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Just the facts, ma’am: Journalism in comic books

Journalists are portrayed in comic books, but it doesn't always mean that the comparisons are accurate. / Nichole Crawford, Times-News correspondent

By Logan A. White
Times-News correspondent

   “It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s … Superman!
If those words were uttered in a city today, they’d be accompanied by the snapping shutters of iPhones and Galaxies, followed by a frenzied flurry of social media updates. Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube would suddenly be filled with tidbits of information and speculation about a new, superpowered phenomenon. Once something is big on social media, chances are it will make the news. In comic books, the media, especially newspapers, play a huge role in the tales of heroes. In fact, journalism is the job of choice of several popular superheroes, including Spider-Man and Superman. So why is reporting such a clever career for crime-fighters?
Once their mask is off, every superhero has a career. Writing for a newspaper is a great way to get up close and personal with the details surrounding a crime and a read more…

Burlington School dedicates show to alumna

From left to right: Will Stadler, Calvin Barefoot-Yeager and Nora Mansfield star in "Disney's Mulan Jr." / Ashley Strahm, Special to the Times-News

By Madison Strickland
Times-News correspondent

   “Disney’s Mulan Jr.” is a heart-warming celebration of culture, honor and a fighting spirit.
The show, which is about a girl showing strength and remaining optimistic in the toughest of times, struck a chord with The Burlington School family. The Burlington School’s spring musical will be dedicated to Ragan Riddle, a Burlington School alumna. Riddle has been fighting Hodgkin’s Lymphoma since October 2015 after she spent time in remission from her first battle with the disease in 2012.          Throughout her time with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma she has shown incredible faith and strength (much like Mulan). Riddle was part of the drama program back in her days at Burlington Day School, playing Miss Hannigan in the 2005 production of “Annie.”
Bethany Baker, who will be directing her 18th production at the school, said she read more…

Things to do in and around Alamance County

Elon Electric Ensemble Spring Show: Rock Anthems, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, McCrary Theatre on the Elon University campus. The Electric Ensemble rocks out to some of the greatest hits from the 1970s through the 1990s, featuring music by Def Leppard, Foreigner, Queen, ZZ Top, AC/DC, Nirvana, Aerosmith, Guns ‘N’ Roses and more. Admission is free. For more details, call 336-278-5610.

The Central Park Band, 7 p.m. to 9 p .m. Friday, May 6, 2016, Alamance Arts, 213 S. Main St., Graham. First Musical Chairs concert of the season. Admission is free, but donations of children’s art supplies for classes at Alamance Arts are appreciated. Bring a lawn chair, blanket and/or picnic supper and enjoy the show. In case of rain, the concert will be canceled. For more details, call 336-226-4495 or visit

Old Crow Medicine Show & Brandi Carlile, 6 p.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016, White Oak Amphitheatre, Greensboro. Tickets are $26.50, $42 and $52 and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets. For more details, call 800-745-3000 or visit Select Wal-Mart stores (in the electronics department) also have tickets for sale.

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