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Pageant royalty in abundance for beauties past

This week the N.C. Museum of History opens a a sumertime lobby-case exhibit in recognition of the 80th anniversary of the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant. In 1961, writer Hugh Mulligan took a light-hearted look at the opportunities a young lady had to become royalty.

Past Times

Looking back on the days of live TV

In an era of live-streaming video, here’s a look back at where it all began, with local TV programming. In 1979, N&O writer Jane Welch profiled two local shows that started in the 1950s and were still going strong.

Past Times

The yo-yo fad looped back around to Raleigh

The national fad for yo-yoing struck the country about 1932, when citizens of all ages discovered the toy and purchased millions with the same lack of restraint they went after miniature golf. The obsession waned a bit before returning in 1940.

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Legislative wife was also an inventor

Moms are nothing if not problem solvers. In 1961, Clarice B. Wicker, wife of a state legislator and mother of a future lieutenant governor, took matters into her own hands to solve a problem of highway safety before seat belts became standard equipment on American cars. N&O writer Joan Brock Years interviewed the full-time mother and part-time inventor.

Past Times

NC hotel served as German internment camp during WWI

When the United States entered World War I in the spring of 1917, a number of German civilians found themselves in “enemy territory” and were detained at the internment camp set up at the Mountain Park Hotel in Hot Springs. A special report in The News & Observer took a look at conditions of the camp.

A.C. Snow

Of lawyer fees and crying babies – Snow

When I read the headline announcing that UNC-CH, i.e., North Carolina’s taxpayers, have already spent $5.6 million in attorney fees relating to the school’s fake classes scandal, I kept expecting someone to yell, “April fool!”

Videos

Pokemon Go players fill downtown Raleigh

The trendy game Pokemon Go has folks wandering around the City of Oaks looking for virtual Pokemon and Poke Stops.
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Pokemon Go players fill downtown Raleigh 1:01

Pokemon Go players fill downtown Raleigh

Scenes from the National Hollerin' Contest 2:30

Scenes from the National Hollerin' Contest

FDR dedicates Great Smoky Mountains National Park 0:42

FDR dedicates Great Smoky Mountains National Park

What you need to know about August's solar eclipse 2:03

What you need to know about August's solar eclipse