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Football teams like players with experience, but this could be unprecedented. At 55, running back Joe Thomas Sr

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It’s a watershed year fraught with turmoil for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Across the American South, queer, trans and gender-nonconforming people are facing wave after wave of legislation that threatens our safety, well-being and very existence

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Sharon Jones , the Grammy -nominated soul and funk singer who led the Dap-Kings , died Friday after a long bout with pancreatic cancer .

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.  – North Carolina’s gubernatorial race was undecided 10 days after the Nov.

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WASHINGTON ― White nationalists tried repeatedly throughout the presidential campaign to sanitize their language to appeal to mainstream voters as they threw their efforts behind electing Donald Trump .   White nationalists who tried to play down their white nationalism won a victory this week as the president-elect not only chose Breitbart News executive Steve Bannon as his chief strategist ― a man who heads a website that regularly airs white nationalist viewpoints ― but many news outlets also are reluctant to use the specific label “white nationalist,” instead calling Bannon a “ flame-throwing outsider ” and a “ nationalist media mogul. ” Of course, calling a person a “white nationalist” who hasn’t self-identified as one is somewhat fraught.

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Tika Sumpter recently tweeted a piece of advice for North Carolina residents: “make sure you turn in your library books!”   Sumpter’s mother, Janice Acquista, was recently arrested in the Tarheel state due to, the actress claimed, a $10 balance for an overdue library book. The actress recalled the ordeal in a series of tweets

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Meatless Monday: Table Manners

14Nov

I believe going vegan has a positive impact on your health, your karma, your planet, but you can argue otherwise and I will listen and not reject you.

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Donald Trump delivers his victory speech on November 9, 2016 Donald J. Trump is the president elect.

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Money and Politics in the Age of Trump

11Nov

Cross-posted from the Brennan Center for Justice Earlier this week millions of Americans woke up with the political hangover of a lifetime.

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“Why aren’t I 50 points ahead?” That’s the question that Hillary Clinton asked a group of labor organizers in late September when she was up by 7 points in the national polls.

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Saluting our Sisters After Service

11Nov

By Paula Broadwell and Erika Cashin. On Veterans Day, our nation celebrates the less than 1% of our population who have served in the greatest military in the world. Of the 21.9 million veterans, 2.2 million are women.

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When Donald Trump first called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” Muslims and non-Muslims around the country braced themselves for what quickly became an election season charged with Islamophobia. Over the last year, Muslim Americans have been subjected to attacks, hate crimes and political maneuverings aimed at vilifying their faith

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WASHINGTON ― With a renewed push in state elections ahead of the 2020 census, Democrats are competing to win at least 14 state legislative chambers on Tuesday.

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A suspected serial killer in South Carolina may have made veiled references to the alleged killings in a series of Amazon.com product reviews. Todd Kohlhepp, who is linked to up to seven deaths,  was leaving the reviews under the name “me,”  NBC News reports.  In a 2014 review for a lock, the account linked to Kohlhepp claimed to have five of them on a shipping container

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One Day To Go In A Battleground State

08Nov

“If I had Aladdin’s lamp for only a day, I’d make a wish and here’s what I’d say…” Lexington, North Carolina: It feels very much like Ground Zero here. Hillary will wrap up her campaign in Raleigh tonight. Here in the “Piedmont” people on both sides believe that whatever they can do in the final hours can make the difference, not just for North Carolina, but for the country

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Electoral College Math

07Nov

In 2012, Barack Obama won 332 electoral votes. Mitt Romney won 206

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ABOARD THE HILLARY CLINTON CAMPAIGN PLANE ― On Friday, the Democratic presidential nominee visited a state she expected to win easily.

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WILMINGTON, N.C./MIAMI – Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton traded barbs as they entered the last three days of campaigning in the U.S. presidential election with competing events on Saturday in Florida, a swing state that could prove decisive in Tuesday’s vote. Clinton and Trump are making their closing arguments to American voters, crisscrossing the United States in hopes of convincing last-minute undecided voters and rallying their bases to turn out enthusiastically on Election Day

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Friday marked the end of early voting in the battleground state of Nevada, and the final returns brought decidedly good news for Democratic presidential nominee  Hillary   Clinton . Registered Democrats turned out in force in Nevada’s largest counties, providing Clinton a critical boost in a state where polling aggregates show the former secretary of state and GOP nominee  Donald   Trump  within a few points of one another . Over 57,000 votes were cast in populous Clark County, a single-day record that propelled Democrats to a statewide ballot edge larger than they held at the same point in 2012 , when President  Barack Obama  won Nevada by nearly 7 points

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The following is a guest blog post from the National Education Association and National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild: Eleven months ago, high school students Pedro and Jaime were detained by the Department of Homeland Security. They remain locked up indefinitely in privately run immigration prisons deep in rural Georgia, torn from their families, far from their communities, robbed of their opportunity to finish high school and facing deportation. Jaime and Pedro entered the country from Central America when they were children, making the long, harrowing journey to escape unlivable and dangerous conditions.

