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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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 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 ^ | 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...
  • Deportation rules breaking up families

    03/18/2012 5:32:17 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 49 replies
    San Antonio Express ^ | March 18, 2012 | Esther J. Cepeda, Washington Post columnist
    Wasteful, senseless and cruel. How better to describe the ridiculous battle that Felipe Montes is waging to be reunited with his three U.S.-born children? Since his deportation, they've been ensnared by the foster care system and are at risk of being put up for adoption. Montes, who had lived in the U.S. illegally for almost 10 years, was sent back to Mexico in 2010 after having been sentenced to probation following an arrest for driving with an expired license, an expired registration and no automobile insurance. He was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents at one of his...
  • North Carolina regulators: Fracking is safe

    03/18/2012 7:51:31 AM PDT · by greenwill · 13 replies · 1+ views
    My Fox 8 ^ | 03/17/2012 | Joe Borlik
    RALEIGH, N.C. — A high-pressure drilling technique that could unleash jobs and profits but carries pollution risks can be used safely in North Carolina if lawmakers adopt the right precautions, state environmental regulators said in a study released Friday.
  • Obama Opposes North Carolina Same-Sex Marriage Ban

    03/17/2012 10:00:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    ABC News ^ | 03/17/2012 | Devin Dwyer
    ATLANTA — President Obama today put himself on record as opposing a North Carolina ballot measure that would forbid same-sex marriages in the state. The move appeared to signal a new approach for Obama, who has previously said each state should decide for itself on the question of same-sex marriage, but avoided specific endorsement or condemnation of individual pieces of legislation. “While the president does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the record is clear that the president has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples,” said...
  • Democrats denounce candidate’s KKK past; Crawford offers no comment

    03/16/2012 5:41:05 AM PDT · by lwd · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Salisbury Post (NC) ^ | Friday, March 16, 2012 12:00 AM | Karissa Minn
    SALISBURY — State Democratic party leaders are denouncing Carrol Crawford, candidate for Rowan County commissioner, for views he advocated as a Ku Klux Klan leader. Crawford resigned in 1987 after two years as North Carolina grand dragon of the Christian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. He estimated at the time that he had led more than 200 street walks in communities all over the Carolinas. Earlier that year, Crawford was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $500 for burning a cross at a Charlotte Klan rally. North Carolina Democratic Party officials also are condemning the comments of...
  • North Carolina: Former KKK Member, White Supremacist Running As Democrats…

    03/15/2012 9:10:46 PM PDT · by Qbert · 13 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 3/15/2012 | Weasel Zippers
    The party of Robert Byrd is alive and well. (Charlotte Observer) — Bivins Hollar likes to post videos from his bedroom. About weight loss. About Pokemon cards. About selling chewing gum at a flea market. But it’s the video where he casually talks about “shooting” and starving black South Africans – and kidnapping the country’s president – that caught the attention of people who track white supremacists. Hollar, who is running for the N.C. Senate from Catawba County, is one of two Democratic candidates whom state party officials have taken the unusual step of denouncing. The other is Carrol Crawford, a...
  • Man, 35, charged with statutory rape after girl, 14, gives birth

    03/13/2012 4:09:54 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 33 replies · 1+ views
    CharlotteObserver ^ | March 13, 2012 | Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
    A 35-year-old south Charlotte man has been charged with statutory rape after a 14-year-old girl gave birth to his child this weekend, according to police. Jail officials say Juan Martinez Hernandez, who is believed to be in the country illegally, has run afoul of police and immigration agents before, following a 2010 drunken driving arrest. It’s unclear what became of Hernandez between his release to immigration agents in 2010 and the rape charges on Sunday. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials couldn’t be reached for comment Monday. On Sunday, the 14-year-old gave birth to a baby in the bathroom of an...
  • Dream Act: Jailed illegal immigrant becomes N.C. rallying point

    03/13/2012 11:16:40 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 13, 2012 | David Zucchino
    Reporting from Durham, N.C.— Two weeks ago, Uriel Alberto interrupted a state legislative hearing in North Carolina and declared himself an undocumented immigrant. "I am undocumented and I am unafraid," Alberto, 24, told a North Carolina House of Representatives immigration committee in Raleigh. "I refuse to be bullied and intimidated by this committee and choose to empower my community." Now, thanks to an online petition campaign, Alberto is a rallying point for supporters of the Dream Act, which would give permanent resident status to undocumented students brought illegally to the U.S. by their parents. Supporters have launched a Facebook page,...
  • Energy expert Dr. Daniel Fine takes on the "opposition" to Shale Gas in North Carolina

