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OneRepublic is kicking off the second leg of their successful Native Summer Tour Presented By Malibu Rum today in Omaha, NE at the Century Link Center.  After selling out dates on the first leg of the tour including the famed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and the Nikon At Jones Beach Theater outside New York City and performing to over half a million fans around the country, the band will return to the road with The Script, Christina Perri, American Authors and Jamie Scott on select dates.  Promoted exclusively by Live Nation, the tour will take the band to an additional 21 cities across the country including St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas and New Orleans. 

OneRepublic with special guest The Script will play Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh on August 13 and PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte on August 14. Tickets are on sale now at, the Belk box offices at the venues, Ticketmaster and by phone 800-745-3000.

OneRepublic performed on “The Today Show Toyota Concert Series” on Friday, July 25 and will be the musical guest on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on August 11 where they will perform their Top 5 single “Love Runs Out.”  The band recently debuted an original song, "Ordinary Human," they recorded for the upcoming film "The Giver," due out in theaters on August 15.  "Ordinary Human” is also featured on The Giver: Music Collection in stores August 5. OneRepublic released an iTunes Session last week featuring live versions of some of their biggest hits including "Apologize," "Good Life" and "Secrets."

The band also revealed a behind-the-scenes look at their Native Summer Tour Presented By Malibu Rum with Live Nation's "First Date" series.  Check out the video on the link below:
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"Fred Couples will play in the 75th anniversary Wyndham Championship starting two weeks from tomorrow, the tournament announced today.  The 75th anniversary Wyndham Championship is set for Aug. 11-17, 2014 at Sedgefield Country Club.
Couples, who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013, joins a field that also includes former Wyndham winners Brandt Snedeker, 2012 U.S. Open Champion Webb Simpson, defending champion Patrick Reed, Padraig Harrington, Retief Goosen, Davis Love III and Rocco Mediate. 
Couples will make his 13th appearance at the Wyndham Championship; he last played here in 2010. He has three top-10 finishes at the Wyndham with the latest coming in 2009 when he finished tied for fifth.  The Wyndham Championship will be his third PGA TOUR start of the season; he finished tied for 20th at the Masters and missed the cut at the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles.  He has 15 PGA TOUR victories, including the 1992 Masters tournament, five international wins and 27 “other” wins in special events. 
On the Champions Tour, Couples is 7th in the current Charles Schwab Cup point standings.  He has a win and two runner-up finishes among five top-10s this season.  He has 10 Champions Tour wins including the 2013 Charles Schwab Cup Championship and the 2012 U.S. Senior Open Championship.
Couples represented the United States on five Ryder Cup Teams (1989, ’91, 93, ’95 and ’97) and seven Presidents Cup teams; he was the winning Presidents Cup captain in 2009, ’11 and ’13 and played on the team in 1994, ’96, ’98 and 2005.  A native of Seattle, he has earned nearly $30 Million in his PGA TOUR and Champions Tour careers combined.  In addition to the World Golf Hall of Fame, he is a member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame; he is an alumnus of the University of Houston. 
 “Having Fred join our field is a big deal for the Wyndham Championship,” tournament director Mark Brazil said.   “He’s a great friend of the tournament, and I know he loves Sedgefield.  We’re honored that he would come back and help us celebrate our 75th anniversary.” 

Celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2014 and contested annually on the Donald Ross-designed course at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., the Wyndham Championship was founded in 1938 and is the sixth-oldest event on the PGA TOUR excluding the Majors.  Tickets are available at Piedmont Triad Harris Teeter locations, or through the tournament office.  The tournament thanks title sponsor Wyndham Worldwide, presenting sponsor BB&T and Premier Partners, Cadillac, Harris Teeter, Lincoln Financial, McConnell Golf, New Breed Logistics, Sunbrella®, Technology Concepts & Design, Inc. and VF Corporation for their continued support.  Additional tournament information, including ticket packages and sponsorship information, is available at or through the tournament office at (336) 379-1570.  For more information about Wyndham Worldwide, please visit  Stay connected with the Wyndham Championship through its social media channels, including the Wyndham Championship Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, Flickr and YouTube."