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News reports suggest that black voter turnout may be lower than in the past two presidential elections. But comedian Trevor Noah believes African Americans will end up supporting Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

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Fifty-One Presidential Elections on Tuesday

03Nov

The United States electoral system is complex and sometimes hard to phantom. Under the United States Constitution, there will be fifty-one separate elections for President in each of the fifty states plus Washington DC on Tuesday, not one

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President Barack Obama on Wednesday condemned Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) for joking about shooting Hillary Clinton , saying that even though Burr apologized, the comments still revealed a dangerous trend in American politics.

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Vice President Joe Biden threw some shade at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during a campaign speech in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Tuesday. Biden told attendees at a rally that the whole world is watching the presidential race, and “what happens here matters to them.” He chastised Trump for his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin and mocked him for his late-night Twitter tendency.

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HELENA, Ala. (Reuters) – Colonial Pipeline Co shut down its main gasoline and distillates pipelines on Monday after an explosion and fire in Shelby, Alabama, killing a worker and sending five to the hospital – the second time in two months it had to close the crucial supply line to the U.S.

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Democrats are turning out in large numbers in the battleground state of Nevada, building what may become a vital electoral firewall for the party’s presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton , in the final days of the 2016 race. As of Sunday morning, registered Democrats had established a 7-point lead over registered Republicans in the state’s early vote totals . That margin is just slightly below the lead Democrats held at the same point in 2012, when President Barack Obama ended up winning the state by 6.6 percent.

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Donald Trump’s standing is improving in some polls, but he still faces a large Electoral College deficit.

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While Donald Trump ’s  racism ,  xenophobia  and  sexism  have drawn considerable scorn, there has been some confusion about his stance on the queer community.

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Traditionally older Americans vote in larger percentages than the rest of the population. In fact, in the last 38 years, the 65-plus demographic averages a voting percentage of nearly 60 percent. In between the jabs and juvenile antics of the debates, we have not heard much about issues that impact seniors

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Moundsville, West Virginia There are two types of Halloween mounds: One is the delicious coconut candy bar. The other is the tumulus or Hügelgräber , a.k.a. the burial mound.

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Racism, Xenophobia, and the Election

28Oct

By the Editors of Rethinking Schools As teachers and students return to classrooms this fall, together we have to try to make sense of a tumultuous presidential campaign and a summer of racial violence that have forcefully surfaced the racism that plagues our nation. Elementary and middle school students have grown up with an African American as president of the United States. This is a historic milestone.

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When New Hampshire educator Anne McQuade’s refugee and immigrant students first arrive in America, she says they are “hopeful.” They’ve been told about the American dream, and its ideas of opportunity and social mobility contrast the violent, war-torn countries they are often fleeing. But lately, these students haven’t received the warm welcome they expect. Because of Republican nominee Donald Trump ’s anti-immigrant and Islamophobic rhetoric, children are fearful that their family members will be deported or their new country will ban Muslims from entering, said McQuade

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The job of language translators and interpreters is never easy, but the task becomes especially dicey in the realm of politics. Differing interpretations of a turn of phrase, after all, have been known to lead to war . The challenge is even greater when the translator is attempting to interpret words and phrases that even native speakers find hard to understand .

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Imagine the 2016 presidential election as a giant bubble ― because that’s how most people are getting their news. On Wednesday’s “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah noted how everyone seems to have picked a side and is blindly defending it.

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She sure showed him. A North Carolina woman who said she wanted to prove to her husband that playing the lottery is a waste of money bought a $10 scratch-off and won $1,000,000.

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Most Americans are (understandably) ready to see this campaign end. Most voters are (less understandably) worried about voter fraud.

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Donald Trump regularly tells his supporters that the election has been rigged against him, and on Monday he accused Hillary Clinton ’s campaign of utilizing a “ voter suppression technique ” that involved manipulating polls. (Politifact rated his claim  “pants on fire” false .)  But with early voting now underway in several states, the real-world effects of actual (and very consequential) voter suppression have begun to bubble up.

