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12:05 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

SCOTUS Takes Another Look At Obamacare

Supreme Court building, Washington, DC, USA. Front facade.
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Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 3:24 pm

The U.S Supreme Court will take up a case this week that potentially puts half a million North Carolinians at risk of losing their subsidized health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

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11:54 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Guns And The Civil Rights Movement

A new book by Charles E. Cobb Jr. that explores the role of guns in the civil rights movement.

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 3:29 pm

    

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of key moments in the civil rights movement, including Bloody Sunday and the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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11:45 am
Tue March 3, 2015

What Makes A Food Quintessentially North Carolinian?

'Mmm-mmm:' The 'Barbecue Man,' Bob Garner

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 3:32 pm

  

Known in North Carolina as the "Barbecue Man," Bob Garner shares his love of the state's favorite food through recipe books, restaurant reviews, and regular segments on UNC-TV's North Carolina Weekend, where some foods get his stamp of approval: "Mmm-mmm."

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12:31 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

UNC Board of Governors Close Academic Centers

Protesters disrupt UNC board debate about poverty center.

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 8:00 am

Over the protests of students, the UNC Board of Governors moved forward with tuition and fee increases, as well as the controversial decision to close three academic centers in UNC system.

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12:18 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

A Lifetime Of Diplomacy: Ambassador Thomas Pickering

Ambassador Thomas Pickering

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 5:19 pm

  

Ambassador Thomas Pickering began his career in the foreign service more than 40 years ago. He has served as ambassador to many countries including Jordan, El Salvador, Israel, Nigeria, India and the Russian Federation.

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12:06 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

From Nest To Sea And Back Again

  

Researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill may have proof that sea turtles use the magnetic field of the earth to find their way back to their nesting places after traveling hundreds of miles at sea during adulthood.

Scientists have long suspected sea turtles use their sensitivity to magnetism to locate their hatching sites, but tracking them over long distances and time spans made the theory difficult to prove.

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12:06 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

How Love Might Fix The Criminal Justice System

  

The U.S. justice system is meant to protect Americans from wrongdoing and hold accountable those who would harm others.

But advocates for reform point to incidents like the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner as just a few examples of a broken system.

Peacemaking criminologist Michael DeValve says love can rebuild it, arguing that where equality fails, empathy and compassion can succeed.

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12:02 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

The Return Of Six String Drag

From left to right: Kenny Roby, Ray Duffey, Rob Keller, Dave Wright and Luis Rodriguez

North Carolina musician Kenny Roby teamed up with his friend and bass player Rob Keller in the early 1990s to create a roots band called Six String Drag.

The alternative country-soul-rock music thrust Kenny, Rob and the rest of the band into their own careers, but now they are back together, and they have created their first album in 18 years, called Roots Rock 'N' Roll.

They returned to their eclectic style with a few images of the 1950s and 1960s thrown in, including a song called "I Miss the Drive-in."

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12:10 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Cheating For College Athletes From The Outside

    

College athletics programs are under a lot of pressure to make money for their schools. That means, among other things, keeping players academically eligible.

The scandal at UNC-Chapel Hill is one example. An investigator there found that over the course of 18 years, nearly 3,000 students took classes that did not require them to show up. About half were student athletes, and the report pointed the blame at a few administrators.

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12:34 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Turning An Old Idea Into A New Phenomenon

The participants in ARAPDIS find mental health therapy in the garden, sharing and observing the daily green delights.
Photo by Barcelona-based photographer Violeta de Lama, courtesy of Wil Weldon.

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 1:32 pm

More and more people around the world are choosing to get their hands dirty—digging in the dirt in their backyard or at a community garden to plant produce.

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