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It was 50 years ago today — And how I followed four days of history in the news

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I was in Miss Perkins’ 7th period music class at Hugh Morson Junior High School on November 22, 1963, longing for the school day to end and the weekend to begin, when our principal, Mr. Proctor, announced over the PA system that President Kennedy had been shot. A few girls began to cry; a couple boys made derisive comments about the president; but I, as did most of my classmates that day, just sat there in stunned silence.

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Twilight in the End Zone: NC State to Demolish Its Historic Riddick Stadium Field House

Photo credit: Jesse Dotson

Photo credit: Jesse Dotson, GNR Special Correspondent

In an ironic reversal of its construction, NC State University’s old Riddick Stadium has disappeared bit by bit over the decades since Carter-Finley Stadium was erected as its replacement in 1966. First, the East Stands were demolished in 1968 and replaced by a campus parking lot. Then in 2005 the West Stands met the same fate, and were replaced by the new SAS Hall.

And now, barring the success of a last-ditch ‘Hail Mary pass,’ the venerable Riddick Field House itself will fall to the wrecker’s ball early in March over spring break.

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Raleigh Municipal Elections 2011

On October 11th, Raleigh citizens will elect a new mayor, new council members, and vote on a housing bond as well as transportation bond. We recently gave an endorsement to both bonds, with special emphasis on the one for transportation.

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