Wake County Sheriff John Baker, hospitalized since Tuesday for a flare-up of gout, went home Friday. He answered the phone, gruff but upbeat, and revealed that his most pressing problem in the coming days will be what to wear.
Baker, a former professional football player and the state's longest-serving sheriff, is a man of habit. Every day, he slips on blue or black suits to wear to work. Black cowboy boots complete the ensemble.