March 24, 2018

How in the world did the Russians use funny dog videos to influence America’s presidential election? Fifty million Facebook users want to know.

The big story last week was that Facebook lost control of personal data belonging to 50 million Americans — information apparently used…


March 19, 2018

As a reporter, you pick up different methods and ideas as you go to help make your writing as succinct and direct as possible.

One of the best tricks I picked up along the way was whenever I was struggling to find a lede — the introductory first couple of paragraphs, for those not familiar…


March 18, 2018

The river birch is leaking.

Every spring, puddles form on the driveway, as if from selective rain. There are no puddles under the bright blue sky, no puddles in the wide open spaces. A small river flows only on the driveway, and only under the river birch tree.

Buckets seem appropriate. We’ve…


March 18, 2018

I’m young enough that I can’t remember a NASCAR without Lowe’s.

I have only the foggiest memories of the home improvement company sponsoring Brett Bodine’s car in the mid-1990s, but I remember it sponsoring Mike Skinner’s No. 31 car at Richard Childress Racing just…


March 17, 2018

Long after I’m gone, there’s an excellent chance my daughters will have plenty of motion pictures to remember me by. Mostly song and dance routines surreptitiously recorded during brief periods of spontaneous silliness.

I have similar motion pictures of my father, but they live inside…


March 12, 2018


I saw it.

I've seen it a few times before, but this time it was different, and I knew exactly what it meant.

Nyjanique Langley came down the floor in the first quarter of Saturday's 2-A state championship game against North Wilkes, pulled up at the left wing behind the college 3-point…


March 11, 2018

Forty-some years ago, I had a bad nosebleed while anchoring a newscast at Greensboro’s WFMY-TV. Technical problems prevented going to a break, so I had to simply lower my head and continue reading the news.

The moment continued long enough for blood to begin dribbling off my lips and start…

Bob Garner

March 11, 2018

The last time I wrote about the need for some ritzy middle-aged housing in Greenville, I received enthusiastic support from several readers.

Now, I will admit that my supporters were other middle-aged people who liked the idea of a gym with mirrors that made you look thinner and a pet spa and…


March 10, 2018

Jeff Compher went all-in when it came to spending East Carolina's athletic dollars, but today he is just another expense for a university with a slew of them.

The director of athletics accepted a buyout to leave the school on Friday. The same ECU Board of Trustees that five years ago put him in the…


March 10, 2018

NASCAR's decision to issue standardized pit guns to all of its teams was and still is a noble concept.

Its implementation, on the other hand, has been suspect, and that's putting it lightly.

Three races into the season, every Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race has been plagued with a slew of…

NASCAR Las Vegas Auto Racing
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