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  • Fact Check.org Rushes to Defend Federal Fracking Regulations, Steps on a Rake

    03/30/2015 1:26:09 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Energy in Depth ^ | March 27, 2015 | Katie Brown
    This afternoon, Fact Check.org produced a fact-check that ostensibly criticizes U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) for his contention that there has never been an instance of ground water contamination caused by hydraulic fracturing. Of course, this piece isn’t really about Inhofe at all; but before we get into that, we can’t help but wonder why they are fact-checking Inhofe and not former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson … or Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz … or Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell — all of whom have said exactly the same thing. Rather than a “fact-check,” it reads more like an advocacy...
  • In Jordan, Boehner Delegation Discussions Focus on Iranian-Backed Violence, Growing Terrorist Threat

    03/30/2015 6:58:44 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Speaker.gov ^ | March 30, 2015 | Speaker Boehner's Press Office
    AMMAN, JORDAN – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and a delegation of senior lawmakers met with His Majesty King Abdullah II on Sunday during a visit to Jordan where talks focused on Iranian-backed violence in the region and the growing terrorist threat. King Abdullah hosted the delegation for a luncheon at Beit al-Urdun Palace. Lawmakers also met with U.S. Ambassador Alice Wells, Nasser Judeh, Jordan’s Foreign Minister, as well as senior embassy officials. Discussions focused on two major trends in the region: the violence caused by Iran’s allies and proxies, and the spreading of the terrorist threat. There was also...
  • CLC 2015 Conservative Leadership Conference

    03/29/2015 6:23:18 PM PDT · by FR_addict · 4 replies
    NC Civitas Organization ^ | mar 29,2015 | self
    The NC Civitas Institute just held a Conservative Leadership Conference. The keynote speaker was Ben Carson. Carly Fiorina was also there. Plus many other well-known conservatives. It was a big success. I didn't know anything about this organization, just happened to hear about the conference on Rush. It was well worth the time and I wished I had put something on Free Republic earlier. I heard some of the organizers mention that next year they plan a much bigger conference. I don't know how large this one was, but I'd estimate about 300. James O'Keefe (Acorn killer) said he will...
  • With passage blocked, Coast Guard closes Oregon Inlet [NC]

    03/28/2015 8:18:25 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 18 replies
    The Outer Banks Voice ^ | March 28, 2015 | Rob Morris
    Oregon Inlet is closed to vessels drawing more than 2 feet, essentially shutting down the charter fishing fleet with four days left in the bluefin tuna season and Easter week approaching. Petty Officer Kathryn Bruner with the Coast Guard in Wilmington said Saturday that the closing was prompted by the latest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers survey, which showed that search-and-rescue vessels can no longer get out of the inlet. Emergencies will be handled by helicopters out of the Coast Guard’s air station in Elizabeth City, she said. A buffer zone of 100 yards on either side of the Bonner...
  • Cruz Control: A heartfelt missive to the liberally biased reporters in my town.

    03/28/2015 2:06:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | March 27, 2015 | Patrick O'Hannigan
    Dear journalists: May I have a public word with you, especially if you edit the Raleigh News and Observer? You probably take a dim view of unsolicited advice from a junior member of the guild, but I think I can save you some grief in the run-up to next year’s presidential election, with an assist from the first official candidate for the Republican nomination. That candidate would, of course, be Senator Ted Cruz. Many of the stories about him are written with the same “Get a load of this guy!” tone regardless of where they come from, but I thought...
  • http://money.cnn.com/2015/03/26/news/companies/dean-smith-will-200/index.html

    03/27/2015 8:05:03 PM PDT · by djwright · 3 replies
    CNN money ^ | 3/26/2015
    The late North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith said thank you to all of his former players one last time in his will. About 180 former Tar Heels will get $200 checks from the accountant who administers his trust. The checks contain the notation "Dinner out."
  • School District Losing Thousands in School Lunch Sales