    03/12/2012 8:28:19 PM PDT · by greenwill · 10 replies · 1+ views
    The John Locke Foundation ^ | 02/27/12 | Dr. Daniel Fine
    Daniel Fine discusses North Carolina's approach to shale gas and hydraulic fracturing (two minutes)--->
  • Obama impeachment bill now in Congress "crime, misdemeanor"

    03/12/2012 9:01:37 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 15 replies
    wnd ^ | 3/11/12 | d. zahn
    Let the president be duly warned. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., R-N.C., has introduced a resolution declaring that should the president use offensive military force without authorization of an act of Congress, “it is the sense of Congress” that such an act would be “an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor.” Ads by GoogleLow Cost Health Insurance Blue Cross, Aetna, Kaiser, CIGNA & More! Compare Plans & View Rates. www.GoHealthInsurance.comHow to Buy Gold Physical Gold Shipped to Your Door Free Investor Kit. Since 1960., Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution reserves for Congress alone the power to declare war,...
  • Supporters rally in Raleigh for jailed immigrant

    03/11/2012 9:17:29 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 19 replies
    The News & Observer ^ | Mar 11, 2012 | RON GALLAGHER
    RALEIGH -- With posters and candles, about 30 people held a vigil Friday night outside the Wake County jail to support a man who was arrested Feb. 29 during a protest at a legislative committee hearing and is now being held for federal immigration authorities. Uriel Alberto was one of three people charged with disorderly conduct after a demonstration near the conclusion of a state House committee hearing on immigration policy. Wearing T-shirts that said "Undocumented and Unafraid," they began shouting after Republican state Rep. George Cleveland suggested illegal immigrants who come as workers bring crime to the state. Taken...
  • Same-Sex Marriage Poll (NC) - In need of serious Freeping!

    03/10/2012 1:20:12 PM PST · by fwdude · 37 replies ^ | 03/10/2012 | Our Local Community Online
    The North Carolina Same-Sex Marriage Amendment will appear on the May 8, 2012 ballot in the state of North Carolina as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would define marriage in the state as between one man and one woman. Same-sex marriage is already banned in the state of North Carolina. The proposed measure, however, would add the ban to the state constitution.
  • NC Special Forces soldier dies trying to save kids

    03/08/2012 6:37:44 AM PST · by armymarinemom · 6 replies
    News Observer ^ | 3/6/2012 | AP
    HOPE MILLS, N.C. -- A Special Forces soldier who recently returned from Afghanistan and his two young daughters are dead after he tried to rescue them from their burning home near a North Carolina military post. The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says 36-year-old Edward Cantrell and his daughters, 6-year-old Isabella and 4-year-old Natalia, all died in the fire early Tuesday near Fort Bragg. Read more here:
  • Look who's suspended in food-police outrage

    03/06/2012 8:51:42 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    WND ^ | March 6, 2012 | Joe Kovacs
    A North Carolina teacher has now been suspended indefinitely for her involvement in a food-police incident in which a preschooler’s lunch was “supplemented” with chicken nuggets, sparking national outrage last month. The Carolina Journal reports parents of students in the pre-kindergarten program at West Hoke Elementary School in Raeford, N.C., received a letter from an assistant superintendent last week saying a substitute teacher would take over the preschool class until the “issue” is resolved. Ads by Google Online Police TrainingEarn Your Degree Online and Start a Career in Police/Law Enforcement. Teacher Online DegreeTeacher Degrees 100% Online. You May Qualify...
  • Green Beret, two daughters killed in North Carolina Blaze

    03/06/2012 3:12:42 PM PST · by OldCorps · 11 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | March 6, 2012 | Nina Mandell
    A Green Beret and his two young daughters were killed in Raleigh, N.C., when their home was engulfed in flames early Tuesday morning. Authorities told local TV station NBC-17 that Edward Cantrell, 36, covered himself with a blanket and reentered the burning home in an effort to save his daughters but never made it out. He had returned from Afghanistan less than a year ago. As the brave soldier tried to fight flames to save his children, his wife went next door to an Alzeimer’s care facility to call for help. The center’s employees said they can’t believe Cantrell has...
  • James Taylor Stumps for Obama, DNC

    03/06/2012 11:52:26 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 6, 2012 | Devin Dwyer
    Singer-songwriter and North Carolina native James Taylor says he’s eager to infuse his performances with politics, stumping for President Obama when he tours the United States later this year. “I am so – I really love this president. I love what it says about America, that we were able to elect this man,” Taylor, 63, said in an interview with local TV affiliate WCNC. Taylor will hit the road in June and July for 18 concerts, including stops in general election battlegrounds Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Ohio and Colorado, where, he said, he will proudly promote Obama. He performed Friday at...
  • Marine Corps’ NC air base undergoing big expansion ($140 million mega-hangar - V-22 Osprey)

    03/06/2012 1:56:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    My Fox 8 ^ | 3/05/12 | Ryan Sullivan
    Marine Corps’ NC air base undergoing big expansionPosted on: 10:05 am, March 5, 2012, by Ryan Sullivan MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. — The military’s big expansion in North Carolina continues as the Marine Corps builds a $140 million mega-hangar to hold four squadrons of a revolutionary aircraft. **SNIP** ...preparing to break ground on one of the Marine Corps’ largest single structures. The super hangar will house dozens of the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.
  • Woman to 911 operator: 'I just shot him' (NC)

    03/06/2012 8:49:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 39 replies ^ | 5 March, 2012 | Staff
    GASTONIA, N.C. -- Police released the 911 call after a Gaston County woman shot and killed an intruder during a home invasion early Saturday morning. Kenneth James Cox, 28, broke into a woman’s home in the 4700 block of Chapel Grove Road in Gastonia shortly after 1 a.m., according to the Gaston County Police Department. Police say Cox and a woman at the home confronted each other the break-in, and the woman shot Cox. "I'm in my room with the gun pointed at the door," the woman told a 911 operator. "I just shot him. He tried coming into my...
  • Teacher Suspended Over Chicken Nugget Incident

    03/05/2012 8:07:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Carolina Journal ^ | 3/5/2012 | Sara Burrows
    School district official says substituting a preschooler’s lunch was against district policy RALEIGH — The teacher involved in “supplementing” a preschooler’s lunch with chicken nuggets in Hoke County has been suspended indefinitely. Parents of students in the Pre-Kindergarten program at West Hoke Elementary School in Raeford got a letter from Assistant Superintendent Bob Barnes last week saying a substitute teacher would take over the preschool class until the “issue” is resolved. It remains unclear why the teacher’s actions violated district policy. State officials responsible for monitoring homemade lunches for preschoolers have told Carolina Journal that the Jan. 30 incident that...
  • Page witnesses protests on illegal immigration

    03/04/2012 7:53:39 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies ^ | March 04, 2012 | Danielle Battaglia |
    A group of protesters who said they were illegal immigrants created a commotion Wednesday night in Raleigh as the N.C. House Select Committee on Immigration Policy spoke about recent arrests of illegals in Rockingham County. Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page was present during the protest. Earlier, Page had provided information to the committee dealing with recent arrests regarding drug trafficking in his county, and also supplied further information on the National Sheriff’s Association’s stance on immigration issues, immigration reform and border security. This was the group’s third meeting, and much of the focus was on the business side of immigration....
  • Police investigate shooting at motel(NC)

    02/29/2012 9:24:53 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies · 1+ views ^ | 26 February, 2012 | NA
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Charlotte motel manager told Eyewitness News he acted in self-defense when he shot a man outside his motel Sunday morning. Police are still investigating what happened, but the manager said he was afraid for his life after being assaulted by two people trying to break into the lobby. Manager Ricki Patel didn't want Eyewitness News to record the surveillance video because police haven't yet returned to pick up a copy. But he agreed to show the video to reporter Jeff Smith. It showed two men pushing and shoving Patel, even after he took out his gun....
  • Brown: Who Is Policing the Food Police?

    02/27/2012 3:40:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | February 27, 2012 | Susan Stamper Brown
    President and Mrs. Obama seem to be terrific parents and should be commended for the steps they have taken to improve the health and well-being of America's kids. Back in December 2010, President Obama signed the "Healthy, Hunger Free Children Act" into law, and in January 2012, the First Lady, in partnership with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack, unveiled a set of new school meal standards, they claim "will improve the health and well-being of 32 million kids nationwide." As I understand it, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) food consumption guidelines are based on net daily...
  • Natural gas fracking debate heats up

    02/27/2012 3:15:21 PM PST · by greenwill · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Triangle Business Journal ^ | 02/27/12 | Jason deBruyn
    The conservative-leaning John Locke Foundation has pledged to support drilling for natural gas in North Carolina and has drawn a line in the sand against a study from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment that raised concerns about how natural gas is extracted from the ground. Called hydrofracturing, or fracking for short, gas companies blast large volumes of water, sand and chemicals underground to create enough pressure to crack open hydrocarbon-rich shale and extract its embedded natural gas.
  • HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Pitches Obama Re-Elect at N.C. Gay-Rights Fundraiser

    02/26/2012 2:36:31 PM PST · by kristinn · 8 replies · 1+ views
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | Sunday, February 26, 2012 | Tim Funk
    At a Charlotte, N.C., gathering that often sounded like an Obama campaign rally, top Cabinet member Kathleen Sebelius told nearly 1,400 people at a gay-rights fundraiser Saturday night that it is "hugely important" to not only re-elect her boss in November but also to defeat the proposed North Carolina constitutional amendment further limiting marriage to a man and a woman. Democrat Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said a host of Obama-initiated advances for the gay community - including repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" in the military - could be "wiped out in a...
  • Store refused gun sale because of name, race, Charlotte couple says(NC)

