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  • Murder Charge Dropped For Teen Accused Of Decapitating Mother "Because I Felt Like It"

    10/17/2017 6:10:20 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 40 replies
    CBS ^ | 10/12/17 | Crimesider Staff
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- A North Carolina teenager accused of decapitating his mother is psychotic and won't be prosecuted on a murder charge, his attorney said Wednesday. A judge ordered 19-year-old Oliver Funes Machada involuntarily committed to a state psychiatric hospital after a series of mental health evaluations, including those by state experts, defense attorney Boyd Sturges said. Machada was ruled incompetent to proceed with his case. "This is consistent with what our position is," Sturges said. "We feel that Mr. Machada is very, very seriously deranged. And clearly he's psychotic, and we think the state's correct."   Sturges said the...
  • Murder charge dropped for [illegal] teen who beheaded mother because he ‘felt like it’

    10/12/2017 3:10:59 PM PDT · by Hadean · 37 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Oct. 12, 2017 | Minyvonne Burke
    A North Carolina teen who decapitated his mother and then walked outside carrying her head had murder charges against him dropped. Authorities dismissed the charge on Wednesday saying Oliver Funes-Machada isn't mentally competent to stand trial. "Specifically, could he appreciate the charges against him and participate in his defense," District Attorney Michael D. Waters said in a statement to WRAL. "The mental health professionals there determined he could not at this time." Funes-Machada, 19, was ordered by a judge to be committed to a state psychiatric hospital. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement previously said Funes-Machada, from Honduras, was in the...
  • Trump country responds to national anthem protests

    10/11/2017 2:41:40 PM PDT · by leaymane · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Oct. 6, 2017 | Daniel Allott
    When Matt Walker played baseball for the Fayetteville SwampDogs, a collegiate summer team in the Coastal Plain League, his manager offered him and his teammates a lot of advice on how to conduct themselves on the field. Walker and his young teammates, who were trying to land a spot on a major league roster, typically played before crowds of 2,000 to 3,000 people, often in military towns. Fayetteville, in the North Carolina Sandhills, is located only 20 minutes from Fort Bragg, the largest military installation in the world. A majority of the fans, Walker said, were either in the military...
  • Raleigh city council candidate’s billboard defaced with racist graffiti

    10/10/2017 5:51:17 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 32 replies
    wncn.com ^ | October 6, 2017 | CBS North Carolina and Michael Hyland
    A campaign billboard for a Raleigh city council candidate was spray painted with racist graffiti sometime Thursday night or Friday morning. A billboard for Zainab Baloch had the words “SAND N*****” and “TRUMP” with what also appeared to an attempt at a swastika painted on one side. The billboard is located in front of land being cleared for mosque on Louisburg Road just south of Interstate 540. Baloch said she is hurt by the incident but going to use this as a platform for discussion. “It was just emotional. It was disheartening. It hurt, especially because we’ve been working so...
  • A $9 Billion Highway That Promises to Pay for Itself

    10/10/2017 5:17:00 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    Citylab ^ | September 26, 2017 | Andrew Zaleski
    Last Thursday, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan unveiled a $9 billion project to widen three of the state’s most heavily trafficked highways: I-270, I-495—also known as the Capital Beltway—and MD-295, the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. What the governor’s office dubbed the Traffic Relief Plan involves constructing two express toll lanes each way—or four total toll lanes—to all three highways. Widening the Capital Beltway and the section of I-270 connecting the growing commuter-city of Frederick to Washington, D.C., would cost an estimated $7.6 billion, which the state expects to be financed via public-private partnerships: Private companies would build and maintain the new toll lanes,...
  • Asheville PD detains person of interest after explosive device left at [N.C.] airport

    10/07/2017 3:47:20 PM PDT · by Hadean · 12 replies
    Fox Carolina ^ | Oct. 07, 2017 | Dal Kalsi and Sierra Hancock
    ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) - Asheville Police said they detained a person of interest after an explosive device was found at the Asheville Regional Airport. Michael Christopher Estes, 46, was detained Saturday morning along Airport Road after federal authorities said a tipster recognized him. Authorities told FOX Carolina that a suspicious device was found on a curb outside the airport's baggage claim area Friday morning. Police later confirmed the package was, in fact, explosive and had been rendered safe by the bomb squad. The airport was briefly evacuated, but the terminal reopened just before 9 a.m. The FBI released a statement about...
  • Local VFW (NC) protests NFL by burning jerseys