    03/27/2015 4:36:25 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    ABC Local News ^ | March 26, 2015
    BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. -- Thousands of students have now stopped buying lunch each week in County cafeterias. The district says it all started when schools were forced to implement the USDA's Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act. It was part of first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" initiative to get kids to eat healthier. All of a sudden, kids are pitching pounds of food in the garbage. "I like vegetables too, like I like spinach and potatoes - great - but they just don't have any flavor at all," freshman Aislinn French said. Hundreds of kids have now dropped out of...
  • Transgender Homecoming King Dies From Apparent Suicide: Report

    03/25/2015 5:21:49 PM PDT · by massmike · 60 replies
    msn.com ^ | 03/25/2015 | Maria Vultaggio
    A year after Blake Brockington was voted homecoming king at East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, the transgender teen died from an apparent suicide, The Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday. Brockington, 18, was the school’s first transgender homecoming king. When he was voted king, he told local LGBT newspaper QNotes: "I honestly feel like this is something I have to do. Nobody should be scared to be themselves, and everybody should have an equal opportunity to have an enjoyable high school experience." The transgender youth activist became open about his identity when he was a sophomore. He explained to...
  • Murderer of Four in North Carolina Was a Drug User, Gang Member and an Obama “Dreamer”

    03/23/2015 8:51:34 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 7 replies
    Red Statements ^ | March 21, 2015 | Steven Ahle
    The man who murdered four people in North Carolina, including a former contestant on “America’s Next Top Model”. Senators Thom Tillis and Chuck Grassley, confirmed that accused murderer, Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez, was a known gang member and had been arrested on a marijuana possession charge. They also confirmed that in 2012 when Obama enacted his DACA program, the immigration service halted his deportation. Obama and the democrats believe the life of one illegal alien is worth much more than the lives of four American citizens. Grassley and Tillis wrote to Jeh Johnson:
  • Man found guilty in death of priest

    03/23/2015 9:35:16 AM PDT · by Deathtomarxists · 14 replies
    WRAL ^ | na
    A local man was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the murder of a Durham priest. The killer admitted he had met the priest on a gay sex website and attempted to blackmail him after having sex in the woods. The priest had told the murderer he was married.
  • Murderer of Four in North Carolina Was a Drug User, Gang Member and an Obama “Dreamer”

    03/22/2015 7:22:05 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 16 replies
    Red Statements ^ | 3/18/2015 | Steven Ahle
    width=600> The man who murdered four people in North Carolina, including a former contestant on “America’s Next Top Model”. Senators Thom Tillis and Chuck Grassley, confirmed that accused murderer, Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez, was a known gang member and had been arrested on a marijuana possession charge. They also confirmed that in 2012 when Obama enacted his DACA program, the immigration service halted his deportation. Obama and the democrats believe the life of one illegal alien is worth much more than the lives of four American citizens. Grassley and Tillis wrote to Jeh Johnson: March 20, 2015 VIA ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION The...
  • Sex, romance would be a conflict of interest under NC General Assembly proposal

    03/18/2015 7:47:36 AM PDT · by csvset · 6 replies
    The News & Observer ^ | 03/17/2015 | Colin Campbell
    One month after the State Ethics Commission ruled that sex between lobbyists and government officials doesn’t constitute a gift, a bipartisan group of N.C. House members filed legislation Tuesday to make it clear that sexual and romantic relationships are indeed a conflict of interest. House Bill 252 would require legislators and other government officials to recuse themselves if they’re in a “current dating relationship or current sexual relationship” with a lobbyist who stands to benefit from the issue at hand. While the legislation doesn’t offer a definition of a “current sexual relationship,” it does provide one for a “current dating...
  • 3 children stabbed to death at NC home (ages 12, 5, 1)

