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One Charlotte Woman’s Struggle With the ‘Getting Ahead’ Myth

For generations, economists, pundits, and holders of public office have told the poor that pulling themselves out of poverty was just a matter of acquiring the right skills, making the right choices, and having the right attitude. In a city where getting ahead is practically a religion, Cheryl Potts has done a lot right—and she hasn’t gotten far

Nothing Short of Thankful: The Avett Brothers at 20

Scott and Seth Avett came out of Cabarrus County two decades ago with songs, talent, heart, friends, impeccable timing, a manager who promoted them with an evangelist’s zeal, and an urge to pour their bonfire energy into the vessel of tradition—the driving fiddles-and-banjos folk sound of Piedmont North Carolina. This is their story, told by the people who know them best.