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DG MARTIN: Be Proud Of The Way You Talk

DG MARTIN: Be Proud Of The Way You Talk

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH - You sure do talk funny. Has anybody ever told you that? If you grew up in North Carolina and moved somewhere else for a while, you surely got that kind of question from folks who just had to laugh when they heard you talk.…

City Of Raleigh Awards First Train Station Contract

City Of Raleigh Awards First Train Station Contract

By The City Of Raleigh, Edited and Reprinted By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH - The Raleigh City Council voted 6-0 on Tuesday, April 1st, to approve a contract for preconstruction services with the construction manager at risk for the Union Station project. The contract with the Clancy and Theys/Skanska Joint Venture…

The Raleigh Telegram Revamping Website

The Raleigh Telegram Revamping Website

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – The Raleigh Telegram newspaper is in the process of revamping its website to include archives from as far back as 2001 and also to allow its staff members to more easily post stories, says the paper’s management. “We have archived material that is currently…

OPINION: The Regional Nature Of American Speech

OPINION: The Regional Nature Of American Speech

By Dr. Robert Moore, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Contrary to the common notion that mass media has produced the homogenization of American speech, regional words and phrases are alive and thriving. This is amply demonstrated by the monumental scholarly project that has given us “The Dictionary of American Regional…

NOTES ON QUOTES: A Brief History Of Christmas Cards

NOTES ON QUOTES: A Brief History Of Christmas Cards

By Gordon Mercer and Marcia Gaines Mercer, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – “At Christmas season, cards mailed definitely mean so much more. I send a variety of cards: religious, funny, wintery scenes and cards with animals themes. I try to pick something that would mean more to each individual. I…

NOTES ON QUOTES: The History Of Santa Claus And Old St. Nick

NOTES ON QUOTES: The History Of Santa Claus And Old St. Nick

By Gordon Mercer and Marcia Gaines Mercer, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – “He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,…He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I heard him exclaim ‘ere he…

NOTES ON QUOTES: Christmas During The Great Depression

NOTES ON QUOTES: Christmas During The Great Depression

By Gordon and Marcia Mercer, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – “Christmas waives a magic wand over the world and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” Norman Vincent Peale, 1898-1993 Many of us grew up hearing stories from our parents or grandparents about the Great Depression. Today we are slowly…

NOTES ON QUOTES: Are You A Lark, Owl, Or Hummingbird?

NOTES ON QUOTES: Are You A Lark, Owl, Or Hummingbird?

By Gordon Mercer and Marcia Gaines Mercer, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH - “The world is composed of morning people (larks), night people (owls) and those in the middle (hummingbirds). None is better than the other; we’re just different. Together, we’ve got all the bases covered…” David Powdrell Is the old proverb…

Police Movie Will Be Filming In Downtown Raleigh

Police Movie Will Be Filming In Downtown Raleigh

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – If you see a large number of police cars and what looks like a major crime scene in downtown Raleigh this weekend, it might actually be the film set of a movie.  An independent film titled “Bragg N East” will be shooting scenes in…

OPINION: Celebrating North Carolina’s Nelson Mandela’s

OPINION: Celebrating North Carolina’s Nelson Mandela’s

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Nelson Mandela’s death last week at the age of 95 prompted a worldwide celebration of his life. The attention to him these past few days is testimony to the power of his wise and unselfish leadership. Mandela’s example was transformative. Not just…

Remembering The USS Raleigh At The Pearl Harbor Attack On December 7th, 1941

Remembering The USS Raleigh At The Pearl Harbor Attack On December 7th, 1941

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Have you ever heard of the USS Raleigh and its role in the Pearl Harbor attack? It may have been the first struck by a torpedo, helped save the crew of the USS Utah, and went on to fight in the Pacific, but many,…

“The Grinch” Musical At DPAC Is Fun For The Whole Family

“The Grinch” Musical At DPAC Is Fun For The Whole Family

By The Raleigh Telegram DURHAM – When you remember certain iconic characters associated with Christmas on television, you remember Charlie Brown and of course, the Grinch, Dr. Seuss’ classic cartoon tale. We recently had the chance to watch a live version of the famous “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” at the…

NOTES ON QUOTES: The Magic Of Lawrence Welk’s Music And TV Show

NOTES ON QUOTES: The Magic Of Lawrence Welk’s Music And TV Show

By Gordon Mercer and Marcia Gaines Mercer, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – “These people looked on us more as old friends than they did as TV performers. It made us try even harder to entertain them.” Lawrence Welk, 1903-1992. It was a surreal moment. Our daughter and her best friend…

OPINION: A “Good Night” Book From A North Carolina Author

OPINION: A “Good Night” Book From A North Carolina Author

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Think for a minute about books by North Carolina’s best writers. Then tell me the one word that goes with the following words in the three recent book titles: Train, Woods, and Film. Okay, here are the answers: Clyde Edgerton’s “Night Train,”…

