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August 17, 2018

Aretha Franklin, who was born and rose to fame during the segregation era and went on to sing at the inauguration of the first black president, often used her talent, fortune and platform to inspire millions of black Americans and support the fight for racial equality.

“She not only provided…


Multi-gene test may find risk for heart disease

August 16, 2018

WASHINGTON — You know your cholesterol, your blood pressure ... your heart gene score? Researchers say a new way of analyzing genetic test data may one day help identify people at high risk of a youthful heart attack in time to help.

Today, gene testing mostly focuses on rare mutations in one…


Jazz up your table with an assortment of summer peppers

August 15, 2018

Late summer reaps bushels of peppers in a kaleidoscope of colors and a crooked assortment of wiggly shapes. I shop with my eyes, because the first thing I do when I get home is pile my peppers into a bowl, where they do double duty as a decorative centerpiece on the kitchen table before they are…


Once homeless, teen now headed to UNC-Chapel Hill

August 14, 2018

KINGS MOUNTAIN — Tyler Osborne was already familiar with the Kings Mountain High School graduation stage when he walked across it in June.

Stored outdoors under an aluminum canopy, the stage was where Osborne spent nights when he couldn’t find a place to stay. With the school’s Wi-…