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Scents of the Season

Dec 9, 2005

(12/9/05) Ever wonder why cooks use cinnamon during the holiday season? WFAE commentator and food enthusiast Amy Rogers says it took some detective work to find out more about the association between the spice and the season.

Holy Land Tourism Rebounds

Dec 7, 2005

(12/7/05) Tourism to Israel is rebounding, after several years of declines due to political tensions and terrorism concerns. WFAE's Mark Rumsey recently spent some time in the Holy Land and has this report.

The College Application

Dec 6, 2005

(12/6/05) WFAE commentator Jean Spangler thinks her son is perfectly average. The trouble is, these days Spangler says it seems like everyone else's child is outstanding.

Loving Unconditionally

Dec 5, 2005

(12/5/05) When it comes to raising children, it's not uncommon for parents to say they just want their kids to "be happy." Often that means learning to love children unconditionally. WFAE commentator Janet Miller admits it took her a while to get the hang of this with her daughter.

The Dialogue Progresses

Dec 2, 2005

(12/2/05) Advocates for bridging the racial gap in Charlotte tried to gauge where people stand these days on the issue of race during a town hall meeting recently at the Levine Museum of the New South. WFAE's Simone Orendain was there.

(11/30/05) U.S. Rep. Mel Watt of Charlotte was among a bipartisan group of lawmakers who the State Department says were recently denied entry into Venezuela. The members of Congress had flown there to meet with the country's vice president, Jose Vicente Rangel. From WFAE's Capitol Hill Bureau, Chad Pergram reports.

Missing Black Snakes

Nov 28, 2005

(11/28/05) As November winds down, evidence of fall is everywhere. Trees have lost many of their leaves. Lawns have browned and mostly stopped growing. Temperatures have dropped below freezing. But the changing weather has WFAE commentator Elizabeth Richardson thinking about animals, and which ones she'll miss the most this winter.

The Cost of Words

Nov 23, 2005

(11/23/05) There's always a price to pay when parents seek a better life for their children. In WFAE commentator Carolyn Noell's family paying the cost of "words" was well worth it.

Low Fares Delayed

Nov 22, 2005

(11/22/05) When US Airways and America West Airlines merged earlier this fall, the new company began calling itself the largest low-cost carrier in the country. But nearly two months after the merger was finalized, many holiday travelers using the new airline out of Charlotte haven't found fares much lower at all. For WFAE's Carolinas Business Bureau Scott Graf reports on why fares haven't changed much and why drastic changes in the future aren't likely.

A Day of Bittersweet

Nov 22, 2005

(11/22/05) The holidays can sometimes bring a touch of sadness during what's supposed to be a happy occasion. For WFAE commentator Julie Marr, this is a perfect description for the Thanksgiving holiday.

(11/22/05) Charlotte's Latin American Coalition is having a big birthday The city's oldest Hispanic service agency is 15 years old. WFAE's Jaime Bedrin caught up with Executive Director Angeles Ortega-Moore, and asked her to describe how Charlotte's Latino population has evolved.

Low Fares Delayed

Nov 22, 2005

(11/22/05) When US Airways and America West Airlines merged earlier this fall, the new company began calling itself the largest low-cost carrier in the country. But nearly two months after the merger was finalized, many holiday travelers using the new airline out of Charlotte haven't found fares much lower at all. For WFAE's Carolinas Business Bureau Scott Graf reports on why fares haven't changed much and why drastic changes in the future aren't likely.

Stuffed

Nov 21, 2005

(11/07/2005) One dictionary definition of the term "stuff" is: "A group or scattering of miscellaneous objects or articles." However you define "stuff" WFAE Commentator Caroline Castle Hicks is amazed by the sheer amount of it in our lives.

Boomers Unite!

Nov 18, 2005

(11/18/05) Can you believe it? The "baby boomers" are moving into their golden years. WFAE commentator and fellow "boomer" Krissa Palmer thinks it's time her generation got some respect.

Choral Mass For the Homeless

Nov 18, 2005

(11/17/05) Thursday and Sunday, Charlotte's Carolina Voices will perform an original score for its Thanksgiving concert. The score of the "Beatitude Mass" will highlight homelessness. WFAE's Simone Orendain spoke with the California-based composer Henry Mollicone about the choral work.

Let the Shopping Begin!

Nov 18, 2005

(11/18/05) Have you noticed that the holiday season is already upon us? How could you not? Peppermint mochas have returned to Starbucks! WFAE's Jaime Bedrin wanted the scoop on this year's shopping season. She caught up with the Charlotte Business Journal's retail reporter Ashley Gibson.

