Controversy, Eclectic Content Characterize March Edition of Raleigh Metro Magazine

March 1, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) — In the March issue of Metro Magazine, candidates for governor discuss coastal issues with columnist and former UNC-Wilmington chancellor Jim Leutze; former UNC women soccer players defend coach Anson Dorrance; Southern author John Shelton Reed begs Metro readers to vote for the best barbecue; and the 5th Raleigh Spy Conference – set for March 26-28 at the NC Museum of History – presents unsolved mysteries of the CIA (

In Metro’s quarterly Southern Style Section, garden guru Helen Yoest previews area tours scheduled for spring; a modern home finds its place inside the Raleigh beltline; the latest female golf fashion is previewed, along with the essentials for a must-have spring wardrobe; and Metro Magazine is named the official program sponsor for the May ASID Designer Show House.

Food editor Moreton Neal ranks the top spots for lunch in the region; wine critic Barbara Ensrud researches the best restaurant wine lists and recommends a tour of wineries in the Yadkin Valley – the state’s only designated growing region; Carroll Leggett eats high off unmentionable parts of the hog; Philip Van Vleck interviews singer-songwriter Tift Merritt; Arch T. Allen covers our “color-blind” Constitution; Art Taylor reviews a modern Odyssey; and Metro’s calendar of events bulges with spring events.

Editor/publisher Bernie Reeves, in his column My Usual Charming Self, congratulates the people of Cary for their threat to “secede” from the Wake County School System, revisits the “owl theory” in the Kathleen Peterson case, criticizes former UNC law dean Gene Nichol – recently fired by the College of William & Mary – for his attack on religious symbols, and calls for an investigation into the actions of Secretary of Cultural Resources Libba Evans.

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Candidates Quizzed on Coastal Issues

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February 4, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) — How do the candidates for governor of North Carolina feel about coastal issues?

Dr. James Leutze, former chancellor of UNC-Wilmington and a columnist for Raleigh Metro Magazine – with coverage from the Triangle region to the coastal areas of North Carolina – offers a series of interviews in the March, April and May 2008 issues of the magazine featuring interviews with Republican and Democrat candidates on their views on beach renourishment; opening clogged barrier island inlets; protecting the coastal environment; and how to manage growth in the Inner and Outer Banks.

Leutze hosted two public television documentaries on coastal and waterway issues. His monthly column in Metro Magazine addresses the critical issues facing the coastal region. Go to and enter the key words “Jim Leutze” or “Editor At Large”.

ALSO IN THE MARCH EDITION: Metro music editor Philip Van Vleck presents an exclusive interview with Raleigh-born singer/songwriter Tift Merritt about her new CD. Known for her intelligent lyrics and strong stage presence, Merritt offers new songs in her alt/country style. Metro was the first publication to cover Merritt a the beginning of her career. Go to and enter the key words “Tift Merritt”.

“Southern Style,” Metro Magazine’s quarterly coverage of the latest trends in architecture, fashion, art and style, makes its 2008 debut in the March issue.