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POINT HARBOR — Before a helicopter crashed along the coast of North Carolina last month, killing two Virginia men, it was seen landing in a field and taking off again, according to the National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report.

Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools students and staff returning for the new school year will be required to wear face masks inside all school facilities and aboard school buses but not outdoors when on school campuses, the ECPPS Board of Education agreed Monday.

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Despair is worse after hope is briefly ignited. I don’t know about you, but I was elated earlier this spring when it seemed as if Donald Trump and COVID-19 were gone, and Joe Biden appeared to be getting the nation rapidly back on track.

President Joe Biden is on a roll, lecturing other countries about their democratic deficits. The current Oval Office occupant campaigned on the promise to “bring together the world’s democracies to strengthen our democratic institutions” during his first year in office. Hey, Joe, there’s some creeping authoritarianism right under your nose. What’s blocking your view?

What kind of representation in the halls of the U.S. House of Representatives and the state General Assembly do North Carolinians get as a result of the Republican majority in the legislature’s extraordinary success at extreme gerrymandering of congressional and legislative districts?

Former Republican congressman Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania called the recent Texas meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference a “freak show.” Dent said on CNN’s “New Day” show that “CPAC has always been kind of an odd gathering, but now it’s been taken over by a bunch of radical…

The defacing of the Black Lives Matter mural on Colonial Avenue in Elizabeth City was wrong and the perpetrator who did it served no useful purpose. But attorney Harry Daniels standing on the steps of the Pasquotank Courthouse and announcing into an array of news microphones that a $30 milli…

For the second time in less than six weeks, columnist Holly Audette has stated that renters do not pay property taxes. As Ms. Audette frequently tells us, she is a business owner, so I’m sure when Ms. Audette calculates what to charge her customers at her bed and breakfast, property taxes ar…


“There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, and there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want. The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered.” — Proverbs 11:24-25

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gabe Imondi, a 74-year-old landlord from Rhode Island, had come to court hoping to get his apartment back. He was tired of waiting for federal rental assistance and wondered aloud “what they’re doing with that money?”

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BOSTON (AP) — The eviction system, which saw a dramatic drop in cases before a federal moratorium expired over the weekend, rumbled back into action Monday, with activists girding for the first of what could be millions of tenants to be tossed onto the streets as the delta variant of the cor…

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal freeze on most evictions enacted last year is scheduled to expire Saturday, after President Joe Biden's administration extended the date by a month. The moratorium, put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September, was the only tool k…

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TOKYO (AP) — Two multiracial athletes, two high-profile roles: Rising NBA star Rui Hachimura carried the Japanese flag at the Olympics' opening ceremony. Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka lit the Olympic cauldron. For Japan, it was a remarkable showcase of racial diversity — but one that also hig…

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MOSCOW (AP) — A Belarusian sprinter left Tokyo en route to Europe on Wednesday after resisting an attempt by her Olympic team's officials to send her home to Belarus, where the athlete said she could be in danger from authorities who have relentlessly cracked down on dissent.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia surpassed 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, a grim milestone in a country struggling with its worst pandemic wave fueled by the delta variant, amid concerns the actual figure could be much higher.

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s government is introducing a contentious new policy in which coronavirus patients with moderate symptoms will isolate at home instead of in hospitals, as new cases surge in Tokyo to record levels during the Olympic Games.

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TOKYO (AP) — For all the International Olympic Committee talks of staying neutral, its games have long proven to be essentially and sometimes overtly political — for the Games overall, and often for the athletes who are intended to entertain the world in a two-week global show.

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