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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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On this day in 1865: Prisoner of war A.O. Abbott, first lieutenant in the 1st N.Y. Dragoons, recalls his release in Wilmington: “We laughed, cried, hurrahed, hugged, kissed, rolled in the sand, and — rejoiced generally. Many declared it was the happiest day of their lives. “The 6th Connecticut was encamped on the bank of […]

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– Death noted: Country singer Charlie Louvin, 83, last of the two Louvin Brothers and first cousin of esteemed Durham native John D. Loudermilk. Charlie and Ira were in fact born Loudermilks, but found the handle too long for career purposes. — Among the “All-time most popular” reader queries to the Star-News’  MyReporter.com is “Will […]

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– Sorry, Mr. Larsson, but Asheville readers prefer “Mayhem in Mayberry.” — In Charlotte, Mark Twain flap has familiar ring. — From a recently surfaced collection of Civil War pencil sketches (scroll down), 43 depicting North Carolina. — “Firestarter” II?

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– Never the twain shall meet — except in the Barbecue Battle Box. — Appalachia without “feisty Grannies.” — Artist’s scissors await donated  Confederate flags. — iPhone tosses lifeline to Cherokee language. — Bamboo pickles no longer a Wilkes County secret. — Wilmington welcomes  “Blue Velvet” reunion. — “We’re not a secret society. We’re a […]

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– “It was actually the worst apple pie I ever had, and the coffee was only marginal.” — Haven’t tried the barbecue at Glenn’s, but I swoon over the neon pig. — All politics is local? Tip O’Neill, meet Danbury, N.C. — Brooklyn isn’t only borough with North Carolina namesake. — God Save the (Azalea Festival) […]

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Ben Steelman offers a footnote to the Virginia Quarterly Review drama-turned-melodrama: “The VQR’s founding, in 1925, was in large part the work of a Wilmington native, UVa President Edwin A. Alderman. Ten years earlier, Alderman had called for ‘an organ of liberal opinion …’ (that’s as in liberal arts, not politics) ‘solidly based, thoughtfully and […]

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“In North Carolina, the crimes of murder, arson, burglary and rape are punishable by death. Fourteen-year-old Negro Ernest Brooks committed two of them. One night he broke into a Wilmington home, raped a woman eight months pregnant. Caught the next day, Negro Brooks confessed, was sentenced to death. “Last week Governor R. Gregg Cherry commuted […]

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Until recently I knew only about Charlotte’s Brooklyn neighborhood, not about Raleigh’s or Wilmington’s. Is this nomencluster anything more than coincidence? Does the name appear elsewhere in North Carolina? (If so, it avoided Michael Hill’s exhaustive expansion of the Gazetteer.) The Brooklyn (New York) Public Library offers this entertaining look at its “Brooklyn (non New […]

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– NPR discovers the struggle over how to pronounce Lejeune. — Cache of Outer Banks photos, circa 1900, includes rare shot of Kitty Hawk weather bureau. — Downtown Wilmington landmark is on the move. — Score one for preservation: New role planned for outmoded but still handsome  Yadkin River bridge, opened in 1924. — Should […]

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