Category: Raleigh Now Spotlight

Tony Tata: Writing thrillers by moonlight

by Liza Roberts photograph by Robert Willett After his workday, in a study filled with memor- arablia from a 28-year career in the U.S. Army, N.C. Secretary of Transportation Tony Tata writes thriller novels. He writes about special forces officers, combat missions,…

Spotlight: Author with a purpose

by Jessie Ammons Paul Leonard has always been an intentional observer. “When I have experiences and they move me, I write about it,” he says. “I don’t necessarily journal every day, but when I see something that means something to me,…

Remembering Dean Smith

by Dean McCord photograph by Missy McLamb When I arrived in Chapel Hill in August of 1981, I had no idea of how my life was about to change. This 17-year old Pennsylvanian had never flown on a plane, or been farther…

Spotlight: Blooming fabulous

by Tina Haver Currin photograph by Nick Pironio You might remember the ice storm that hit Raleigh on Feb. 13, 2014, the one that shut the city down in its tracks. A photograph of a distraught woman surrounded by spun-out cars on Glenwood…

Spotlight: My February live music fix

by Charles Marshall Lead singer and songwriter, The Balsa Gliders (and partner at the law firm of Brooks Pierce) Live music doesn’t come easy in the cold and dark of February. There are no Oak City Seven outdoor concerts beckoning…

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