    03/18/2015 7:28:54 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 38 replies
    WXII12.com ^ | March 18, 2015 | Unattributed
    An 18-year-old neighbor was taken into custody following a stabbing that killed three young brothers at a North Carolina home Tuesday night. Two other family members were injured. The incident was reported around 10:30 p.m. at a home in New Bern, WITN reported. The victims' names haven't been released, though New Bern police said the dead victims were brothers ages 12, 5 and 1. The surviving victims, a sister and a mother, were released from the hospital. Two brothers were found dead at the scene, while the third later died at the hospital. Eh Lar Doh Htoo, an 18-year-old neighbor,...
  • Fracking law opens North Carolina to drilling

    03/18/2015 5:21:50 AM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 17, 2015 | Associated Press
    Rules governing the hydraulic fracturing method for drilling natural gas are expected to take effect Tuesday, creating the potential for drilling to start later in the year. The set of 120 rules that govern issues including well construction, water testing and buffer zones was developed by the state Mining and Energy Commission over nearly two years and approved in December by a separate state panel. With the fracking rules in place, companies interested in finding natural gas can begin applying for fracking permits. A member of the Mining and Energy Commission, James Womack, said a company interested in fracking would...
  • 7 Marines, 4 soldiers missing after Army helicopter crash in Florida

    03/11/2015 3:08:22 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 31 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 11, 2015
    <p>Search-and-rescue crews are looking for seven Marines and four soldiers after an Army helicopter crashed late Tuesday during a routine night training exercise in the Florida Panhandle.</p> <p>Eglin Air Force Base spokesman Andy Bourland told the Associated Press that the helicopter was reported missing at around 8:30 p.m. local time and crews found debris from the crash at around 2 a.m. Wednesday.</p>
  • New York City-Bound Amtrak Train Hits Truck, Derails in North Carolina; 55 Hurt

    03/10/2015 5:06:51 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 25 replies
    nbcnewyork.com ^ | March 10, 2015
    An Amtrak train headed to New York City slammed into a tractor-trailer that got stuck on the tracks while trying to make a difficult left-hand turn in North Carolina Monday. One of the train's cars toppled and the conductor and at least 54 others were injured. It was the third serious commuter train crash in less than two months. Two deadly crashes in New York and California in February killed a total of seven people and injured 30. The oversized flatbed trailer involved in Monday's crash was transporting a modular building wrapped in blue plastic and jammed with electrical equipment,...
  • GOP senators send warning on Iran deal

    03/09/2015 5:46:46 AM PDT · by McGruff · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/9/2015 | David McCabe
    Forty-seven Senate Republicans are signaling in an open letter to Iran and the White House that a deal over Tehran’s nuclear program will be at risk once President Obama leaves office. “It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system,” the senators wrote in the letter, which was first reported by Bloomberg. “Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our Constitution — the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices — which you should seriously...
  • S.F. doctor whose brother was slain decries anti-Muslim hostility

    03/08/2015 8:57:32 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 28 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 7, 2015 | Hamed Aleaziz
    Dr. Suzanne Barakat was writing a prescription for one of her patients at San Francisco General Hospital when her phone lit up with text messages from friends sending condolences. It was Feb. 10 and Barakat, 27, was in her first year of family medicine residency. She ignored the first text, thinking it was either a mistake or a reference to family members in war-torn Syria. “I just put my head back to work,” she said. But then Barakat noticed that one of the texts mentioned her 23-year-old brother, Deah Barakat, a dental student at the University of North Carolina in...
  • Obama Administration Should Abide By 'All of the Above' Approach to Energy

    03/04/2015 5:10:06 AM PST · by thackney · 14 replies
    IAGC via Rig Zone ^ | March 03, 2015 | Ken Wells
    The administration released in late January its draft five-year plan for offshore oil and gas leasing, the game plan for what areas will be open for exploration and how they will be managed. By no small coincidence, opponents of offshore exploration are now beating the drum to close off areas to oil and gas and put the emphasis entirely on wind power. As a country, we cannot take an either/or approach to our energy needs by picking just one source, whether it is wind or hydrocarbons. That is why the Administration’s stated goals of an “all of the above” energy...
  • (61) Members of Congress Skipping Netanyahu’s Speech (Iran Lobby says 61 will boycott!)

