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12:19 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Appeals Court Hears Voting Laws Challenge

Voting sign

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 4:05 pm

    

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11:57 am
Fri September 26, 2014

The Artistry Of Rural Alabama Meets The Art World

Forever (for Old Lady Sally) - Loretta Bennett
paulsonbottpress.com

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 4:53 pm

    

In 2002, the art world was rocked to its foundation by a group of unusual, abstract quilts made by African American women from Gee’s Bend, Alabama. 

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11:49 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Girls Getting Their Rock On

Girls Rock Alums Tehila Rosenblatt-Farrell and Bella Mead of La Bête Magique performing at The Casbah.
Tim Walter

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 4:08 pm

For much of music history, rock music has been considered a boys club. 

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11:57 am
Thu September 25, 2014

A Rising Tide: The Politics Of Sea Level Rise

A map shows how various levels of sea-level rise would impact eastern NC.

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 5:11 pm

  

In 2010, the science panel that advises the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission released a report stating the state should prepare for 39 inches of sea level rise by 2100. 

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11:47 am
Thu September 25, 2014

How To Crowdsource A Constitution

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 5:13 pm

  

In 2008, even the most remote countries were susceptible to the global economic crisis. 

In fact, in terms of debt to gross domestic product ratio, Iceland experienced the largest banking collapse in the world. The country owed foreign investors 50 billion euros - six times the size of Iceland’s entire GDP. 

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11:46 am
Thu September 25, 2014

A NASCAR Reunion In Hillsborough

Gene Hobby's car after a wreck

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 5:47 pm

The pioneers of stock car racing reunite this weekend in Hillsborough, where drivers zoomed around the Occoneechee Speedway in the early days of NASCAR.

The mile-long dirt track hosted more than 30 races between 1949 and 1968. More than 100 of those cars will be on display along with some of the legendary drivers who raced them.

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12:12 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Movies On The Radio: Musicals

Meet Me In St. Louis

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 3:59 pm


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12:47 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

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 4:17 pm

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 Invisible Man off of school bookshelves. But the board called a special meeting the next week and reversed the decision.

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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.

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 5:44 pm

  

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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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.

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 5:50 pm

  

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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