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Here’s a story you’re not likely to hear as the announcers rattle on during Saturday’s UNC-Duke football game. Among the schools’ past 98 meetings on the gridiron, there have been only two games that ended with both teams scoreless – in 1930 and in 1931. Fans’ (or at least two reporters’) displeasure with the 0-0 […]

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As the election season heats up, not even a simple post about yearbook photos can avoid accusations of partisanship. In the interest of fair representation for both of our state’s major party gubernatorial candidates, here are both the freshman and senior yearbook photos of Walton Dalton (top) and Pat McCrory (bottom). The placement of the […]

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The 2012 presidential election is so complicated: convoluted electoral equations, Super PACs, televised debates with real-time feedback from undecided voters. Remember when a voter could express his or her support with nothing more than a smiling peanut? Our October Artifact of the Month is a green toboggan supporting Jimmy Carter’s 1976 presidential campaign. The words […]

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On this day in 1865: Sidney Andrews, Southern correspondent for the Boston Daily Advertiser and the Chicago Tribune during the early days of Reconstruction, sums up his observations of North Carolina: “Spindling of legs, round of shoulders, sunken of chest, lank of body, stooping of posture, narrow of face, retreating of forehead, thin of nose, […]

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“A Temple University professor wants to hear what survivors of a 1991 fire at Hamlet’s Imperial Foods plant said to labor department investigators. “But Bryant Simon’s request to look at witness accounts has been pending at the N.C. Department of Labor for nearly a year and a half. “ ‘There’s no other way to get […]

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Having a hard time deciding who to vote for for Governor? If the various campaign ads and claims have you confused, here’s a much less contentious way of looking at the candidates. Both Walter Dalton and Pat McCrory show up in the North Carolina College and University Yearbooks collection available on DigitalNC.org. Dalton was a […]

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“A half century ago, Research Triangle Park was considered the cutting edge workplace…. But over the last decade, the park’s shine began to wear off…. “Says Bob Geolas, president of the non-profit foundation that runs the park: ‘There is a recognition that young tech workers don’t want to work at mom and dad’s research park…they […]

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On this day in 1982: In Lausanne, Switzerland, the International Olympic Committee restores two gold medals won by the late Jim Thorpe. Thorpe, an American Indian voted the greatest athlete of the first half of the century, won medals in the pentathlon and decathlon in the 1912 games at Stockholm. A few months later, however, […]

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The current wrangling over the “99 percent” and the “47 percent” brings to mind a similar issue that helped to oust a North Carolina congressman in 1996. This is from Jack Betts’  blog post on the 2010 death of former Raleigh police chief and U.S. Rep. Fred Heineman: “In 1995, then-Rep. Heineman was quoted in […]

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As Asheville readies for a visit by Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, it seems fitting to recall another Romney’s visit to the Carolinas some 35 years ago. George Romney, Mitt’s father, was governor of Michigan when he toured South Carolina’s Williamsburg County on September 27, 1967. The senior Romney was several months shy of announcing […]

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