Circus Family Affair

Nov 18, 2005

(11/18/05) The "family circus" is really more than a comic strip. In fact, families often make up the cast of traveling circuses. And many of them have kept the tradition for centuries. WFAE's Simone Orendain has this profile of three brothers performing with the touring Cirque du Soliel show Varekai, closing this weekend in Concord.

Giving Trends After Katrina

Nov 16, 2005

(11/16/05) The holiday season is typically a time when charities can expect to receive financial gifts. But this year, in the wake of multiple natural disasters, Charlotte-area non-profits are wondering if they'll meet their goals. Organizations fear they could lose out on donations if people are tapped out from giving to other causes. WFAE's Jaime Bedrin reports.

Uninsured and Unhappy

Nov 15, 2005

(11/15/05) Sometimes, the debate over health care in America can seem confusing or distant. But at other times, the issue becomes much more poignant and personal. Here's WFAE commentator Gerry Soud on health insurance.

Baby Boomers

Nov 15, 2005

(11/15/05) Can you believe it? Baby Boomers are turning heading into their golden years. WFAE commentator and Boomer Krissa Palmer says it's about time her generation got the respect it deserves.

Katrina Takes Priority Above Local Needy

Nov 11, 2005

(11/11/05) Charlotte's social service agencies did some fast work in the two months after Hurricane Katrina's victims got to the city. But the work came with a price: splitting priorities between evacuees and locals. WFAE's Simone Orendain reports.

The Big Read Is Underway

Nov 10, 2005

(11/10/05) Catawba county residents are participating in a county-wide reading program that started last month. To commemorate Veterans Day organizer and English professor Rand Brandes facilitated a discussion of the Vietnam war themed book "The Things They Carried." WFAE's Simone Orendain spoke with Professor Brandes about the first of its kind community-wide reading program in Catawba County. www.thebigread.net

Flu Shot Update

Nov 8, 2005

(11/08/05) If you've been looking for a flu shot but haven't been able to find one you're not alone. Many drugstores and supermarkets have had to cancel or postpone their flu shot clinics because their shipments of vaccines never arrived. WFAE's Jaime Bedrin spoke with Dr. Stephen Keener with the Mecklenburg County Health Department and asked him to explain the shortages.

Two More Years for Mayor McCrory

Nov 8, 2005

(11/08/05) It's a good thing Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory likes his job, because he's got a few more years in office. McCrory easily defeated Democrat challenger Craig Madans with 56 percent of the vote. This will be McCrory's sixth term in office. In other election news, voters rejected a multi-million dollar Charlotte Mecklenburg School bonds package, although they did approve one for Central Piedmont Community College. 

Myrick Discusses Clean Air Legislation

Nov 8, 2005

(11/08/05) The Environmental Protection Agency wants to change the way it measures air pollution from power plants. Opponents say the agency's proposed new rule would increase air pollution by allowing fossil fuel power plants to run longer. But Republican North Carolina Congresswoman Sue Myrick says it will all help the EPA reach their clean air goals more efficiently. From WFAE's Capitol Hill bureau, Terry Gildea has more.

Stuffed

Nov 7, 2005

(11/07/2005) One dictionary definition of the term "stuff" is: "A group or scattering of miscellaneous objects or articles." However you define "stuff" WFAE Commentator Caroline Castle Hicks is amazed by the sheer amount of it in our lives.

A Low Maintenance Halloween

Nov 3, 2005

(10/31/05) Some people can't wait until Halloween. After all, it's a time to binge on Kit Kats and play dress up. But WFAE commentator Kristin Sherman says she wishes the holiday weren't so high maintenance.

Geddings Resigns from Lottery Commission

Nov 2, 2005

(11/02/05) Charlotte marketing executive Kevin Geddings resigned Monday from the just formed North Carolina Lottery Commission. WFAE's Simone Orendain spoke with Geddings about what led to his decision to resign. (note: interview was given prior to news of Geddings' company having received $24,000 from a potential lottery vendor)

Delta Departing Hickory

Nov 2, 2005

(11/02/05) Air travelers and city leaders in Hickory were dealt a blow recently when Delta announced it was pulling its service out of the Hickory Regional Airport. The company's initial plan was to pull out at the end of this month, but a technicality has extended the service to January. WFAE's Scott Graf spoke with Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright about the situation and the city's quest to line up another commercial carrier.

Charlotte Mayoral Preview

Nov 1, 2005

(11/01/05) Next week, Charlotte voters will go to the polls to, among other things, choose a mayor. Their options are clear: five-term incumbent and, very visible, Pat McCrory, or his challenger, Democrat Craig Madans. McCrory has defeated Madans in the past, but Madans is more confident than ever that he'll be able to unseat the Republican. It sets up a showdown that some say isn't much of a showdown at all. WFAE's Scott Graf reports.

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