BOATING: A Medical Emergency Onboard Your Boat

BOATING: A Medical Emergency Onboard Your Boat

By Captain Reg Fidoe, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – What do we need to do if we have an “underway” medical emergency? Once we have determined that the problem is beyond “first aid” we need to summon help. This can be accomplished with a Pan-Pan (pronounced pawn-pawn) call on our…

OPINION: Losing The Best Lobbyist In North Carolina

OPINION: Losing The Best Lobbyist In North Carolina

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH - When Zeb Alley died earlier this month, lots of people in North Carolina thought they had lost one of their best friends. Those of us who worked the Raleigh scene knew him as one of the most influential lobbyists ever to work the…

Southern Culture On The Skids To Play Free Concert In Raleigh Thursday

Southern Culture On The Skids To Play Free Concert In Raleigh Thursday

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – The popular band Southern Culture on the Skids will be the headline act for a free concert on Thursday night.  The Oak City 7 free concert series brought to you by The Raleigh Telegram newspaper and other sponsors continues this week with outdoor music…

Scientists Find More Evidence Of Past Ocean On Mars

Scientists Find More Evidence Of Past Ocean On Mars

By VOA, Reprinted By The Raleigh Telegram CALIFORNIA - Mars may have once had a vast ocean that covered as much as a third of the planet. Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have found evidence of an ancient delta where a Martian river may have once emptied into the…

Lloyd’s Of London Says Solar Storm Could Knock Out Power For Two Years

Lloyd’s Of London Says Solar Storm Could Knock Out Power For Two Years

By VOA, Reprinted By The Raleigh Telegram LONDON - With the sun nearing the peak of its 11-year cycle, scientists say a powerful solar storm may be headed our way, which could shut down electricity supply networks and disorient GPS and satellite systems. The worst known geomagnetic solar storm hit Earth…

One Man African Space Program Hoping To Send Satellite Into Space

One Man African Space Program Hoping To Send Satellite Into Space

By VOA, Reprinted By The Raleigh Telegram UGANDA - As Ghana grabbed headlines with its first tiny satellite in May, one determined scientist in the African nation of Uganda is working hard to get his country into the space race as well. But Chris Nsamba is facing more than just technical…

BOATING: Dealing With Dangerous Gasoline Vapors

BOATING: Dealing With Dangerous Gasoline Vapors

By Captain Reg Fidoe, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH - Did you ever think about the trouble that fuel vapors could cause on your boat?  The potential danger can run through the full spectrum of probabilities. Good safety practices reduce the odds to a miniscule level, while bad safety practices raise the…

OPINION: If Not Moral Mondays, Then What To Do?

OPINION: If Not Moral Mondays, Then What To Do?

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH - “I want to do something, something besides Moral Mondays.” A friend was asking me what he could do to stop what the New York Times called last week a “demolition derby” in the state legislature. But my friend was not ready to join…

Confederate Civil War Ironclad Ship Moved Indoors To New Museum

Confederate Civil War Ironclad Ship Moved Indoors To New Museum

By NCDCR, Reprinted By The Raleigh Telegram KINSTON – The remnants of the Confederate Navy’s ironclad river gunboat, the CSS Neuse, will finally be moved indoors and will get its own museum. “After years of exposure to hurricanes, heat, and pests, the CSS Neuse has a new home and is…

Beloved Raleigh Doctor With Generations Of Patients Over 60 Years Passes Away

Beloved Raleigh Doctor With Generations Of Patients Over 60 Years Passes Away

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – A beloved Raleigh medical doctor who was a leader in his field and a gentle healer of generations of thousands of patients passed away earlier this month. Dr. Frank Poole served as a pediatrician for 60 years, worked in Japan after the atomic bomb…

Cirque du Soleil Presents Their Best Show So Far, Quidam

Cirque du Soleil Presents Their Best Show So Far, Quidam

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – In Raleigh this week, the Cirque du Soleil traveling show Quidam will be playing at the PNC Arena (formerly the RBC Center) this week through Sunday. During our viewing of the show on Wednesday night in Raleigh, we have to say that out of…

Farmers Lament Loss Of Crops Due To Rainy Season

Farmers Lament Loss Of Crops Due To Rainy Season

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Although some rain is usually a good thing for farmers and crops in general, too much of a good thing can be equally bad as well. According to farmers throughout the state, the extremely wet and rainy year that North Carolina has been experiencing…

City Of Raleigh Looks At Adding Two Way Traffic, Roundabouts To Blount Street

City Of Raleigh Looks At Adding Two Way Traffic, Roundabouts To Blount Street

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – With a new plan that may receive final approval, the City of Raleigh is looking at getting rid of one way streets on Blount Street and Person Streets along at least part of their five mile stretches from Capital Boulevard to Interstate 40. The…

Hundreds Crowd Raleigh Bookstore To Meet Weird Al Yankovic

Hundreds Crowd Raleigh Bookstore To Meet Weird Al Yankovic

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Hundreds of people showed up at the Quail Ridge Bookstore last Friday to meet Weird Al Yankovic, the world-famous comedy recording artist, musician, actor, film producer, and now book author. Yankovic was there to sign copies of his new children’s book entitled “My New…

Soldiers In 440th Army Band Work Hard To Bring Music To The Community

Soldiers In 440th Army Band Work Hard To Bring Music To The Community

By Captain Rick Scoggins, Special To The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Music, like a picture, can also inspire us and move us to action as well. The North Carolina National Guard’s 440th Army Band has that task. Their mission…

BOATING: What Safety Equipment Are You Required To Have On A Boat?

