Jan. 22, 2014 10:44
Sometimes I catch myself — either in a low, conspiratorial tone or with an air of nonchalance — telling stories about my run-ins with danger. I prefer to clump the scariest, most intense ones together, which makes sense considering almost all my best tales took place during a semester in Central America....
Jan. 15, 2014 10:16
For years there has been talk in North Carolina about modernizing the tax code, which was based on a manufacturing economy that is largely obsolete. Textiles, tobacco and furniture have been supplanted by services, including hospitality, dining, entertainment, tourism and the arts....
Jan. 8, 2014 10:15
The rules are different when you play against yourself. I square my shoulders with the backboard, half-squat and spin the green and black ball towards myself, bouncing it before raising my eyes to the hoop. I try to stay light on my feet as I unfold myself, lofting a shot from the spray-painted free throw line....
Dec. 31, 2013 01:31
It’s been more than two years since Jorge Cornell and several fellow Latin Kings were rounded up in a federal raid after his unsuccessful campaign for Greensboro City Council. More than a year since Cornell, known as King Jay, was found guilty of three counts of criminal racketeering....
Dec. 24, 2013 01:42
I already knew the story in broad strokes — how he and his girlfriend alternated shifts with the stand that they needed to guard around the clock, taking breaks at her parents house to sleep and shower, beginning as stores opened for Black Friday and ending as Santa struggled to fit down your chimney....
Dec. 11, 2013 09:58
Bill Powers is the kind of person who’s so present in a conversation — even on the phone — that it’s easy to start feeling like I know him. He’s perceptive and insightful but remains incredibly relatable and humble....
Dec. 4, 2013 10:16
Getting my daughter to her babysitter an hour beforehand isn’t much of a challenge. But I discover that the front tire of my bicycle won’t hold air (that’s what happens when you’ve been out of circulation). So I wrangle my wife’s fat-tire cruiser out of the mudroom....
Nov. 27, 2013 09:55
In the clamor of summer, I await the witching hour. Thick humidity clears, allowing breathing room as ice cubes sway between whiskey and ginger ale. I bend at the waist and climb, one leg at a time, onto my roof and watch the rhythmic change of traffic lights....

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