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Saunders: I’m more Vienna sausage than valedictorian

In coming years, students graduating from Wake County high schools will no longer have to worry about being denied individual recognition. Citing the pressure of competition and lack of comity inspired by students striving to be top cat in their class, the Wake County school board is abolishing the practice of naming valedictorians and salutatorians.

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Gergen to Elon grads on HB2: ‘Get in arena, join fight, serve, lead’

The text of the commencement address that David Gergen, a North Carolina native, delivered at Elon University. Gergen, a senior political analyst for CNN and co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, is founding chair of Elon University School of Law’s advisory board. He also served as adviser to four U.S. presidents: Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton.

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Horse industry growing in Johnston County

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Gergen urges Elon grads to 'take North Carolina back'

VIDEO: David Gergen, former adviser to four U.S. presidents, dispensed with the usual vanilla message when he gave the commencement address Saturday at Elon University. Instead, in a passionate speech, he urged graduates to “take North Carolina back.” Gergen blasted the state’s political leadership for House Bill 2 and for the direction it has taken the state in recent months and years. He decried “the forces of political extremism” that represent “a sharp break from our past.”
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Gergen urges Elon grads to 'take North Carolina back' 01:42

Gergen urges Elon grads to 'take North Carolina back'

Black pastors rally in support of HB2, saying LGBT rights are not civil rights 02:16

Black pastors rally in support of HB2, saying LGBT rights are not civil rights

Saxophone player Maceo Parker to receive North Carolina Heritage Award 02:33

Saxophone player Maceo Parker to receive North Carolina Heritage Award

Mom arrested for allowing son to drive golf cart at Bald Head 01:05

Mom arrested for allowing son to drive golf cart at Bald Head