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January 20, 1992 | ROBERT COOKE, Cooke is a science writer for Newsday in New York. A portion of this story was contributed by Donald J. Frederick, a reporter and writer for National Geographic News Service
Although statesman and technical tinkerer Benjamin Franklin usually gets credit as the nation's first real scientist, a new archeological dig on a sandy island off North Carolina has found a research laboratory dating to the 1580s, about 200 years before Franklin ever went out to fly his wet kite. "We've found the birthplace of American science," said Ivor Noel Hume, director of the dig at Roanoke Island's Ft. Raleigh National Historical Site.
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January 20, 1992 | ROBERT COOKE, Cooke is a science writer for Newsday in New York. A portion of this story was contributed by Donald J. Frederick, a reporter and writer for National Geographic News Service
Although statesman and technical tinkerer Benjamin Franklin usually gets credit as the nation's first real scientist, a new archeological dig on a sandy island off North Carolina has found a research laboratory dating to the 1580s, about 200 years before Franklin ever went out to fly his wet kite. "We've found the birthplace of American science," said Ivor Noel Hume, director of the dig at Roanoke Island's Ft. Raleigh National Historical Site.
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April 14, 1988 | From a Times Staff Writer
Claiming descent from the fabled English colonists who vanished from Roanoke Island in the 1500s, the proud Lumbee Indians have spent centuries trying to carve a place for themselves between the white man's world and the Indian's. Dutch settlers entering this swampy inland valley in the early 1730s were astonished to discover a tribe of Indians living in wooden houses, practicing Christianity and speaking a form of Elizabethan English.
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April 13, 1999 | Associated Press
Wind up to 100 mph toppled a circus tent, injuring seven circus workers, minutes after the audience of about 125 people was evacuated. Spectators at the Roberts Brothers Circus in this Roanoke Island community could have been killed had the firefighters and circus crew not acted quickly Sunday, a rescue official said. After the 25-foot-high tent went down, Roanoke Island firefighters quickly got ambulances to the scene.
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November 22, 1998 | Associated Press
Archeologists have found more evidence they say suggests members of the Lost Colony may have joined American Indians living on the Outer Banks. A 16th-century gold signet ring recently unearthed is a new clue in the 400-year-old mystery of Roanoke Island settlements, a veteran archeologist says. "This is the first direct tie-in we'd had with the Roanoke colonies," said David Phelps, director of the East Carolina University Coastal Archeology Office.
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July 3, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Andy Griffith, who died in his sleep Tuesday at age 86, was buried on his North Carolina farm mere hours after his early morning death. Cindi Griffith, the actor's wife since 1983, was at his side when he died, the family told the Charlotte Observer . "He is the love of my life, my constant companion, my partner, and my best friend," she said in a statement to the paper. "I cannot imagine life without Andy, but I take comfort and strength in God's grace and in the knowledge that Andy is at peace and with God. " PHOTOS:   Life in pictures  |  Celebrities react  |  Notable deaths The prompt, intimate service and interment "had been planned for some time," a funeral spokesman told CNN. Griffith, who died about 7a.m., local time, on the Outer Banks' Roanoke Island, was buried by 11:30 a.m., a Twiford Funeral Homes representative told TMZ. "He has been laid to rest on his beloved farm on Roanoke Island," the funeral home's website said Tuesday.
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September 30, 2007 | Mike Baker, Associated Press
great dismal swamp, n.c. -- After trudging for two hours through thick vegetation to a blurry mark found on Google Earth, George Ray started making up a song: "If you're lost, I'll find you tomorrow," he sang in a thick Southern drawl. Or, perhaps, he'll find you four centuries later. Ray is one of the many amateur archaeologists entranced by the Lost Colony -- the 117 English settlers who disappeared from North Carolina's Outer Banks in the late 1500s, leaving a single clue to their fate.
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July 6, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Andy Griffith, who died on Tuesday at age 86, passed away as the result of a heart attack that occurred 24 hours earlier, according to his death certificate. The certificate was filed Thursday with the vital records office in Dare County, N.C., and its contents reported by the Associated Press. The actor best known for his roles on "The Andy Griffith Show" and " Matlock " died at 7 a.m. on Tuesday and had suffered from several diseases in his later years, including coronary artery disease, hypertension and hyperlipidemia (a form of high cholesterol)
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March 14, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
David S. Phelps, 79, the archaeologist who unearthed a 16th century gold signet ring while exploring ties between native people and the doomed English colonists who first tried to settle the Outer Banks of North Carolina, died Feb. 21 at Fort Pierce, Fla. The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., reported his death this week but did not give the cause. Phelps was professor emeritus of anthropology at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. The ring proved to have no apparent link to the 1587 English colony that vanished from Roanoke Island.
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September 2, 1993 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hurricane Emily headed into the Atlantic to die Wednesday, and the residents of North Carolina's Outer Banks emerged from their homes to take inventory--and in most cases to consider themselves among the fortunate. The storm, packing winds of more than 115 m.p.h., left pockets of extensive damage from Avon to Hatteras, but did not kill or seriously injure anyone on the Outer Banks, which only Monday morning had been packed with some 20,000 residents and more than 100,000 tourists.
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