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Rob Christensen

The GOP has new diversity in NC

If the GOP is the party of old white guys, it is becoming less so. Consider North Carolina’s face in national GOP party circles. Two of the three state’s members of the Republican National Committee are now African-Americans.


Greece's bailout expires, country defaults on IMF payment

Greece slipped deeper into its financial abyss after the bailout program it has relied on for five years expired at midnight Tuesday and the country failed to repay a loan due to the International Monetary Fund, deepening fears over whether it will be able to remain in the eurozone.

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Clayton hurdlers Dutch, Harrison make U.S. National Team

The 2015 U.S. Outdoor Track and Field national team will have a bit more of a blue hue thanks to Clayton High graduates Johnny Dutch and Keni Harrison.

Both standout hurdlers — and former wearers of the Comet Blue — made the national team with their runner-up finishes at the U.S. Outdoor National Championships in Eugene, Oregon, on Saturday.

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A primary solution to Panthers’ pass rush problem could be secondary

For those wondering how the Carolina Panthers are going to replace the pass-rush production they lost when defensive end Greg Hardy left, general manager Dave Gettleman suggested they might be looking in the wrong place. The Panthers saw their sacks plummet from a league-leading and club-record total of 60 in 2013 to 40 last year. Gettleman says part of the answer might be found in the secondary.

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