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February 25, 2018

When you work at a newspaper, one thing you can count on is an email box full of research studies.

That’s not surprising. Here in America, we seem to study everything. The cause of ice cream brain freeze? Got it covered. The top beaches in the United States? Done. States with the best dental…

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February 25, 2018

The Daytona 500 produced a thrilling, controversial last-lap pass and a victory for an iconic number.

But if there’s one thing sports fans love more than a cool story and the extension of a legacy, it’s two guys throwing angry jabs at one another after an accident. Naturally, that means…

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February 24, 2018

Cutting across Georgia last June on our way home from a week in Florida, we asked our GPS service to help us avoid Atlanta. That wound up being a major wrong turn.

Not the avoiding Atlanta part—for no one in his right mind should ever traverse that perpetual traffic jam of a city outside of a…

February 18, 2018

Heartland Americans embrace some “foreign” foods and remain suspicious of others. I think it’s more a matter of emotion than logic.

Take pierogies. They’re pronounced “pea-row-geese,” but it looks like “pie.” As in fried pies. We love fried pies, and…

Bob Garner

February 18, 2018

The ECU-NASCAR connection strikes again.

For the second straight year, I got the opportunity to write a story that ties in East Carolina with the running of the Daytona 500. After I got to chat with Paige Keselowski, wife of Brad, last year about her time in Greenville, I had the chance to talk…

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February 18, 2018

The white, silky powder extends all the way to the blue mountains on the horizon, and the daughters stand ready by the sled. One push down the hill and they are giggling and tumbling and shaking off the flakes in the 90-degree sunshine.

Wait, what?

What is this glistening hill of snow that…

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February 17, 2018

Our house has five telephones, each with a different number. Some have North Carolina area codes, some Tennessee. Ten years ago, I would have said that could never happen.

But here we are.

The digital devices that hold our phone numbers are way more than telephones, but that’s what we still…

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February 12, 2018

As we watch the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, we have an incredible opportunity as a nation to come together and for the next two weeks set aside our differences to focus on what makes our nation great.

We will hear stories of athletes who overcame tremendous challenges on the road to becoming…

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February 11, 2018

I’m claiming to be juggling what I estimate to be a dozen TV projects. All are currently ailing … current, present or future. A weekly column and web thingie too? Hmm.

If TV is really the art of managing failure, that’s both an indictment and a shoddy see-through to everyone on…

Bob Garner

February 11, 2018

About this time every year, a series of photos begin to appear on my Facebook feed. They are labeled “memories,” and they cover a very specific topic.

When my beloved dachshund, Clifford, died in 2012, one of the ways I dealt with my grief was to write about him. I also posted many,…

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