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After attack, student pleads for changes from Mecklenburg County School Board

Sex crimes suspect pleads guilty, faces up to 285 year term

Work set to begin on Groom School Apartments project


Comets prepare to play four games in three weeks





Tom McLaughlin

Look who’s coming

What happened last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., could happen anywhere: the slaughter of innocents by a bad actor armed with high-powered weaponry.

Taking a swing

Winter is on the wane and spring training is officially underway. Let’s take a moment to get in a few hacks ...

Rendevous with destiny

The numbers are in, and boy are they ugly: Southside Virginia and most other rural areas of the Commonwealth are losing population, lacking opportunity and looking for answers.

Blowin’ in the wind

You don’t have to look beyond Mecklenburg County to tell which way the winds are blowing in the energy world: with gale-force velocity against coal, a bit sideways for solar, but overall in a direction tilting strongly away from fossil fuels.

Say the word

Before plowing forward this week, a confession: I tried. Honestly. Tried to conjure up a pile of words to fill this space without using that word.

Digging in

We’re a little more than 10 days into the New Year and already the news items are piled high on the plate. Let’s dig in.

Decision time

Mecklenburg supervisors evidently have settled the question in their own minds of where the county's new consolidated school should go, and all in all, their decision is a solid one.

Stranger things (to come)

Truth really was stranger than fiction in 2017, a year you couldn’t have made up if you tried.

Stranger things

Truth really was stranger than fiction in 2017, a year you couldn’t have made up if you tried.

Less is Moore

When USA Today debuted in 1982, it ushered in the modern newspaper era with its full-color page designs, easily digestible charts and graphics and a snappy writing style that owed more than a little to the superficiality of TV news.

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