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Live red-zone sequences and continual work on special teams were highlights from East Carolina football practice Tuesday as the Pirates prepare for a full weekend scrimmage at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

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Juan Powell was a true freshman starter in the East Carolina football secondary for the final game of the 2019 season, and he might be a starter for this year’s opener Sept. 2 versus Appalachian State, but he definitely will still be a freshman.

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Former East Carolina basketball star Jayden Gardner made his next destination official Monday night when he tweeted he had committed to Virginia.

Memphis’ Hunter Goodman is one of the most feared hitters in the American Athletic Conference, and he totaled three RBIs during Saturday’s game at Clark-LeClair Stadium, but East Carolina’s plethora of pitchers held him without a home run for the entire series and to zero RBIs in three of th…

A hopeful pass lofted by No. 1 quarterback Holton Ahlers was caught by a leaping C.J. Johnson in impressive fashion in the back of a Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium end zone Sunday near the end of East Carolina football practice, which was one of the positive signs for the Pirate offense.

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It’s been almost four years since North Carolina’s Republican legislative leaders capitulated to global economic pressure and effectively admitted the error of their ways by agreeing to repeal the infamous anti-transgender law known as House Bill 2.

One problem with government emergency actions is that the political class never wants them to end. Witness the Biden Administration’s extension of the eviction and foreclosure moratoriums, which by now are creating more trouble than they’re worth.

Bless you heart to the kind and honest person who turned in my dropped book of checks to the worker at the Winterville post office. They made sure it was put in my box. Your note indicated you would hope someone would do the same for you, and I hope so too! You did not identify yourself so I…

Javier Castillo’s letter to the editor published in the expanded April 11-12 edition of the paper about “Latinx” says that “If your chromosomes are XX or XY you will remain a male or a female for the rest of your life, therefore you will be a Latino or Latina.”

I frequently drive up Charles Boulevard and hang a left onto 14th Street. That allows me to follow the progress of the construction of the massive Jolly Roger apartment complex. And I always wonder, “Who is going to move in?”

Catholic leaders often whisper about “Christmas and Easter Catholics”: people whose names are found on parish membership rolls, but who are rarely seen in the pews — except during crowded Christmas and Easter rites.

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Breakfast for many is the most important meal, a chance to fill up with delicious food to get through the day. Villa Verde Dos, located at 2247 W. Arlington Blvd. next to Vidant Medical Center, is Greenville’s newest morning filling station. We all know and love Villa Verde for lunch or dinn…

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NEW YORK (AP) — Bernard Madoff, the infamous architect of an epic securities swindle that burned thousands of investors, outfoxed regulators and earned him a 150-year prison term, died behind bars early Wednesday. He was 82.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Calls for fairness predominated at a North Carolina legislative hearing Wednesday on a bill that would prevent transgender girls and women from competing in organized school sports designated for biologically female athletes.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The FBI said Wednesday that it has increased the reward being offered for information in connection with the deaths of three women found within a four-block radius of a North Carolina city four years ago.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — These North Carolina lotteries were drawn Wednesday:

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday announced he'll run for the U.S. Senate in North Carolina, shaking up the calculus in the expanding field to succeed retiring Sen. Richard Burr with the entrance of a veteran of statewide politics.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Bernard Madoff, the infamous architect of an epic securities swindle that burned thousands of investors, outfoxed regulators and earned him a 150-year prison term, died behind bars early Wednesday. He was 82.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The suspect in the 1996 disappearance of California college student Kristin Smart killed her while trying rape her in his dorm room and his father helped hide the body, the San Luis Obispo County district attorney said Wednesday.

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BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — A white former suburban Minneapolis police officer was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter for killing 20-year-old Black motorist Daunte Wright in a shooting that ignited days of unrest and clashes between protesters and police.

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PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) — Coast Guard boats and aircraft have covered an area larger than the state of Rhode Island to search for 12 people still missing Wednesday off the Louisiana coast after their offshore oilfield vessel capsized in hurricane-force winds.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — George Floyd died of a sudden heart rhythm disturbance as a result of his heart disease, a forensic pathologist testified for the defense Wednesday at former Officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial, contradicting prosecution experts who said Floyd succumbed to a lack of oxyge…

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Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine will remain in limbo for a while longer after government health advisers declared Wednesday that they need more evidence to decide if a handful of unusual blood clots were linked to the shot — and if so, how big the risk really is.