Nation: A Crazy Quilt of Liquor Laws

North Carolina goes wet, but some others are drying up

Little drinks of brandy,

Little sips of gin

Swell the mighty torrents

Of disease and sin

Three generations have passed since the temperance crusaders who marched to such verses were at the peak of their power, and 45 years have gone by since repeal of the 18th Amendment. Yet vestiges of Prohibition are still visible in many state and local liquor laws, and they stir heated passions.

In the Charlotte, N.C., area one day last week, hundreds of happy tipplers crowded into restaurants to toast a hotly debated new state...

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