    03/02/2015 7:01:25 PM PST · by Dave346 · 51 replies
    NIAC ^ | March 2, 2015 at 9:24 PM
    Currently, 61 members of Congress have confirmed they will not attend the speech. Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) California Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) — “I am disappointed Speaker Boehner chose to irresponsibly interject politics into what has long been a strong and bipartisan relationship between the United States and Israel. As President Obama has noted, it is inappropriate for a Head of State to address Congress just two weeks ahead of their election. I agree that Congress should not be used as a prop in Israeli election campaigns,...
  • Prosecutors to seek death penalty for N.C. man charged in Muslims' killings

    03/02/2015 2:03:17 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 20 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | 3/2/15 | Colleen Jenkins
    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - North Carolina prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a man who police say kept detailed notes on parking at his condominium complex before gunning down three young Muslims in a neighboring unit, according to documents released on Monday. Craig Hicks, 46, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the Feb. 10 shooting deaths of a newlywed couple and the wife's sister about two miles from the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill.
  • $4 Million in Gold Stolen From Massachusetts-Bound Armored Car

    03/02/2015 12:07:41 PM PST · by RightGeek · 55 replies
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Armed robbers stole $4 million in gold on Sunday from a truck traveling north along Interstate 95 from Florida to Massachusetts, authorities said Monday. The two security guards working for Transvalue Inc. of Miami reported pulling off to the side of the interstate about 6 p.m. Sunday after their vehicle began having mechanical problems in Wilson County, the sheriff’s office said. [snip] They were then approached by three armed men driving a white van who ordered the guards to lie on the ground, tied their hands behind their backs and then marched them into nearby woods....
  • UNC board votes to kill poverty center, protesters led away (NC)

    03/01/2015 8:12:41 AM PST · by RightGeek · 17 replies
    WRAL ^ | 2/27/2014 | Emory Dalesio
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — North Carolina public university leaders decided Friday to kill an anti-poverty center headed by a sharp critic of Republican lawmakers and Gov. Pat McCrory, taking their vote after protesters disrupted their meeting and were led out by campus police. The University of North Carolina Board of Governors, which consists almost entirely of Republican appointees, voted to disband the think-tank created to help launch John Edwards' presidential campaign and run by a law professor and former Democratic candidate for Congress from Colorado. [snip] The center provided Edwards a platform to travel the country discussing poverty, which he had...
  • Wife of Joel Osteen Asked to Leave Plane (posted 12/20/2005)

    12/20/2005 8:35:00 PM PST · by devane617 · 146 replies · 9,265+ views
    Chron.com ^ | 12/20/2005 | PAM EASTON
    HOUSTON — The wife of the pastor of the nation's largest church was asked to leave a plane after she failed to comply with a flight attendant's instructions, the FBI said Tuesday. Houston Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen, his wife, Victoria, and their two children boarded a Continental Airlines flight from Houston to Vail, Colo., Monday. The plane's door had been closed when Victoria Osteen and a flight attendant had a disagreement. "She failed to comply with the flight attendant's instructions, and they were asked to leave the flight," FBI spokeswoman Luz Garcia said without elaborating on the disagreement. The...
  • North Carolina Legalizes Prostitutes For Politicians

    02/28/2015 12:41:33 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 40 replies
    North Carolina’s State Ethics Committee has just opened up a major problem for their state — they just made it legal for lobbying firms to purchase prostitutes to service politicians. The Committee’s determination that sex had no value and that sex between a lobbyist and politician was nothing to report or in any way questionable means that a major loophole has opened up for lobbying firms. Now lobbying firms can hire people with the explicit goal to seduce and fornicate with politicians in order to garner favor. In other terms, lobbying firms can hire people who can offer sexual services...
  • The Dem Congressmen Boycotting Netanyahu are the Same Old Hamas Supporters

