Point blank

Keith West stood 6-4 and weighed about 260. Nearly 40, the ex-Marine had gone soft around the waist, but his arms still looked as hard as tree trunks. His size served him well in his business. He [...]

Leviathan’s lair

At Beaufort County’s largest employer, 1,050 workers follow a daily routine: Ore from the mine goes in, and out comes phosphoric acid and other compounds to make fertilizer, fire retardants, soft [...]

House brand

It began as a rich man's folly — a French Renaissance chateau in North Carolina’s hillbilly highlands. George Vanderbilt, grandson of steamship and railroad magnate Cornelius “Commodore” [...]

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