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Local communities are slowly returning to normal, or at least to a new normal. The N.C. Potato Festival retuned to downtown Elizabeth City this weekend. The Chowan County Regional Fair missed 2020 but resumed last year, and it is scheduled to start Sept. 27 and run through Oct. 1 this year. …

It was bound to happen. The percentage of adults working from home has fallen significantly from its pandemic-era peak. Nevertheless, telecommuting has established itself as a lasting and consequential fact of modern life.

Republican politicians, including some of the party’s top leaders, openly espouse versions of a white supremacist conspiracy theory holding that an orchestrated effort is underway to displace white Americans. A recently published poll found that almost half of Republicans believe that immigrants are being brought to the United States as part of such an effort.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is clearly out of his mind. Only a deranged and isolated leader stuck a 20th century time warp would launch an unprovoked and barbaric attack against a people he says are the same as his own — and say he is saving them from Nazis. The insanity of it all has freaked out his European neighbors, most notably the once-fiercely neutral Finland and Sweden.

As a flood of foreigners poured into the United States, a critic called them “generally the most stupid sort of their own nation,” and warned darkly, “They will soon outnumber us, (and we) will not, in my opinion, be able to preserve our language, and even our government will become precarious.”

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“Father, make them one as we are one,” Jesus prayed on the last night before He was sentenced to death on false allegations. Jesus knew the end was near and, on that night, beckoned heaven to bring unity to His followers.

“There are few better ways to spend a cloudy, dull Sunday afternoon than sitting in the cinema tucking in to a nice comforting slice of Downton Abbey. ‘Life is like a twisting turning novel,’ one of the characters says wistfully, and that’s one of Downton’s charms; nice pithy little pearls o…

The Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools last month released student honor rolls for the third nine-week period of the 2021-22 school year for the following schools: Elizabeth City Middle School, River Road Middle School, H.L. Trigg Community School, Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Early Colle…

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Several state legislators won't be returning to the North Carolina General Assembly next January after primary losses, while former lawmakers had mixed results in trying to get back to the House or Senate.

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RALElGH, N.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ted Budd and former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley won their respective Senate primaries on Tuesday, setting up a fall election matchup that should again test former President Donald Trump's influence in North Carolina.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Donald Trump’s choice for Pennsylvania governor won his primary Tuesday night and his Senate pick was locked in an exceedingly close contest as the former president worked to expand his hold on the Republican Party.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — First-term U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn lost his Republican primary race Tuesday to state Sen. Chuck Edwards, after the pro-Donald Trump firebrand's personal and political blunders translated into voter unhappiness.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — This year's retirements of two veteran Democratic congressmen in North Carolina have opened the way for robust primaries within their party as Democrats, Republicans or both hold contests Tuesday in all but one of the state's 14 U.S. House districts.

National & World AP Stories

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — After mass shootings killed and wounded people grocery shopping, going to church and simply living their lives last weekend, the nation marked a milestone of 1 million deaths from COVID-19. The number, once unthinkable, is now an irreversible reality in the United Sta…

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Ukraine's ambassador to neighboring Poland says his nation is grateful for the welcome that Poles have given to millions of Ukrainian refugees, but he hopes the European Union will soon release billions of euros to Poland so that the assistance does not come “at the cos…

The Ukrainian forces who made a determined last stand in a Mariupol steel mill against Russian troops were a mixture of seasoned soldiers, border guards, a controversial national guard regiment and volunteers who took up arms in the weeks before Russia’s invasion.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Saturday it found nearly 220,000 more people with feverish symptoms, even as leader Kim Jong Un claimed progress in slowing a largely undiagnosed spread of COVID-19 across his unvaccinated populace and hinted at easing virus restrictions to nurse a …

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CANNES, France (AP) — When the Cannes Film Festival audience stood to applaud James Gray's richly observed autobiographical drama “Armageddon Time," about the director's own 1980s childhood in Queens, Gray's voice quivered as he addressed the crowd.

POKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — In what would be its biggest victory yet in the war with Ukraine, Russia claimed to have captured Mariupol after a nearly three-month siege that reduced much of the strategic port city to a smoking ruin, with over 20,000 civilians feared dead.