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Archive for October, 2011

Ah, Wachovia. From your modest beginnings, you became rich and famous… …and then only famous… …and now….  

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Samir Khan, the al-Qaida blogger killed in a recent U.S. airstrike, studied at Central Piedmont Community College in 2005. Can you name the future terrorist who… …attended Chowan College and graduated from N.C. A&T in mechanical engineering? …spent two semesters at Western Carolina University? …served as president of the UNC Chapel Hill Psychology Club?   […]

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October’s Artifact of the Month is a surgical instrument used by Dr. Benjamin Abel Sellars (1816-1896), a native of Alamance County. An aging identification tag indicates that the tool may have been used in the 1850s when B.A. Sellars, as the doctor was more commonly known, moved to Randolph County to practice medicine. According to […]

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Early issues of Black Ink, the newspaper of the Black Student Movement at UNC-Chapel Hill, are now available online through the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. Dating back to 1969, Black Ink documents the experience of and issues related to African American students at UNC. The paper provides especially good coverage of student protest movements […]

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On this day in 1927: The schooner Maurice R. Thurlow runs aground during a storm off the Outer Banks. It signals for help, and its crew of nine is taken ashore in a Coast Guard surfboat. Few ships stranded on Diamond Shoals are ever refloated, but after the storm the Coast Guard can find no […]

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– Art Pope profile clarified … praised  … and  panned as “tendentious, poorly-researched, and weakly argued.” – Is Pinehurst risking its National Historic Landmark status? – In Los Angeles Times, Charleston chef deconstructs Texas governor’s insult to North Carolina barbecue.  

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“By the mid-1970s, Bruce Ivins had earned his doctorate and was a promising researcher at the University of North Carolina. By outward appearances, he was a charming eccentric, odd but disarming. Inside, he still smoldered with resentment, and he saw a new outlet for it. “Several years earlier, a [University of] Cincinnati student had turned […]

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“In the last few years of his life [George C. Marshall, General of the Army and recipient of the 1953 Nobel Peace Prize]  used to drive downtown most days from his small house in Pinehurst, North Carolina, buy his groceries in the supermarket, tote them to his car to the accompaniment of a nod from […]

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On this day in 1837: The steamship Home, seeking to break its own record for fastest passage from New York to Charleston, fails to survive a storm off Cape Hatteras. Of 135 passengers and crew members, 90 perish. The storm is not especially violent by Outer Banks standards, but the sleek, 220-foot sidewheeler, converted from […]

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“Fanaticism in the North is rampant….On yesterday, the godly city of Boston, built up and sustained by the products of negro slave labor, went into mourning, fasting and prayer over the condign punishment of a negro stealer, murderer and traitor…. “In all the Noo England towns and villages, we may expect to hear that mock […]

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