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Fitness Expo Promises to Deliver Time-Saving Ways to Be Fitter and Healthier

"Winston-Salem, N.C. – Busy parents and professionals will benefit from attending Crossfit Downtown Winston’s Fitness Expo and Open-House-A-Palooza on August 2. This free fitness event will showcase little known methods on how to boost your health and fitness around a busy schedule, even if you have heavy work and family demands. The half day event is scheduled to run from 10a – 2p.

When asked about the event, owner Peter Haas said, “We’re excited to be providing hard-hitting 
practical information about nutrition and exercise that everyday people can use as soon as they walk out of the door.”

The day’s events will include rolling 15 minute workshops on nutrition, exercise, and mobility. Participants will have an opportunity to jump in and learn real world exercises that are simple and can be done anywhere. There will also be a special workshop devoted to children’s activities that will focus on fun, safe exercises that children can use to improve their fitness.

Crossfit Downtown Winston is located at 480 West End Blvd in Winston Salem (across from Hanes Park). For more information, contact us at 336-310-5018 or visit our event page at"
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"The Winston-Salem Police Department responded to the Murphy Gas Station located at 3470 Parkway Village Circle (near Wal-Mart) on a reported vehicle fire. Upon arrival, officers located an unoccupied Chevrolet truck in the Northwest corner of the parking lot on fire. The Winston-Salem Fire Department quickly responded and extinguished the vehicle fire. No other property was damaged by the fire and no one was injured during this incident.

Information was received that this fire was intentionally set and initial findings at the scene supported this information. The Winston-Salem Fire Department’s Arson Investigators were called to the scene and assumed the investigation. This investigation is in its early stages and is continuing.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident or similar crimes is asked to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800."
- A Police Report

Big Changes – Big Results Families and Local Economy are Top Beneficiaries of Science Center

GREENSBORO, NC -- The 2013-2014 fiscal year was record-breaking for the Greensboro Science Center, thanks to its supporters, donors, members, staff and volunteers. The Center saw a 111% increase in general attendance over the previous fiscal year. Over 430,000 visitors came through the doors representing 98 North Carolina counties and all 50 states. The Center's previous attendance record occurred in 2010-11 with over 320,000 visitors, in part due to the blockbuster Bodies Revealed traveling exhibit. Seeing this record attendance is humbling and brings happiness to a team that worked hard to bring the Carolina SciQuarium to fruition.

"I don't know what to say other than "Thank you"," said Kevin Baker, chair of the Greensboro Science Center's Board of Directors.  "Thank you to the incredible staff with the enthusiasm, imagination and foresight to provide for the continuous reinvention of this amazing place; thank you to a Board of dedicated individuals who give selflessly of their time, expertise, and other resources to help guide and achieve the strategy of the GSC; thank you to the City of Greensboro for supporting this near perfect example of public-private partnership, and last but far from least; thank you to all those who have given generously, and enabled the Greensboro Science Center to become what it is today."

Thanks to voters and donors, the Center's first expansion project, which included the Carolina SciQuarium, is playing a vital role in bringing visitors from across the country to Greensboro. As the Center continues to grow and draw more and more visitors, Greensboro's many great attractions and assets all combined will help re-brand our community as an even more dynamic and vibrant place to visit and live.

An economic impact study completed before the 2009 bond by Dr. Andrew Brod projected the Center would generate $25M per year economic impact following the completion of the Center's full Master Plan. Based on visitation following just the first phase, those initial projections are already applicable. The Center has now set its sights on generating $30-$40M per year in economic impact with the completion of museum reinvention and renewal and zoo expansion, which entails the construction of a new realm called "The Rainbow River Gorge."
- A Press Release


JAMESTOWN – Guilford Technical Community College culinary students are national champions. The GTCC team comprised of five culinary students claimed the national title in the Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl on July 27. The competition is part of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) National Convention in Kansas City, MO.