    02/26/2012 5:56:52 AM PST · by marktwain · 100 replies ^ | 25 February, 2012 | Brad Hyatt
    CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A Charlotte couple says Dick's Sporting Goods refused to sell them a gun because of their last name and race. Bernard and Francine Miller tell us they went to the store on W. T. Harris Boulevard looking for a rifle because they spotted a coyote in their yard. After forty minutes of shopping and working with the sales agent, they settled on the one that fit their price range. A 22-rifle that cost just over $200. Bernard was then asked to fill out paperwork. But the couple says after filling out the paperwork, a salesperson refused...
  • "Shale Gas Wars: From Pennsylvania to North Carolina."

    02/26/2012 5:41:26 AM PST · by greenwill · 6 replies · 1+ views
    John Locke Foundation ^ | 02/24/12 | John Locke Foundation
    The John Locke Foundation and the Jesse Helms Center Cordially invites you to a meeting of the Shaftesbury Society with our special guest Dr. Daniel I. Fine - Research Associate - Mining and Minerals Resources Institute, MIT "Shale Gas Wars: From Pennsylvania to North Carolina." More | Monday, February 27, 2012 12:00 pm Noon
  • Church offers concealed carry weapon class(NC)

    02/25/2012 6:57:36 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies · 2+ views ^ | 24 February, 2012 | Seth Stratton
    Guns and church seem to be topics of discussion on different ends of the spectrum, but one congregation is bringing them together in an effort to reach out to the community. Central Baptist Church is hosting its first concealed carry permit class from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 24 at the church's Family Life Center. The Rev. Ryan Bennett, the church's pastor, took the idea for a concealed carry permit class from one he attended at Trading Ford Baptist Church, just across the Yadkin River in Rowan County. "It was a good time for fellowship," Bennett said of the...
  • Democratic governors discuss bypassing Congress with Obama

    02/25/2012 2:08:01 PM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 55 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 02/24/12 | Alicia M. Cohn
    President Obama met with a group of Democratic governors on Friday and discussed plans to work around Congress toward policy goals. Gov. Jack Markell, the Democratic governor of Delaware and the vice chairman of the National Governors Association, told The Hill that the meeting was “very good” and said many of the governors were responsive to ideas about bypassing Congress. “There was a sense that none of us should wait, we can’t wait for things to happen in Congress,” Markell said of the meeting. “We’re going to do what we can do [now].” Obama has positioned himself against Congress as...
  • Lawmakers unite at anti-war town hall [Look who RINO Walter Jones is hanging out with now]

    02/25/2012 3:33:09 PM PST · by MitchellC · 10 replies
    Raleigh News & Observer ^ | February 21, 2012 | Rob Christensen
    RALEIGH -- In an odd political bedfellows moment, three North Carolina congressmen - two progressive Democrats and one religious-right Republican - joined forces Monday to urge the Obama administration to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. At an anti-war town hall meeting in the Legislative Building, Republican U.S. Rep. Walter Jones and Democratic U.S. Reps.David Price and Brad Miller sought to keep the pressure on the administration to end the American combat operations by the middle of 2013. "Our concern is that too many times, administrations will say that the date for coming home is a year from now, 18 months...
  • Man Literally Struggles to Stay Awake During Biden Speech

    02/25/2012 3:10:01 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 13 replies
    Vice President Joe Biden spoke Friday at Davidson County Community College in North Carolina, WXII reports: The tour aimed to shine a spotlight on the importance of community colleges in the training of American workers. [...] President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2013 budget proposal includes a new $8-billion Community to Career fund to forge partnerships between community colleges and businesses to provide training for workers. “Americans are tired of being tired,” Joe Biden said. “It’s clear that the American people have decided it’s time to get up. They’re tired of being told that we’re in a long, slow drift.”
  • Despite court ruling, Rowan County (NC) commissioners say they'll continue Christian prayers

    02/22/2012 7:19:36 AM PST · by mykdsmom · 32 replies · 7+ views
    AP ^ | 2/21/2012 | The Republic
    SALISBURY, N.C. — Commissioners in one North Carolina county plan to continue offering Christian prayers at public meetings, regardless of a letter from a civil liberties group citing a recent Supreme Court action upholding a federal court's ban on the practice. The Salisbury Post reported ( ) that a huge crowd turned out for the Rowan County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday night to offer their support to the elected officials, who say they'll defy a decision by the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals striking down so-called sectarian prayer, or prayer that's explicitly linked to a particular religion, such...