Urban foragers show how to gather wild foods in downtown Raleigh

On a four-block jaunt around the Mordecai neighborhood, you can forage the makings of a pretty decent salad: ground ivy, lawn asparagus, overgrown-garden fennel and wild scuppernong grapes – garnished with a sprig of pepper weed plucked from the side of a utility pole.

Davis looking for breakout year, as are Tar Heels

Wide receiver Quinshad Davis in many ways embodies the unknowns surrounding North Carolina this season. Davis, like the Tar Heels collectively, is unquestionably talented. But will he be as productive as he is undoubtedly capable of being? Will they?

NC teachers being ‘voluntarily exploited’

Gene Nichol: The level of commitment, professionalism and selfless dedication demonstrated daily by heroes like NaShonda Cooke, Angela Scioli, Brendan Fetters and the other teachers they represent can barely be comprehended. And they work for basic salaries that embarrass both them and North Carolina, in an education system dramatically stacked against the poor children to whom they have dedicated their lives.

This week's circulars

Downtown Raleigh bar and restaurant owners and patrons navigate the new sidewalk curfew passed by city leaders that began on August 14, 2015. The curfew prohibits patrons from drinking on sidewalk patio areas after midnight Sunday-Thursday and after 1 a.m. Friday-Saturday. The new rules aim to reduce the number of people on the sidewalks around Fayetteville Street. Video by Jill Knight/jhknight@newsobserver.com