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Nicholas Graham’s revelation of Carrboro’s backstory — how UNC president and chemist Francis P. Venable gratefully  handed over title to the town’s name to the way less modest Julian Shakespeare Carr — reminded me of other instances in which North Carolina’s intent to honor the intelligentsia proved challenging: — Conover is named for the Italian […]

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“Mark Schultz’s News & Observer colleague John Frank calls this ‘the BEST lede ever,’ and others agree. ‘Totally restored my faith in the snarky wonder of journalism,’ tweeted Khadijah Britton.” — From “ ‘Peeing in his compost’: Best newspaper lead ever?”   at jimromenesko.com (Nov. 12)  

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When the A Word A Day email service discussed “verbal fighting,” Ed Greer of Philadelphia responded: “When I was a kid in the 1960s, we did something we called ‘Carrboro fighting’ (Carrboro was the town on the other side of the railroad tracks). “You faced your opponent placing your right shoulder against his right shoulder, […]

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