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US: North Carolina (News/Activism)

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  • Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Bobcats are a franchise in search of a leader

    04/09/2012 8:41:12 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 8, 2012 | Rick Maese
    Charlotte — At tip-off of a recent Charlotte Bobcats game, it was easier to take note of who wasn’t in attendance than who was. The arena was maybe one-third full and the owner’s box was empty. As play began, few more fans found their seats, but there would be no owner sighting. Michael Jordan likes watching on television, but on this night, he wasn’t even in town. Instead, Jordan was in Las Vegas, at the Aria Resort and Casino, hosting a celebrity golf tournament with Ashton Kutcher serving as his caddie. The game’s greatest player has become one of its...
  • Hillary Clinton, citing her job, will skip DNC in Charlotte

    04/06/2012 5:02:28 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 37 replies
    charlotteobserver.com ^ | April 6, 2012 | Tim Funk
    At the Democratic convention four years ago, her spirited speech helped unite the party behind Barack Obama. And four years from now, many Democrats hope she’ll be the White House nominee delegates rally around. But as for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte – Hillary Clinton won’t be coming. This year, she’s secretary of State. And as the country’s chief diplomat, she’s expected to stay above all things partisan. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, will be at the DNC in Charlotte, his spokesman, Matt McKenna, confirmed Friday. But various federal statutes and the State Department’s ethical guidelines will...
  • (Duke) lacrosse accuser (Crystal Mangum) wants murder charge dismissed, new judge

    04/05/2012 1:26:01 PM PDT · by Moose4 · 39 replies
    WRAL.com ^ | 5 April 2012 | Erin Hartness
    Durham, N.C. — The Durham woman who falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape in 2006 filed motions Thursday asking that a murder charge against her be dismissed and that the judge in the case to recuse himself. Crystal Mangum, 32, is charged in the death of Reginald Daye, 46, who was stabbed with a kitchen knife during an April 3, 2011, argument at his Durham apartment, police said. They had been dating for about a month at the time of his death. Mangum filed the motions herself, with the assistance of a supporter who isn't an attorney....
  • Michael Jordan may not stick around as Charlotte Bobcats owner if he can't build a winning team

    04/03/2012 9:36:34 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 12 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | Saturday, March 31, 2012
    Michael Jordan apparently has an exit strategy to leave the Bobcats, which will undoubtedly make Charlotte fans take to the streets for a mass celebration, provided His Airness keeps his word. Nearing the end of another lost season as Bobcats owner, Jordan recently told his GM, Rich Cho, to start planning for a rebuilding campaign. He also dropped a bombshell, telling Cho and other deputies that if this one doesn’t produce a winner and he continues to lose millions over the next “three to four years,” then he intends to sell the team. “I told Rich to make us better,”...
  • Police: NC high school teacher gave student drugs to sell

    04/03/2012 4:25:31 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies
    MyFox8.com ^ | March 31, 2012 | Joe Borlik
    Authorities say an English teacher in Gaston County was arrested after she gave prescription drugs to a student to sell and they split the money. Investigators said Meredith Burris Pruitt, 31, faces several drug charges. Authorities say Pruitt gave a student four anti-anxiety pills to a 15-year-old student, who sold them to other students and brought some of the money back to Pruitt.
  • Judge: NC can’t ban guns during emergencies

    04/03/2012 7:04:08 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    myfox8.com ^ | 2 April, 2012 | Ryan Sullivan
    When winter storms slammed North Carolina in early 2010, Gov. Bev Perdue declared a state of emergency. The city of King followed on Feb. 5 with its own declaration of emergency that included — as allowed by state law — a ban on the possession of alcohol and firearms except at a person’s own home. A Stokes County man, two other people and two gun-rights organizations sued the state, King and Stokes County that summer, claiming that their rights under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution were violated. The amendment protects citizens’ right to bear arms. Now, a federal...
  • Miss. farming town's immigrants pray bill will die

    03/31/2012 1:08:18 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    The State ^ | Mar. 31, 2012 | LAURA TILLMAN - Associated Press
    VARDAMAN, Miss. — On a recent afternoon in this Mississippi sweet potato farming town of 1,300, a group of immigrants gathered in the safe haven of the Catholic Charities office to discuss visa options. The conversation quickly turned to the immigration bill being debated in the state Legislature, and talk of what to do if it passes.
  • $100,000 Unemployment Fraud Misdemeanor in North Carolina

