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Last week saw what is thought to have been the East Coast's first symposium on recreation for the homeless - or, as the press release put it, ``Symposium seeks ways to help 'forgotten' people recreate.' Sixty people from the region gathered near Myrtle Beach for the meeting, co-organized by Dr. Douglas Sessoms, chairman of the Curriculum in Leisure Studies and Recreation Administration at UNC-Chapel Hill.Judge Preston Cornelius threw a couple of guys in jail for 30 days recently after a jury found them not guilty of breaking and entering. The judge said they let their joy over the verdict get out of hand. We had a feeling that sooner or later happiness would be against the law.

What a sudden turn in the weather this week, eh? The low of 45 at Greensboro Tuesday morning tied a record. If this keeps up and the price of heating oil keeps going up, you're going to have a hard time convincing us that OPEC isn't behind it.

Lt. Gov. Jim Gardner led fellow members of his Drug Cabinet on a visit to the Earle Village public housing project in Charlotte the other day. Far as we know, he made no arrests.

The state Department of Transportation is all ready to open bids on a slick, $8 million bridge to take the place of that well-known bottleneck, the one-lane floating drawbridge to Sunset Beach. Never let it be said that North Carolina left a stretch of beach unspoiled.

An emerging theory about why Americans had such low scores on the notorious Kinsey sex test: The test was culturally biased against people who grew up in homes without the Playboy Channel.

State school chief Bobby Etheridge unveiled a 20 point plan for better schools this week. Inexplicably, there was no mention of school lunches.

Former Governor Jim Hunt suffered a broken collar bone and some broken ribs when he was charged by a cow the other day. Sounds painful, but not as bad as his 1984 encounter with Senator Jesse Helms.

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