See a First Look photo gallery of President Obama's visit to Raleigh.
Broadcast networks are scrapping parts of their previously scheduled TV lineups tonight to air news specials on the latest in the Boston Marathon bombing case.
Here's what we've seen so far (will update as more specials are announced):
-Instead of "Vegas," CBS will air an hour-long special at 9 p.m. with anchor Scott Pelley. "Vegas" will on Saturday instead. Pelly's 6:30 "CBS Evening News" broadcast will also be extended to one hour.
-NBC's "Rock Center with Brian Williams" at 10 p.m. will devote the entire hour to Boston events and air previously planned segments at a later date.
-ABC has "20/20" at 10 p.m., which is all Boston, and "Nightline" at 12:30 a.m. will also be devoted to Boston. Diane Sawyer's "ABC World News Tonight" broadcast will be extended to one hour, running 6:30 p.m. to 7:30.
And of course, expect cable news to be wall-to-wall Boston.
From John Frank, our Pintful columnist:
Lob questions at six local brewers with beers in hand and you’re sure to get a lively discussion about the craft beer industry.
As part of N.C. Beer Month, the Durham-based All About Beer magazine gathered such a panel last week to take craft beer enthusiasts behind the scenes.
North Carolina brewers are still riding a high from the national Craft Brewers Conference in March, where the state’s booming scene received quite a feting. “We were the stars,” said Brad Wynn, the brewmaster at Big Boss Brewery in Raleigh.
Find out the brewers' biggest surprises, answers to the saturation question, the scoop on North Carolina hops and the next big thing in this week's Pintful column here.
Google announced it is shuttering Google Reader. It will retire the RSS service July 1, 2013. Google cites declining usage and a desire to put more focus on fewer products as factors for the decision.
Google Reader may not be the company's most popular product, but it does have a devoted following.
Feedly plans to pick up where Google Reader left off, promising a seamless transition.
Go HERE to read the news about Top This Cafe now open in Raleigh and lunch bargains at local culinary schools.
Both Orage Quarles, The N&O's publisher, and Steve Ford, the recently retired editorial page editor, were guests on "The State of Things" yesterday. The WUNC 91.5 program is hosted by Frank Stasio and "devoted to bringing the issues, personalities, and places of North Carolina to our listeners."
You'll find some interesting tidbits, no doubt, by listening to the interviews here.
Here's how the station's website introduced the segments:
For nearly a quarter century, Steve Ford edited the editorial page at The News & Observer of Raleigh. During that time, he wrote about disgraced politicians, fights over student assignment and a wide array of other issues facing the state and Triangle. Ford retired earlier this month, and today he joins host Frank Stasio to look back at his career and the changing nature of editorial pages.
Today, The News & Observer of Raleigh is putting in place an online paywall — a subscription fee for people who want to read more than 15 articles a month on the paper's website. Host Frank Stasio talks about the changes and the evolving economies of the newspaper business with N&O publisher Orage Quarles, III.
Readers often ask whether we have all of The N&O's editorial board endorsements in one place. Here are our endorsements this year:
The Republican National Convention officially kicks off in Tampa on Monday, but most TV networks following the event will begin their coverage on Sunday, with discussions on morning roundtable shows and various "countdown" specials.
During the week of convention activity (the actual convention runs Monday through Thursday), broadcast networks and cable news channels will handle their coverage very differently.
The major broadcast networks -- ABC, CBS and NBC -- will be airing their morning and evening news programs from Tampa, but you'll only get one hour of primetime coverage (at 10 p.m.), and only Tuesday through Thursday (no primetime Monday coverage). PBS (UNC-TV locally) will devote three hours of primetime to the convention each night, but no daytime hours. For the super-duper wall-to-wall coverage, you'll want to head to the cable news channels, which will provide up to 20 hours per day of convention news and analysis.
Here's a brief breakdown of what everyone will offer: (UPDATE: There have been some big changes in the convention schedule thanks to Hurricane Isaac, but much of the coverage information below will stand. Any changes will be noted below as the information becomes available.)
Every Friday, the business section of The News & Observer highlights what's new and different in the Triangle retail world.
You'll find out what new restaurants and businesses are opening and which ones are shuttering their doors. It's also your source for grand openings, remodels and other special events going on in retail.
Head over HERE to get this week's latest news, which includes the first Triangle opening of a new fast-food restaurant in Raleigh's Sutton Square.
It's time for Round 2 of Super Doubles at Harris Teeter, thanks to a new set of coupons from the Sunday newspaper coupon inserts.
I discovered at least one freebie and seven items for 50 cents or less.
Here are the very best of the deals I spotted: