Julie Rose http://wemu.org en Cold War Bunker Network Repurposed For 21st Century Threats http://wemu.org/post/cold-war-bunker-network-repurposed-21st-century-threats There's an underground bunker at a radio station in Charlotte, N.C., where time has stopped. Built decades ago to provide safety and vital communications in the event of a nuclear attack, it's now a perfectly preserved relic of Cold War fear that's gained new relevance.<p>The secret bunker is part of the office lore that old-timers at WBT Radio whisper to the newbies. That's how radio host Mike Collins learned of it back in the 1980s.<p>"I remember being amazed that it would really exist," Collins says, laughing. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 21:09:00 +0000 Julie Rose 25758 at http://wemu.org Cold War Bunker Network Repurposed For 21st Century Threats One Airport's Trash Is 2 Million Worms' Treasure http://wemu.org/post/one-airports-trash-2-million-worms-treasure Food waste is not just a problem for <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/11/27/165907972/for-restaurants-food-waste-is-seen-as-low-priority">restaurants</a> — airports also have to deal with piles of this kind of garbage.<p>At one of the nation's busiest airports, <a href="http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/Airport/Pages/default.aspx">Charlotte Douglas International</a> in North Carolina, each passenger generates half a pound of garbage on average per visit. But instead of just sending all that trash to the landfill, Charlotte has taken a different approach. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 19:36:00 +0000 Julie Rose 23291 at http://wemu.org One Airport's Trash Is 2 Million Worms' Treasure Mug Shot Time? Wipe That Smile Off Your Face http://wemu.org/post/mug-shot-time-wipe-smile-your-face In one North Carolina county, mugging too much for a mug shot can get you locked in a cell indefinitely.<p>First off, though, why would you smile for a mug shot? Thumb through those publications like <em>The</em> <em>Slammer</em> magazine filled with nothing but mug shots and you can find entire sections of people grinning it up.<p>In<strong> </strong>Scottie Wingfield's case, she meant to get arrested at an Occupy Charlotte protest — a planned civil disobedience. Cracking a huge grin in her mug shot was a way of extending that protest. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 20:24:00 +0000 Julie Rose 21036 at http://wemu.org Mug Shot Time? Wipe That Smile Off Your Face Bank Of America Improves Foreclosure Image http://wemu.org/post/bank-america-improves-foreclosure-image Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Bank of America will release quarterly earnings tomorrow and once again, foreclosures will be part of the equation. Tue, 16 Oct 2012 08:52:00 +0000 Julie Rose 20772 at http://wemu.org Gov. Haley Gets Prime-Time Convention Speaking Slot http://wemu.org/post/gov-haley-gets-prime-time-convention-speaking-slot Among the speakers with a prime-time slot at the Republican National Convention in Tampa this week is South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. The speech could propel her into national politics.<p>The talk about Haley always mentions her gender, her age — 40 — and her race — Indian-American. She wears the labels proudly, and for $19.95 you can read all about them in her memoir <em>Can't Is Not an Option</em>. Tue, 28 Aug 2012 07:58:00 +0000 Julie Rose 18672 at http://wemu.org Gov. Haley Gets Prime-Time Convention Speaking Slot For Unions, Democratic Convention Means Business http://wemu.org/post/unions-democratic-convention-means-business Organizers of the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., face a bit of a conundrum as they try to honor their party's deep ties to organized labor in a state with the <a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/union2.t05.htm">lowest percentage</a> of unionized workers in the nation. Local businesses worry they'll be passed over for unionized competitors, which are few and far between in the right-to-work state.<p>But for the few union shops in Charlotte, times are good — if also a bit awkward. Tue, 06 Dec 2011 20:04:00 +0000 Julie Rose 6487 at http://wemu.org For Unions, Democratic Convention Means Business