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The mighty Pirates of East Carolina University are set to test their mettle this week in the fires of competition against the North Carolina State University Wolfpack in a battle of blood, not sweat or tears, to see which school’s community can donate the most blood for use in local hospitals.

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East Carolina athletics director Jon Gilbert addressed “substantial gameday challenges” in a letter to Pirate fans on Tuesday posted on ecupirates.com, saying approximately 122 part-time employees hired for ECU football games did not show Saturday at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

East Carolina and Marshall are ready to renew their football rivalry, which will always be tied to the tragic 1970 Marshall plane crash 51 years ago, and also has a history of thrilling overtime games.

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Tuesday’s East Carolina football news conference served as another opportunity for head coach Mike Houston, and later senior defensive back Warren Saba, to support quarterback Holton Ahlers and voice how Ahlers gives the Pirates their best chance to win games.

A no BYH to those drivers blaring their loud music. You don’t realize that you are disturbing businesses. It’s an invasion of privacy and hurts people’s ears. And police should enforce noise ordinance in city limits because it’s getting out of hand.

Zac Campbell paused suddenly and took a minute to gather himself, while colleagues shuffled toward him to touch his back in support. The emotion that can accompany the act of baring one’s soul in front of a phalanx of TV cameras, photographers, and notepad-bearing journalists on a controvers…

People use: a) the patriotism validation to inform their conscience to: 1) wear a mask (President Biden’s mandate to wear a mask to demonstrate patriotism.), 2) keep 3 feet apart from other members of the species, and 3) get their shot or shots.

I was at the grocery store the other day and was disappointed to see only a few people were wearing masks. Please eat healthy, be physically active, and when inside, especially in any crowd, mask up.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Within his first week back at school after a year and a half, 7-year-old Ben Medlin was exposed to a classmate with COVID-19, and he was sent home, along with 7,000 other students in the district, for 14 days of quarantine.

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SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge ordered Apple to dismantle a lucrative part of the competitive barricade guarding its closely run iPhone app store, but rejected allegations that the company has been running an illegal monopoly that stifles competition and innovation.

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MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Sikh businessman Balbir Singh Sodhi was helping plant a flower bed at his Arizona gas station when he was shot dead by a man seeking to avenge 9/11. Mistaken for an Arab Muslim because of his turban and beard, Sodhi was the first person to die in a wave of bias crimes unle…

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Lawyer Alex Murdaugh surrendered Thursday to face insurance fraud and other charges after state police said he arranged to have himself shot in the head so that his son would get a $10 million life insurance payout. The shooter only grazed him.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Within his first week back at school after a year and a half, 7-year-old Ben Medlin was exposed to a classmate with COVID-19, and he was sent home, along with 7,000 other students in the district, for 14 days of quarantine.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd pleaded not guilty Thursday to violating the civil rights of a teenager in a separate case that involved a restraint similar to the one used on Floyd.