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Archive for January, 2013

Can the fan followings of NFL teams be mapped county-by-county by  how frequently the teams are “liked” on Facebook? If so, then Eastern North Carolina fans heavily favor Baltimore over San Francisco in the Super Bowl, while the rest of the state exhibits mixed loyalties. Location, location…? When the entire 32-team league is mapped, the […]

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The new NC ECHO statewide search makes it easier than ever for users to find local and state history resources online. Through a single, simple search interface, users can find historic photos, maps, postcards, genealogies, yearbooks, oral histories, and much more. The statewide search was developed by NC LIVE, the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, […]

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On this day in 1998: By accident, the execution of Ricky Lee Sanderson, 38-year-old murderer,  brings to an end the era of the gas chamber at Central Prison in Raleigh. Although many states have already replaced gas with the more clinical method of lethal injection, North Carolina will make the change out of concern for […]

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What kind of guy hikes the Keystone XL pipeline? The kind of guy who lives in a van in a parking lot at Duke (and writes a book about it).  

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“In ‘The Poetry of Traveling’ (1838)… Bostonian Anna Marie Wells spoke of the fine scenery in Buncombe County but warned visitors about the crudeness of Southern society. While the views from the mountains filled her soul with the wonder of God’s glory, the local population did not…. She mocked their strange accents and their peculiar […]

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On this day in 1995: Fourteen years after being convicted of the rape and murder of a N.C. Wesleyan College cheerleader, Kermit Smith is executed by lethal injection at Central Prison in Raleigh. Smith becomes the first white person in North Carolina — and the second in the nation the Supreme Court reinstated the death […]

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If you haven’t yet had a chance to visit the North Carolina Collection Gallery’s news photography exhibit, consider this your last call. The exhibit, “Photographic Angles: News Photography in the North Carolina Collection,” will close on Feb. 3, 2013. The description of the exhibit, from the Gallery’s website: Events and images: two words destined for […]

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Although the volume of campaign mailings and posters appears to be as high this year as it was in 2008, there was a falloff in creativity and strong imagery. Nothing compared to the blood hound looking for Elizabeth Dole or the image of Barack Obama in lederhosen. The one mailing that did standout for strong […]

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“One sailor stationed off Wilmington, North Carolina, explained in his diary how adventurous blockade duty really was: ” ‘I told her [his mother] she could get a fair idea of our ‘adventures’ if she would go on the roof of the house, on a hot summer day, and talk to half a dozen hotel hallboys, […]

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Working Up the Senior Set

The national debt was much discussed this past election season. Voters were urged to think of the future generations—all those children and grandchildren who will be burden by our fiscal irresponsibility and that of the politicians that we’ve elected. But cute little kids don’t vote, and senior citizens do, so both major parties made appeals […]

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