    03/30/2012 4:20:42 PM PDT · by cavdad · 6 replies
    Civitas Institute ^ | 3/29/2012 | Matt Willoughby
    (RALEIGH) – Some state legislators point to a case in Scotland County that cost a businessman thousands of dollars and affected his firm’s unemployment credit rating as a prime example of why the penalty for unemployment fraud should be increased from a misdemeanor to a felony. In 2011 Gerri Clark, 41, was charged with over 90 counts of unemployment fraud dating back to 2009. Under state law, she could only be charged with a misdemeanor; she pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor on July 13, 2011 in a Scotland County court.
  • More than 500 people attend Charlotte march for Trayvon Martin

    03/29/2012 8:25:39 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 17 replies
    wsoctv.com ^ | March 29, 2012 | Dan Tordjman
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — More than 500 people filled Marshall Park Thursday demanding justice for Trayvon Martin. The rally was initially billed a "hoodie march" but due to the warm weather, most in the crowd simply wore T-shirts with Martin's name and face printed on them. "We're trying to stand up for justice and for Trayvon Martin," said Coretta Livingston. "Somebody's got to do something about this matter because if they don't do anything about Trayvon, it's going to Davon or John or Sammy next." Several of the protesters referred to that same sense of personal reflection and fear that Martin's...
  • Family tries to make sense of Hoke couple's shooting deaths

    03/29/2012 4:43:13 PM PDT · by Thunderballer · 6 replies
    WRAL.COM ^ | March 29, 2012 | Bryan Mims
    Raeford, N.C. — As they buried a Hoke County couple killed in their front yard last weekend, family members said Thursday that they are still struggling to make sense of the tragedy. Tommy Charles Brown Sr., 35, and his fiancée, Thalia Rebbecca Mook, 35, were gunned down outside their home on Philippi Church Road in the Rockfish community on Saturday evening, authorities said. John Oliver Hill Jr., 48, who lives across the street, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in their deaths and is being held without bond in the Hoke County jail. Hoke County Sheriff Hubert...
  • Seneca police arrest 6 accused of beating NC man

    03/29/2012 10:11:31 AM PDT · by sunmars · 6 replies
    SENECA, SC (FOX Carolina) - Seneca police said they arrested six men Wednesday in connection with the beating of a North Carolina man at Applebee's earlier in March. Police said their investigation determined that the victim was beat by the group of men and the incident may have been racially motivated. The department said they forwarded the case to the FBI to determine if it should be pursued further as a hate crime under federal law. SLIDESHOW: Police arrest 6 in beating by mob Officers said all six suspects were charged with assault and battery by a mob in connection...
  • Corsets, skimpy clothes have controversy brewing at NC coffee shop

    03/27/2012 2:50:21 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 24 replies
    WBTV ^ | March 23, 2012
    A photo snapped on a Morganton street has gone viral and it has controversy brewing around a local coffee shop. The Kyote' Koffee shop along West Fleming Drive serves coffee with a twist - baristas dressed in corsets and skimpy clothing, the business' owner told WBTV on Friday. Saturday, the business owner sent WIS' Raycom sister station WBTV a letter from the property owner's attorney asking them to vacate the premises by March 31st. The letter cites several violations, including "nuisances in the parking lot," and "lewdness." The shop has been steeped in controversy since a picture, taken on Valentine's...
  • When Partying With A Purpose Goes Wrong: Trayvon Martin Strip Club Party Gets Canned

    03/27/2012 9:01:02 AM PDT · by kristinn · 13 replies
    NewsOne for Black America ^ | Tuesday, March 27, 2012 | Michael Arceneaux
    I’m all for the idea of partying for a purpose, but it takes a very special kind of stupid to think the slaughter of a teenager is the perfect premise to promote twirking. Still, some promoter thought it would be a grand idea to take the death of Trayvon Martin as an opportunity to advertise his event this week at a strip club in Greensboro, North Carolina. The flier featured Trayvon’s face with the caption, “Justice: In memory of Trayvon Martin.” Not to be outdone, the flier promised: “EVERYONE FREE B4 11 WITH AN EMPTY BAG OF SKITTLES.” Not even...
  • Dome: Newt Gingrich brings campaign to Raleigh this week

