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Ann McCrory appears at Durham Mission to help with lunch

First Lady Ann McCrory made a rare public appearance Thursday at the Durham Rescue Mission, reading books to children and handing out paper plate for lunch.

McCrory's handlers -- press secretary Ricky Diaz and the governor's sister, Linda Sebastian -- didn't let any reporters near her at the event and continually attempted to control photographers movements before asking them to leave the building before the end of the event, the N&O's Chuck Liddy reports.

Quick Hits

* N.C. Republican Party chair candidate Chad Adams to have a meet-in-greet Wednesday in Raleigh at the home of Pat McCrory's sister.

* House Speaker Joe Hackney tells legislators they're going to have to stick around on Friday to get work done before crossover.

* Sex ed bill briefly delayed by Chapel Hill/Carrboro schools, which have a more progressive policy that they want grandfathered in.

* Gov. Beverly Perdue lobbies Democratic Party chair to bring the 2012 national convention to Charlotte; first state to express interest.

Memories of Helms: Offering a seat

Linda Sebastian met Jesse Helms at a school concert.

The Raleigh elementary schoolteacher, 56, said she sat in front of the former senator at a Broughton High production in which her daughters and his granddaughters starred. 

"He was so kind and so gracious," she recalled.

But she said her brother, Republican gubernatorial nominee Pat McCrory has an even better story.

As Sebastian tells it, McCrory was a young City Council member eager to hear Helms speak at an event in Charlotte in the early 1990s. 

He snuck in a side door, looking for a place to sit. Helms saw him and offered his own seat.

"Pat was so impressed that he did that," she said.

Sebastian said she did not always agree with Helms' politics, but she thinks politicians of all stripes can benefit from following his example of helping constituents, being true to their principles and staying honest. 

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