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Novel ideas (access required)

UNCC professor and novelist writer Kathleen Reichs, whose books inspired the TV show “Bones,” has achieved a level of success many writers can only fantasize about. Over in Mooresville, writer “Cotton” Ketchie has yet to become such a literary superstar ...

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Food for thought (access required)

For a change, a company is happy with a newspaper’s coverage. We’re still recovering from the shock. Thanks to a story The (New Jersey) Star-Ledger ran, Charlotte-based snack maker Snyder’s-Lance thinks The Star is the best thing since moveable type. The ...

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Plumb crazy 
for Joe (access required)

Americans haven’t heard the last of Joe the Plumber. Lucky us. Joe, a Republican whose real name is Samuel Wurzelbacher, is trying to flush Democratic U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur out of office. Wurzelbacher, who became a household name after he questioned ...

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Sorry, Jack (access required)

In the movie “Footloose,” there’s a weird scene where Kevin Bacon expresses his angst through dancing. (The Meckcetera team does it often; it’s quite cathartic.) It’s not known whether Rob Nixon, owner of sports bar Jackalope Jack’s, is angrily dancing ...

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For deer life (access required)

This month, national news was made when an Ohio sheriff gave the order to shoot and kill 48 exotic animals. Sorry, sheriff, but we were gunning down wildlife in North Carolina way before you. In September, North Carolina wildlife officials ...

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Stoned (access required)

If September campaign finance reports (those are the latest ones available) are any indication of a candidate’s chances to win an election, it doesn’t look good for Stone. Stone, with $100,190, isn’t sitting on nearly as high a pile of cash as ...

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