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  • Former NC Dem Official (Parmley) Infected Me With HIV, Says Ex

    04/25/2012 1:44:22 PM PDT · by DBeers · 17 replies
    TPM ^ | April 24, 2012 | Eric Lach
    The former executive director of the North Carolina Democratic Party, who resigned last week amid allegations of sexual harassment in the organization, is now facing a startling new accusation from an ex-girlfriend. Rebecca Burgin says Jay Parmley infected her with HIV several years ago. “And after Jay and I broke up, the biggest concern that I had was, ‘what if this happened to somebody else? Would he do this to someone else?’ … My biggest concern is for anybody else that has had a relationship with him that he did not tell,” Rebecca Burgin, 29, told The Daily Caller. Burgin...
  • N.C. Democratic Party Chair David Parker Refuses to Resign (titular head will greet Hussein)

    04/19/2012 6:26:28 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Carolina Journal ^ | 4/19/12 | David N. Bass
    N.C. Democratic Party Chair David Parker Refuses to ResignChairman calls alleged sexual harasser ‘a close talker’ By David N. Bass Apr. 19th, 2012 RALEIGH — David Parker, the embattled chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party, refused to resign during a Thursday afternoon press conference convened to address salacious allegations of sexual harassment at the party. With students released for recess at the next-door Catholic day school screaming in the background, Parker said that he would not stand for re-election to the chairmanship and, instead, would request that an election for a replacement be rescheduled from June 17 to May...
  • Chief: Home-invasion shooting 'clearly self-defense'(NC)

    04/12/2012 8:47:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies ^ | 11 April, 2012 | Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe said Wednesday that a shooting involving a man who killed a would-be burglar who was kicking down his girlfriend’s apartment door was “clearly a case of self-defense.” It took detectives and prosecutors a matter of hours to determine that the shooting Tuesday in a quiet east Charlotte neighborhood was within the boundaries of the law. “The (shooter) was defending himself and his property from a criminal act,” Monroe told the Observer. “It was clear he was protecting himself.” Self-defense laws have come under scrutiny in recent months after the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, 17,...
  • Store clerk shoots robbery suspect in Greensboro(NC)

    04/12/2012 8:24:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies ^ | 11 April, 2012 | Ryan Sullivan
    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Police say a convenience store clerk stopped a knife-wielding robber by shooting him with a handgun Tuesday night in Greensboro. In a news release, police said Shawnda Johnny Shelton, 25, of Pleasant Garden, was shot when he tried robbing the EZ Way Curb Market at 2906 High Point Road. Shelton entered the store with a knife shortly before 10 p.m. and demanded money from the clerk, police said. The clerk responded by shooting the suspect once with a handgun, police said. Police said officers found Shelton in the parking lot of the store when they arrived. He...
  • Black leaders reject marriage amendment (hurts Hussein’s reelection chances?)

    04/10/2012 4:58:42 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Yes Weekly ^ | 4/04/12 | Jordan Green
    Black leaders reject marriage amendmentBy Jordan Green Wednesday, April 4,2012 Some black Democrats have kept quiet about an amendment on the primary ballot that would change North Carolina’s constitution to say only marriages between a man and a woman are recognized, stuck in an awkward spot between constituents’ conservative social values and a political initiative advanced by Republican rivals. Others are speaking out against the proposed amendment, charging that it is a ploy to divide the Democratic base and hurt President Obama’s chances for reelection. “Folks, it is a wedge issue that was put in place to divide our community,...
  • Deputies: Man Kills Neighbor Trying To Break Into Home(NC)

    04/10/2012 9:04:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies ^ | 9 April, 2012 | Staff
    JACKSONVILLE -- Deputies in Onslow County are investigating an Easter night shooting in Jacksonville in which they say one neighbor shot another as he was trying to break into his house. Deputies were called to 111 Fieldcrest Drive around 9 p.m. Sunday where 22-year-old David Darling was shot and killed. Deputies said Darling was trying to enter that home through a broken window. Darling lives next door to that home at 113 Fieldcrest Drive. NewsChannel 12 spoke with the roommate of a neighbor who witnessed the shooting and called 911. The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, recalled the conversation...
  • 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.

