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“Dear Sir: “Coca-Cola has had a big run at my fountain, and is gaining in popularity all the time. “A line of soda drinks is incomplete without it. “Coca-Cola has come to stay!” — From an 1892 letter to Coca-Cola from Raleigh pharmacist J. H[al] Bobbitt Four years later, Bobbitt moved to Baltimore to manufacture […]

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On this day in 1941: After appearing at Raleigh’s State Theatre in the stage version of “The Philadelphia Story,” Katharine Hepburn attends a cast party at the Executive Mansion hosted by Gov. and Mrs. J. Melville Broughton. “Miss Hepburn wore a mink coat over tan gabardine slacks and jacket, with white blouse of crepe silk […]

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“The China National Tobacco Corp. is by far the largest cigarette maker in the world. In 2013 it manufactured about 2.5¬†trillion cigarettes. Its next largest competitor, Philip Morris International, produced 880¬†billion. … “Last year, China National opened an office in suburban Raleigh to facilitate its growing purchases of American tobacco….. “A few years ago, a […]

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“Of all the major American dialects, South Mouth is the most consistently difficult to translate. “Among the most amusing examples is the expression a fade barn that the editors of the Dictionary of American Regional English tried to track down for a couple of years. The editors knew that the expression existed because field interviews […]

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“In the late 1940s, when the Red Sox were in Washington to play the Senators, Williams received a telegram from a doctor in North Carolina who was attending a dying boy. The doctor said the boy talked about him constantly and wondered if Williams could send him an autographed ball to give him a lift. […]

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“Lewis Mumford wrote that, in a city, ‘Time becomes visible.’ Not, it would appear, in Raleigh, North Carolina, where a city board has just decided that a rather discreet and understated modern house might need to be torn down because it damages the ambience of a historic district, which is to say it destroys the […]

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On this day in 1995: After a 24-hour stakeout of his Raleigh apartment building, FBI agents capture Kevin Mitnick, “the most wanted computer hacker in the world.”¬† Mitnick, 31, had used his sophisticated skills to worm his way into the nation’s telephone and cellular telephone networks and vandalize government, corporate and university computer systems. He […]

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Fifty years ago today — the day after Oswald killed Kennedy, the day before Ruby killed Oswald — a telephone call may have been attempted from the Dallas jail to a number in Raleigh. Regardless, no call went through. This lengthy and evenhanded account of the episode appeared in the News & Observer in 1980, […]

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“In bluegrass circles, it is being called ‘The Moment,’ and some of the people who saw it wept. I heard about it from Gillian Welch. It involved the master guitar player Tony Rice, who was giving a speech late last month in Raleigh, North Carolina, on the occasion of being inducted into the International Bluegrass […]

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“I often had occasion to notice [in the Carolinas and Georgia] the wide and pitiful difference between the residents of the cities and large towns and the residents of the country. There is everywhere a rigid spirit of caste…. “Thus, Charleston has much intelligence, and considerable genuine culture; but go 20 miles away, and you […]

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