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Ray Benson is ‘Comin’ Right at Ya’

For the past two years, News & Observer music critic/arts reporter David Menconi has been working with Ray Benson of the Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel to co-write his memoir, “Comin’ Right at Ya: How a Jewish Yankee Hippie Went Country, or, the Often Outrageous History of Asleep at the Wheel.” This excerpt is from the “Prologue” section of the book, which has just been published by University of Texas Press.

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Standard Foods is now open in Raleigh

Standard Foods — the highly anticipated joint venture of former Herons executive chef Scott Crawford and local developer John Holmes — opens its doors to the public today, after several tantalizing months of delays. All signs indicate that it’s going to be well worth the wait.

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