    02/27/2015 4:49:06 AM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 26, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Dem Congressmen Boycotting Netanyahu are the Same Old Hamas SupportersPosted By Daniel Greenfield On February 26, 2015 @ 6:02 pm In The Point | 12 Comments There are a lot of stories about the Dem members of Congress boycotting Netanyahu’s speech. But most of the names on the list are longtime opponents of the Jewish State.The boycott lists consists of two groups. Congressional Black Caucus members who are offended on Obama’s behalf and can smell racism anywhere.The other consists of opponents of Israel.It’s instructive to compare the list of boycotters to the 54 members of Congress who signed...
  • 30 Democrats skipping Netanyahu's speech (4 days away)

    02/27/2015 5:40:21 AM PST · by Dave346 · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 9:55 PM ET, Thu February 26, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    A full list of the Democrats who have confirmed they're missing the speech follows: SENATE - 4 members Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.) Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Sen. Brian Schatz (Hawaii) HOUSE - 26 members Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) Rep. G.K. Butterfield (N.C.) Rep. Andre Carson (Ind.) Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.) Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.) Rep. Peter DeFazio (Ore.) Rep. Diana DeGette (Colo.) Rep. Donna Edwards (Md.) Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.) Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.) Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas) Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.) Rep. John Lewis (Ga.)...
  • It's Wake Up Time, City Of Charlotte

    02/18/2015 3:00:48 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 18, 2015 | Michael Brown
    In the name of anti-discrimination, the City Council of Charlotte, North Carolina is poised to discriminate against people of conservative moral values, also imposing the struggles of a tiny minority on every man, woman, and child who lives or works in Charlotte or might happen to visit the city. It’s wake up time, Charlotte! It’s not too late to make a change. According to an in-depth review by a team of lawyers with the Alliance Defending Freedom, a new bill, which the City Council will vote on after a public meeting on Monday, February 23rd, “does not contain adequate safeguards...
  • If an atheist kills some Muslims over a parking space, why is it still my fault?

    02/18/2015 6:17:15 AM PST · by Yashcheritsiy · 11 replies
    Renew America ^ | February 18, 2015 | Tim Dunkin
    By now, the reader has surely heard about the murder last week of three Muslim students at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill by Craig Stephen Hicks, a local resident. Because the killer is a gun-owning white male with a rather unshaven appearance, the immediate assumption made before the facts of the case began to come out, even by many conservatives, was that Hicks must be a right-wing Christian Tea Partier who killed the students because they were Muslim. The reason for this assumption is because this is the "narrative" that the news media have trained Americans to...
  • Question of the Day: What’s a “Huge Arsenal,” Exactly?

    02/17/2015 8:32:24 AM PST · by rktman · 56 replies
    thetruthaboutguns.com ^ | February 14, 2015 | Robert Farago
    Chapel Hill suspect owned huge arsenal, the headline proclaims at theguardian.com. “Search warrants show the suspect in the shooting deaths of three Muslim college students in North Carolina had an arsenal of a dozen firearms in the home he shared with his wife, along with a large stash of ammunition.
  • Woman accused of breaking into tractor-trailers at Cumberland truck stop

    02/16/2015 9:14:58 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    WRAL.com ^ | February 16, 2015 | Kelly Gardner
    Fayetteville, N.C. — Cumberland County investigators have arrested a woman accused of breaking into tractor-trailer trucks parked at rest areas and truck stops along Interstate 95.
  • Annual 'Mass Moral March' brings thousands to Raleigh

    02/16/2015 5:11:12 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 9 replies
    hickoryrecord.com ^ | February 14, 2015
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Still working toward substantial victories at the ballot box and the legislature, demonstrators opposed to Republican policies within North Carolina demanded again Saturday that laws be repealed that they say harm the sick, the poor and minorities. Thousands of people joined the state NAACP and other advocacy groups that helped stage the 9th annual "Moral March on Raleigh," which led through downtown streets before ending in front of the old Capitol building. The terminus is deliberate, since their unhappiness rests with the laws passed by the GOP-led legislature and Republican Gov. Pat McCrory since 2013. Those...
  • The Group Accusing ‘an American Extremist and Hateful Racist’ of ‘Terrorism’ in Chapel Hill..

