Shaffer: Big penalty awaits flytrap pilferers

The Venus flytrap grows in the boggy bottomland of the North Carolina coast, a carnivorous plant native to the patch of swamps within 60 miles of Wilmington – a vegetative curiosity best-known as the ravenous character from “Little Shop of Horrors.”

Silent Sam and the messages in our monuments

Joseph M. Flora: Toppling Silent Sam or the Confederate monuments throughout the South would not be a step forward – those monuments, all of similar birthing, are part of Southern history and should be read in all their complexity. But Sam is in need of company – another impressive statue or monument to tell the story of the first entry of African-Americans into the student body

This week's circulars

To mark the 40-year anniversary of Broughton High School's class of 1975, we present the 2015 update remix of the Connells' "'74-/75" video -- showing the subjects circa 1975, then 1993 and today. Read more.
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