This week, editor in chief Jeffrey Billman speculates on what the Raleigh mayoral election might look like with Mayor Nancy McFarlane out of the running. Staff writer Sarah Willets digs into Durham’s DEAR program, which is expunging thousands of traffic violations and could be a model for other communities in North Carolina. Later, we say goodbye to food editor Layla Khoury-Hanold and premiere a new track as part of our Triangle First series, “Hands” by Matt Southern & Lost Gold.

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