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February 03, 2019

You won't see the best Super Bowl ad because CBS refuses to run it. It's a commercial for medical marijuana from a cannabis company called Acreage Holdings. No doubt we will see an ad like this, somewhere, in the near future.

It should make you wonder how marijuana got so popular without…


February 03, 2019

There is a secret about North Carolina’s early colonial days, something even more disturbing and horrifying than traditional slavery.

I learned about it reading UNC-Wilmington professor David La Vere’s “The Tuscarora War: Indians, Settlers, and the Fight for the Carolina Colonies.…


February 02, 2019

When my brother came into the world, his older siblings were well into public education, and our mother had re-entered her career as a schoolteacher. I’m not saying Jeff wasn’t planned, but other plans had definitely been launched.

I cannot imagine life without my brother. If not for…

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January 27, 2019

Just over a century ago, a Methodist leader on the church's Board of Temperance, Prohibition and Public Morals noticed an empty lot facing the U.S. Capitol and thought it would be a fine place to do some lobbying.

The Methodist Building was finished in 1923, and 100 Maryland Ave. NE soon became an…

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January 27, 2019

The government shutdown has lasted for almost a month as I write this. My first question would be: How can you tell?

Of course, if you're one of the 800,000 government employees who are no longer getting paychecks, you can tell. But in a country of 320 million people, that leaves a lot of people…


January 27, 2019

The shortest day of the winter is behind us. The winter solstice was on Dec 21, the day when the noonday sun in Greenville was at its southernmost point. The sun rose at 7:15 a.m. and set at 5 p.m., giving us 9 hours and 45 minutes of daylight, the fewest of our year. Since then, the evenings have…

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January 26, 2019

My buddy Joe Talbert tells a story about seeing a crew in Seattle cutting grass in a steady rain. A local explained that if one does not mow in the rain in Seattle, one does not mow.

They obviously build houses in Seattle. How? That’s what I’d like to know.

My wife and I have spent the…

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January 25, 2019

East Carolina basketball posted a video on Twitter last week of freshman Jayden Gardner urging fans to attend the Pirates’ home game against Temple. It even included him flexing his muscles as he flashed a grin and invited people to, “Come see the beast mode in action.”

The video…


January 20, 2019

Have you got a hammer? Do you have some free time next Saturday morning?

Habitat for Humanity in Beaufort County could use your help.

The Habitat affiliate is working to build a home in Chocowinity and needs some extra hands to drive in the final nails on the project.

This construction effort…


January 19, 2019

Our little dog loves going to the farm, where we soon will reside, and where Max is looking forward to enjoying free-range country living. He’s in for a shock. The electric kind.

The package arrived this week, and the word “shock” is conspicuously absent from the manual. The more…

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