Category: People

Art on wheels

by J. Michael Welton  photographs by Travis Dove When 22 rare Porsches roll into the North Carolina Museum of Art on Oct. 11 for Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed, it will mark not only the first time the museum has mounted a…

Armed and disarming: Cassandra Deck-Brown is the chief

by Amber Nimocks photographs by Nick Pironio To watch police chief Cassandra Deck-Brown work a room is to witness subdued charm in motion, armed with a service revolver and wearing a badge. Rather than back-slapping or glad-handing her way through a crowd,…

Spotlight: Green Chair Project

Heart & Home Housewarming Benefit by Anna Long What began as a fledgling idea among friends in 2010 is now a thriving nonprofit that has helped more than 1,000 area families in need. The Green Chair Project has grown from a…

Cool hand Luke

by Liza Roberts photograph by Nick Pironio When Raleigh artist Luke Buchanan met developer James A. Goodnight, Buchanan was pouring drinks behind the bar at Poole’s Downtown Diner, where he works many evenings. The two developed a rapport, and Goodnight became…

Mythbusters

photograph by Travis Long “I’ve always watched Mythbusters on TV and I plan to go see the live performance. It’s crazy how they come up with (ways) to test theories and notions.” – Hai Tran, sommelier, The Umstead Hotel &…

Rex’s Angels: Caring for patients since 1936

by Ann Brooke Raynal photographs by Jillian Clark Despite years of passionate advocacy and numerous letters to the newspaper, when John T. Rex died in 1839, there was no hospital in Raleigh. Wealthy people could afford the journey to Charleston…

Driven to perfection

by J. Michael Welton photographs by Geoff Wood It’s early August, and Cam Ingram, 38, is under the gun, busily packing up for Pebble Beach. He’s not going out there for the golf or the ocean or the sun. And…

Gabe Bratton: Artistry and old lace

by Samantha Thompson Hatem photographs by Tim Lytvinenko Gabrielle “Gabe” Bratton loves a good story almost as much as she loves making jewelry. Bring her your grandmom’s old lace wedding dress or yellowing veil, and Bratton wants to hear everything…

Pack mentality: Lee Huggins

words and photograph by Juli Leonard Fifty-two feet, 26 ears and 13 tails swarm and churn around dog walker Lee Huggins near Raleigh’s Ridge Road on a sunny afternoon. A tangle of leashes crisscross Huggins’ chest like rainbow sashes. Poop…

A facelift and a fresh start

by Stacy Chandler photographs by Carla Williams Before a group of Wake County remodelers came to the rescue last fall, the headquarters of the Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network, which helps people out of homelessness, was worn out. Its carpet was…

Hometown heroes: The World Series champs next door

by Cam Higgins “Should I use the autograph I’ve been practicing, or just sign my normal name?”  Few 13-year-olds get the chance to ask their coach that question, but then again, Dante Defranco and his fellow players on the West…

Inner strength

by Charman Driver What a fantastic year of fun and fitness adventures I’ve had with Walter. I’ve run, kicked, jumped, stretched, melted, boxed, danced, climbed – even joined the circus! People often ask me how I maintain the discipline and…

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