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“What’s that out in the field over there? Donna and Paul Hirsch encountered the strange construction in  the photo on a visit to  family in Greensboro, N.C. Mrs. Hirsch first wondered if the device might be agricultural, given the numerous nearby farms. She also thought it might have a purpose on the other end of the […]

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On this day in 1989: Lawyer Thomas Root blacks out while flying his Cessna 210 on a business trip from Washington to Rocky Mount. Tailed by 19 military planes for four hours, Root winds up ditching in the Atlantic Ocean near the Bahamas and is rescued, suffering from a mysterious gunshot wound in the abdomen. […]

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On this day in 1834, the Miners’ & Farmers’ Journal in Charlotte published a long account of the “Siamese Twins,” Chang and Eng Bunker. The twins were in the midst of a world tour, attracting considerable attention wherever they went. A few months after this was published, the twins visited the University of North Carolina […]

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It can be hard to determine just what’s going on in this grainy, black-and-white photo. It’s a bird and a man; that much is clear. To be more specific, it’s a Carolina Parakeet comfortably perched on a man’s necktie. This 1906 photograph is remarkable for a number of reasons. Among them is the man’s seeming […]

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This Thursday, July 12 is Peach Day at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh.  There will be ice cream, recipes, and a peach dessert contest.  Here are a few recipes to have a Peach Day of your own. From Columbus County Cookbook II. From The Charlotte Cookbook. From Good Eatin’ from Duke Memorial United Methodist […]

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“The fact that sea levels are rising probably won’t come as a huge surprise. [Well...] But we now have some much-needed historical context for the melting icecaps and rising waters…and there’s zero doubt that, in geological history, higher sea levels meant higher temperatures. “An international team led by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania created […]

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On this day in 1933: Two semipro teams square off at Wearn Field in what is billed as Charlotte’s first official interracial baseball game. The Charlotte News reports that Highland Park, a white mill team, beat the North Charlotte Black Yankees 11-10; The Charlotte Observer has the Black Yankees winning 10-7.  

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“By the late 1960s…  pressure from local church groups, who didn’t like racing on Sundays, led Bill France to look elsewhere as he sought to build a larger, faster track. Unable to persuade local authorities to expand the Hillsborough site, he turned instead to a small town in Alabama and built the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway. […]

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In all three versions of “No Time For Sergeants” — TV, Broadway, movie — Andy Griffith played Will Stockdale, backwoods Georgian turned Air Force private. The naive Stockdale views latrine duty as an opportunity to shine and rigs the toilet seats to salute the inspecting officers. “We had to have a big production meeting to […]

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On this day in 1876: The United States celebrates its centennial with a grand exposition in Philadelphia, but some Southerners have yet to reconcile with the Union. As passengers at the Concord depot wait for a train to Philadelphia, diehard Confederates assault them with rocks.  

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