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At Home in a Lab

Seventy-four-years-old and retired? No way.

I’ve interviewed a lot of important people in 30 years of television news. Yep, I look at the number as I’m typing and double check to make sure it’s not a typo. It isn’t.

The list includes former Presidents, Governors, astronauts and athletes. But in all those interviews, I’ve never talked with someone who had a building named in their honor. 

Until now.

Snake Bite 411

To be honest, I’m not even sure what the title of the movie was. It was one of those westerns that fills the time on cable channels where you happen to stumble upon it when the football game you were watching is a blow-out and channel surfing seems a decent option.

After not too many clicks, I found the cowboy. He was cautiously creeping through the desert and sage brush, six-gun in hand, eyes and jaw clenched, watching out for trouble. However he didn’t see the snake, coiled to strike, just a foot or so from his leg.

Oh My Aching Knees!

A few years ago, my wife and I decided to think totally “out-of-the-box” in terms of physical fitness. We decided to run a half marathon. We joined the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program. It provided a schedule for training, a training program that helped you with all aspects of running as well as trainers to help you prepare for the race. It also gave both of us a way to raise money and help a good cause.

Take the time to look up

I grew up in the suburbs. There were scattered streetlights around the neighborhood. When I was in elementary school, a shopping center was built nearby. Needless to say, it was dark at night, but not all that dark. I could see a few stars when I took my dog, Angus, for a walk at night, but those stars needed to be really bright.

For The Love of Swimming

It might be more timely to air a story about a new test to check for contaminated beach water in the spring. After all, that’s when North Carolinians are starting to think about warmer weather and visiting the state’s incredible coastline.

But we wanted to air it now because, tragically, deadly ocean water has been in the news, most recently in Florida.

So What Happened to the Confederate Dead?

In the modern media’s coverage of wars, the word “casualty” usually refers to a person who has been killed. Not so during the Civil War. Take the Battle of Gettysburg, in which historians estimate there were about 28,000 Confederate casualties. In the reporting of the time, that meant soldiers killed, wounded and captured. Essentially, a “casualty” back then meant a soldier who was not able to return to the field of battle.

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