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Many meanings of ‘Old South’ (access required)

Here’s a fact that will probably never come up in Jeopardy: The U.S. Patent Office has granted six different “Old South” trademarks. And the proud holders of those trademarks include a bourbon brand, a company that makes lawn furniture, an ...

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No bench puns allowed (access required)

Mecklenburg County Courthouse visitors were treated to the musical stylings of District Court Judge Donnie Hoover earlier this month. Hoover, who began taking piano lessons when he was in the fourth grade and hung with it until he reached high ...

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Taxing evasion (access required)

Defendant Teresa Beal was not pleased when Watauga County foreclosed upon and sold her rental property without, as she puts it, doing its due diligence to locate her and personally talk to her about her delinquent property taxes. Instead, Beal ...

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Great minds pun alike (access required)

This week’s edition of The Economist, a British news magazine, includes a column about a federal court decision earlier this year which may cause millions of dollars to change hands because of a comma that legislators in Maine declined to ...

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The make-up man

In honor of National Newspaper Week, I want to share a story from the backrooms of the newspaper business. There are reporters with byline fever. There are editors who crusade. There are photographers who freeze moments of history. And then ...

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Speaking for the dead (access required)

Comments that an attorney made during a trial pitting two brothers against their late father’s lover came back to haunt the siblings on appeal. Earl and Henry Fortner argued at the Court of Appeals that a trial judge erred in ...

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