Sunday sampler

Mostly N.C.’s front pages are consumed by high school graduations and Trump’s deal with Mexico. Still there’s:

Fayetteville: A painting depicting a Civil War scene is 22 feet high and 376 feet long and weighs 6 tons. Oh, and it’s worth $6.5 million. “t is believed to have been painted in 1905, near the end of a period in which cycloramas were considered entertainment, sort of the earliest predecessors to today’s IMAX theaters. Cycloramas are rolled across the inside of a round building. When people go inside, they can turn in a circle and view the picture in a 360-degree viewing experience.”

Raleigh: I used to live in Raleigh, and I had a definite sense of what Garner was. The News & Observer has corrected that sense with a good piece on the city that Raleigh is encroaching upon. From the explosion at ConAgra 10 years ago to Amazon’s planned distribution center, it’s a diff place. “Garner and other eastern Wake towns have not seen the explosive growth over the years that has come to Cary and the rest of the western side of the county. But Garner grew 6 percent last year and now has a population of about 30,500. It was the 13th fastest-growing town in North Carolina in 2018, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.”