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Weary of endless repercussions from a 1969 hurricane, a Mississippi legislator complained,  “Camille, Camille, Camille…. Sometimes I wish it had never happened.” No doubt the coming sesquicentennial celebration commemoration will provoke similar responses about the Civil War. But before anybody gets testy about the sesqui — uh-oh, too late – let’s ground ourselves with a […]

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You’ve got the credit card out and you’re ready to do your holiday shopping. You’ve worked your way down the list. Blender for the margarita lover? Check. Leatherman for the handyman? Check. Wii for the kids? Ok, why not? But what should you buy for the dog-loving reader who can’t stop talking about his Tar […]

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“The first known mention of a tornado in pre-colonial America was in the diary of a member of the 1586 Roanoke landing party. On June 23, he recounts, as the fleet of Sir Francis Drake stood at anchor off the North Carolina coast, there arose a tempest characterized by awesome spouts — the manifestation of […]

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– Surfboat is a-comin’. — Was steamboat a-comin’ to white sand trail in Robeson County? — Squirrel Nut Zippers pitch in for Cher. — Remembering a black fireman‘s death in the line of duty in 1902. — Pop watch: Durham wrests fourth place from Winston. — Jan Karon:  Mitford, R.I.P.

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“After OK had been adopted as the name of a club by the Tammany boys in the presidential election of 1840, others happily follow suit…. “During the Civil War, there were OK Boys, at least in North Carolina. An 1867 narrative… by Augustus Woodbury says of the Confederate forces on Roanoke: ” ‘There were infantry […]

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“North Carolina’s Dry Senator Cameron Morrison threw the meeting [of the Democratic National Committee] into wild confusion with another loud speech…. “His attacks on Chairman [John Jacob] Raskob for injecting Prohibition into the meeting brought boos and hisses from the audience. Angrily he exclaimed: ‘Oh, your jeering methods, your hisses! But understand you’ll never tie […]

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“When John dropped out of high school to join the Navy, my father hunted him down and shipped him north [from Kingsport, Tenn.] to Deerfield and then to MIT, where he… orchestrated such pranks as planting a large cardboard missile from a military recruitment display nose-first in the floodlit MIT dome and then painting a […]

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– Winston-Salem wowed by early look at Elvis. — “If western North Carolina was so pro-Union, why didn’t more men join the Union army?” — More guerrilla artistry from the city that brought us the Barrel Monster. — Susan Stamberg’s cranberry relish is so 1621. Count on Krispy Kreme to rescue your contemporary Thanksgiving fail.

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On this day in 1932: At Asheville’s Riverside Cemetery, F.W. Von Prittwitz, German ambassador to the United States, dedicates a monument to 18 German sailors who died of typhoid while imprisoned nearby during World War I. “Germany is happy to find herself in the same line with the United States when she advocates disarmament. . […]

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Tomorrow will mark the 100th meeting between the Tar Heels and Wolfpack football teams. UNC won the first game, which was played on October 12, 1894, by a score of 44-0 (see image from the Tar Heel above). The Heels went on to win or tie the following 12 games, finally losing to the Pack […]

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