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Hurricanes seem to be riding a groove that starts off the west coast of Africa, approaches Florida and then swoops north to hit North Carolina on the chin. Since 2016, the state has been struck by … more
After the death of an Illinois resident hospitalized for an unknown respiratory illness linked to vaping — the first in the country since a rash of hospitalizations across many states — public … more
A bipartisan panel of North Carolina Superior Court justices struck a blow FOR democracy — small “d” — this week with a strong ruling against partisan gerrymandering. In a unanimous … more
Davantae Jackson died over Labor Day weekend at age 15, young enough for the memory of his boyhood innocence to be within easy reach for mourners. At 6, he started playing Little League. At 12, he … more
GUEST EDITORIAL Deja vu all over again? Rotten timing? Pick your own words. (We’re leaning toward several of George Carlin’s notorious seven). Not even a year has passed since Hurricane … more
The Amazon is burning. That’s hugely troubling for all of us. The vast South American rainforest is our planet’s lungs. Its estimated 390 billion trees produce 20% of the world’s oxygen and … more
GUEST EDITORIAL When school began on Monday, bus drivers had their routes, students had their class schedules and coaches had their fall sports rosters — but teachers still didn’t know then … more
Illegal robocalls are a scourge of modern life. Americans got nearly 5 billion such calls last month alone — even though the Federal Trade Commission and its law enforcement partners mounted a … more
Back in the 1890s, there weren’t mail carriers in the countryside. Farmers had to travel miles to pick up their mail from the nearest post office. A number of congressmen pushed an idea called … more
In quirkily related business news that may have caught your eye: Uber plans to lease enough space in Chicago’s soon-to-be-renovated old post office building to accommodate thousands of workers, … more
Worry about measles fades over the summer. Kids scatter to parks and beaches instead of congregating in classrooms and cafeterias, where a cough or sneeze can leave the virus hanging in the air for … more
While local liquor boards try to make the case that bureaucrats can do a better job than private businesses when it comes to managing the sale of alcoholic beverages, some small-minded censors at the … more
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