    10/04/2017 3:17:39 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 4 replies
    www.wsoctv.com ^ | Oct 4, 2017 | Joe Bruno
    LINCOLNTON, N.C. - Members of VFW Post 1706 in Lincolnton burned the jerseys of players they think disrespect the U.S. flag. "I'm not sorry. I done it and I'll do it again," Burnell Tipton said. Tipton was a lifelong fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers until this year. On Saturday, he burned his Ben Roethlisberger jersey because the quarterback previously refused to come out on the field during the national anthem. Julius Peppers protested the same way. Another VFW member joined Tipton by burning the Carolina Panthers defensive end's jersey. "It's fine if you want to protest," Tipton said. "But there's...
  • Who dug into this Confederate soldier’s grave in NC?

    10/02/2017 3:39:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    News & Observer ^ | 9/28/17 | Martha Quillin
    The N.C. Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans has suggested the recent desecration of a grave in Bladen County might have been a protest against Confederate heritage, and is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the vandalism. Maj. Larry Guyton of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office said that a man cutting the grass at Mount Horeb Presbyterian Church, near Elizabethtown in Bladen County, discovered the damage to the grave of a Confederate Army soldier on Monday and called police.“Someone had dug down into a grave,” Guyton said, creating a hole 2 to 3 feet...
  • NFL broadcasters hint at JAW-DROPPING solution for anthem protests

    09/30/2017 3:03:03 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 120 replies
    Allen B. West ^ | 30 September 2017
    Like an offensive coordinator attempting to find the right way to break through a defensive line, the NFL has called for a number of plays in its efforts to accommodate both their players who feel compelled to protest during the national anthem and their increasingly angry fans. These efforts have ranged from having the players stand together with locked arms during the anthem, to keeping players in the locker room until the anthem is over, and even to having the team kneel before – rather than during – the anthem’s playing. However, none of these tactics have been completely successful,...
  • Convention of States Hopes to Rein in Federal Government

    09/29/2017 4:20:29 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 40 replies
    Blue Ridge Now ^ | September 27th 2017 | Derek Lacey
    In his remarks at the Henderson County public library, Mike Faulkenberry, state director of the N.C. Convention of States Project, asked a crowd of about 80 people whether they felt the federal government is “doing just a bang-up job.” None raised their hand to answer yes. He asked whether they felt the federal government gets carried away sometimes, but for the most part does pretty well in areas such as taxes and regulations, and again none answered yes. But when he asked who felt the federal government “is completely out of control,” hands went up across the room. The Convention...
  • UNC Charlotte Offers 345 Diversity and Social Justice Courses

    09/25/2017 9:37:24 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/25/2017 | Tom Ciccotta
    The University of North Carolina, Charlotte, offers a staggering 345 courses on the topic of diversity and social justice. The University of North Carolina, Charlotte released a list of their “Diversity Courses” that spans 21 pages and covers academic disciplines such as Religious Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Languages and Culture Studies, and Africana Studies. Although it’s unclear why UNC Charlotte needs so many “Diversity Courses,” Associate Dean Shawn Long says that the topics discussed in such courses are beneficial to all of the members of the school’s community. “When we consider the concept of diversity, broadly speaking, we mean...
  • Inquiry Highlights Terry McAuliffe’s Ties to Chinese Company

    05/24/2016 7:19:50 PM PDT · by Innovative · 34 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 24, 2016 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and STEPHANIE SAUL
    Four years ago, one of China’s largest agricultural importers sent representatives to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., hoping that meetings with elite party officials might yield business opportunities. The company, the Dandong Port Group, was particularly focused on the governors in attendance, according to an interview with Dandong’s general counsel broadcast by Chinese state television. But now, the company’s widening influence is coming under scrutiny by federal prosecutors, who are examining the relationship between Dandong’s wealthy and connected chairman, Wang Wenliang, and Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, a Democrat who was elected in 2013. A federal law enforcement...
  • UNC: Masculinity contributes to 'perpetration of violence'

    09/18/2017 6:04:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 49 replies
    Campuis Reform ^ | September 15, 2017 | Toni Airaksinen
    The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill is hosting a discussion group to help men “shift the culture of masculinity toward more non-violent norms.” The UNC Men’s Project, which launched in 2013, will host a 10-week discussion group this semester to “increase men’s involvement in gender equity and violence prevention,” and examine how masculinity has "contributed to the perpetration of violence in our society.”
  • Secret NSA report: Russian military intelligence hacked U.S. voting software supplier

