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RALEIGH — North Carolina Democrats and Republicans have sparred for years about the level of state funding for public schools. Democrats argue the GOP-led legislature has the wrong priorities, that … more
Here’s what President Donald Trump tweeted about Baltimore’s congressman and his city: “Rep. Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of … more
Spending a few days along the North Carolina coast, we heard interesting stories about an urban legend. Robert Harrill — aka The Fort Fisher Hermit— spent 17 years residing in an abandoned, … more
Thanks to the world of Facebook, I have been reminded of a time in my life when all I really cared about was getting out my glove and ball and playing catch with my best friend, Kevin. Kevin and I … more
Watching the political process play out is more discouraging each election cycle. Even the freshest faces in the field eventually descend to the level that handlers and pollsters tell them they must … more
For those of you who are not aware, on July 2 my first child was born prematurely and was admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), where she stayed until last Friday. For those of you … more
What is it about birthdays that make you reflect on what has been and think about what’s to come? The birthday I recently observed wasn’t one of those milestone events, but after you pass your … more
Humble brag: I am very adept at burning bridges. I may have a little arsonist in me. Emotional arsonist, that is, not the Smokey Bear kind of arsonist. That said, when I was about 13 years old and … more
With the next round of Democratic presidential candidate debates upon us, we will surely hear more about government activism to fix racial inequalities. Inequality is real and needs … more
My dad absolutely loved the famous saying, “When life hands you lemons make lemonade.” If he told me that once, he told me a thousand times. No matter the situation I presented to him, at the … more
Years ago, it was hard to be a racist. You had to be fitted for and spend money on a white gown and don a pointy hat. You celebrated racism by getting some burlap, wrapping it around a cross, setting … more
There’s nothing more fun than messing with a phone scammer on a Friday afternoon when things are slow in the newsroom. Such an event happened to me not too long ago. I had gotten a voice message … more
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