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April 15, 2018

The April breezes that follow March freezes are just teases for a balloon to wander where it pleases.

To put it in the terms of a homework problem, If a weather balloon leaves Catawba Valley Community College at 9 a.m. on Saturday, where will the payload land?

It’s not a fruitless problem.…

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April 15, 2018

“I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks,” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told me recently in Durham.

The 85-year-old justice had lots to say about her personal struggles as law student, young lawyer looking for…

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April 08, 2018

Most of us have heard the phrase, “You can’t win for losing.” It reflects a kind of pessimism that I ordinarily like to shrug off, but there is some truth in the heart of the sentiment.

I have been thinking about that phrase ever since I encountered a bicyclist pedaling down…

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April 07, 2018

If only ants were on their menu, stink bugs would make even better house pets.

Our family moved back to Tennessee in 2016 to learn that the Volunteer State apparently had become the stink bug capital of the world while we were gone. After relocating hundreds of them in two years, I have come up…

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April 01, 2018

Valentine’s Day, Ash Wednesday.

I left work early and drove to my daughter’s high school. The radio was on NPR and early details about the school shooting at Parkland were being reported.

It was my daughters’ maiden voyage, the first time they drove to school by themselves. My…

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March 31, 2018

A bed is one of the most important purchases you can make for a teenager. It’s where they spend two-thirds of their lives after all.

That might not be an entirely fair assessment, but it’s close.

Our three teenage daughters have been more than fair about the subpar quality of their…

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March 25, 2018

For 15 years, it was my task, sometimes my burden, very often my pleasure and always my adventure, to cover the East Carolina football team.

Home and away. Win or lose. For better or worse.

From Greenville to Florida, Texas, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Ohio, Oklahoma and countless other cities and states,…

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March 25, 2018

I grew up with a mother who used a lot of standard phrases when she spoke to me.

“If you feel badly about something, it’s probably because you should,” Mom would say, or “Your sister never gave me this much trouble,” or “It makes me tired just to look…

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…

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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…

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