BOATING: What Safety Equipment Are You Required To Have On A Boat?

By Captain Reg Fidoe, Special To The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Mariners often ask where they can find a list of the safety equipment requirements for their recreational boats. There are two great sources for that information. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the U.S. Power Squadrons provide a list…

MIKE WALDEN’S YOU DECIDE: What Ails NC’s Economy?

MIKE WALDEN’S YOU DECIDE: What Ails NC’s Economy?

By Dr. Mike Walden, Special To The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – North Carolina’s economy was slammed by the Great Recession, with statewide unemployment passing 11 percent and more than 300,000 jobs being lost between 2007 and 2010. In the last three years, the state’s economy has rebounded; 200,000 jobs have…

Raleigh Telegram Writers Win Awards, Newspaper Mentioned In Editor & Publisher

Raleigh Telegram Writers Win Awards, Newspaper Mentioned In Editor & Publisher

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Raleigh Telegram newspaper writers and news producers have been recently honored for their work by their peers. Raleigh Telegram travel writers and photographers Kathy M. Newbern and J.S. Fletcher, a husband-wife team, have earned $525 in prize money for six award-winning entries, including a…

NOTES ON QUOTES: Thomas Jefferson, The Tea Party, And Occupy Wall Street

NOTES ON QUOTES: Thomas Jefferson, The Tea Party, And Occupy Wall Street

By Gordon and Marcia Gaines Mercer, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – “A traitor is everyone who does not agree with me.” King George lll, Great Britain The Declaration of Independence was passed by the Continental Congress in July of 1776, but it was not signed by most delegates until August…

OPINION: George Washington’s First July 4th In The Revolutionary Summer Of 1776

OPINION: George Washington’s First July 4th In The Revolutionary Summer Of 1776

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH - In the early summer of 1776 in Philadelphia, where our founders were waxing eloquently about their newly declared independence from Great Britain, modern day Tea Partiers would have felt at home. There was a lot of talk there about freedom, small and limited…

NC Divers Recover Two Cannons From Blackbeard’s Ship

NC Divers Recover Two Cannons From Blackbeard’s Ship

By R. Gregg, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Last Thursday, underwater archaeologists recovered two heavy cannons from the wreck that is widely acknowledged as Blackbeard’s ship.  The ship currently rests at the bottom of 24 feet of water near Beaufort, North Carolina. Blackbeard’s ship, “The Queen Anne’s Revenge,” sank in…

Almost 300 Years Later, Blackbeard Still Remains A Mystery To Researchers

Almost 300 Years Later, Blackbeard Still Remains A Mystery To Researchers

By The Raleigh Telegram BEAUFORT – With the discovery of Blackbeard’s ship The Queen Anne’s Revenge in the waters just outside of the Beaufort harbor years ago and the continuing underwater archaeological work that recently yielded two more cannons, researchers continue to find out more details about everyday life aboard…

Did NC Underwater Archaeologists Find Blackbeard The Pirate’s Sword?

Did NC Underwater Archaeologists Find Blackbeard The Pirate’s Sword?

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Thousands of priceless artifacts have been recovered from the early 1700′s shipwreck in Beaufort Inlet that is widely considered to be the “Queen Anne’s Revenge,” the ship abandoned by Blackbeard the pirate after he ran aground in 1708. The most famous pirate in history,…

Venomous Lionfish Invades NC Waters, But Tastes Surprisingly Good

Venomous Lionfish Invades NC Waters, But Tastes Surprisingly Good

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Invasive species can sometimes disrupt the new ecosystems that they enter and the arrival of the beautiful but harmful Lionfish is no exception. According to workers at SeaGrant, a North Carolina research group, the Pterois volitans, or Lionfish as it is commonly called, is normally…

OPINION: The Battle At Gettysburg, 1963, The New South, And Airborne Training

OPINION: The Battle At Gettysburg, 1963, The New South, And Airborne Training

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Next week Americans will be remembering the 150th anniversary of a defining moment in our country’s history, the Civil War battle at Gettysburg. The horrible losses there made the battlefield like a holy temple, a destination point for pilgrims. Fifty years ago,…

NC State Alumnus Chosen To Be New NASA Astronaut

NC State Alumnus Chosen To Be New NASA Astronaut

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – North Carolina native and North Carolina State University graduate Christina Hammock, age 34, has been named one of only eight lucky people chosen among 6,000 candidates to be a NASA astronaut candidate. The news was announced this week, as only a handful of those…

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