    02/15/2015 6:55:35 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 10 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Feb 15, 2015 | Sharona Schwartz
    The Group Accusing ‘an American Extremist and Hateful Racist’ of ‘Terrorism’ in Chapel Hill Might Strike You as Ironic…and It Wants to Be Part of Investigation. Feb. 15, 2015 7:35am Sharona Schwartz The Palestinian Authority – which grants monthly salaries to terrorists – has called last week’s deadly shooting of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, N.C. “terrorism” and would like the U.S. government to include Palestinian investigators in the official probe. The Palestinian foreign ministry Saturday described Tuesday’s shooting as a “heinous crime” and “terrorism which targets civilians based on their religion.” “We consider it a serious indication of...
  • The Hate Crime President

    02/14/2015 4:53:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 14, 2015 | John Ransom
    Look if you want to get all wired up about Muslim students being killed start with Syria, or Iraq, or anywhere in practically ANY of the predominantly Islamic countries around the world where murder is rampant. Just don’t start in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where police say Craig Hicks killed three students, who just happened to be Muslim. It’s a terrible tragedy that this man, Hicks-- who by accounts in the New York Times and other media outlets dealt poorly with anger issues in his life—would kill anyone. But that they were Muslim had nothing to do with the shooting....
  • Obama condemns 'outrageous murders' in North Carolina

    02/13/2015 4:37:48 PM PST · by PROCON · 39 replies
    apnews.myway.com ^ | Feb. 13, 2015
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has made his first comments about the three young Muslims who were shot to death in North Carolina — saying no one in America should ever be targeted "because of who they are, what they look like or how they worship." Obama says in a statement that the FBI will determine whether federal laws were violated in what he calls "the brutal and outrageous murders."
  • Concord pediatrician changing from male to female (Charlotte area, NC)

    02/13/2015 5:49:34 AM PST · by Sam's Army · 28 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | February 13, 2015 | Karen Garloch
    Concord pediatrician Hal Levin has notified patients he is “going through a gender transition” and, after taking some time off, he will return to work March 23 as Dr. Laura Levin. In a letter dated Feb. 4, Levin, who has worked at Piedmont Pediatrics for 20 years, said the change will mean he can “begin living my life more authentically as Laura Levin, a transgender woman.” Carolinas HealthCare System, which owns the Concord practice, also sent letters to patients explaining the change and expressing support for Levin, the group’s medical director. “We can assure you that Dr. Levin will continue...
  • Muslim Students' Slayings Investigated As Possible Hate Crime, FBI Says

    02/12/2015 7:50:25 PM PST · by Steelfish · 33 replies
    LATimes ^ | February 12, 2015 | DAVID ZUCCHINO AND MATT PEARCE
    Muslim Students' Slayings Investigated As Possible Hate Crime, FBI Says By DAVID ZUCCHINO AND MATT PEARCE 5,000 Muslims and non-Muslims turn out to mourn 3 students shot to death in N.C. The FBI announced late Thursday that it had opened a preliminary hate-crime investigation into the slayings of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, N.C. "The FBI is continuing to provide assistance to the Chapel Hill Police Department to process evidence related to a triple-homicide investigation," the federal agency said in a statement. "The FBI has also opened a parallel preliminary inquiry to determine whether or not any federal laws...
  • TIA talks highway funding, tire registration at event

    02/12/2015 10:10:29 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    RubberNews.com ^ | February 11, 2015 | Miles Moore
    WASHINGTON—Highway funding, tax reform and tire registration were the big issues tire dealers, repair shop owners and association officials discussed with Capitol Hill staffers during the Tire Industry Association’s Federal Lobby Day on Feb. 5. Approximately 55 representatives of the tire retailing and auto repair industries participated in the event, which began with speeches from current and former members of Congress and progressed to one-on-one meetings with key staff persons in the offices of several top Washington lawmakers. With the Highway Trust Fund set to run out of money in May, passage of a multi-year transportation funding bill was the...
  • In Chapel Hill Shooting of 3 Muslims, a Question of Motive

