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On Father’s Day last year, I wrote about how it’s only later in life — if at all — that we realize certain aspects about our dads as our relationship matures. I’ve come to find that even then, there are some stories that don’t get revealed until they’re gone.

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The discussion around the Moore County Schools redistricting project has not been among our finer moments of upbuilding in the Sandhills. Honest differences and disagreements are to be expected, but particularly stunning has been the way some parents have virtually demonized the people, the …

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You can get your weather forecast pretty much anywhere these days. The household talking speaker will brief you as easily as dozens of weather apps available for your smartphone. To think there was a time the media industry thought Frank Batten Sr. was crazy for starting a 24-7 weather chann…

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This column should be shorter than normal in accordance with its subject: shorts. Were I in the textile manufacturing business, the last thing I’d want to be turning out today would be a garment that extends beyond the lower thigh.

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Poor Daisy Hawkins. She was the original loner picking up rice in a church where a wedding had been. “Eleanor Rigby” came around later. “I was looking for a name that sounded natural,” Paul McCartney said in an interview about writing the classic Beatles song. “‘Eleanor Rigby’ sounded natural.”

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The email this past week had the subject line “So Thin!” Has someone seen me working out at the gym? Was it one of those inbox come-ons that you always get in the new year to “start a new you”? Fat chance.

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Newspaper work can be quite humbling. Hollywood, as only Hollywood can do, emphasizes the rare moments of glory, of scruffy reporters in rolled-up sleeves saving democracy. Saving democracy is not an everyday thing in this business, just as surgeons are far more likely to spend their days re…

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Food and these winter holidays are trussed like a Christmas crown roast: latkes at Hanukkah, turkey or ham at Christmas, collards and black- eyed peas at New Year’s. Our food traditions run through these waning days of the year like strands of lights wrapped around the individual boughs of o…

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I was the youngest of four boys, a 10-year spread from beginning to end. By the time I got around to the same experiences as my older brothers, my parents were pretty well broken in. If you were on the tail end of a long(ish) family, you know what I’m talking about.

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Until I started school, I spent a lot of days with my grandmother, Susie Domenick. She lived in a small third-floor walk-up about four blocks straight up Lorring Drive from our home in District Heights, Maryland.

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Until 1978, virtually every house in America sported walls of every hue, rolled and brushed with lead paint. By then, though, the nation’s health officials had come to the conclusion that this nation could no longer expose its children to one of the greatest health crises of their young lives.

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Beginning this past Wednesday, The Pilot began its annual run of editorial endorsements in the lead-up to the November election. Endorsements are among the least understood things a newspaper does, so it’s worth sharing with you why and how we do it, along with what they are and what they aren’t.

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There are a lot of o’s in the word “colonoscopy.” Perhaps it’s because you spend the entire 24-hour prep time exclaiming “Oh!” As in, “Oh gosh, I’m hungry.” And, “Oh my God, this stuff is awful.” And “Oh my God, it’s time for another glass!” And “Oh boy, time for the bathroom!”

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I utterly believed Christine Blasey Ford when she said she was sexually assaulted at a drunken teenage party years ago. I also believed Brett Kavanaugh when he said Thursday, a few weeks late, that he had at times drank too much as a teen and had done things that today make him “cringe.”

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At many community newspapers, especially those smaller than The Pilot, the editor covers government meetings, writes most of the stories, lays out pages, takes pictures, writes the editorials, and handles a fair bit of the local high school sports scene.

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The torpor of July is upon us. July is to summer what February is to winter, with three extra days tacked on to make us more miserable. Each of those two months is sort of a bridge through its season. February gets us to the moderating days of March. July gets us to, well, August’s agonizing…

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Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve had a chance to spend a little extra time with my father, who turned 90 last month. As my schedule allows, I try to find a day here and there when I can leave the office a bit early and go over to his place in Pinehurst.

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These remarks were delivered Wednesday to The Kiwanis Club of the Sandhills during its annual presentation of the Junior Builders Cup scholarship to four high school seniors. This year, the club honored Sylvia Hipp of Pinecrest High School, Elizabeth Moore of The O’Neal School, Madison Peter…

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It may have passed without your notice, but we marked World Press Freedom Day on Thursday. Across the globe, journalists and a number of world leaders celebrated the historic and important role that a free press plays in our lives.

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Chances are, if you “came of age” digitally in the 1990s, you likely at one point had an America Online account. And if that’s the case, you can still hear in your head that little aural hit of dopamine: “You’ve got mail!”