Behind enemy lines: College football’s strangest job

Layton Smith didn’t end up on the wrong sideline in his N.C. State gear by accident. He was born to it. He grew up riding in the equipment semi-trailer to road games with his uncle, who drove it. When he arrived at N.C. State, he became a student manager. And on Saturdays, just before the game starts, he walks across the field to the opposing sideline.

GOP rhetoric on Muslims seen as having little cost

Some leading Republican presidential candidates seem to view Muslims as fair game for increasingly harsh words they might use with more caution against any other group for fear of the political cost. So far, that strategy is winning support from conservatives influential in picking the nominee.

The low depths of American higher education

Give thanks for some indirect blessings of liberty, including the behavior-beyond-satire of what are generously called institutions of higher education. People who are imprecisely called educators have taught, by their negative examples, what intelligence is not.

This week's circulars

There were plenty of early Friday morning shoppers in line for Black Friday deals at the Cary Crossroads Plaza Best Buy 730am Friday, November 27, 2015. A larger crowd came to the Best Buy store Thanksgiving evening, said a store employee but the more than 100 shoppers Friday in line for the 8am Friday opening got specials and deals that made up for the wait.
Harry Lynch The News and Observer