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Impress your date on Saturday night and check out Cool John Ferguson performing at The Bullpen in Durham. This uber famous blues rocker taught himself how to play the guitar, and Living Blues Magazine deemed him as the "most outstanding guitarist" two years in a row. Don’t miss this smooth show!

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Balloon Festival in Fuquay-Varina

Hopefully it won’t rain on the parade of the WRAL Balloon Freedom Fest this weekend in Fuquay-Varina. Visitors can take a ride in a hot air balloon or watch the competitions while they enjoy live musical performances. The festival will also feature a vendor village complete with a long list of delicious eats to pair with a selection of beers. If you bring the fam along, relish in the arts and crafts vendors that will also be present. Have fun but don’t float away!

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Pillsbury Boy All Grown Up

The Doughman

Grab your friends, dig through your old Halloween costumes and head to Durham for the ninth annual Doughman Race. If you like to eat and want to get your workout on, this is the perfect event for you. There will be 100 teams of four people who will scarf down a meal before setting out on a unique triathlon with two runners, one biker and a swimmer. Don’t freak if your athletic skills aren’t up to par, the swimming portion of the race consists of taking a dip in a kiddie pool. This spectacle serves as a fundraiser for the Durham Bike Cooperative. If you don’t want to join in the competition, you can can still have fun watching people make fools of themselves while enjoying local food trucks and a variety of activities. 

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Liar Liar Pants On Fire

Man Lied About Getting Robbed To Get Out Of Work

Next time you don’t feel like going to work, make sure you come up with a better excuse than this dude. A Wake Forest guy wanted to play hooky, so he claimed that he was robbed at gunpoint. The problem with that story was that it was a big fat lie. After the police did some digging into his tall tale, they paid him a visit with some handcuffs and made an arrest for a false police report. Looks like he will get his wish of missing some days of work after all. 

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Coach K Helping Kids Get Into College

Duke men’s basketball coach, Mike Krzyzewski, is known for his stellar record of wins in college and in the Olympics. But he is making a huge impact on high school students’ lives as well with the Emily Krzyzewski Center. Coach K set up this program in honor of his mom, and it gives low-income students tutoring and additional academic and leadership support. All 30 kids that participated this year are going to college, most with financial aid. While it may surprise most, Coach K knows what it’s like to be the first in the family to attend uni as neither of his parents finished high school. Turns out Krzyzewski is the krzizzle. 

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THE REST OF THE STATE

Tornadoes In North Carolina

Tornado season is upon us. Yesterday, a twister hit Yadkin County and swept on through to Davie County. There was also destruction found in Union and Iredell counties as well. Make sure your storm cellars are fully equipped and prepared, and make sure to check out the upcoming weather reports in case there are more on the horizon. 

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Bock, Woof, Meow

Animals Rescued From Poppy Fields

On the same property where 2,000 poppy plants were discovered on Wednesday, police also found 358 animals living there. There were chickens, cats and dogs chillin’ at this house that will now be tested for diseases and will have to look for a new crash pad. Mr. Opium ratted himself out when authorities showed up at his door investigating something else. That was his brain on drugs. 

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BEYOND OUR BORDERS

Orange Is The New Black Eye

CA Prison Attack

It was 100 inmates vs. 8 prison guards in a huge brawl at a Cali prison on Wednesday, leaving four prisoners with gunshot wounds. The scuffle broke out in the yard when the guards tried to break up a fistfight. The eight officers attacked suffered injuries to their face which were likely caused from punches. Big riots like this don’t usually go down in lockup, and there is an investigation underway to determine any underlying causes. 

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What Went On At The NATO Meeting Yesterday

The Donald is at it again, this time insulting fellow NATO leaders and accusing them of not spending enough dough on their defense. Trump ticked off his fellow rulers by suggesting they freeload off the U.S. and don’t contribute enough of their own cash to military protection. The meeting also featured discussions about strengthening the fight against terrorism in the wake of the Manchester bombing. Trump needs to gain the trust of the other NATO leaders so it can remain a peaceful alliance where everyone has each other’s back. 

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