Victor Lewis

Special Process for Fat Cat Adoption in Chatham County

At 31 pounds, “Mr. Handsome” is severely overweight. For a housecat. Putting North Carolina in the internet spotlight, Mr. Handsome has drawn the kind of attention to Chatham County that is normally reserved for I-40 during a snowstorm. The portly pussy has been seen in posts across reddit and Facebook over the last couple days, and the broad coverage is showing no sign of stopping. “Due to the huge outpouring of interest from people and potential adopters, we are announcing a new adoption process for public safety reasons,” said Animal Services Director Alan Canady. “We are a small rural...

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First-Ever Raleigh Supercon Takes Off

This past weekend, Supercon invaded the Raleigh Convention Center. Celebrity guests like LeVar Burton, Justin Roiland and Ric Flair attracted hordes of fans from across the pop culture spectrum, and for three days the convention floor was filled with colorful costumes, artists, writers, content creators and vendors galore. The Raleigh Supercon was put on by Super Conventions, Inc., a Florida-based company that specializes in high-profile events and conventions that attract thousands of guests and big-name celebrities. According to its website, the company was established in 2006 and its flagship event – the Florida Supercon – attracted over 51,000 attendees...

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Washed Out’s “Mister Mellow” at Cat’s Cradle

Photos by Robert McCraw Ernest Greene, making music under the moniker “Washed Out,” doesn’t seem to be all that interested in attention. This attitude suits his plush, fuzzy and dreamlike music well, and “Mister Mellow” is a fitting album title for music that feels not unlike a slice of butter melting on top of a big ol’ pile of flapjacks. If you don’t know Washed Out, you may have heard “Feel It All Around,” the title music for IFC’s “Portlandia,” also found on the “Life of Leisure” EP released in 2009. Greene has evolved since then, as a musician...

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Every Day is Fried Chicken Day if You Believe

In the calendar of obscure national “holidays,” none should be as important to us good and God-fearing Southern folk than that which falls on today, July 6. Yes, friend and neighbors, it’s that time of year once more. Time to bust out the fine china and cloth napkins, because National Fried Chicken Day has come around again. It’s unclear as to who or what exactly established July 6 as a day to celebrate the nation’s preferred way of consuming poultry, but they deserve a medal for finally recognizing the South’s fifth most important contribution to culture. We may not...

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Ron Stutts – Celebrating 40 Years with Ron Fest!

When Ron Stutts arrives at the radio station sometime after five in the morning, it’s dark more often than not. Both inside the building and out. For Ron, it’s time to play music. But first, it’s time to light the lights. For 40 of the 64 years that WCHL – Chapel Hill’s oldest continuous broadcaster – has been on the air, Stutts has been hosting the morning show. He’s officiated weddings, acted as master of ceremonies for countless events, led Chapel Hill’s holiday parade as Grand Marshal more than once and been recognized as the North Carolina Association of...

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Babalu Tapas & Tacos Opening New Location in Chapel Hill

Taking its name from Desi Arnaz’s famous exclamation on “I Love Lucy,” Babalu Tapas & Tacos will offer a “melodic mix of Latin-inspired cuisine” in a new Chapel Hill location. The location at 1800 E. Franklin St. in Eastgate Crossing is scheduled to open Monday, July 24. It will be the first Triangle location for the Mississippi-based chain – which already has seven other locations in the Southeast. “Our new Triangle restaurant will reflect the local community, culture and personality of Chapel Hill,” said Stan Stout, chief operating officer of Eat Here Brands, Babalu’s parent company. “While no two Babalu are alike, our...

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Hometown Hero: Dr. Deborah Mayer

This week’s Hometown Hero is Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN and FAAN. That list of acronyms helps to signify her as an advanced practice oncology nurse whose 40 years of experience make her an essential addition to the UNC School of Nursing. Dr. Mayer has been the president of the Oncology Nursing Society, a member of the National Cancer Institute’s National Cancer Advisory Board and Board of Scientific Advisors. She has been elected as a fellow to the American Academy of Nursing, and recently was the editor for the Oncology Nursing Society’s Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing along...

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Trump: An Unprecedented Presidency

If blatant lies and thoughtless blunders are rain, the United States of America is in the midst of a monsoon. From “covfefe” to Kathy Griffin, it looks like we’re not due for clear skies any time soon. Each passing day, some new “alternative fact” surfaces, another presidential Tweet elevates eyebrows and hackles across the nation, and yesterday’s controversies become buried in the fresh hell being raised in Washington today. It’s exhausting for both sides of the aisle and for the citizens they represent. We have a president that pushes others out of the way at a NATO summit, who...

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Flavor of the Week: Luncheonette

If you weren’t in the know, it would be easy to miss Luncheonette entirely. When you walk in the Europa Center, Luncheonette is located downstairs, tucked out of view with unassuming seating scattered around an atrium filled with greenery and natural light. A little exploration uncovers this semi-hidden gem of a restaurant. All glass and granite, the Europa center isn’t the sort of building one would expect to find slightly upscale dining, much less with a rotating menu inspired by the seasons and available ingredients. Chef Adam Rose founded the restaurant, and continues to have a hand in both...

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Carrboro Celebrates National Bike Month

Dust off those pedals and pump up those tires, because we’re well into the spring season and May is officially “Bike Month” in Carrboro and across the country. Established by the League of American Bicyclists in 1956, Bike Month is meant to celebrate the reliable and environmentally friendly form of transportation that is the bicycle. Whether it’s your preferred method of commuting, favorite way to make trips into town or just an enjoyable leisure activity, Bike Month in Carrboro will present a number of opportunities to get outside and ride. With local projects like The Recyclery and community leaders...

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