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2010-10-26 10:30:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Anders Gyllenhaal, the senior vice president and executive editor of The Miami Herald who has led three McClatchy newsrooms over his career, today was named vice president, news and Washington editor by The McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI). His appointment is effective Nov. 1. Gyllenhaal, 59, has been The Miami Herald's executive editor since 2007. From 2002 to 2007, he served as editor and senior vice president at the Star Tribune in...

2009-09-04 16:40:15

A mother in Raleigh, N.C., says she is concerned her daughter's middle school is now neighbors with the Ugly Monkey Party Bar. Nancy Locklin, whose daughter attends Exploris Middle School, said she is particularly concerned the downtown club's name may draw the attention of students at the charter school, The (Raleigh) News & Observer reported Friday. I don't think my daughter would pay attention to a bar usually, but when it has a name on there that says party it's just kind of...

2009-06-01 11:45:00

An impending ban on smoking in North Carolina bars and restaurants could put hookah bars out of business, one owner says. Hookah Bliss owner Adam Bliss said if hookah bar owners are unable to earn an exemption from state officials, they will face the possibility of losing their businesses when the ban goes into effect this coming January, The (Raleigh) News & Observer reported Monday. Exemptions have been granted to cigar bars and country clubs. Besides the fact that this law is creating...

2009-05-31 16:55:00

North Carolinian Valerie Noel says graduating from the University of Phoenix with her two younger sisters was the culmination of a collaborative dream. Noel said she and her sisters obtained human services/management bachelor's degrees at the Raleigh, N.C., campus of the for-profit educational institution thanks to their ability to lean on one another in their individual times of need, The (Raleigh) News & Observer reported Sunday. When you didn't think you could go on, we could call on...

2008-08-07 06:00:37

By The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Aug. 7--RALEIGH -- The Wake County school board has demoted the suspended principal of Knightdale Elementary School. Michael S. Williams, 36, will become an assistant principal at Wakefield High School in North Raleigh. School officials say Williams, who has been suspended with pay since July 14, had asked to be reassigned. Retired Principal Judy Dudley will become Knightdale Elementary's interim principal. School officials won't say why...

2008-08-07 06:00:00

By John Murawski, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Aug. 7--A global boom in text messaging and other data traffic boosted Tekelec's second-quarter profit, helping the company beat Wall Street analysts' expectations. The Morrisville telecommunications gear maker reported Wednesday that net income was $15.7 million from continuing operations. Second-quarter income last year was $3.8 million. Backed by a healthy backlog of orders, Tekelec predicts it will earn between 82 cents and...

2008-08-07 06:00:27

By Phillip Crook, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Aug. 7--RALEIGH -- For the competitor who neither triumphs nor comes in last, there is the gratuitous "participation" ribbon. That's the ribbon Theatre in the Park deserves for taking a chance on "Give It Up, Turn It Loose," a locally written play that fails to make an impression beyond the four walls of its black-box theater. For an hour and a half, the show simply subsists without much to hate and even less to love. Written by...

2008-08-06 18:00:37

By Sarah Lindenfeld Hall, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Aug. 6--CHAPEL HILL -- Two Triangle health care facilities have received awards for not giving new mothers gift bags from infant formula companies. UNC Health Care stopped distributing the bags in late June. The Women's Birth and Wellness Center in Chapel Hill never gave away the bags. The Golden Bow Awards are from the nonprofit N.C. Breast-feeding Coalition, a group of lactation consultants, nurses and other women's...

2008-08-06 18:00:16

By David Bracken, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Aug. 6--RALEIGH -- The City Council will hold a public hearing Sept. 2 to discuss new development rules for about 5,000 acres in North Raleigh, including Wakefield Plantation, Falls River and Bedford at Falls River. The council voted Tuesday to hold the hearing. The move comes less than a month after state water quality regulators gave Raleigh four months to adopt the new restrictions in the Richland Creek Watershed. The council...

2008-08-06 06:00:46

By Zoe Elizabeth Buck, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Aug. 6--The emerging science of nanomedicine has researchers rushing to make smaller and smaller particles in an effort to infiltrate the microscopic world of cells, strands and proteins that keeps our body functioning. But a team of researchers from the UNC-Chapel Hill Medical Center says that making the particles tiny is not all that's necessary. Instead, the key to interacting effectively with our bodies' microscopic...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'