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2008-08-07 06:00:27

By Ed Bumgardner, Winston-Salem Journal, N.C. Aug. 7--Bassist Michael Lachowski knows that his band Pylon, along with pals The B-52s and R.E.M., helped make Athens, Ga., the center of the alternative-rock universe. He also is quick to point out that Pylon, unlike the other two bands, was never really geared toward immersing itself into the dubious inner-workings of show business that brought about fame and fortune. The band formed in 1979 and split in 1983 when it decided that making...

2008-08-07 06:00:27

By Tim Clodfelter, Winston-Salem Journal, N.C. Aug. 7--TWO CREATIVE FORCES -- David Gordon Green, a director who's an alumnus of the N.C. School of the Arts, and Judd Apatow, a producer responsible for some of the best comedies of the past few years -- join forces in Pineapple Express, a lively action-comedy about slackers on the run. Seth Rogen and James Franco, who played stoner buddies in the terrific high-school comedy-drama Freaks & Geeks (on which Apatow was an executive...

2008-08-07 06:00:00

By Tim Clodfelter, Winston-Salem Journal, N.C. Aug. 7--On Monday, kids and parents can learn how to get to Sesame Street on their computers. The newly revamped SesameStreet.org is the result of two years of research and development by Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind the TV series on PBS. The site will be updated each day with a different theme ("the number 5," for instance) introduced by a live action Muppet host, who also points out each of the buttons...

2008-08-05 18:00:19

By Elizabeth DeOrnellas, Winston-Salem Journal, N.C. Aug. 5--Last year, the city collected 78,000 tons of garbage -- waste that Mitchell Britt would like to see put to good use. Britt, a manager at Krankies Coffee, is trying to jumpstart a citywide recycling effort he's dubbed Compost! Winston-Salem. The goal is to set up a composting service to collect organic waste from local restaurants and groceries and funnel it to local farms to use as fertilizer. Britt said that many in The...

2008-07-31 21:00:22

By Winston-Salem Journal, N.C. Jul. 31--RALEIGH A bill signed by Gov. Mike Easley today makes it easier for the state to impose mandatory water-use rules on communities during droughts, the governor's office said. The state says the new rules are needed to give the governor and state the ability to react more quickly when drought conditions worsen. In situations of "extreme" or "exceptional" drought, the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources can require local water...

2008-07-31 06:00:43

By Richard Craver, Winston-Salem Journal, N.C. Jul. 31--The acceptance of higher-priced cigarettes by smokers and their increasing use of smokeless products increased Reynolds American Inc.'s profit by 12 percent in the second quarter, the company said yesterday. The net income of $364 million came despite a slight dip in sales to $2.3 billion. Diluted earnings rose 14 cents to $1.24 a share. The earnings beat by 5 cents the average forecast of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment...

2008-07-31 06:00:35

By Winston-Salem Journal, N.C. Jul. 31--JEFFERSON The annual Wallace and Peggy Carroll Vigilance Awards were presented Saturday by the National Committee for the New River. The awards for protecting the New River honor the spirit, dedication and perseverance that Wallace Carroll, a former Winston-Salem Journal publisher and editor, and his wife, Peggy, brought to the battle to save the New River from a large dam project in the 1970s. The winners include: --N.C. Volunteer of the...

2008-07-31 06:00:35

By Laura Giovanelli, Winston-Salem Journal, N.C. Jul. 31--There's the Green Party, and there are parties with green beer around March 17 each year. And then there are parties that just try to generate a little less trash. Piedmont Environmental Alliance will present a panel of green-party and event-planning experts today at Krankies Coffee. The alliance, a nonprofit group, promotes environmental awareness through quarterly "exchanges," or meetings focusing on green building and...

2008-07-30 06:00:34

By Wesley Young, Winston-Salem Journal, N.C. Jul. 30--With water flow in the Yadkin River approaching low levels not seen since the 2002 drought, the City-County Utilities Division is asking residents, businesses and institutions to voluntarily conserve water until further notice. The Yadkin River supplies 80 percent of Forsyth County's water. Ron Hargrove, the deputy director of the utilities division, said that the river's flow in July has averaged 553 cubic feet a second -- one-third...

2008-07-27 06:00:30

By Winston-Salem Journal, N.C. Jul. 27--Tuesday Foster-care meeting: The Children's Home Society of North Carolina will have a free informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. at its center, 604 Meadow St., Greensboro, for people interested in learning about the foster-care process. For more information, call (800) 632-1400, ext. 353. Wednesday Holocaust lecture: Hank Brodt, who survived five different Nazi concentration camps during World War II, will speak from 1 to 2 p.m. at Forsyth...