    03/25/2012 8:49:52 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 17 replies · 2+ views
    The News & Observer ^ | Sun, Mar 25, 2012 05:47 AM | staff reports
    Newt Gingrich will campaign in Raleigh this week – the first GOP candidate to visit North Carolina since the state’s May 8 primary became a player in the presidential contest. Gingrich is expected to spend all day Wednesday making appearances in Raleigh, meeting with voters and receiving the endorsements of local lawmakers. The details for the events are not yet available, said Marc Rotterman with Rotterman & Associates, a local political firm consulting for the Gingrich campaign. A number of GOP presidential candidates – including Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann – used the state as an ATM during...
  • Shooting at Durham tire store leaves 2 dead, 3 injured; suspect flees

    03/24/2012 10:30:45 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 18 replies
    MSNBC ^ | March 23 2012 | NBC News and msnbc.com staff
    <p>Two people were killed and three injured Friday afternoon in a shooting at a North Carolina tire store, NBC17 of Durham reported.</p> <p>The Durham County Sheriff's Office said a gunman described as a man with a tattoo on the left side of his face fired shots then fled the scene in a silver sedan, NBC17 reported.</p>
  • 2 killed,2 wounded gunman opens fire at East Durham tire store [ Perp- would look like Obama’s son ]

    03/23/2012 11:53:41 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 14 replies
    heraldsun.com ^ | March 23 2012
    DURHAM – A customer and employee were shot dead and two others were wounded Friday afternoon when a gunman opened fire at a tire store in East Durham, Durham County sheriff’s investigators said. A fifth person, the store’s owner, injured his head when he sought cover as the man fired shots about 3 p.m. inside and outside J.T. Tire at 2202 E. Geer St. Sheriff's investigators confirmed the identities of the two victims killed as employee Naomi Turner Wright, 65, and Abdelgadir Mergany Abdelganir, 32, who deputies confirm was a taxi driver. The two wounded people were taken to area...
  • Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC): "I'd pull fot the Taliban [over Duke]"

    03/23/2012 2:38:06 PM PDT · by southernnorthcarolina · 6 replies
    FoxNation ^ | March 23, 2012
    Miller said he rooted for N.C. State against Georgetown, and when they play out-of-state. And any time a Wolfpack win doesn't affect Carolina's ranking. Duke is another story altogether. "I have said very publicly that if Duke was playing against the Taliban," Miller said very publicly again, "then I'd have to pull for the Taliban." Guess who's not running for re-election?
  • John Edwards ‘categorically denies’ involvement in NYC prostitution ring

    03/22/2012 9:21:59 AM PDT · by maggief · 39 replies · 19+ views
    The Hill ^ | March 22, 2012 | Jonathan Easley
    Former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) on Thursday denied allegations that he paid to have sex with a call girl working for a high-end Manhattan prostitution ring. Edwards’s attorney, Allison Van Laningham, is demanding a complete retraction from DNAinfo, the local Manhattan website that reported the story on Thursday morning. “Mr. Edwards categorically denies that he was involved with any prostitute or service,” Van Laningham said in a statement. “These allegations are false, defamatory, and he puts those who would publish or repeat them on notice that they acting [sic] with actual malice by reporting or repeating them. He has demanded...
  • Potential bounty for North Carolina

    03/21/2012 9:09:33 AM PDT · by greenwill · 1 replies
    News & Observer ^ | 03/21/12 | Dr. Daniel Fine
    Nearly 40 years ago, when the first oil price shock from the Middle East and OPEC disrupted the American economy, North Carolina and Appalachia briefly became an oil and gas frontier. Following geological investigations, Chevron drilled an exploratory well in the Deep River Basin beneath Lee County, N.C. Oil was discovered at 5,000 feet, but it contained excessive paraffin and Chevron plugged the well.
  • GOP Rep. Chews Out Steven Chu: “You’re Telling Me My Constituents Need to Buy a Nissan Leaf?”

    03/21/2012 4:38:34 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 28 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | March 21, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Representative Patrick McHenry (R-NC) gave anti-Energy Secretary Steven Chu an earful yesterday during a hearing on oil prices. McHenry ripped Che for the administration’s policies that have prevented access to domestic oil and gas. “You’re telling me my constituents need to buy a Nissan Leaf?” "My time is short, you've listed a long list of things that this administration has done. I have not yet heard that there are trying to increase the supply of American oil or our refining capacity or limit the regulations in the diversity of blends that are required. I have heard nothing from you today...