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Symphony conductor was a man of many talents

A historical marker on Person Street near the Governor’s Mansion honors Raleigh native Lamar Stringfield. A Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Stringfield helped organize the North Carolina Symphony and served as its first conductor. He also composed the music for Paul Green’s “The Lost Colony.” In 1949, writer Mae Finch visited Stringfield in his Charlotte home/workshop and found quite an interesting character.

Past Times

Sir Walter Cabinet has its own traditions

For more than a hundred years, the opening of each legislative session has coincided with the reconvening of the Sir Walter Cabinet, comprised of spouses of elected state officials. In 1965, writer Meredith Council took a look at the origins of the organization.

Living Columns & Blogs

Finding joy in a drawer during a snow day

Ah, snow days. Cooped up, as we were for days felt a bit close, even though it’s just the two of us. Off from work so soon after we were both off for Christmas break gives too much time to pick. The only one in our house who likes a Snowpocalypse is the dog, who runs into his 13-degree morning, trotting around the yard as if it’s a glorious spring day.

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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.
Jill Knight jhknight@newsobserver.com
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

Sen. Meredith: 'Sec. Hall is openly defying...the very plain language found in the NC Constitution' 1:08

Sen. Meredith: 'Sec. Hall is openly defying...the very plain language found in the NC Constitution'