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Southern Fried Chicken Fight

25Oct

October is Domestic violence month. This piece is dedicated to the survivors

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One of the several types of signs that can be found on subways, in airports, and in public places in the United States, urging civilians to “report suspicious activity.” Photo courtesy of Mass.Gov Last July, just four days after the attacks on Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, I was about to leave Boston Logan Airport for a trip overseas with a layover in Istanbul. With the recent airport attack and the host of attacks that had occurred over the preceding months, I was a bit uneasy and a lot more aware of my surroundings. While waiting for my flight at Logan Airport, I kept hearing announcements about a security awareness program called SAFE (Security Awareness for Everyone), which urges passengers to report any suspicious behavior.

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Bobby Vee got blasted into rock ‘n’ roll under the worst circumstances imaginable. He and his new band filled in for Buddy Holly on Feb. 4, 1959, the night after Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash

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Dear Mr. Goodell, Carolina Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander received a 10-game suspension for marijuana use. Lane Johnson, right tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles, was suspended for 10 games for performance enhancing drugs.

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President Barack Obama on Sunday campaigned in the battleground state of Nevada for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate he wants to succeed him in the White House – but he spent most of his time talking about the state’s Senate race.

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WASHINGTON, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will “100 percent” accept the results of the U.S. election if it is fair, his son Eric Trump said on Sunday. “I think what my father is saying is, ‘I want a fair election,’” Eric Trump said on ABC’s “This Week.” “If it’s a fair outcome, he will absolutely accept it.

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Book Review – Jackie K Cooper A LOWCOUNTRY CHRISTMAS by Mary Alice Monroe Mary Alice Monroe writes from a place of love. She creates stories about people she loves, places she loves and creatures she loves

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ATLANTA ― For Republicans nervous about an electoral catastrophe next month, Lesley Jones could be a harbinger of doom.

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So we had the final presidential debate this week, and Donald Trump went right on being Donald Trump, which should have surprised precisely no one by now. Our subtitle today, of course, refers to the two most amusing (or horrifying, take your pick…) things Trump said during the debate. Since then, both “bad hombres” and “nasty women” are trending online

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Authorities in Philadelphia will station prosecutors throughout the city on election day to respond to any reports of voter intimidation or other illegal activity after Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump claimed that polling might be “rigged” in this mostly minority city. Philadelphia is one of many U.S

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GOP voters aren’t sure who should lead their party moving forward. Polls and forecasts show Hillary Clinton’s huge Electoral College advantage

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WASHINGTON, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Sergeant Jessica Hawkins was a male cop for 20 years but it was not until her transition to a woman in 2014 that she understood the trepidation that transgender women feel across the United States. “Transitioning has made me understand the fears of other communities that I did not have as white male,” said Hawkins, 43, noting a difference in the way she is treated when off duty and away from her relatively tolerant city of Washington. “I don’t feel as safe as I used to

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Democrats joined together  on Sunday night to raise funds to rebuild a GOP office that was firebombed in North Carolina over the weekend. Vandals attacked the Hillsborough, North Carolina GOP office late Saturday night, throwing a Molotov cocktail through one of the building’s front windows, according to a statement released by the town. The words “Nazi Republicans leave town or else” and a swastika were spray-painted in black on a building adjacent to the office, which houses a party goods store.

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Donald Trump declared the “ shackles have been taken off ” as Republicans began defecting in the wake of his boasts about sexual assault. Friday evening, during a Charlotte, North Carolina, speech, he turned the metaphor into reality, personally dismantling his teleprompters after they malfunctioned

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Planned Parenthood’s political arm on Thursday will release a series of ads targeting four Republican senators in tough re-election races who have supported defunding the health services nonprofit.

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I have to begin today with a rather large caveat: nothing in this article deals with what has happened since Friday. Polling always lags reality, meaning that the effect of the Billy Bush/Donald Trump tape and the second debate are not reflected in today’s data one tiny bit

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Early Voting: A Month to Go

10Oct

Another week of early voting has passed and at least 429,337 people have voted in the 2016 election. I say “at least” because I do not have information from all the states, and information from some states is a little out-of-date

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LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – “ The Girl on the Train ” pulled into the station with a $24.7 million opening, a solid result despite the fact that the mystery debuted as much of the U.S.

