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“2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the year in which humanity finally cured cancer. Readers of today’s obituary pages may doubt this. But I know about the anniversary because I broke the cancer cure story for the Associated Press. Forty years later, alas, my story remains unmatched. The experience taught me a valuable lesson about […]

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Following the Constitutional mandate that they gather on the first Monday after the second Wednesday of the month, the state’s 15 electors met at the old state Capitol building earlier today and cast their votes. The outcome of their balloting was as expected. Reflecting the Republican ticket’s victory in the popular vote here, the electors […]

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Our friends at the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources remind us that today is the anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first successful flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C. Here’s how the story was reported in the Chatham Record published on December 24, 1903: The story goes on to describe the dramatic scene, but, unfortunately, the […]

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As a lifelong Southerner, I have witnessed many abuses to “y’all.” I have seen its apostrophe misplaced. I have heard it misused to address one person, rather than two or more. But until recently I hadn’t even considered the possibility of redundant pluralization. As a friend and I finished breakfast at a local Pancake House, […]

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“In 1948, his first year of teaching at Black Mountain College, John Cage gave a lecture on Erik Satie, at the time a little-known French composer. To make his point about Satie’s significance, Cage weighed him against a composer who needed no introduction. ‘Beethoven was in error,’ he said, ‘and his influence, which has been […]

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We reached into our tobacco ephemera collection in search of something seasonal and found our December artifact of the month, a holiday-edition “Joe Camel” lighter. On the lighter, Mr. Camel is smoking, naturally. He’s also jamming on a keyboard, wearing sunglasses and a red bowtie. Just off to the side, a red cocktail with a […]

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“That they will spend $60,000 a year to send their son to Duke and then they will will turn on the TV and see him half-naked with his face painted blue, contorted, screaming at some poor guy from Wake Forest or Clemson shooting a free throw.” – Frank Deford, describing “American parents’ worst nightmare” on […]

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We’ve been mining the collections at DigitalNC for references to and images of Santa Claus in the Tar Heel state. We put together a Flickr set with some of our finds, which include some terrific images of Santa in Rocky Mount, Pinehurst, Burgaw, and Ashe County, lots of ads, and my favorite, a photo of […]

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“Easy Fruit Cake” “Ice Box Fruit Cake” from Historic Moores Creek Cook Book: A Collection of Old and New Recipes. “Japanese Fruit Cake” “Applesauce Fruit Cake” from Hyde County Cook Book. “Black Fruit Cake” from Auntie’s Cook Book: Favorite Recipes. “Grandmother Hall’s Scotch Fruit Cake” “Inexpensive Fruit Cake” from Favorite Recipes of the Lower Cape […]

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Several new titles just added to “New in the North Carolina Collection.” To see the full list simply click on the link in the entry or click on the “New in the North Carolina Collection” tab at the top of the page. As always, full citations for all the new titles can be found in […]

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