Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Duke Campus—Investigative reporters used to work in near obscurity, knocking on doors and poring over dusty documents, knowing their work would have no impact until the story hit newsstands. Today, however, reporters often find pieces of their stories breaking on competitors' Web sites even as they follow the reporting trail. And thanks to the blogosphere, a story's impact often boomerangs back to the newspaper. That's what happened to Stephen Labaton, a New York Times reporter who co-authored the recent controversial story about John McCain's relationship to a female lobbyist. Labaton, a Duke graduate, will speak Monday evening at the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy about the impact of the Internet on investigative reporting—and how the Times' handling of the McCain story became part of the story. The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. in Fleishman Commons. —Fiona Morgan
St. Patrick's Day
Wherever There's Green—Downtown pub Tir Na Nog hosts an early St. Paddy's party Friday night at 10:30 with the high-octane Celtic rock of Homeland, an Ohio-based group with Irish roots. On Saturday afternoon, the celebration continues with the sweet sounds of the Emerald Isles. On Monday, traditional Irish band Spancil Hill performs from noon to 3 p.m.
Other weekend festivities include a St. Paddy's Day Parade in downtown Raleigh, followed by Irish music by Eire Lingus in Moore Square at 1 p.m. Also featured at the day-long festival are the Danny Tighe Irish Dancers and the N.C. State Pipe Band. For more info, visit raleighstpats.org.
Check out another parade post-party at Napper Tandy's with Homeland performing at 9 p.m. If you still haven't had enough Celtic spirit, Solas plays at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro Wednesday night. Catch the tightly crafted music of Irish supergroup Solas to finish with a bang. Part of The ArtsCenter second annual Celtic concert Series. Tickets are $24 and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. —Kathy Justice