Pope Francis speaks out, fearlessly, with a passionate seriousness criticizing the greed of capitalism run amok, recognizing the reality of climate change, the danger of guns and the need for all nations to welcome refugees and immigrants.
He was, by the time I got to know him, somewhat hampered physically by old age, but his mind was still razor sharp. When I called Bill Aycock a few years back, probably to talk about the infamous Speaker Ban law of the early 1960s, he came up with details decades old, but with a freshness that made them seem they’d just come off the vine. So he was until the very end, friends said, when death came Saturday at the age of 99 in Chapel Hill.
What’s the story over there, you wonder. The woman, by herself in the car, crying softly. A widow, or a daughter. And what’s the story here, on Memorial Day, in Raleigh’s historic Oakwood Cemetery, of the children attending the memorial for the veterans who gave their lives in service? Grandchildren, perhaps. Great-grandchildren, even.
Gov. Pat McCrory’s displays of independence and defying the inclinations of his fellow Republicans in the General Assembly prompt us to wonder what’s to come, and what the consequences might be for the governor.
A small boy being treated for leukemia at Duke Medicine has been the subject of his father’s Facebook post about his son being made fun of due to his bald head. Here’s hoping that parents and teachers take the time to address their children about appropriate behavior in dealing with the ill.
From its beginnings out of its founder's home, Note in the Pocket now has a multitude of partners and relies on school social workers and other organizations in Wake County to pinpoint children in need and clothe them.
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