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Celebrate National Pound Cake Day

Pound cakes are considered a tradition in my family. My grandmother baked pound cakes almost on a weekly basis, and I remember licking leftover cake batter from my mom’s mixing bowl whenever she baked for a local fundraiser. So, you can only imagine how delighted I was to learn March 4 is National Pound Cake Day! Pound cakes have been around for centuries. The first recipes called for one pound of each main ingredient; flour, sugar, butter and eggs. Hence the name pound cake. Today, you can bake with alternative ingredients, like shortening for a lighter textured cake or...

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Flavor of the Week: Karen’s Cakes 2 Go

I love cake! Maybe that’s why after stumbling upon cake photo after cake photo on Instagram I just had to reach out to Karen’s Cakes 2 Go and find out what the story was behind all these delicious and colorful desserts. After connecting online, I finally had the opportunity to sit down with Karen Byrd, owner of Karen’s Cakes 2 Go in Chapel Hill this week to discuss all things, cake. Karen’s Cake’s 2 Go, a home based business in Chapel Hill, started over two years ago and has continued to grow, mostly from word of mouth in the...

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Forum Helps Immigrants Know Their Rights

  In light of recent changes to federal immigration policy, lots of immigrants are living in fear. That’s why El Centro Hispano – a Triangle-area Latino advocacy group – decided to organize a series of events dedicated to answering questions and addressing concerns from the immigrant community. For Jenny Doyle, a speaker at the event and an immigration lawyer for the last five years, she said her job has changed since President Trump took office. “Unfortunately we’re having to look a little more closely so that we adequately represent any of our clients who may find themselves in removal...

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CHCCS To Take Teacher Workday For Nation Women’s Strike

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools has canceled school for students Wednesday, March 8 due to a lack of staff. The expected shortage is a result of a large number of faculty and staff participating in the National Women’s Strike. “We began to get requests, probably well over a week ago of folks who wanted to be out for (the strike),” interim superintendent Jim Causby said. “We began to get the idea that it would be a significant event in terms of people not working.” The National Women’s Strike is an international event in which participants will strike for a day,...

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The Commentators: Are We Teaching Our Young People?

This is Fred Black. I was in a fast food joint and lunch came to $5.73, and I handed over a $10 bill.  The college-aged cashier said that the cash register’s computer was down, so they were using a hand calculator today. I asked if they ever taught him how to count up.  The stare that I got answered the question.  So, I said, “Well let me show you.  If my bill is $5.73 and I give you a $10, you take out 2 pennies and say $5.75.  Then you take out a quarter and say $6.  And then...

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