    03/29/2012 12:18:04 PM PDT · by marktwain · 28 replies
    SAF ^ | 29 March, 2012 | SAF
    BELLEVUE, WA – A federal district court judge in North Carolina has just struck down that state’s emergency power to impose a ban on firearms and ammunition outside the home during a declared emergency, ruling that the provision violates the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. The case, Bateman v. Purdue, was brought by the Second Amendment Foundation, Grass Roots North Carolina FFE and three individual plaintiffs. Defendants in the case were Gov. Beverly Purdue and Reuben F. Young, secretary of the state’s Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, in their official capacities. In his opinion, Judge...
  • 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...
  • Obama opposes NC gay marriage amendment

    03/16/2012 5:02:06 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/16/12 | TOM BREEN
    Obama opposes NC gay marriage amendmentBy TOM BREEN | Associated Press – 1 hr 47 mins ago RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama took a stand Friday against a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in North Carolina, a state he won in 2008 that remains crucial to his re-election hopes. "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 Cameron French, the Obama campaign's North Carolina spokesman, in 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,...
  • 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...
  • A City Council That Gets It (guns)

    03/11/2012 7:34:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money ^ | 9 March, 2012 | John Richardson
    The Gastonia (NC) City Council voted Tuesday evening to allow concealed carry in all areas of that city's parks. The vote was 6-1 and came despite a recommendation from the Gastonia Recreation Advisory Commission to impose a ban on concealed carry in athletic facilities. The city’s 6-1 vote, with only Councilman Dave Kirlin opposing, went against a 5-0 recommendation of the Gastonia Recreation Advisory Commission. The commission wanted to allow licensed, concealed weapons in public parks, but to continue to ban them in the more specific recreational areas. But Councilman Jim Gallagher was one of the six who favored a...
  • 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:
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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....
  • Illegal Immigrants Disrupt North Carolina General Assembly Hearing

    03/04/2012 10:42:08 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies
    Ytube ^ | March 1, 2012 | Moonshinner_09
    Wearing bright orange t-shirts with “undocumented and unafraid” printed on the front, three Mexican illegals, disrupted legislative hearings in North Carolina this Wednesday by yelling at House lawmakers for what they felt were anti-immigration stances. They were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, but proving their t-shirt slogans to be true true, Cynthia Lizabeth Martinez, 21, and Estephania Lizbeth Mijangos-Lopez, 20, were released from jail after the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency determined that they didn’t meet "priority criteria," according to an official statement. The third protester, Uriel Alberto, 24, remains in custody because he has a criminal record
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Messina: (NC RAT governor) Perdue wasn't pushed out (by the rookie Hussein)

    02/25/2012 12:36:22 AM PST · by Libloather · 2 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 2/23/12 | Tim Funk
    Messina: Perdue wasn't pushed outGovernor didn't confer with president about not running, Obama campaign chief says By Tim Funk - The Charlotte Observer Posted: Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue did not consult with the White House or with President Barack Obama's campaign before abandoning her re-election bid, Obama national campaign manager Jim Messina told the Observer during a visit to North Carolina this week. Some political analysts have said that not having to run with Democrat Perdue, who's been lagging in the polls, would help Obama in his bid to win North Carolina and its 15 electoral...
  • Appeals court rules in legal fight over dead dog ('intrinsic value of human-animal bond')

    02/21/2012 4:24:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Appeals court rules in legal fight over dead dogThe Associated Press Tuesday, February 21, 2012 RALEIGH – The N.C. Court of Appeals has waded into a legal tussle over the wrongful death of a Jack Russell terrier. Nancy and Herb Shera of Wilmington sued North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009, seeking more than $28,000 in damages after their dog, Laci, died following a botched tube feeding. In a 20-page ruling issued Tuesday, the appeals court unanimously upheld an earlier ruling by the N.C. Industrial Commission, which decides compensation claims involving state agencies. The state commissioner had...
  • Man dies in apparent robbery attempt on North Lee Street(NC)

