Q: I have Bermuda grass. Now that it is spring (the grass still looks dormant) it is quite long and I want to mow. I doubt we are in for any more hard freezes in the Raleigh NC area. Do I still have to go by the rule of not cutting more than 1/3 of the height or can I "have at it" and cut the grass down to about 1-1/2 inches without harming the grass?

You've got the exception to the rule of 1/3s. Right now you can mow your lawn (no lower than 1/2"--lower than this and you risk damaging the plants) to remove as much dead grass as possible. A good rule of thumb for Bermuda as to when to do it: before it turns green and about the time that the pear trees are
blooming.