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I have been watching football for a long time, and I am not one of those guys that will tell you that the game “was better back in the day.” Every year I am amazed that the players get bigger, faster, and incredibly more athletic. This is true from the pros, to college, and right down to the…

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Superior Court Judge David Lee has set a mid-October deadline for state lawmakers to comply with rulings in the decades-long Leandro school funding case. Those rulings require the legislature to fund public schools at a level that will provide every student the opportunity to receive a “sound, basic education,” as required by the North Carolina Constitution.

Every week, columnist Martha Johnson’s makes her hatred for Donald Trump and the Republican Party very apparent. But she is not alone in her obsession. The news media also tries to run him down almost on a daily basis.

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 1.3 million North Carolinians have contracted the coronavirus and nearly 16,000 have died. To say that the pandemic has devastated our communities wouldn’t do justice to the suffering that’s been caused.

The Germans have always loved to give high falutin’ titles to various levels of expertise in craftsmanship. They coined the word “Gartenmeister” for the top proficiency level in the skill of gardening.

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Over the years I have learned that the people at a funeral are paying much more attention to what is being said than at a wedding or baptism. It is difficult to engage in our usual denial of death when we are gathered around a coffin.

Do you ever put yourself down? Do you ever wish you were more? Do you feel that others might accept you better if you were different? If you are a Christian, let me share some truth: it is not about you; it is all about Christ in you.

State AP Stories

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Dozens of people supporting a North Carolina man who served more than two decades behind bars for a murder he said he didn't commit gathered Friday outside the Executive Mansion as they urged the governor to formally pardon him.

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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.

National & World AP Stories

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NEW YORK (AP) — Two Canadians detained in China on spying charges were released from prison and flown out of the country on Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday, hours after a top executive of Chinese communications giant Huawei Technologies resolved criminal charges agains…

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JUNEAU, Alaska -- Alaska reported more than 1,700 resident COVID-19 cases Friday. But state health officials says that includes reports from earlier this month as they work to clear a backlog that has built up during the latest case surge.

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Medication abortion accounts for about 40% of all abortions in the U.S. The increasingly common method relies on pills rather than surgery, opening the possibility for abortions to be done in a woman's home rather than a clinic. It's an option that has become important during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The Ironman World Championship will be held outside Hawaii for the first time in four decades because of uncertainty over whether the Big Island will be able to host the triathlon as scheduled in February during the coronavirus pandemic.