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Longtime men’s college basketball foes UNC and Duke will clash Thursday night in Chapel Hill for their 237th meeting, a rivalry that goes back to 1920 and one that the Tar Heels lead overall, 132-104.
Going into tonight’s game – delayed eight days because a snowstorm last week made travel treacherous along the nine-mile route between the two schools – the Heels have an edge, at least in the court of public opinion.
A survey this month from Public Policy Polling finds 41 percent of North Carolina voters pulling for UNC, compared to the 27 percent rooting for Duke.
Support for the Tar Heels crosses party lines, as Republicans (48/29), Democrats (37/28) and independent voters (37/24) favor Chapel Hill.
However, with Duke holding a two-game winning streak in the series (and four of the last five), the Tar Heels will need more than popularity to top the 5th-ranked Blue Devils at the Smith Center.
Today’s photo features stars Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte and Charlton Heston at the historic “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” on Aug. 28, 1963, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech.
SLIDESHOW: The March on Washington
Former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Victoria Jackson this week announced her candidacy for the Williamson County (Tennessee) Commission.
Jackson, who performed on “SNL” from 1986 to 1992, is a tea party conservative and staunchly against “Common Core” education standards, which she says are “pro-socialist, pro-communist, pro-Islamic.”
“I support fiscal responsibility, personal responsibility, and the Constitution. I’m for less taxes, less regulation, less government,” Jackson states on her website. “America is in a spiritual battle and I’m on the right side.”
If elected, Jackson would be the second former “SNL” player to win office after Democrat Al Franken was voted in as a U.S. senator from Minnesota in 2008.
More on Jackson’s candidacy can be read at the Tennessean.