    02/12/2015 5:42:23 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 2/12/15
    .... two women called 911 to report multiple gunshots and screams...near the University of North Carolina.... ... three people were dead...Muslims of Arab descent... The victims’ families described it as a hate crime. The police said that the shooting appeared to have been motivated by “an ongoing neighbor dispute over parking,”.... In the afternoon, Ripley Rand, the United States attorney for the region, said the shooting appeared to have been “an isolated incident” and “not part of a targeted campaign against Muslims.”
  • Terrorism Supporters Exploit Chapel Hill Killings

    02/12/2015 4:40:36 AM PST · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | February 12, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Yesterday an angry leftist supporter of the Ground Zero Mosque shot three Muslims in Chapel Hill, North Carolina over a parking dispute. Jibril Hough, the spokesman for the Islamic Center of Charlotte, called the parking space shooting “domestic terrorism.”
  • Killer of 3 UNC-Chapel Hill Muslim Students Was Hardcore Anti-Religion Atheist Progressive

    02/11/2015 7:56:46 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | February 11, 2015 | Patrick Poole
    A horrific act of domestic terror was committed yesterday in Chapel Hill, NC, as three Muslim students were apparently targeted by a deranged anti-religion progressive. The News & Observer reports: Police charged a Chapel Hill man Wednesday with first-degree murder in the deaths of three Muslim students in a quiet neighborhood near Meadowmont just south of N.C. 54.Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, is being held in the Durham County Jail on three counts of first-degree murder. Hicks is accused of shooting his Finley Forest neighbors, Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, and his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and Abu-Salha’s sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19,...
  • Bathroom choice for transgender residents splits Charlotte City Council

    02/11/2015 7:36:18 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 35 replies
    wistv.com ^ | February 9, 2015
    CHARLOTTE, NC (Steve Harrison/The Charlotte Observer) - Allowing transgender residents to use the bathroom of their choice in restaurants, stores and other places of public accommodation divided the Charlotte City Council on Monday night. The city is considering expanding its existing nondiscrimination ordinance to include protections for people based on their sexual orientation, sexual identity or sexual expression, and familial or marital status. Much of the ordinance – such as adding gay and lesbian residents to a group of protected classes – wasn't controversial. But the bathroom question provoked a sharp exchange between council members. At-large member Michael Barnes, a...
  • Chapel Hill Police Arrest Man in Triple Homicide (Cops: Muslims killed over parking dispute)

    02/11/2015 7:13:47 AM PST · by kristinn · 18 replies
    The News & Observer ^ | Updated 9:53 a.m. EST Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | Tammy Grubb
    Police charged a Chapel Hill man Wednesday with first-degree murder in the deaths of three Muslim students in a quiet neighborhood near Meadowmont, just south of N.C. 54. Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, is being held in the Durham County Jail on three counts of first-degree murder. Hicks is accused of shooting his Finley Forest neighbors, Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, and his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and Abu-Salha’s sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19, of Raleigh. Police said in a statement Wednesday morning that a dispute about parking in the neighborhood of rented condominiums may have led to the incident. “Our preliminary investigation...
  • Chapel Hill police arrest man in triple homicide (NC)

    02/11/2015 4:47:57 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 18 replies
    newsobserver.com ^ | February 10, 2015 | TAMMY GRUBB
    CHAPEL HILL — Police charged a Chapel Hill man Wednesday with first-degree murder in the deaths of three Muslim students in a quiet neighborhood near Meadowmont just south of N.C. 54. Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, is being held in the Durham County Jail on three counts of first-degree murder. Hicks is accused of shooting his Finley Forest neighbors, Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, and his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and Abu-Salha’s sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19, of Raleigh. Barakat was a doctoral student in UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Dentistry. The sisters were N.C. State University students. Chapel Hill police found all three...
  • 3 Muslim students shot to death in apartment near UNC Chapel Hill