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With his campaign in crisis, U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump vowed on Saturday to stay in the race despite calls from more than two dozen prominent Republicans for him to drop out following the release of a recording of him making lewd comments about women

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton paid a visit to a historic black church on Sunday, mixing Bible verses with frank talk about the “implicit bias” and systemic racism that still exists in America.  Clinton took to the pulpit at Little Rock AME Zion Church , a church in Charlotte, North Carolina, whose members have been involved in protests against the police shooting of Keith Scott , a 43-year-old black man, on Sept. 20.  The candidate spoke about Scott’s death, and the death of Terence Crutcher , a black father from Tulsa, Oklahoma who was killed by police days earlier.  She also mentioned the stories of two young residents of Charlotte, Taje Gaddy, 10, and Zianna Oliphant, 9, who testified before Charlotte’s City Council last week

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Election 2016: What Black Women Want

01Oct

Monday night’s presidential debate might as well be described as an exercise in futility when it comes to what Black women want out of this election. Debate moderator, Lester Holt brought up race in broad terms, asking both candidates Clinton and Trump what they would do to bring racial healing in light of recent slayings by police in Oklahoma and North Carolina. Trump invoked the now unconstitutional “Stop and Frisk” saying he would re-implement it

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U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s estimated net worth is $3.7 billion, $800 million less than a year ago, Forbes magazine reported on Wednesday, attributing the loss largely to New York’s softening real estate market. The magazine probed 28 assets or asset classes owned by the New York businessman and found 18 had declined in value, including Trump Tower in Manhattan and his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida.

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Richard Sherman is well known for his unconventional approach to press conferences ― and on Wednesday, the Seattle Seahawks cornerback took the stage to let reporters know what’s really on his mind. Sherman started his weekly presser with a few words on the Seahawks’ upcoming game against the San Francisco 49ers.

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TAMPA, Fla. – Hurricane Hermine wreaked havoc across Florida on Friday, causing widespread power outages and flooding before diminishing into a tropical storm and plowing up the Atlantic Coast into the Carolinas with a still-potent mix of high winds and heavy rains.

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Before the RNC, the Fiscal Times declared that Trump was “not as much of a drag on the ticket as some feared.” After a bad month for the GOP nominee, I decided to test that argument, to see if that was still the case.

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The springboard for this post is an op-ed piece authored by Patrick J.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) took Donald Trump to task Tuesday for suggesting gun rights supporters could assassinate Hillary Clinton, calling the GOP nominee a “pathetic coward” for making such a remark.  Speaking at a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina, Trump warned supporters that they’ll have few options if Clinton is elected and appoints justices to the Supreme Court.

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Book Review – Jackie K Cooper THE LAST TREASURE by Erika Marks More…

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A recent study by the Bookings Institution raised questions about the extent to which students who graduate from college are actually facing the kind of crushing debt that is typically presented with anecdotal evidence by the media and politicians. The report indicates that only 7 percent of young-adult households with education debt have $50,000 or more, while 58 percent have less than $10,000 in debt, and an additional 18 percent have debts between $10,000 and $20,000

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PHILADELPHIA ― This was the best the Democratic Party could do. Democrats on Monday night fired nearly every progressive bullet they had in the chamber, hoping to kill what remains of the Bernie-or-bust movement that threatens to derail the party’s bid for the White House.

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WASHINGTON ― In the course of one year as an elected official, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) was pulled over seven times by law enforcement

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While a pro-LGBT amendment was adopted, two discriminatory amendments were, too, poisoning the appropriations bill. If you haven’t been paying attention, the past few weeks have seen several high-profile legislative fights on LGBT rights break out on the floor of the U.S

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Book Review – Jackie K Cooper ALL SUMMER LONG by Dorothea Benton Frank More…

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Hillary Clinton supports the death penalty for Dylann Roof, the accused shooter of nine parishioners at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, her campaign confirmed.

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Mary Kay Andrews Is an Easy Writer

29May

Book Review Jackie K Cooper THE WEEKENDERS by Mary Kay Andrews More…

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Crunching the numbers shows that independents couldn’t have won Bernie Sanders the nomination. Declining trust in political institutions could be driving support for Sanders and Donald Trump. And the “gold standard” of polling isn’t so pristine these days.

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There are numerous live music festivals and venues throughout North Carolina, Virginia and beyond on tap to help you celebrate the official kick off of summer over the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend. Following are a few highlights

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