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August 21, 2017

The prospect of making North Carolina’s gerrymandered districts fair — and doing so in a timely manner — isn’t looking good.

N.C. House and Senate Republicans have hired Beltway computer geek Tom Hofeller to draw maps. He’s being paid $50,000 in taxpayer money for what…

Redrawing America Imbalance of Power

August 20, 2017

Loud voices have risen to label the statues that stand in front our courthouses as symbols of racism, sedition and hate. The story the voices tell is simplistic. The men the statues represent, the people who erected them and the people who honor them today are far more complicated, and to paint who…

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August 19, 2017

Laurels — To a group of community-minded Girl Scouts. The fifth graders from Belvoir Elementary School decided to work on a beautification project as part of their “Be A Friend First Girl Scout Program.” They worked with teachers, staff and parents to clear grass and…

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August 18, 2017

Tempting though it may be, do not look away from the awful tragedy that unfolded in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend. Do not dismiss it or attempt to minimize its importance.

Stare directly into that hateful abyss. Confront it and see it for what it was. That is our charge as Americans.

A…

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August 17, 2017

Scientists are looking forward to learning a lot from the solar eclipse on Monday.

But the nation’s energy suppliers don’t want any surprises.

That’s especially important in North Carolina, the state whose electrical grid will be most affected — and for the first time, as…

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August 16, 2017

Nearly 185,000 Americans died fighting Nazism in World War II. One more perished for the same cause Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., when a protest of the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue spiraled into an uncontrolled inferno of white nationalism, replete with swastikas, Nazi salutes and racist…

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August 15, 2017

More lackluster news about productivity from the Labor Department last week means that a key engine of overall economic growth remains stalled. Specifically, output per private-sector worker rose at an annual rate of roughly 1 percent in the second three months of the year, better than last year's,…

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August 14, 2017

If newly named White House Chief of Staff John Kelly succeeds in bringing some order to the chaos that has so shaken the Trump administration, we hope he’ll get the president and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to ponder this: the interim report of the president’s commission on opioid…

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August 13, 2017

Hope springs eternal in Greenville this day as a group of young boys heads to Williamsport to play. The North State All Stars, there are 13 in all, carry with them more than the pride and joy of the families and friends but a tradition of baseball and community that reaches back decades.

The…

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August 12, 2017

Laurels — To a family reunion that put a focus on community service. Organizers of the Johnson Family Reunion wanted to undertake a community project as part of their annual celebration.  They opted for a week of community cleanup along Old River Road and other areas north of the…

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