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August 17, 2018

Mile 22 — that’s the distance to safety for an Indonesian policeman being targeted by a crime lord. There, a plane is waiting to spirit him out of the country. It’s up to some low-level CIA agents to get him there.

A gauntlet, you might call the plot.

Mark Wahlberg (the former…

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August 15, 2018

I was minding my own business (and following the traffic signs) on Tuesday when I suddenly saw a car in my lane heading straight toward me.

Although I and my vehicle were where we were supposed to be, it was clear the oncoming vehicle had no intention of changing course so I moved over one lane to…

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August 12, 2018

By the time the first newspaper was published in North Carolina in the mid-18th century, 11 other colonies already had publications.

Because it was a frontier colony, its population was widely scattered on farms and plantations. There were no large towns or well-defined community centers.…

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August 10, 2018

I still remember seeing my first 3-wheeler all-terrain vehicle. It was in 1973. The 4-wheeled variety didn’t come on the scene until 1982.

Back in the 1970s, if a person was willing to walk a couple miles through the Maine woods, trout fishing was incredible. I could catch one on nearly every…

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August 09, 2018

If it weren’t for readers there would be no reason to write.

I have frequently expressed appreciation for readers and especially for feedback from readers. This would I would like to do that once more but with a bit of a twist this time.

Feedback can be great even when it takes the form of…

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August 05, 2018

My name is Eyricka L. Johnson, senior History Major at Elizabeth City State University. At ECSU, I am the Student Government Vice President of Internal Affairs, involved in the University Choir, the honors program, the history scholars club and the National Association for the Advancement of…

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August 01, 2018

At the risk of sounding like a musical instrument that can only play one note, I must say that I am enormously grateful right now.

I have written about gratitude many times before but I have to go back there this week. While gratitude is a regular experience for me, it has been a long time since I…

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July 29, 2018

The lifework of Rooks Turner is often overshadowed by that of his contemporaries, the preeminent P.W. Moore and Hugh Cale. Moore and Cale are remembered as the founding fathers of Elizabeth City State University (ECSU). Turner, however, was a fierce advocate for African-American education in his…

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July 27, 2018

We’ve all heard the story of how Socrates was forced to drink a potion containing poison hemlock. All parts of it are toxic, and the plant is relatively common in many places including this region. Plants are deathly poisonous to livestock, pets and humans.

We have another lookalike to this…

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July 27, 2018

We’ve all heard the story of how Socrates was forced to drink a potion containing poison hemlock.

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