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“Robert Kennedy’s Justice Department weighed in against a reduction in [Junius] Scales‘s sentence [for being a member of the Communist Party]….But Bobby was changing. He had begun to distinguish saying provocative things from actually doing something wrong.  He was more open to admitting a mistake. He was also less afraid to break with the unbending […]

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“The writer [Thomas Wolfe] spent the last years of his life at the Chelsea. In Room 829, he was known to have produced the manuscript for the novels ‘You Can’t Go Home Again’ and ‘The Web and the Rock,’ which were published after he died in 1938. “He drew great inspiration from roaming the hallways, […]

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“Ms. Smith is but one of many Texans and former Texans named Texas. It’s not their nickname but the formal name given to them by their parents that appears on their birth certificates, IDs and, in some cases, obituaries….None of the other states I’ve lived in had such a hold on its residents that people […]

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“Asheville was slow to take up the great game of golf. The Asheville Country Club at the foot of Sunset Mountain [had] a nine-hole golf course, but the standard course had become 18 holes. The Southern Railway, in bringing people to Asheville, found resistance on account of the lack of a good golf course…. “S.H. […]

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“[In a letter to Collier’s Weekly] Burke Haywood Bridgers wrote that people in Wrightsville Beach had tried out surfing during the summer of 1909 without great results. The Lumina [Pavilion], then one of the area’s premiere attractions, hosted a ‘surf board riding contest’ over Labor Day, in fact. “Bridgers went on to describe the kinds […]

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” ‘I don’t know that Trump has historical awareness at all,’ Fitzhugh Brundage, the chair of the history department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, told me…. ‘I’ve had any number of colleagues say they feel recommitted and energized to do what they do, because of its very importance now.’ “Brundage told […]

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“Michael Behrent, history professor at App State, believes that the changes in how public universities are funded represent an ‘economic and political model that is hostile toward the very idea of public institutions’ — and one hostile to the teaching staff upon whose services it relies. Altha Cravey, a geography professor at UNC-CH… cites data […]

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“Bluff City BBQ opened last month — in a New York suburb. “And there’s Memphis Style BBQ Company. Location:  Seminole, Florida. “And there’s Porky J’s Memphis Style BBQ in San Antonio. “And there’s a restaurant chain called Memphis Barbecue Co. operating  in Fayetteville, North Carolina…. “There are, of course, other regional favorites such as Texas beef barbecue, […]

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“Students at elite colleges are even richer than experts realized, according to a new study based on millions of anonymous tax filings and tuition records. “At 38 colleges in America, including five in the Ivy League – Dartmouth, Princeton, Yale, Penn and Brown – more students came from the top 1 percent of the income […]

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“Woman’s College alumna Virginia Tucker ’30 [was] a trailblazer for the female mathematicians — known as ‘computers – highlighted in ‘Hidden Figures.’ “Tucker was one of five women to join the first human computer pool at Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in 1935. “When World War II broke out, more women were recruited as computers to […]

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