    06/06/2017 7:16:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/06/2017 | AllahPundit
    Let’s start with a caveat from one of the authors of The Intercept’s story, just so we’re clear on what *isn’t* being alleged. very very important: there’s nothing in the NSA report indicating the actual voting machines or vote tabulations were compromised— Sam Biddle (@samfbiddle) June 5, 2017 Was that the goal, though? The piece is long and difficult to excerpt so I’ll try to summarize. According to the NSA (CBS has confirmed that this is indeed a real NSA report), last August Russia’s military intelligence unit — the GRU — hacked into a software company, likely VR Systems...
  • A Raleigh teacher learns from DACA: "I am both Mexican and American" [she says otherwise]

    09/16/2017 7:56:38 PM PDT · by cmj328 · 23 replies
    Raleigh News & Observer ^ | September 13, 2017 | America Moreno Jimenez
    My identity is complex. I am not American. I am not Mexican...I am stuck in the middle somewhere. ... I remember asking my teachers in elementary school if they could help me get a Social Security number. ...As I grew older, there were things that my parents cautioned me against “porque no eres Americana” – because you’re not American...Be wary of who you trust, porque no eres Americana. You never know who could turn you in. Be wary on the road, porque no eres Americana. A routine traffic stop could change your life completely. Be wary of your surroundings, porque...
  • UNC students threaten federal lawsuit over Confederate statue

    09/14/2017 2:16:49 PM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | September 14, 2017 | Sandor Farkas
    Students are threatening to sue the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill for violating the Civil Rights Act of 1964 if it does not remove a Confederate statue from campus. According to The Daily Tar Heel, an attorney from the New York law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner—known for representing Vice President Al Gore in the Bush v. Gore Supreme Court case—made the threat Wednesday in a letter sent to Chancellor Carol Folt, the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees, UNC President Margaret Spellings, and the UNC Board of Governors on behalf of the UNC Black Law Students Association (BLSA), its faculty advisor...
  • Incumbent Charlotte mayor stunned in primary upset

    09/14/2017 4:47:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Charlotte Business News ^ | September 13, 2017 | Erik Spanberg  
    Vi Lyles pulled off an upset Tuesday in the Democratic primary for mayor with 46% of the vote, putting incumbent Jennifer Roberts out of a job. By surpassing 40%, Lyles avoided a runoff and will face City Council colleague Kenny Smith in the November general election.
  • Duke recruits men for program to fight 'toxic' masculinity

    09/12/2017 9:06:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | September 12, 2017 | Toni Airaksinen
    Duke University is recruiting male students for a nine-week program that pledges to “destabilize masculine privilege” and “interrogate masculinity.” The program, known as the Duke University Men’s Project, seeks to help men examine how their masculinities exist “often in toxic ways” while beginning “the work of unlearning violence.”
  • 4 killed in Duke University Health System helicopter crash

    09/08/2017 4:29:15 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 17 replies
    Beckers Hospital Review ^ | September 8, 2017 | Alia Paavola
    Durham, N.C.-based Duke University Health System's Life Flight helicopter crashed Friday in North Carolina, killing four people, according to UPI. Authorities told WTVD the helicopter was headed back to Durham-based Duke Medical Center from Elizabeth City-based Sentara Albemarle Medical Center. The helicopter was transporting a patient in need of critical care. "With deep sorrow we can confirm that a Duke Life Flight helicopter crashed early this afternoon near Belvedere, N.C. We are in the process of directly confirming information related to this incident and will share more information as it becomes available," said Duke Health Officials, according to UPI. The...
  • Prayer Thread for Florida and the Rest of the Southeast US

    09/08/2017 1:05:37 PM PDT · by texas booster · 121 replies
    Free Republic Admins and FReeper Who Care ^ | Sept 08 2017 | Texas Booster
    Traditionally Free Republic has tried to keep truly important topics to one or two threads. I am creating a prayer and comment thread to parallel the Irma threads and keep down the childlike quips that are slowing down the other threads. Have a religious comment? Have a relative in need of prayer? Please post it here. The other threads are slow enough with all the graphics, which becomes more important as people try to evacuate, moving to cell and tablet communication. So please play nice and move discussions here.