As cyclists persevered through rain and wind, traveling 54 miles from Smithfield to Greenville on Tuesday, the memory of emergency medical staff who died in a 1987 helicopter crash persevered with them.

Greenville’s Planning and Zoning Commission has signed off on one measure that would allow gun sales at indoor shooting facilities and another that would allow a self-storage facility at a site where apartments have been denied in Bells Fork.

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East Carolina University agreed to pay $140,000 to the U.S. Attorney’s Office to settle allegations about falsified documentation to secure funding from the federal AmeriCorps program.

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East Carolina’s Donnie Kirkpatrick walked into Wednesday’s post-practice news conference smiling and ready to talk like an offensive coordinator who just coached in a high-scoring victory.

Despite East Carolina’s 0-2 record at the time and trailing in the fourth quarter at Marshall, ECU football coach Mike Houston sensed Saturday night his players were plenty confident enough to beat the Thundering Herd.

This is the year for discussing space tourism after Sir Richard Branson successfully took Virgin Galactic into space and returned safe and sound. It’s a wonderful time for a reminder that 60 years earlier, in 1961, Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (1934-1968) was, for all intents and purposes, the …

BYH to the woman watching a video on her phone while riding her bike on Ida and Mary McLawhorn Road, who later said she was grown and didn’t care. You were weaving all over the road, and cars were slowing and weaving to avoid you. Distracted driving goes for as much for bicycles as it does f…

You’ve likely seen the headlines about COVID-19 killing radio hosts and activists who opposed vaccines and masks. Several of those headlines were about Caleb Wallace, a Texan who helped organize a “freedom rally” this summer to protest mask-wearing. Some corners of the internet reacted with …

The Vietnam exit, the Iran hostages, the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Titanic are all comparisons I can draw from the botched Afghanistan departure, with the Afghanistan departure being far worse than any of the others listed. Excuse: We were surprised.

Why is there so much division and so much conflict in this country? Why would someone argue about something so simple as wearing a mask or getting a vaccine? We are facing a common enemy, a deadly virus, taking thousands of lives daily, straining our health care system beyond its abilities a…

While debating heretics, early Christians used the Greek term “hypostasis” — meaning “substance” and “subsistence” — to help define their belief in the Incarnation of Jesus as one person, yet with divine and human natures.

Let’s talk about suicide. After all, September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Oh, you don’t think we should be talking about suicide? I see. It’s not that common, you say. And you think talking about suicide will put that thought in someone’s head.

If you are like me and enjoy homemade tomato sauce year-round, this recipe is for you. It’s a great way to use up any lingering tomatoes at the end of the season. If the season has already finished, you can still manage a decent sauce with your supermarket variety.

Two area writers will go before a panel of judges later this month to see who will become the 2021 Heart of the Pamlico Poet Laureate. The Pamlico Writers’ Group is hosting the competition at 4 p.m. on Sept. 26 at Pamlico Books, 149 N. Market St., Washington, N.C.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The chairman of the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission has resigned from the board, citing anxiety over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the agency’s recent challenges with liquor distribution.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina judges struck down the state’s latest photo voter identification law on Friday, agreeing with minority voters that Republicans rammed through rules tainted by racial bias as a way to remain in power.

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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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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Leaders who are “playing” at unity and stuffing pressing problems into an overflowing bag of woe. A world that's in the same boat, but first-class passengers get the lifeboats. A United Nations that resembles ”a retired superhero" that has lost sight of what it used to be.

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The U.S. moved a step closer Wednesday to offering booster doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to senior citizens and others at high risk from the virus as the Food and Drug Administration signed off on the targeted use of extra shots.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge dismissed some of the biggest remaining lawsuits over Ohio State's failure to stop decades-old sexual abuse by now-deceased team doctor Richard Strauss, saying Wednesday it’s indisputable Strauss abused hundreds of young men but agreeing with OSU’s argum…

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DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — Three hours after being freed from a giant migrant camp under an international bridge, Mackenson Veillard stood outside a gas station and took stock of his sudden good fortune as he and his pregnant wife waited for a Greyhound bus to take them to a cousin in San Antonio.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The last person seen with Kristin Smart before she vanished from a college campus 25 years ago on the Central California coast will stand trial on a murder charge in her suspected death and his father faces trial as an accomplice for allegedly helping bury her body, a judg…

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A day after assuming his job, Florida's newly appointed surgeon general on Wednesday signed new protocols allowing parents to decide whether their children should quarantine or stay in school if they are asymptomatic after being exposed to someone who has tested positive…