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I got the COVID-19 vaccine shortly after it became publicly available. I did so because I was persuaded that the benefits of vaccination far outweighed the risk.

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When Julian Pleasants died on Sept. 7, North Carolina lost one of its most important academic and popular historians.

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September, to me, is the airplane that takes me to Disneyland, the dinner of beef stew that leads to the dessert of cake, or the socks that go on under a beautiful new pair of boots.

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Twenty years. Twenty years since the unbelievable happened. Twenty years since a quartet of terrorist attacks took the lives of 2,977 people in New York City, Washington and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

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When North Carolinians are free to trade with whomever they choose, be it South Carolinians or South Koreans, some local businesses may lose sales. The case for markets isn’t based on promises of cost-free benefits or perfect outcomes. No such promises could ever be honored in the real world.

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Yet again, the N.C. General Assembly is playing the game of saying it’s against something while at the same time it’s advancing legislation that actually does what the majority says it’s against. In this case, when the House and Senate say they’re against political indoctrination in the scho…

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For the most part, the dropoff in student test scores the N.C. Department of Public Instruction reported last week for the 2020-21 school year was entirely expected. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been a year and a half since children have had anything like a normal educational experience.

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The good news when Hurricane Ida churned into Louisiana on Aug. 29 was that levees held up — especially those that were strengthened after Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans in 2005. The bad news: In many places, power systems failed. Nearly five days later, more than 80% of New Orleans c…

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Debbie Matthews is on vacation this week. Her column will return on Sept. 14.

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It’s perhaps startling to realize that, far from being a relatively new observance, Labor Day is among the oldest of federal holidays. Then-President Grover Cleveland signed the law creating it in 1894.

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Before Thomas Jefferson died in 1826, he wrote his own epitaph. Did he mention any of his political offices? No. Jefferson wanted only three accomplishments listed on his gravestone: author of the Declaration of Independence, founder of the University of Virginia, and author of the Virginia …

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“Why do you pick on Republicans so much? Don’t you know it was the Democrats who were the authors of Jim Crow?”

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Twice nothing still being nothing, the newly revised version of a N.C. General Assembly bill to reorganize the governance of high school athletics is no better or more acceptable than the first draft.

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What should we say to each other about Sept. 11, 2001, now that 20 years have gone by since the awful day and our troops are leaving Afghanistan? In searching for an answer, I found the column I wrote back then. And I want to share it again as I have done every five years.

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When I was a little kid, I used to love Gidget movies. I was the cool surfer girl who didn’t know she was gorgeous, bewitched all the guys, had an amazing wardrobe and never wore the same outfit twice.

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While details of implementation at the local level remain to be determined, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the federal moratorium against evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic is illegal.

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As an obstetrician-gynecologist with Maria Parham Health, my goal is to always provide the best possible care and medical advice for expectant mothers and females who plan to become pregnant. I love helping moms-to-be stay healthy and prepare to welcome their baby into the world.

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I’ve long thought the North Carolina General Assembly should reform our state’s archaic and anti-competitive requirement for certificates-of-need. In the post-COVID world we are entering, however, reform is no longer just a good idea. It’s an imperative.

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Vance County Sheriff Curtis Brame quite likely finds it embarrassing, uncomfortable and frustrating that three of his deputies, among them his second in command, are facing criminal charges in connection with his office’s attempts to seize a car they think had been used in a drug deal.

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Even before COVID-19, as many as one in six young children had a diagnosed mental, behavioral or developmental disorder. New findings suggest a doubling of rates of disorders such as anxiety and depression among children and adolescents during the pandemic. One reason is that children’s well…

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There have been a number of developments in the past week or so that show the Tri-County has the sort of leadership that can help move its communities in a favorable direction.

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A couple of weeks ago at the dealership, my manager Nathaniel called me over.

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There are cogent arguments against the so-called “prison gerrymandering” that favors one particular corner of Granville County. But the Granville County Commissioners and the county school board would nonetheless do well in the coming weeks to put them to the side.

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Prisons and jails have hosted some of the largest COVID-19 outbreaks in the U.S., with some facilities approaching 4,000 cases. In the U.S., which has some of the highest COVID-19 infection rates in the world, nine in 100 people have had the virus; in U.S. prisons, the rate is 34 out of 100.

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The University of North Carolina systemically discriminates by race and ethnicity in student admissions and faculty hiring. Arguably such behavior is already forbidden by federal and state law.

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The N.C. House finally approved a proposed budget bill last week for the fiscal year that began July 1 — six weeks ago. Now comes a period of negotiation with the state Senate, which passed its version a few weeks before, and after that one hopes, some measure of legitimate give and take wit…

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The increasing prevalence of new coronavirus variants is raising questions about how well protected those who’ve already had their COVID-19 shots are against evolving forms of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

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There is some surprisingly good news for Donald Trump in a new book that, ironically, aims to demonstrate the former president’s incompetence.

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When I started selling cars, there were people in my life who thought I might become cynical, jaded, and mistrustful of the motives of others.

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There are certain days and certain times when Dabney Drive is about as difficult to navigate as any road in North Carolina, or indeed in the United States. There’s a lot of congestion from people dipping off the interstate to get a meal or some gas, a lot of turning traffic, and not many pla…

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People tend to overestimate or underestimate risk. The pandemic brings this into stark relief. Picture someone wearing an N95 mask while walking their dog through a deserted park. Contrast that with someone entering a crowded bar maskless in an area with high coronavirus transmission rates.

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North Carolina’s state government has a multi-billion-dollar surplus. Its enormity has multiple causes: past spending discipline, revenue growth from a resurgent economy and gobs of borrowed federal money. Its enormity also presents North Carolina’s conservative-run legislature with a challenge.

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It took a disaster — more specifically the emergency aid after one — for the state to commision a survey of Vance County’s historic properties. High time, we say, as it’s never done one here before.

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Thirty percent of unvaccinated American adults say they’re waiting for the COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for emergency use to be officially approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. That approval is expected within the next few weeks to months.

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Given the destructive impulses their counterparts in some other states have indulged since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was perhaps inevitable that 55 Republicans in the N.C. House would sign a letter criticizing the chiefs of the state’s major hospitals for mandating vaccination i…

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End-to-end encryption is technology that scrambles messages on your phone and unscrambles them only on the recipients’ phones, which means anyone who intercepts the messages in between can’t read them. Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo are among the companies whose apps…

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It is easy to second guess somebody else’s political decisions.

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As a child, I had a great deal of anxiety. If you’ve ever seen me speak in public, that might surprise you. But anxiety among children is extremely common and affects almost all children, to varying degrees.