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In this graduation season, we should note with pride that 40 years ago ECU graduated its first class of physicians. This remarkable feat was accomplished just 16 years after Chancellor Leo Jenkins launched parallel efforts to obtain university status for East Carolina College and start a new medical school. Transforming ECU into an institution of national stature with a new school of medicine sparked remarkable advances in our community and region, which provides a very positive story to tell as ECU focuses on an innovative future under our new chancellor.

In early April Duke University announced that all new and returning Duke students must present proof of Covid vaccination before enrolling for the fall semester. Notre Dame, Cornell, Brown, Rutgers, Syracuse and Wake Forest have implemented the same requirement. Look for others to follow. But can they legally require vaccination?

Fuming at Facebook for deleting your post? Having a temper tantrum over a Twitter takedown? You could sue for cold, hard cash if Chris Sevier has his way.

Ronald Reagan used to say the most terrifying words in the English language are, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you.” His anti-government crusade set the groundwork for 40 years of stigmatizing federal programs by painting government as the enemy. The assault on the Capitol on January 6 was the ugly apex of this decades’ long demonization.

Andrew Brown has been buried, but we still have questions about his death. Most of us don’t understand the circumstances surrounding his killing, and the details are still being withheld. The answers get more pressing and the expectation darker each day the law enforcement body camera footag…

For weeks after the ballots were counted, supporters of the defeated presidential candidate insisted the election had been stolen. Some alleged a shadowy conspiracy to rig vote-counting machines, throwing out just enough legal votes and manufacturing just enough illegal ones to decide the outcome.

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On June 14, 2017, a team of Republican lawmakers went to an athletic field in Alexandria, Virginia, to practice for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. As they worked out, a man armed with a semiautomatic rifle and pistol approached and opened fire. Rep. Steve Scalise, the House Republican whip, was gravely wounded. A lobbyist was also seriously hurt, and a congressional aide and Capitol Police officer were wounded, as well.

COVID-19 has been devastating to our communities in eastern North Carolina. We have seen small businesses close, spent time apart from our family and friends and even lost loved ones. The vaccine is the best tool that we have to stop the spread of COVID-19 and return to normal.

Cable news programming suggestion: Instead of filling every broadcast with the latest presumptive police outrage, try covering the latest drive-by killings. Show us more of what’s really happening on the streets where we live. Newspapers and local TV are already on it.

At its best, education offers not just knowledge and opportunity but a set of values. We teach our students to prize truth. We teach our students to strive for honesty and justice. We teach our students to be brave in service to others. Those are hard values to live out, even in the best of times.

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If hospitals were run like police departments, doctors would loiter in the lobby to pounce on patients who have mild sprains and stuffy noses while gunshot victims languish in understaffed emergency rooms.

Moments before the guilty verdicts were announced in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, another unarmed black person was shot and killed by police. This time it was in Ohio, and the victim was a 16-year-old girl wielding a knife and allegedly threatening another teen.

North Carolina is a popular destination for those seeking to make a new life in a new state. According to a tracking report by United Van Lines, we ranked sixth in the nation for inbound migration during 2020.

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North Carolina is a popular destination for those seeking to make a new life in a new state. According to a tracking report by United Van Lines, we ranked sixth in the nation for inbound migration during 2020.

We barely had time to savor the conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd when a very similar officer-involved slaying in our own city thrust us back into outrage.

It took nearly 31/2 months for the District of Columbia medical examiner’s office to announce a cause of death for Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who helped defend the Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot and died the next day in a local hospital. The medical examiner ruled that Sicknick died of natural causes, specifically, after suffering two strokes.

Improving the health and well-being of a 29-county rural region goes beyond the advanced technology and cutting-edge treatment options housed in our hospitals and clinics. To meet our mission in the east, we at Vidant Health understand the importance of investing in and nurturing team members.

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”