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North Carolina is a state in the SE United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (E), South Carolina and Georgia (S), Tennessee (W), and Virginia (N).

Area, 52,586 sq mi (136,198 sq km).
Pop. (2000) 8,049,313, a 21.4% increase since the 1990 census.
Capital, Raleigh.
Largest city, Charlotte. 
Motto, Esse Quam Videri [To Be Rather than to Seem].
State bird, cardinal.
State flower, dogwood.
State tree, pine.

 

 

 

 

 

North Carolina, in the warm temperate zone, has a generally mild climate, with abundant and well distributed rainfall. The state's congenial climate, its many miles of beaches, and its beautiful mountains attract large numbers of visitors and vacationers each year. Chief among the tourist attractions are the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the Cape Lookout National Seashore, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Great Smoky Mts. National Park. Wildlife abounds in national forests (the state has four) and in the Dismal Swamp. Places of historic interest include Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, on Roanoke Island; the Wright Brothers National Memorial, at Kitty Hawk; Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, at Flatrock; and Guilford Courthouse and Moores Creek national military parks.

North Carolina leads the nation in the production of tobacco and is a major producer of textiles and furniture. It grows 40% of all U.S. tobacco, but the continuing trend is toward diversification. Broilers, hogs, turkeys, greenhouse products, sweet potatoes, corn, soybeans, peanuts, and eggs are important. Plentiful forests supply the thriving furniture and lumber industries. The state has long been a major textile manufacturer, producing cotton, synthetic, and silk goods as well as various kinds of knit items. Other leading manufactures are electrical machinery, computers, and chemicals; the Research Triangle complex near Chapel Hill has spurred high-tech manufacturing, as well as bringing federal jobs into the state. The state also has mineral resources: It leads the nation in the production of feldspar, mica, and lithium materials and produces substantial quantities of olivine, crushed granite, talc, clays, and phosphate rock. There are valuable coastal fisheries, with shrimp, menhaden, and crabs the principal catches. Charlotte developed in the 1980s into a major U.S. banking center, and related businesses have flourished in the area.

 

*Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition, Copyright (c) 2003.

 

 

 

 

 


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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, right, talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during an European People's Party summit ahead of the EU summit in Brussels, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. EU leaders, in a one day summit, are set to decide who will get the prestigious job as the 28-nation bloc's foreign policy chief for the next five years. They will also discuss the current situation in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Saturday warned that the apparent incursion of Russian troops on Ukrainian soil pushes the conflict closer to a point of no return, with new economic sanctions being drawn up to make Moscow reconsider its position.


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Actor Al Pacino, right, and director Barry Levinson pose during the photo call for the movie 'The humbling' at the 71st edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)VENICE, Italy (AP) — VENICE, Italy — The Venice Film Festival is bringing 11 days of red carpet premieres, innovative movies and Hollywood glamour to the Italian city. Here's what has been catching the eye of The Associated Press:


8/30/2014 10:46:58 AM

Respect Party candidate George Galloway gestures from an open top bus outside his campaign office in BradfordA man has been charged with a religiously-motivated "assault by beating" on British MP George Galloway, police said on Saturday. Galloway, who recently declared the northern English city he represents an "Israel-free zone", was attacked on a west London street on Friday night. Police said Neil Masterson, 39, had been charged with "assault by beating which is religiously aggravated" and would appear in court on Monday. "It is thought that the attack is connected to Mr Galloway's support for the Palestinian cause," his Respect Party said in a statement.


8/30/2014 10:41:57 AM

LONDON (AP) — An unused chapter of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" has been released — 50 years after Roald Dahl's much-loved children's novel was first published.

8/30/2014 10:39:50 AM

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2014, file photo, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith (99) watches from the sideline during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Denver Broncos in Santa Clara, Calif. Aldon Smith has been suspended for nine games by the NFL after a series of off-field legal issues. A statement Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, from the league said Smith had violated the NFL’s substance abuse and personal conduct policies. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has apologized to the organization and its fans after receiving a nine-game suspension from the NFL for a series of off-field legal issues.


8/30/2014 10:35:52 AM

Italy Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini smiles as she meets the media during an informal meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Ministers, in Milan, Italy, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. European Union foreign ministers on Friday were set to weigh adopting a tougher stance on the Ukraine crisis amid increasing calls to beef up economic sanctions against Russia. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders will pick the 28-nation bloc's foreign policy chief for the next five years at a summit Saturday, with Italy's top diplomat Federica Mogherini widely seen as the front-runner for the prestigious job.


8/30/2014 10:32:59 AM

DUBLIN (AP) — Penn State won a thrilling season opener with a 36-yard field goal as time expired to defeat the University of Central Florida 26-24 in front of a raucous 55,000-strong crowd in Ireland.