    02/20/2012 7:08:48 PM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies ^ | 19 January, 2012 | Shavonne Potts
    SALISBURY — A man is dead after authorities say he attempted to rob a Lee Street homeowner late Saturday night. The suspect broke into a home at 813 N. Lee St. and “pistol-whipped” the occupant. But the homeowner was able to get the gun and shoot the suspect. Salisbury Police confirmed the struggle and that the would-be robber tried to run away around the corner from the house. Police didn’t identify the dead man pending notification of relatives. He died on the front porch of a nearby home at 125 E. Steele St. of a gunshot wound, said Salisbury Police...
  • Criticisms Convince State To Back Off Projections of Dramatic Sea Level Rise (NC)

    02/20/2012 4:30:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Carolina Journal ^ | 2/20/12 | Sara Burrows
    Criticisms Convince State To Back Off Projections of Dramatic Sea Level RiseState officials still pushing coastal counties to prepare for a one-meter rise By Sara Burrows Feb. 20th, 2012 RALEIGH — State officials are pressuring local governments to plan for a one-meter sea-level rise by 2100, even though many independent scientists have argued the rise is highly unlikely if not impossible. Even though a state advisory panel no longer recommends regulations based on the one-meter projection, local government officials worry that state regulators will try to implement those rules. Such a policy, they say, would have a devastating impact on...
  • A Post-Mortem on Occupy Charlotte

    02/19/2012 10:06:37 AM PST · by MitchellC · 12 replies · 2+ views
    Mack Deck ^ | Feb 11, 2012 | Tara Servatius
    What exactly did Occupy Charlotte accomplish before it was dismantled? That is hard to tell from what is probably the most comprehensive “inside” article written about it to date by the Huffington Post. It follows the self-appointed leader of the Charlotte group before what remained of the occupy movement here was disassembled. “I’ve gotten a lot of criticism, especially in the local paper, because one of the reporters said Vic Suter, 22, quit her job to come out to occupy and everybody just started responding, oh she must be an idiot you know,” Vic Suter says, referring to what Charlotte...
  • Who Is the Mystery Food Monitor? (Nugget pimp may be NC 'education staff member')

    02/17/2012 1:48:54 AM PST · by Libloather · 90 replies
    Carolina Journal ^ | 2/16/12 | Rick Henderson
    Who Is the Mystery Food Monitor?No agency has said it employed the person checking preschoolers' lunch bags By Rick Henderson Feb. 16th, 2012 RALEIGH — Three days after a Carolina Journal report on the plight of a 4-year-old preschooler and her lunch made national headlines, the identity of the person who determined that the youngster's homemade lunch was not nutritious remains unknown. Of the several government agencies who have been named in the controversy — the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Division of Child Development and Early Education at the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, Hoke County schools,...
  • A Win For Concealed Carry In Forsyth County, NC

    02/16/2012 6:00:32 AM PST · by marktwain
    No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money ^ | 14 February, 2012 | John Richardson
    The Forsyth County (NC) Commissioners voted 4 to 2 to allow concealed carry in all areas of county parks in the county. Unlike the City of Winston-Salem which is located within Forsyth County, the commissioners seem to have listened to their constituents. From GRNC: The approved ordinance not only allows concealed carry in all parks, recreational facilities, trails, greenways, etc., but also adds a provision for keeping one's gun locked in a vehicle in ANY county property - meaning county properties beyond parks. The only exceptions to allowing concealed carry in parks are Tanglewood (where alcohol may be sold and...
  • Judge dismisses neighbors' lawsuit against owner of machine gun range(NC)

    02/15/2012 6:25:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies ^ | 14 February, 2012 | Gavin Off and Ames Alexander
    A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Union County residents who contend that a doctor has no legal right to fire machine guns on a homemade firing range near their properties. Superior Court Judge Mark Klass has dismissed the case against Dr. Michael Land, according to Union County trial court coordinator Nevele Love. The judge made his decision Friday, the clerk's office said. Kathy Patterson, one of the neighbors who filed the suit, said that while she's disappointed by the judge's decision, "without question, we'll appeal it." Reached by phone Tuesday, Land said he expects the court order to be...
  • NC preschooler’s “unhealthy” lunch replaced with cafeteria nuggets

