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On this day in 1970: The pregnant wife and two young daughters of Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald are murdered at their Fort Bragg apartment. MacDonald blames drug-crazed hippie intruders who chant, “Acid is groovy, kill the pigs,” but prosecutors will contend it was he who clubbed and stabbed his wife and 5-year-old in a fit of rage, […]

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“According to William Surface of the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville, North Carolina, ‘It became a badge of honor for some Southerners to have an ancestor whose house was burned by Sherman’s troops.’ “Betty McCain, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, exemplified this mindset while testifying [in 1994] before the […]

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On this day in 1956: A riot breaks out at Fats Domino’s show in Fayetteville, N.C. Police resort to tear gas to break up the unruly crowd. Fats jumps out a window to avoid the melee; he and two other band members are slightly injured.  

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“Maybe [Mick Kelly] would be a great inventor. She would invent little tiny radios the size of a green pea that people could carry around and stick in their ears.” – From “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” (1940), Carson McCullers’ first novel, begun in Charlotte and completed in Fayetteville Singer-playwright Suzanne Vega recalls this […]

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“Their worldly possessions jammed into the back of his Volkswagen, Colin [Powell] and his pregnant wife were on their way to Fort Bragg. [In 1962] there was no on-base married housing for temporary, Vietnam-bound trainees; they planned to rent a furnished house or apartment in Fayetteville…. “After a frustrating day of house hunting, the Powells […]

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Unsettling news indeed: The “well-being” of North Carolinians reportedly ranks 36th in the nation. Gallup’s composite index weighs 20 factors, such as stress, obesity, job satisfaction, nighttime safety, happiness…. Happiness? Tar Heels come up short in happiness? Why, it hasn’t been that long ago — the ’70s, actually — that John Shelton Reed was explaining […]

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– What was his great-great-great grandfather thinking? – A play about Harriet Jacobs, a film about Carl Sandburg. – Death noted: Clyde King, whose long baseball career began with an overnight transformation from Tar Heel to Brooklyn Dodger. – Roadside marker in Fayetteville is state’s first to  recognize a Muslim. – Lost Colony researcher‘s  “two […]

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Thanks to Michael Hill for this list of state highway historical markers approved by the advisory committee May 25: – Pea Island Lifesavers. Only U.S. Lifesaving Station manned by black crew. Led by Richard Etheridge, 1879-1899. – George H. White, 1852-1918. Represented the state’s “Black Second” district, U.S. House, 1897-1901. Last black Southerner in Congress […]

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