8/30/2014 10:31:08 AM

A Chinese national flag is seen in front of the chimney of a heat supply plant in BeijingBy James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong is poised for a showdown with China when the Chinese parliament meets later on Sunday, with the largely rubber-stamp body likely to snuff out hopes for a democratic breakthrough in the regional financial hub at elections due in 2017. Political reform has been a constant source of friction between Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement and the mainland since the former British colony was handed back to Communist Party rulers in 1997. ...


8/30/2014 10:30:18 AM

Pro-Russian separatists walk at a destroyed war memorial on Savur-Mohyla, a hill east of the city of DonetskBy Richard Balmforth and Adrian Croft KIEV/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Ukraine said Russian tanks had flattened a small border town and pro-Russian rebels had made fresh gains in its east, as EU leaders signalled on Saturday they would threaten more sanctions against Moscow over the crisis. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, attending an EU summit in Brussels, said he was hoping for progress in finding a political solution, but told journalists there were now thousands of foreign troops in his country. Russia has repeatedly dismissed accusations from Kiev and Western powers that it has sent soldiers into its neighbour, or supported pro-Russian rebels fighting a five-month-old separatist war in Ukraine's east.


8/30/2014 10:11:44 AM

By Alexei Anishchuk MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian politician said on Saturday he had been badly beaten after publicising the mysterious funerals of two soldiers who may have died while fighting in Ukraine. Lev Shlosberg, a newspaper publisher who represents the liberal opposition Yabloko party in the regional assembly in the northwestern city of Pskov, said he was attacked on Friday evening near his home. "They attacked me from behind, I did not see any of them," Shlosberg said in a phone interview from his hospital ward. Those people were very good professionals in their nasty business." Shlosberg's paper published the investigation into the funerals of two Pskov-based paratroopers last week.

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Deep South The Bar presents raw talent in a welcoming, friendly environment created by genuine music fans for genuine music fans. With 365 shows per year, the hot spot promises visitors a stellar night of live music any night of the week. And my night at the music venue last Thurs. was everything stellar. As […]

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Nickel Creek’s first tour in seven years could not have passed through a better venue. On the road in support of “A Dotted Line,” their first studio album since 2005, the band spent an Aug. evening at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre. This show was extra special as singer-songwriter Josh Ritter joined the bill for the […]

8/25/2014 8:29:50 AM

When dogs check into The Umstead Hotel and Spa with their owners in Cary, North Carolina, canine guests, big and small, certainly have something to wag their tails about. The hotel recently unleashed its passion for its four-legged guests with a new amenity: DogWoods The Umstead Hotel and Spa created an enclosed playground for canines on […]

8/21/2014 6:56:14 AM

We have a great theatre scene in Raleigh! I took my children to see the North Carolina Theatre’s production of Disney’s Little Mermaid recently. It was outstanding and a wonderful professional production. The local talent was amazing. My children and I were singing “Under the Sea” right along with Sebastian. In my opinion, it was a […]

8/18/2014 1:43:02 PM

If you’re planning a visit to Greater Raleigh, one of the most luxurious hotels I recommend staying at is The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary. Luckily, The Umstead Hotel and Spa caters to Foodies. If you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss The Umstead Hotel and Spa’s new discovery series, Artisan Confections. Its new pastry chef, Evan […]

8/18/2014 7:27:46 AM

Festivalgoers, meet the Hopscotch music venues. Get the scoop on the dozen Hopscotch Music Festival 2014 venues below, plus some tips to help along the way. City Plaza Located in the heart of the center city, the artful City Plaza, with 50-foot programmed light towers, three sculptures from North Carolina-based artists and a smart design, […]

8/14/2014 3:03:30 PM

If you’re looking to cool off on a summer day in Greater Raleigh, I suggest paying a visit to the Kona Ice of Raleigh truck. The Kona Ice truck is brightly colored and hard to miss on the streets of Greater Raleigh. With more than 80 amazing flavors of Hawaiian shaved ice, there’s something for everyone […]

8/14/2014 6:16:25 AM

Nestled in downtown Raleigh is a true gem for families to experience. In my opinion, Marbles Kids Museum, a place where kids can imagine, discover and learn, is one of the best kids museums in the U.S., and I’m so glad it’s in my hometown because my kids can enjoy it often. Marbles is a […]

8/13/2014 1:23:01 PM

Let’s face it, sometimes you just need a burger. The Station on Person St. in Raleigh will certainly brighten up your Mondays with its $5 burger special. Last Mon. I decided to give this burger a try. The special includes a double-patty burger with lettuce, tomato and onion. Plus, you have the option of adding […]

8/12/2014 3:03:46 PM

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