    02/14/2012 6:17:03 PM PST · by annie laurie · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 14, 2012 | Ryan Sullivan
    RAEFORD, N.C. — A Hoke County preschooler was fed chicken nuggets for lunch because a state worker felt that her homemade lunch did not have enough nutritional value, according to a report by the Carolina Journal. The West Hoke Elementary School student was in her More at Four classroom when a state agent who was inspecting lunch boxes decided that her packed lunch — which consisted of a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, apple juice and potato chips — “did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines,” the Journal reports. ... The student’s mother told the Journal she received...
  • North Carolina’s Guns in Parks Saga Continues

    02/13/2012 8:53:00 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 13 February, 2012 | GRNC
    North Carolina --( Forsyth Commissioners will decide whether or not to enact gun bans at their next meeting, Monday, February 13th. The scheduled vote will either promote the Second Amendment or trample upon it. This is your opportunity to be heard. Commissioner Bill Whiteheart has spoken out against this ban, but needs help. It appears that most of the Republican Commissioners support lawful carry, we need to establish a presence at this meeting to ensure they don’t develop cold feet. Under HB 650 that went into effect Dec. 1, only very narrowly defined “recreation areas” may be posted. Like some...
  • Concealed weapon permits higher among legislators(NC)

    02/13/2012 11:10:03 AM PST · by marktwain ^ | 12 February, 2012 | Mark Binker
    RALEIGH — When Rep. Dale Folwell worked on controversial topics such as workers’ compensation reform and immigration policy last year, he aggravated more than a few constituents. “It was a very volatile year for me as an elected official,” Folwell said. “My family and myself were threatened by name.” That prompted him to obtain a concealed weapon permit, which allows him to carry a handgun in most places throughout the state under a sport coat or in a pocket. And the Winston-Salem Republican is far from alone among state lawmakers, who are much more likely than the average person to...
  • Defending their rights by sticking to their guns(NC)

    02/13/2012 5:19:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 12 February, 2012 | Zachary Diezel, Senior Staff Writer
    While participating in highway clean ups, the Student for Concealed Carry on Campus chapter seems like the average club doing community service at first glance. These students take safety precautions to a different level though. Along with the reflective vests and garden gloves, these students carry pistols in holsters while serving their community. "We get a pretty good amount of horn beeps and ‘woo-hoos' and stuff while we're out there," Clark Lynn said. Lynn is a senior in psychology and president of the N.C. State chapter of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus. A club's mission As part of a...
  • Redistricting fuels high N.C. political turnover (RATS dropping like flies - Hussein coattails?)

    02/09/2012 4:33:24 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 2/09/12 | Jim Morrill
    Redistricting fuels high N.C. political turnoverU.S. Rep. Watt said he's also considering whether to retire By Jim Morrill Modified: Thursday, Feb. 09, 2012 One governor. Three members of Congress. Thirty state lawmakers. And counting. That's how many North Carolina elected officials have announced they're not running for re-election. Before candidate filing ends Feb. 29, there are certain to be more in what's shaping up to be a year of historic change. Democratic Rep. Mel Watt said Wednesday that he's considering retiring after 20 years in the 12th District - a day after Republican U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick said she won't...
  • Gun-rights nonprofit gearing up for lawsuit against Winston-Salem(NC)

    02/09/2012 9:10:30 AM PST · by marktwain ^ | 6 February, 2012 | LAURA GRAFF
    A statewide gun-rights nonprofit has commitments from 12 Winston-Salem residents who are willing to sue the city of Winston-Salem over a city ordinance prohibiting guns in parts of the city's parks, the nonprofit's president said Monday. Paul Valone, president of Grass Roots North Carolina, said he believes the Winston-Salem ordinance passed in November violates the spirit of a state law passed in July. The state law the General Assembly passed last summer allows people with concealed-carry permits to have guns in parks, but the law allows municipalities to ban guns from parks that have athletic facilities or playgrounds. Before the...
  • The early list of Myrick replacements (NC incumbent retiring)

