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Facebook and Twitter courted controversy by flagging and fact-checking voter fraud claims on their platforms, but when it comes to socially responsible moderation, video-sharing app TikTok is leading … more
I took some time this week to look at the Christmas decorations in neighborhoods around town. Some were elaborate, and some were modest. But they all made me smile and imagine what Christmas joys lay … more
This year has been unlike any other, and I think we can all agree. Since March, we’ve all had to make shifts to our daily schedules and maybe even make some compromises. But that never stopped … more
On the winter solstice, the longest night and shortest day of the year, I found myself watching the night sky in a way that brought back memories of my childhood, blessed with a rural back yard … more
RALEIGH — Among the pagan-inspired customs of the Christmas season, there has come to be the ritualistic burning of the strawman. Specifically, I refer to the traditional seasonal column by a … more
When the history is finally written, those writing it are likely to conclude that this COVID-19 pandemic and its economic effects posed the greatest challenge to North Carolina municipalities since … more
As we contemplate upon this joyous time of year of celebration and reflection, I wish all my constituents a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We have been through much during 2020, and my hope for … more
Well, I already have my two front teeth, so they are not on my Christmas list. I do not really want any of those miraculous gadgets that appear on TV ads for the bargain price of $19.99, with a … more
Christmas is a pile of presents under our little tree adorned with lights and memories from the past, from our children, friends from all over the world and parents no longer with us. We are … more
I don’t understand why Democrats want to run for North Carolina’s U.S. Senate seat in 2022. They aren’t likely to win, and if they do, they’re even less likely to win a … more
RALEIGH — May I tell you a bit about the pioneering Campbells of eastern North Carolina? The patriarch of the family, minister James Archibald Campbell, founded a school in Buies Creek in … more
Marion Boykin didn’t understand how the concept of a virtual restaurant worked, but the 86-year-old Burger Boy founder knew success when he saw it. “Granddaddy used to say, ‘If it sounds too … more
I’d like to take a small survey of the readers of this column. It’s a simple question. How many of you believe in Santa Claus? If I were a betting man, I would wager not many of you … more
More than 155 years after the guns fell silent and the troops trudged home, New York is fighting the first Civil War battle on its own turf. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that purports to ban … more
In June, Gov. Roy Cooper established the Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice. I was honored when he asked Associate Justice Anita Earls and me to lead its work. Our charge was … more
It’s that time of year again for predictions about the upcoming year. In my case, of course, these will be forecasts for the economy. Here are seven predictions I think have a reasonably good … more
As I write this on Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee is meeting to review a COVID-19 vaccine developed by biotech … more
The favor of God does not always feel like a gift. There is a wait between the promise of God and the fulfillment of favor, and in that wait we must contend with our feelings, our change in plans … more
There! We got that taken care of. The United States and the world have a tested an effective vaccine against COVID-19, the disease that has disrupted our lives, destroyed our plans, ruined our … more
With its myriad joyful and time-honored traditions, the holiday season is a cherished time of the year for many. Unfortunately, it can also be a stressful and emotionally trying time, especially for … more
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