This is GTCC’s first national win in the competition. The GTCC team also won a silver medal for the most points scored per round. The fast-pace "Jeopardy"-style contest features challenging culinary, baking, nutrition, sanitation and math questions drawn from five nationally published textbooks for culinary professionals.

The GTCC team is comprised of Alexia D'Egidio (captain) of Greensboro, Jessica Bower of Greensboro, Jeffrey Craddock of Greensboro, Aisha Boston of Greensboro, and Michael Nasrallah of Winston-Salem. Patrick Sanecki, assistant professor of culinary arts at GTCC, and Linda Beitz, associate professor of hospitality management at GTCC, coached the team.

“The team has spent over nine months preparing for this success, and it has paid off,” Sanecki said. “They did a really good job.”

“I cannot express the joy and honor it was to be a part of the team,” Beitz said. “These students have represented GTCC with amazing integrity.”

In April, the GTCC team won overall in the ACF Southeast Region Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl during the 2014 ACF Southeast Regional Conference in North Charleston, S.C. That title advanced them to the national competition where they competed against the three other regional winners in the country.

Guilford Technical Community College is the third largest of 58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from four major campuses and three specialized centers. Learn more at
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The College of WSSU Receives More than $1 Million in Grants for Undergraduate Research

"WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Professors in the College of Arts, Sciences, Business and Education of Winston-Salem State University have received $1,181,744 in grants to support projects that can positively impact student education and success through undergraduate research efforts.
“The funding from these grants will enable WSSU to provide our undergraduate students with unique research opportunities that will enhance their educational experience,” said Dr. Corey D. B. Walker, dean of The College.  “Each of these projects is aligned with the new and bold science endeavors that are part of WSSU’s strategic plan and new science effort.  This Transformative Science Initiative is designed to facilitate the integration of student academic success, faculty teaching and research excellence.”
The Minority Access to Research Careers for Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (MARC U*STAR) program has received $151,351 in funding that is renewable annually for five years for a total of $756,755 from the National Institutes of Health.  The grant will allow WSSU to continue this program that trains students from underrepresented groups to hold leadership positions in cutting-edge scientific research.
“Students from various majors including biology, chemistry, psychology and exercise science receive extensive hands-on laboratory research experiences that strengthen their academic and research credentials,” said Dr. Azeez Aileru, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and director of the university’s Biomedical Research Infrastructure Center who will continue to serve as the principal investigator for the grant.  “Students are then better prepared for high caliber graduate training at the Ph.D. level in biomedical and behavioral research.” 
Dr. Maria Ngu-Schwemlein, a chemistry professor, will serve as the principal investigator for a $399,989 grant from the National Science Foundation to enhance undergraduate research experiences in the chemistry curriculum.  This targeted infusion project will lay the foundation for effective research skills that will ultimately promote student success by adapting high impact and evidence-based educational practices.
“This grant will support a collaborative effort by a team of chemistry faculty to strengthen undergraduate research skills to help students navigate the challenges in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) research and also to increase retention and success of minority students in the chemical sciences,” said  Ngu-Schwemlein.  
The university also received a $25,000 grant from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to determine the types of undergraduate research experiences that lead to student retention and graduation in STEAM fields, which incorporates art and design into the traditional STEM areas as a catalyst for new technologies and discoveries.  Dr. Johanna Porter-Kelly, associate professor of biological sciences, will be working with Dr. Vanessa Duren-Winfield, assistant professor of healthcare management and director of research in the WSSU School of Health Sciences, to engage students in the STEAM pipeline that are often overlooked for research opportunities.  Students enrolled in the project will be Thurgood Marshall Fellows.

“These students will be engaged in research training related to the sickle cell trait with additional emphasis on training in research methodology and working with human subjects,” Porter-Kelley explained.  “The combination of conducting experiments and clinical research will lead to an interdisciplinary project that promotes teamwork and collaboration working across STEAM disciplines.”"
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