The judge didn't exactly flunk University of North Carolina officials, but the message was unmistakable: Check your work, or you won't make the grade.
Most of us get a warm feeling — even with the cold weather — when we think about this stretch of time from Thanksgiving through Christmas and beyond to New Year's Day.
Richmond County is small in population — with about 46,000 souls, we rank 57th of North Carolina's 100 counties.
As more big-box retailers offer Black Friday bargains a day early, many Americans fear the Thanksgiving holiday is being co-opted and commercialized.
Named for a scholar, scientist and Franciscan friar, Roger Bacon Academy acted less like its noble namesake and more like North Carolina's own charter-school Chicken Little.