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WILMINGTON — Due to the continuing public health concerns associated with COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the North Carolina Coaches Association (NCCA) and the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association (SCACA) have canceled the 2021 Carolinas Classic All-Star Basketball Games.

Opinion

Friday, January 15, 2021

How would we love to turn back our town clock and go straight to the year 1880? That was an era of elegance, fine wines, and beautiful ball gowns that looked so heavenly, they were to die for. Also, the horse-drawn carriages were so magical.

COVID-19 is raging. More and more school districts are making decisions not to return students to in-class instruction until early spring; some will not return for the remainder of the school year, even though the numbers of students contracting the virus aren’t alarming. We understand the schools’ health concerns, often coupled with staffing shortages, but there are other important factors.

The push to develop vaccines for COVID-19 was called Operation Warp Speed, but the delivery of two vaccines approved so far might be called Operation Hurry Up and Wait. The delay is especially pronounced in North Carolina, which late last week ranked 42nd in the nation in the percentage of its available vaccines that has been administered: 21.5 percent.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

It’s unfortunate that some of North Carolina’s Republican legislators were playing along with President Trump’s runaway claims of a stolen election by voting against accepting the Electoral College results on Jan. 6. It was a cynical ploy with no chance of success, but it sure did encourage the president’s base. And it fanned the flames for the deadly insurrection that occurred that day.

Remember when Barack Obama took over the presidency from George Bush and a difficult issue would pop up he would always blame his predecessor for it? It went on for most of Obama’s first term, leading some to ask the inevitable question about Bush after he was gone: “Do you miss me yet?” It …

Features

Friday, January 15, 2021

Our son Michael in Tennessee is starting a new career as a correctional officer with the state of Georgia. The prison where he will be working is about 45 minutes away from where he lives and he told me this past weekend his family plans to move about halfway between the workplace and their …

Thursday, January 14, 2021

New year — new you. Many are striving to become healthier and happier as 2021 begins. It’s often hard when listening to the news, but a positive outlook goes hand in hand with a healthy lifestyle.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast and they were unwilling to come.” — Matthew 22:2-3

State AP Stories

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NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court in New York on Friday upheld convictions against a sports marketer, an aspiring agent and a financial adviser in a college basketball scandal that spoiled the careers of several coaches.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump’s supporters massed outside the Capitol last week and sang the national anthem, a line of men wearing olive-drab helmets and body armor trudged purposefully up the marble stairs in a single-file line, each man holding the jacket collar of the one ahead.

National & World AP Stories

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BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping is asking former CEO Howard Schultz of Starbucks to help repair U.S.-Chinese relations that have plunged to their lowest level in decades amid a tariff war and tension over technology and security.

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KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine said Friday the military had entered and “taken control” of his home and “we are in serious trouble," while the country waited for election results amid a government-ordered internet blackout and official results show…

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. government executed a drug trafficker Thursday for slaying seven people in a burst of violence in Virginia’s capital in 1992, with some witnesses in the death-chamber building applauding as the 52-year-old was pronounced dead.

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NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court in New York on Friday upheld convictions against a sports marketer, an aspiring agent and a financial adviser in a college basketball scandal that spoiled the careers of several coaches.