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September 24, 2017

Sports editor Nathan Summers is taking monthly fishing excursions on the Tar River system to explore its character and its characters.

CHOCOWINITY BAY — It never fails that a lot of people lucky enough to live next to water don't care to spend much of their time on it.

Anderson Potter has…

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September 24, 2017

Cyndi Lauper once said girls just want to have fun, but boys do too, right?

In a sport that has been ridiculed for being overly restrictive in just about every way, one of the few forms of freedom NASCAR drivers still have is in their postrace victory celebrations.

I love seeing what some guys do.…

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September 24, 2017

Although it naturally casts a far-reaching shadow over East Carolina athletics, the Pirates’ dismal start to the football season should not diminish the spotlight that is brewing in non-revenue sports this fall.

There were not high expectations for ECU women’s soccer this year, but the…

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September 24, 2017

If there is anything sadder than a sad little dog, I would be hard-pressed to name it.

My dachshund-mix Ollie recently had a mole removed, and besides the indignity of having his belly shaved and undergoing anesthesia that left him drooling and slightly loopy, he also has had to wear a cone of…

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September 22, 2017

When tonight’s slate of high school football games wraps up, we will officially be halfway through the regular season.

With six weeks under our belt, Pitt County’s haves and have-nots have all but established themselves. Four county teams have winning records entering tonight (Ayden-…

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September 18, 2017

There was a buzz in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium early Saturday evening.

A few thousand people, maybe, were straggled across the concrete-and metal-colored grandstands in the football home of East Carolina – or is it only ECU now, or maybe #ECU?

The stadium's bells and whistles (and promotions) were…

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September 18, 2017

Nothing screams eastern North Carolina more than whole hog barbecue. From Skylight Inn to B’s Barbecue to Parkers and Sam Jones, good barbecue is not just a staple of the region; it’s a staple of the South.

Barbecue turned into my adopted favorite food when I first moved to Greenville…

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September 17, 2017

When plumbing a shower, look to the moon Enceladus.

Enceladus is a tiny orbiter of Saturn, about the size of Utah, some 800 million miles from here. It is cold there: -200 degrees at high noon in August. Enceladus knows a lot about cold showers.

Photos taken by NASA’s Cassini show Enceladus…

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September 16, 2017

Barring something miraculous, it appears this season will be the end of Danica Patrick’s NASCAR experiment.

Her time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series was, let’s face it, not great. Entering today’s race at Chicagoland, Patrick has seven top-10s and no top-fives in 180…

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September 16, 2017

One night in late 1979, I was behind the counter at the Jiffy Market shutting down the hot dog machine when a helicopter landed in the parking lot. The Jiffy was a neighborhood hangout for teenagers, so it was not unusual to witness unusual things near the midnight closing hour.

Fire trucks…

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