pinehurst, N.C., Sunday, June 19, 2005.
Credit John Mummert / USGA

The U.S. Open begins at the Pinehurst No. 2 golf course today. WUNC’s Jeff Tiberii is covering the event.

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Sports
4:27 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Competitors, Volunteers And Spectators Enjoying Pinehurst

The 16th Hole of Pinehurst No. 2
Credit John Mummert / USGA

The men's U.S. Open tees off Thursday morning in Pinehurst. One hundred and fifty six golfers from around the world are competing in America's version of a national championship.  Most of the golfers participating in the event practiced for a final time Wednesday. Hundreds of volunteers helped keep fans corralled throughout the historic Pinehurst No. 2 course.

Jeff Chaffin drove to the course from Suligent, Alabama (near the Mississippi border) for his first U.S. Open experience. He says his experience has been good so far.

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