    02/11/2015 4:22:24 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 102 replies
    CNN ^ | February 11, 2015 | Saeed Ahmed
    (CNN)—A 46-year-old man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of three Muslim students in an apartment near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. Police haven't said what may have compelled the accused, Craig Stephen Hicks, to allegedly carry out the attack Tuesday evening. He turned himself into police later in the night. But given the victims' religion and comments the alleged shooter apparently left on a Facebook page, many social media users wondered what role, if any, the victims' faith played. The victims were Muslims: Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; Yusor Mohammad, 21; and Razan...
  • SHERIFF: Probation officer catches man raping six-year-old girl

    02/10/2015 3:50:13 AM PST · by lowbridge · 24 replies
    www.witn.com ^ | february 9, 2015 | carly swain
    Authorities say a probation officer caught a Pitt County man raping a six-year-old on Sunday. 47-year-old Martin Vasquez was arrested by the Pitt County Sheriff's Office Sunday night. Vasquez, who lives on Celtic Court outside of Greenville, is charged with rape of a child and indecent liberties with a child. The warrant says the victim was six-years-old, and the rape happened on Sunday. Sheriff Neil Elks says the probation officer was at the home trying to locate Vazquez's son, who is on probation. After knocking on the home's door, the officer went to a shed where he found Vasquez and...
  • Officer kills 74-year-old man after family called cops to check on him at his home

    02/08/2015 6:51:22 PM PST · by Teotwawki · 188 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | February 8, 2015 | Anneta Konstantinides
    A North Carolina officer shot dead a 74-year-old man whose concerned family had called the police and asked to check on him. Officer Josh Lefevers arrived at the home of James Allen just before midnight on Sunday morning and announced he was entering the residence when Allen approached him with a handgun and refused to put it down, police said. Lefevers then shot and killed him.
  • Top Black Dems to skip Netanyahu speech

    02/06/2015 12:57:03 PM PST · by yoe · 79 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 5, 2015 | Mike Lillis
    Leading members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) are lining up to skip a coming speech by the prime minister of Israel. Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.), the civil rights icon, and G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), the chairman of the CBC, said they won't attend Benjamin Netanyahu's March 3 speech before Congress to protest Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) decision to invite the prime minister without first consulting President Obama and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill. Butterfield said that move marked an "unprecedented overreach of the Speaker’s authority" that "goes beyond the traditions of his office." "It is baffling that Speaker Boehner, who...
  • Business owner who fatally shot would-be robber won't face charges(WILMINGTON,NC)

    02/05/2015 11:18:26 AM PST · by csvset · 11 replies
    Star News ^ | February 4, 2015 | Cammie Bellamy
    WILMINGTON | As police investigate a spate of recent homicides in Wilmington, the shooter in one incident may not face charges. Saturday evening, the owner of a video poker business at 420 Raleigh St. was walking to his car when men with guns walked toward him, according to police. Bullets were exchanged and one of the alleged robbers, 38-year-old Frankie Stukes of Wilmington, was hit. Police found his body alongside the building about 10 p.m. Wilmington Police Department Detective Kevin Tully said Wednesday the robbery victim ran back inside his business – Bourbon Street Amusement – for safety. Tully said...
  • Workers Try to Boot Union for Fourth Time After ‘Rigged’ Election ( Alabama - UAW )

    02/04/2015 3:26:42 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 4, 2015 | Bill McMorris
    Anti-union forces claim UAW ‘stuffed’ ballot box. Workers in Alabama are staging a fourth attempt to kick the United Auto Workers (UAW) out of their plant following claims that stuffed ballot boxes derailed their last vote. Employees at the NTN-Bower Corporation, a ball bearings manufacturer, have unsuccessfully tried to boot the labor giant out of their factory for two years. Workers voted to decertify the UAW in an earlier election, but an Obama-appointed National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) panel threw out the election. Another election was held in January of this year. The UAW prevailed, but it was later revealed...