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Good news! We have another big football weekend upon us! Duke and Carolina is considered one of the biggest rivalries in college sports, and the two teams go head-to-head tomorrow in Chapel Hill. So no matter which school you root for, grab your swag, coolers and cold beers and get your tailgate on before the big game. Duke’s off to a great start to their season, and UNC just released perhaps the worst injury report in football history, but you just never know how this matchup will shake out. The Wolfpack will take on Florida State in Tallahassee, tomorrow afternoon, as the first team to face the new Seminoles QB, after the starter went down week 1. FSU is ranked #12 so it would be a huge upset if NC State pulled off the win. The Panthers will host Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints on Sunday in Charlotte. The Saints will try to claw their way out of the 0-2 hole they’re in while Carolina attempts to remain undefeated. 

YOUR TRIANGLE DAY AHEAD

Festival Overload

Tons Of Options For Weekend Fun

This should be called “the weekend of festivals” because there are a bunch of fun festivals to go hit up all weekend. Looking to experience some culture? Head to Morrisville tomorrow for the East Meets West festival featuring food, music and culture from a variety of communities. Entrance is free, with lots of delicious plates available to buy. If you’re just dying to hear some hip-hop, check out the Beats n Bars Festival in Durham tonight and tomorrow where you can enjoy music, art and even learn some stuff with panel discussions. Carrboro is also holding a free music festival at the Town Commons starting Saturday right after their awesome farmer’ market. Chill and enjoy some local music performances. For more local weekend events, go here

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Don't Forget About The Mules!

Benson Mule Days

Another weekend option perfect for a family outing is Benson Mule Days, one of North Carolina’s biggest festivals and parades of the year. You’ll get to enjoy rodeos, a mule pulling contest, arts and crafts, vendors, street dances, carnival rides, camping, parades, bluegrass shows and more. The parade alone is worth checking out because of the number of horses, mules and other unique participants. Spectators have been known to travel pretty long distances to Benson to check out this event, so don’t miss it! 

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Cheers To The Weekend.

Tractor Trailor Carrying Vodka Overturns

Highway 70 is gettin’ drunk! A tractor trailor carrying 40,000 pints of vodka overturned in Clayton in the wee hours yesterday AM. The driver may have been lit, but no one was injured in the bizarre crash. It looks like there was an oil spill as a result, but amazingly all 17 pallets containing the liquid courage were salvaged. 

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Voting Is Back

Time To Elect Local Officials

If you’ve been wondering why your neighbors have those persuasive signs in their yards recently, it’s because local elections will begin in the next few weeks. If you’re in Raleigh, Cary, Durham or Fayetteville, you’ll have the opportunity for early voting starting October 10th. Some big issues in this election include a possible $206 mil for Raleigh to fix their mean streets, and Durham getting a new mayor for the first time in 16 years. If you’re interested in early voting, registration or any other fun election details, go here.

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Bad News Governor

Cooper In A Veto Mood

Governor Roy Cooper announced yesterday that he’s decided to veto a bill that would help the environment. Some big time cash had been put together to fund a study of potential toxic pollution in the Cape Fear River. Cooper also dumped the current plastic bag ban at grocery stores on the coast. Some people are really mad about Cooper’s decision because of whole clean drinking water thing. 

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BEYOND OUR BORDERS

More Protests In The Lou

Youth Football Team Kneels During Anthem

NFL players aren’t the only ones taking a stand. An 8-year-old youth football team in Saint Louis channeled their inner Colin Kaepernick and kneeled during the national anthem before their game last Sunday. The coach said his players had become increasingly aware and interested in the protests going down in their city last week, which led to a discussion of anthem protests in the NFL. The decision to take a knee came directly from the boys themselves. This brings up another interesting issue: Do we really need to play the national anthem before 8-year-old youth football games?

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Someone Must Pay

Criminal Charges Wanted In Nursing Home Tragedy

Family members of the ten people who died in the nursing home after Hurricane Irma last week in Florida want someone to be held accountable. The residents seemed to have died from overheating because the air conditioning unit had been damaged. But nursing home staff swear they did everything they could to keep their patients cool using, fans, ice and other methods. An investigation is underway, and the big question which needs to be answered is whether the staff were actually negligent or if they were unavoidable storm casualties. 

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