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The North Carolina State Fiction Contest is a free literary competition open to all North Carolina residents, including out-of-state and international students enrolled in North Carolina universities. It is one of the largest free-to-enter fiction contests in the South:

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ed Asner, the burly and prolific character actor who became a star in middle age as the gruff but lovable newsman Lou Grant, first in the hit comedy “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and later in the drama “Lou Grant,” died Sunday. He was 91.

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For those familiar with the comic book series, the Netflix show was likely surprising; creator Jeff Lemire has spoken about how the two are almost entirely different takes on the same characters and concept. The comic book is more classically post-apocalyptic, with the pessimism and darkness that suggests, making it ideal for those who are fascinated by the hybrids and the world that led to them, but feel convinced that there’s more to the story than it appears — as well as those who want to know how protagonist Gus’ story ends.

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Writer Brian K. Vaughan’s collaboration with Pia Guerra hews most closely to “Sweet Tooth,” set after a mysterious pandemic that has destroyed males in every species. The series follows the two last males alive, a boy and his pet monkey, as they try and find out what happened and whether humanity can survive without men. Dig in now before watching the TV adaptation starring Diane Lane, Amber Tamblyn and Ben Schnetzer.

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Created by Jack Kirby, the artist behind Captain America, X-Men Fantastic Four and most of Marvel’s most famous characters, this series starts from a very basic place: What if a kid was let loose in Planet of the Apes, but it’s not just apes that can talk, but all animals? The resulting series — a cult classic from the 1970s — is dazzling, hilarious, thrilling and utterly ridiculous.

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