Murdoch denies hacking link dump phones

“Colonial America’s Interstate 95.” (Or maybe I-81?)

David Goldfield gets his turn at bat in the Disunion blog.

— Alas, high-altitude vandalism didn’t end with Elisha Mitchell’s monument.

— Did I really kill half a morning reading these obsessively detailed histories of moribund malls in Eden, High Point and Hendersonville?

Weekend link dump: from horses to thieves

— In the Pilot of Southern Pines, Stephen Smith finds a silver lining in the theft of the historical marker identifying the Weymouth Center as the former home of novelist James Boyd.

— Volunteers in Eden retrieve a  sunken 40-foot bateau replica from the Dan River.

— Ben Steelman answers a reader’s question about the checkered tenancy of downtown Wilmington’s old Masonic Temple, aka St. John’s hall. 

— Is North Carolina’s official state horse really unAmerican?