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“I want life to get back to ‘normal’”

To gauge the mood of the city, we checked the mayor’s inbox.

We found a revealing mix of messages: A lawyer grouses about people who aren’t wearing masks at Harris Teeter. A music teacher pleads for help from a small business relief program. A woman who has read — and reread — Ron Chernow’s thousand-page biography of Ulysses Grant demands that her local library be reopened.

These emails show Durham residents grappling with a pandemic that has shuttered their stores, cloistered them in their homes and left them afraid that they’ll contract the virus the next time they shop for milk or toilet paper.

Check out Chris Kuo’s fascinating story here.