Canes Can Clinch On Tuesday

The Carolina Hurricanes visit the Washington Capitals in one of the most important games this season. With a win in regulation, the Canes can clinch the Southeast Division and a 3rd seed in the playoffs. The Canes, with the 8th most points in the Eastern Conference, currently have a 2-point lead over the Caps with just 3 games remaining in the regular season. Williams and Whitney are listed as "probable".

The puck drops at 7pm on FSN (TWC channel 50).


311, Snoop Dogg Bring Unity to TWC

image On July 23 the Unity Tour comes to Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek. Headlining the tour is 311, with Snoop Dogg and Fiction Plane opening.


Triangle Fits Into Four, Again

image On Saturday night the North Carolina Tar Heels beat the Louisville Cardinals to earn a place in college basketball’s vaunted Final Four. It is both the school’s 17th trip and another chapter in the Triangle’s storied history in one of sports’ largest events.

In the "Modern Era", the Triangle has had a team in 20 of the last 28 Final Fours. Going back further, the Triangle has placed a team in 30 of the last 45 Final Fours, cementing the national event as an important part of our local culture.

The Triangle area is not short on national championships, either. In the last 26 years, 7 have come from the Triangle. Remarkable runs have occurred during that time, too. From 1986 to 1992, Duke only missed the Final Four 1 time (including 5 straight appearances). UNC went 6 times in a 10 year period from 1991 to 2000.

With Roy Williams and Mike Krzyzewski still bringing in outstanding recruiting classes, this part of our culture isn’t likely to fade soon.

Year Team Year Team
1963 Duke 1989 Duke
1964 Duke 1990 Duke
1966 Duke 1991 Duke & UNC
1967 UNC 1992 Duke
1968 UNC 1993 UNC
1969 UNC 1994 Duke
1972 UNC 1995 UNC
1974 NCSU 1997 UNC
1977 UNC 1998 UNC
1978 Duke 1999 Duke
1981 UNC 2000 UNC
1982 UNC 2001 Duke
1983 NCSU 2004 Duke
1986 Duke 2005 UNC
1988 Duke 2008 UNC

Bold indicates National Champion


The Bravery, Free In Greensboro

image The Bravery will be playing a free concert in Greensboro tonight. The 6pm show was originally scheduled to be outside, but has been moved to the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center.

Their most recent CD, The Sun and Moon, ranks as my personal favorite CD of 2007. If you can’t make the road trip, catch their appearance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien on Wednesday night. They will be performing "Believe", the latest single from The Sun and Moon.


Raleigh Named #2 Best Place to By Foreclosed Homes

Rampant foreclosures are sinking markets like Las Vegas and Tampa, but stable markets do exist out here. Raleigh was named #2 by Forbes in their list of Best Places to Buy Foreclosed Homes. The 100 largest American cities were ranked based on foreclosure rates from RealtyTrac.


Kitchen & Bath Galleries Coming to North Hills

kandbgalleries Local kitchen and bathroom upfit specialists Kitchen & Bath Galleries will soon open a showroom in The Lassiter at North Hills, across from Tyler House.

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Funky Street Party at Lincoln

image Get ready for a big night at the Lincoln! On May 10 Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band will play with George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. Clinton, a Kannapolis native, is a funk legend who has gotten scores of presidential write-in votes through the years. He just may get mine in this upcoming election.

3/27/08 Update: Hobex is also playing. This concert is by Band Together and will benefit SAFEchild, a local non-profit child abuse prevention agency. This will be an outdoor show held on a blocked-off Cabarrus Street, which is in downtown Raleigh right in front of the Lincoln Theater. Get your tickets here! and will benefit


Raleigh Named #20 in Fortune’s "Best Places To Live and Launch"

Forbes Magazine has named Raleigh in its latest list of best places to "live and launch". Cities were ranked on a mix if items including business conditions, lifestyle options, tax rates, startup activity, housing affordability, and cultural activities. Raleigh came in #20. The pros? A thriving tech industry, and proximity to major research and business centers. The con? Inability to keep up with growing infrastructure needs.

Other cities in the region mentioned are Charlottesville, VA at #18, Virginia Beach #14, Durham #12, and Charlotte at #8.


Relive "Oldies 100.7"

image Back in the days when 100.7 was a 50’s and 60’s oldies station, they ran a promo package by a guy named Chuck Matthews. Chuck does voiceovers all over the country, and has posted some of his WTRG work at his site. Enjoy!


Raleigh Spy Conference Underway

SpyConf The fifth annual Raleigh Spy Conference began tonight with a seminar by Brian Kelley, former counterintelligence officer for the CIA. His topic: some of the U.S.’ most famous traitors.

The three-day event resumes tomorrow with these presentations:

  • The Real James Angleton and the Wilderness of Mirrors – David Robarge
  • Double Agents, Deception Programs and the Nosenko Case – Pete Bagley
  • Cold War Beat: My Life Covering Spies and Double Agents – Jerry Schecter

Friday’s events include:

  • Panel Discussion with speakers
  • Keynote Address – David Ignatius

The event is taking place at the North Carolina Museum of History. Admission for the conference is $250 per person. For more information, visit the conference’s website.


Journey, Heart, Cheap Trick Coming to TWC Pavilion

image On August 10, the 80’s will invade Walnut Creek. Journey, with Heart and Cheap Trick are all coming together on their 41-city tour. Philippine-born Armel Pineda is Journey’s current singer. In the meantime, check out this funny shot-for-shot tribute to the "Separate Ways" video.


Cary Aims to Duck Railroad

image The Town of Cary held an information session on a proposed major road project. The town wants a new underpass that would allow traffic to bypass train delays (that can last up to 25 minutes) in downtown Cary. The $15 million project includes extending Walker Street 1,200 feet from its current end at Cedar Street northwards to Chapel Hill Road, installation of a grade-separated railroad crossing, and realignment of cross streets. The project is expected to be complete in early 2011.

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