— “Wisconsin of the South”? Does that make us pimiento-cheeseheads?
— Speaking of cheese, how about a Hatcher Cracker?
— A lady of uncertain age shows up on Hatteras Island.
— Come 2061, will we still be hearing paeans to blacks in gray? But reality triumphs — grownups, take note — in a seventh-grade classroom.
— What astronaut and poet laureate have in common: cold shoulder from Guilford County schools.
On this day in 1986 seven astronauts, including Beaufort (N.C.) native Mike Smith and N.C. A&T alumnus (and Lake City, S.C., native) Ron McNair,were killed when the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after lift-off.