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After pitching played a crucial role in determining the first four games of the District 4 9-11 Year Old championship series, the opening four innings of Friday night’s Game Five made it appear the decisive game would be no different.

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East Carolina baseball coach Cliff Godwin routinely said that his team was playing with house money as the Pirates entered the postseason. After all, it took some time for the Pirates to match the preseason Top-15 hype.

Adam Ulffers played his high school lacrosse at J.H. Rose and is set to take his play to the next level at Randolph College after signing his National Letter of Intent this past spring.

Brook Valley will play host to the annual Pirate Cup Golf Tournament on Sept. 3 with former East Carolina golf team member and current PGA professional Harold Varner III serving as host for the event.

Bless our heart, with this present extremist Supreme Court running full speed with their agenda, in conjunction with the modern day Repugnican party that obviously no longer even pretends to believe in democracy, we may have already seen our last free and fair election. Happy Independence Day.

Nice move Supreme Court. Take away the responsibility for regulating dangerous carbon emissions from the scientific experts at the EPA and give them to legislators who get huge sums of cash from energy company lobbyists. This stupid move comes with climate disasters nipping at our heels.

On this Independence Day we might do well to reflect not only on that date in 1776 in Philadelphia but also on that date in 1863 in Gettysburg. There during July 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 1863, occurred the largest battlefield carnage in our history. On July 4th the Northern and Southern armies face…

It’s funny how Amazon makes it possible to crush Christmas into tiny crumbs of hard candy that may be drizzled across the year like sprinkles on cupcakes. This gives us manageable amounts of anticipation instead of the crushing landslide-tsunami-collision of planets type of expectation that …

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Tropical Storm Colin has brought rain and winds to parts of North and South Carolina, though the storm has weakened and conditions are expected to improve by Monday's July Fourth celebrations. Separately, the center of Tropical Storm Bonnie rolled into the Pacific on Saturday after a rapid march across Central America, where it caused flooding, downed trees and forced thousands of people to evacuate in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Forecasters say Bonnie is likely to become a hurricane by Monday off the southern coast of Mexico, but it is unlikely to make a direct hit on land.

North Carolina's Democratic attorney general has not yet indicated whether he will ask a court to lift the injunction on a state law banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Attorney General Josh Stein told Republican lawmakers on Friday that his department’s attorneys are reviewing the litigation that led a federal court to strike down the 20-week ban. His letter responds to GOP demands that he take immediate action in the wake of last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned abortion protections. Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore warned last week Stein's inaction would lead them to get involved.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear a case that could dramatically change the way elections for Congress and the presidency are conducted by handing more power to state legislatures and blocking state courts from reviewing challenges to the procedures and results.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday threw out the 2020 conspiracy and bribery convictions of a major political donor in North Carolina and his associate, declaring that the trial judge erred in his jury instructions.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican legislative leaders on Tuesday unveiled state budget adjustments for the coming year, proposing to spend or set aside billions in expected extra tax collections to raise worker pay, recruit companies, build more infrastructure and combat inflation.

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Heavy rain was hampering the search in Italy for those unaccounted for — perhaps as many 15 — a day after an enormous chunk of an Alpine glacier broke off and slammed into hikers. Italian state TV said a body was located on Monday, raising to seven the known death toll of the avalanche from the Marmolada glacier a day earlier. Italian news reports said so far, four victims have been identified in a morgue set up in an ice rink in the resort town of Canazei. State TV reported that three of the dead were Italians, while the fourth was from Czechia.  With conditions too dangerous for rescuers and dogs to search the slope, drones were being used for most of Monday morning.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday declared victory in the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk, one day after Ukrainian forces withdrew from their last remaining bulwark of resistance in the province. Putin's declaration came as Russian forces were trying to press their offensive deeper into eastern Ukraine after capturing the Luhansk stronghold of Lysychansk on Sunday. The Ukrainian General Staff said Russian forces are now focusing their efforts on pushing toward the line of Siversk, Fedorivka and Bakhmut in the Donetsk region, one of the two regions that make up the country’s eastern industrial heartland of Donbas. About half of Donetsk is controlled by Russia.

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Danish police said a gunman who killed three people when he opened fire in a crowded shopping mall acted alone and apparently selected his victims at random. Authorities all but ruled out Monday that attack was an “act of terrorism.” Police have not identified a motive for Sunday’s attack inside one of Scandinavia’s biggest shopping centers. A suspect carrying a rifle and knife was quickly arrested. Copenhagen chief police inspector Søren Thomassen said the 22-year-old Danish man also had access to another gun. He said the firearms were obtained illegally and that the suspect was known to mental health services but gave no further details on either.

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Rescue teams searching for missing crew members from a Chinese engineering ship that sank during a weekend storm have saved a fourth person and recovered 12 bodies. Chinese officials say the crew member rescued on Monday is in stable condition. Three other members of the 30-person crew were rescued on Saturday. Officials are attempting to identify the 12 recovered bodies. The vessel, a floating crane, was hit by the tropical storm on Saturday and snapped in two before sinking.

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Cities burned to the ground and colleagues with severed limbs. Bombardments so relentless the only option is to lie in a trench, wait and pray. Ukrainian soldiers returning from the front lines in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region – where Russia is waging a fierce offensive - describe life during what has turned into a grueling war of attrition as apocalyptic. In interviews with The Associated Press, some complained of chaotic organization, desertions and mental health problems caused by relentless shelling. Others spoke of high morale, their colleagues’ heroism, and a commitment to keep fighting, even as the better-equipped Russians control more of the combat zone.

A French TV documentary offers a unique behind-the-scene look before and after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, from the point of view of France’s diplomatic efforts around the war. It shows French President Emmanuel Macron’s activism, following him from Moscow to Kyiv, but also his top aides in action. The film notably reveals nine minutes of a phone call between Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin four days before the war, in a rare public recording of a discussion between two world leaders. Macron tries to convince the Russian president to “calm things down” in the region. But all his suggestions reach a dead end on Putin’s side.

The Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade has ushered in a new era of funding on both sides of the abortion debate. With the legality of abortion now up to individual states to determine, an issue long debated by legislators and philanthropists suddenly has real-world ramifications for people across the country. Donations are pouring in to nonprofit groups on both sides of the debate in what experts call an example of “rage giving.” Yet few believe the additional funding will be enough to address the increased demand for help either for women to obtain the procedure or to support babies put up for adoption or into the foster care system.

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World shares are mostly higher while U.S. futures fell ahead of the July 4 holiday in the U.S. Benchmarks rose in London, Paris, Frankfurt and Tokyo but fell in Hong Kong and Seoul. Oil prices fell back after surging on Friday. U.S. stocks shook off a morning slump Friday and ended higher, but still ended in the red for the week. It was the fourth losing week in the last five for Wall Street as investors fretted over high inflation and the possibility that higher interest rates could bring on a recession. The S&P 500 rose 1.1%.