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Monday Memo: Doughnuts, 'sharrows' and Mark Cuban

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DOUGHNUTS AND CHOCOLATE FOUNTAINS: Golden Corral, North Raleigh’s popular buffet whose headquarters is near Crabtree, has sweetened up its menu. In case you were unsatisfied with salisbury steaks and soft serve, you now can treat yourself to a chocolate fountain or a doughnut after. The latter you make yourself. Basically, the dessert experience now has caught up with the buffet.

NBA OWNER PRAISES TRIANGLE: Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and technology entrepreneur billionaire, touted the Triangle last week as a great area to grow a business and make it prosper. Other business owners and executives attended a panel in Durham that included Cuban, who said the Triangle has “that special kind of energy” needed for entrepreneurship to take off.

WELCOME BACK: Hillsborough Street is a little busier this weekend, as N.C. State students return for a new year. Happy studying.

WHAT’S A SHARROW?: As Raleigh adds to its bicycle accommodations, the word “sharrow” will become a part of your vernacular (see today’s story on St. Mary’s Street). It’s a shared-lane marking with arrows and a picture of a bicycle, usually painted on wide lanes where bicycles and cars will share the space, on roads that are 35 mph or less. Sharrows originated in San Francisco in 2004. They made their Raleigh debut recently on Northclift Drive in North Raleigh.

IS THIS THING ON?: In case you haven’t seen it, check out The Raleigh Report’s link to Wake Superior Court Judge Howard “Howdy” Manning Jr.’s live TV goof during WRAL’s evening newscast. Manning did a wave, dance sort of thing as reporter Amanda Lamb began a report about a Garner mother accused of killing her 19-month-old son. Manning said he was trying to be friendly, and didn’t know Lamb was reporting a murder trial. “I started walking to my car and, heck, I thought it’d be great to give them a little happy smile as I left, so that’s what I did,” he said. “It was sort of a playful leap. Nobody’s called me for a tryout at the ballet.”

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