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WXDU News Sunday (8/17) 6:00-8:00

First at 6:00: Earlier this week, Paul McCartney played the last big show at Candlestick Park before it closes for good. The venue was the site of the Beatles’ final live concert. This hour, we’ll relive some of the band’s first shows in America, with the second half of Paul Ingles’s documentary, “The Beatles in America.” We brought you the first part of the documentary in February to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in the states.


WXDU news is next at 7:00. We’ll discuss:

  • The city of Durham will be revamping the water system in the downtown loop area starting next month, in a project expected to last 18 months. The city is holding an informational meeting at which residents and business owners can learn more about the impact of the work Tuesday, August 19 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Durham Armory, 220 Foster St. You can find more information about the project at durhamnc.gov/ich/op/dwm/Pages/Downtown-Loop-Water-Main-Replacement-and-Water-Meter-Upgrades-Project.aspx, or contact the City’s Water Management Department at (919) 560-4381, or by email at DowntownLoopWRP@DurhamNC.gov.
  • The Isla Earth radio series shares the result of a study that determined the population most likely to recycle.
  • A new study from Duke researchers, appearing in the August 14 issue of the American Journal of Public Health, indicates an increase in suicide-related thoughts and behaviors in teens after mass layoffs or employer closings in their communities.
  • Residents of North Carolina and other states have been the victims of an elaborate phone scam in which crooks assume the identity of a NC State Bureau of Investigation agent who demands prepaid credit cards. Victims of this scam are asked to contact the SBI at 1-800-334-3000. Residents who learn about other scams should contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or file a complaint online at www.ncdoj.gov.
  • Science Update shares the efforts of a team of scientists to create a computer chip that behaves more like the human brain.
  • Three North Carolina college students received scholarships through the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program, sponsored by the General Motors Foundation, for their work in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Governor McCrory hosted the students at the executive mansion last Tuesday.
  • The registration deadline for the Durham Police Department’s 2014 Citizens Police Academy is Thursday, August 19. The six-week course meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, August 26 through October 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Durham Police Headquarters, located at 505 W. Chapel Hill Street. Residents in the class will learn about the operations and services of the department. To learn more or to register, visit www.durhampolice.com. On the left side of the home page, click on Get Involved and Citizens Police Academy.
  • With Good Reason discusses a robot that can help eliminate ticks from your yard.
  • New research from Duke scientists shows that gut microbes help HIV stave off attack by the immune system. They hope their findings will aid in HIV vaccine development.
  • 2013 saw an increase in tourism revenue in North Carolina. Visitor spending went up in 95 of the state’s 100 counties. Visitors spent $20 billion statewide, a four percent gain over last year. Tourism dollars paid for 200,000 jobs throughout the state.
  • We’ll also have Martin Kang’s sports and the week’s weather.


Then at 7:30: Robin Williams’s death last week has sparked a conversation about depression, mental illness, and suicide. This episode of Voices of Our World called “It’s Always Darkest,” explores the impact of suicide and the “Overnight,” an event hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.


From the American Society for Suicide Prevention website, warning signs that someone is considering suicide include:

  • Talking about wanting to kill themselves, or saying they wish they were dead
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as hoarding medicine or buying a gun
  • Talking about a specific suicide plan
  • Feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Feeling trapped, desperate, or needing to escape from an intolerable situation
  • Having the feeling of being a burden to others
  • Feeling humiliated
  • Having intense anxiety and/or panic attacks
  • Losing interest in things, or losing the ability to experience pleasure
  • Insomnia
  • Becoming socially isolated and withdrawn from friends, family, and others
  • Acting irritable or agitated
  • Showing rage, or talking about seeking revenge for being victimized or rejected, whether or not the situations the person describes seem real

(source: The American Society for Suicide Prevention, http://www.afsp.org/preventing-suicide/risk-factors-and-warning-signs Please visit this link for more information on what to do if you’re concerned about yourself or someone else.)


Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Support Resources:

  • Call 911 in an emergency. You can also bring a person who is in danger to an emergency room or a local walk-in center for mental health. In North Carolina, ask for a “CIT officer” when calling 911
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/, 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Online chat is also available.
  • Veterans Crisis Line: http://veteranscrisisline.net/, 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1. Online chat is also available.
  • REAL Crisis Intervention: http://realcrisis.org/, 252-758-4357 (NC-based 24-hour free counseling and referral services)
  • The American Society for Suicide Prevention: www.asfp.org
  • Crisis Solutions North Carolina: crisissolutionsnc.org/  (includes directory of free crisis resources by county)
  • Suicide Prevention Resource Center: www.sprc.org
  • Youth Suicide Prevention: http://itsok2ask.com/