Barry Saunders

Barry Saunders

Columnist Barry Saunders learns not all snakes are bad

News and Observer columnist Barry Saunders recorded his encounter with a snake on his back deck. 'This snake, which obviously didn't read the recent story I wrote saying how much I hate having them around, slithered onto my porch this week and caused me to grievously injure my arm while trying in vain to kill it' says Saunders.

Barry Saunders

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Musical prodigy and recording artist Matthew Whitaker performs at the National Blind Idol semi-finals singing competition at the Renaissance North Hills Hotel last Saturday. The winner of the finals in August will receive $1,000 and studio recording time. Matthew, 16, was introduced by Ellen Degeneres, on whose show "Ellen" he performed in April.

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