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Fast food! Buy local! Meals under 30 minutes! Meals under $10! Food, the act of eating and cooking have, together, become almost a national obsession. We no longer eat to nourish ourselves. We may eat for comfort, to encourage family time or to make a statement (think vegan). We want fast food, homemade food, inexpensive food and hormone-free food. The choices are enough to make a person queasy.

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K, I’m officially hooked. I traveled to Lumberton to taste what many have said are the best hamburgers in our area, and we weren’t disappointed. But the thing that won me over was Leah Sligar’s famous homemade “butt rolls” at Dippity’s.

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Perhaps second only to mass murderers, the most repugnant criminals in our society are offenders who have victimized children. All too often, we must read in the paper about a small child being kidnaped, abused and even murdered by a person with a long history of pedophilia. This type criminal is not only abhorred by people in polite society, but is even shunned and isolated by his fellow inmates — murderers, robbers, con-artists and just thieves. Sexual offenders should, and are generally, severely punished.

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Nearly two years have passed since the July 2010 shooting death of 28-year-old Marine veteran James Whitehead by off-duty police Captain Robert Arnold, but the killing continues to reverberate far beyond the O’Reilly Auto Parts store parking lot where the fatal confrontation took place.

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10 Years returns with a brand new record, Minus the Machine, which is set to release near the end of July. But talking with vocalist Jesse Hasek, this is more than just a new collection of music.

According to Hasek, the band departed with Universal Republic and recorded on their own under their own label — Palehorse Records. This is a follow up to their 2010 hit Feeding the Wolves.

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