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Tomato-love grows into quirky Nashville arts fest

Nashville, Tenn., gallery owner Meg MacFadyen thinks summertime and tomatoes are such perfect soul mates she created an entire festival in their tribute. The former Charlotte resident and South Meck high school alum is the founder and head tomato behind the wildly popular annual Tomato Art Fest.

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Enter our vacation photo contest to win $ prizes

Share your vacation memories with us for a chance to win a $25 gift card. Enter our “How I Shot My Summer Vacation” contest by Sept. 14. Entries will appear on charlotteobserver.com/travel and we’ll announce winners and runners-up online and in print on Sept. 20.

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Day Trips: Ready for your profile, North Carolina

People have been making films in North Carolina – and generating headlines about those movies – longer than you may suspect. Back in the silent days, production companies came here for the same reason they do a century later: the state’s varied landscapes and less-expensive labor.

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Gallery: The Samurai Of Fukushima

Every summer the people of Fukushima prefecture have gathered to honor the ancient traditions of the Samurai at the Soma Nomaoi festival. The festival started as a military exercise more than 1000 years ago by Taira no Kojiro Masakado the founder of the Soma Clan. The three-day Shinto festival sees more than 500 horsemen recreate ancient battle scenes from the Edo Period (1603-1869).

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High rollers: Dealers describe special treatment, abuse

One high roller requests a refrigerator full of bananas that he squeezes and throws as he gambles. Another urinates against a wall. Other high-stakes players described by a pit manager at Mohegan Sun, one of the world's largest casinos, throw chairs, scream at dealers and expect rules to be bent at the tables.

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