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Abby: Obsession puts swimmer in unsafe water

Dear Abby: I’m a 21-year-old man who has been a successful swimmer in high school and now in college. Over the past few months, I have become obsessed with developing six-pack abs.

  • Hot Dish: Restaurant features wraps

    Here’s what’s going on in area restaurant news: 501 Fresh A new restaurant, 501 Fresh Salads and Wraps, will open in early August in the former Cubbie’s location at the corner of Fifth and Evans Streets.

  • Kolasa: Drink plenty of water

    Q I saw a news item that said our brain regulates the sensation of thirst and we really don’t have to worry about making sure we get enough fluid every day.

  • Learn to eat ‘Good and Cheap’

    Leanne Brown didn’t set out to write a buzz-worthy cookbook for people who want fine-dining taste on a food stamp budget.

  • Abby: Family’s secret better left unexposed

    Dear Abby: My husband’s family are hypocrites! They talk about everyone and their problems, yet when something arises in their family, they want it kept hush-hush.

  • Hax: Why daughter changed name

    Q I am almost 50, a single mom to an awesome 9-year-old daughter. My parents and I have a great relationship, with one glaring exception.

Palmetto State pioneers

One of the automobiles in Northwood Little League’s caravan headed back to South Carolina had to make some extra room for a Tournament of State Champions trophy.

  • Greenville All-Stars open with win

    The Greenville All-Stars opened pool play with an 11-6 victory over Putnam County (Tenn.) at the Babe Ruth 13-year-old baseball Southeast Regional in Sarasota, Fla., on Wednesday.

  • Williams proved he is worthy of Hall

    PHOENIX — Aeneas Williams spent most of his NFL career on bad teams.

  • Pack's Abu aims to provide boost

    RALEIGH — Abdul-Malik Abu is determined to give North Carolina State some help inside after the Wolfpack lost the top player in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

  • Woods hopeful for Firestone success

    AKRON, Ohio — Tiger Woods finds out over the next two weeks if his season is over or just getting started.

  • Pirates picked 4th in AAC

    The East Carolina football team was picked to finish fourth in the American Athletic Conference preseason football media poll.

Reflector editorial cartoons

The Daily Reflector will feature political cartoons from in-house artist Dave Irwin on each Sunday's editorial page.

  • Editorial: Budget spin not helpful

    An agreement between House and Senate Republicans on a $21.25 billion state budget proposal that includes an average 7 percent pay increase for teachers would be easier to digest if its proponents would be more open about what the budget does and does not do for public education.

  • Letter: Armed teachers part of solution

    This letter is in response to the editorial reprinted from the News Tribune, Jefferson City, Mo., titled, “Arming teachers.” The author oddly claimed a type of journalistic insight after “interacting with countless teachers” that allowed them to conclude: “Their job is teaching, and teaching must not place them in a position where they must ask themselves if this is the moment when they will kill another human being.”Of course the current “gun-free schools” situation places teachers in a position to ask themselves if this is the day they will be killed without hope of defending themselves or their students.

  • Letter: Rename city tax a 'fee'

    I have a solution for the new controversial Greenville property tax. Rename it the “City Council 2 percent fee.” Problem solved.

  • Dionne: Impeachment two-step

    If you attack the president repeatedly for law-breaking, executive overreach and deceiving the public and Congress, do you have an obligation to impeach him?

  • Editorial: step closer to medical marijuana

    A new law allowing limited use of medical marijuana in North Carolina to treat seizures represents a good start toward clear-headed thinking on the benefits of a drug that for too long has been politically clouded by its recreational use.

Storm: Legacy of healing

Let’s talk about legacies. The imprint, large or small, that we leave on the world.

  • Speller: Benefits of exercise

    My brother was talking about his workout routine recently when we were visiting with him in Maryland.

  • Rutledge: The underwear disconnect

    If it were left up to men, underwear companies would go broke. Not because men don’t like to wear skivvies. We just don’t like buying them.

  • Burns: Perilous path of free speech

    A young Palestinian from Greenville is demonstrating what it is to be an American by advocating for a cause that many don’t support.

  • Clark: Assistants belong in classroom

    State legislators continued to push pieces around their gameboards this week, attempting to negotiate an end to this year’s budget-wrangling session.

  • Rutledge: Saving the tuna

    When I rented my first apartment many years ago, I had my mother write down recipes for the dishes she had raised me on.

Scouts launch love of science

AYDEN — A former governor and member of the Boy Scouts of America’s executive board on Wednesday witnessed how a drinking straw, paper clip and rubber band are being used to launch youngsters to new heights of success.

  • Hunt: Too many cuts to education

    AYDEN — Former N.C. Gov. James B. Hunt Jr. said Wednesday he was worried that state education funding cuts made in recent years are not being restored.

  • Bond panel discusses street repairs

    The Greenville Bond Advisory Commission held its second meeting on Wednesday at City Hall to gauge city needs — particularly for street improvements — in order to begin formulating its recommendations to the City Council.

  • Local congressmen oppose lawsuit

    WASHINGTON — Pitt County’s two congressmen on Wednesday joined the opposition to a Republican plan to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority.

  • Kids learn life-saving skills

    A free five-day camp has been one of the highlights of Skyler Rouic’s summer.

  • Pitt County jobless rate dips in June

    The Pitt County unemployment rate dropped by five-tenths of a percent in June and was two full points lower than the same month a year ago.

Crime: Man robbed, cut

A man reported he was cut during a robbery at his home outside of Greenville on Tuesday night, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office reported.

  • Man sentenced in Craigslist robbery

    A man was sentenced to 41 years in prison on Wednesday for robbing and beating a Bell Arthur man after a meeting was arranged through Craigslist, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office reported.

  • Vidant investigates break-ins

    Vidant police are investigating a number of vehicle break-ins that occurred on Thursday in employee parking lots at Vidant Medical Center, a hospital official said on Tuesday.

  • Stolen copper valued at $10,000

    Greenville police officers are investigating a break-in in which copper piping valued at $10,000 was stolen, the police department reported.

  • Third shooting since Sunday

    Officers are investigating a shooting that happened early Tuesday morning on Haven Drive, the second shooting there and the third in town since Sunday, the Greenville Police Department reported.

  • Police identify victim of third shooting

    Officers are investigating a shooting that happened early Tuesday morning on Haven Drive, the second shooting there since Sunday and the third in town, the Greenville Police Department reported.

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