    02/07/2012 3:46:50 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 22 replies
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | February 7, 2012
    The list of possibilities to replace U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick will surely change by the hour. Within minutes of Myrick's announcement that she won't be seeking another term, Roll Call was up with some obvious names: N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis of Huntersville, state Rep. Ruth Samuelson of Charlotte and state Sen. Bob Rucho of Matthews. We'll add former state Sen. Robert Pittenger and former Charlotte mayor Richard Vinroot. And don't discount some local prospects, including Mecklenburg county commissioner Jim Pendergraph (who will announce his intention to run, the Observer's Jim Morrill reports) and former City Councilman Edwin Peacock. Here's...
  • Woman Tasered in Front of Daughter After Cutting McDonalds Drive-Thru Line (flopped like a fish)

    02/05/2012 8:16:49 AM PST · by Libloather · 116 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/04/12 | Olivia Katrandjian
    Woman Tasered in Front of Daughter After Cutting McDonalds Drive-Thru LineBy Olivia Katrandjian | ABC News Blogs – 17 hrs ago **SNIP** Employees at the McDonalds in Hope Mills, N.C., refused to serve Evangeline Lucca and told her to go to the back of the line. Lucca, 37, refused to move, and blocked the drive-thru for 20 minutes before police arrived on the scene, authorities said. When deputies arrived, Lucca was "defiant," "would not get off McDonalds property," and was "threatening the deputies," according to Debbie Tanna, a public information officer for the Cumberland County Sherriff's Office. **SNIP** "Two or...
  • Sexton: Alert neighbor nails burglary suspect(NC)

    02/05/2012 7:25:03 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies ^ | 5 February, 2012 | Scott Sexton
    To state the obvious — not to mention ripping off and paraphrasing one of Hollywood's most memorable lines — Curtis Foster was mad as heck when he saw an intruder leaving a neighbor's house, and he wasn't going to take it anymore. At about noon on Jan. 11, Curtis was at home in northeastern Winston-Salem. It was raining, and Foster was watching television. He heard a small ruckus across the way at a home catty-corner to his and looked out the window to see what it was. "I saw this guy step out of the house with a sack of...
  • Perdue is disingenuous to the end (Completely corrupt Democratic still hosts RAT convention)

    02/04/2012 12:10:50 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Yes Weekly ^ | 2/01/12 | Jim Longworth
    Perdue is disingenuous to the endBy Jim Longworth Wednesday, February 1, 2012 **SNIP** It’s so like Bev to blame others for her failures and divert our attention away from her mistakes. Throughout her career in politics, Perdue has been the schoolyard bully used to getting her own way. As a state senator she wielded power over many agencies including the highway patrol. That power came in handy in July 1995 when she was involved in an alleged drunk-driving car crash. Instead of calling 911, she called a “friend” in the HP (believed to be trooper Randy Glover who, afterward received...
  • Wilkes man will not be charged in shooting(NC)

    02/04/2012 10:12:23 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 3 February, 2012 | Monte Mitchell
    WILKESBORO -- A Wilkes County man who called 911 to report hearing voices outside his building on Nov. 5 and then shot two intruders, killing one of them, will not be charged, authorities said. Steve Joseph Whitley, 58, of North Wilkesboro, acted in self-defense, said District Attorney Tom Horner. He and Sheriff Chris Shew discussed the case most recently on Thursday. Whitley shot and killed David Cynor, 23, who lived in the Mulberry community, and wounded Sara Seagraves, 22, of North Wilkesboro. At one point Seagraves had been listed in critical condition at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, but has...
  • Two Political Analysts Say Gov. Perdue's Decision (to quit in NC) Doesn't Add Up

    02/01/2012 3:01:56 AM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Digitriad ^ | 1/30/12 | Philip Jones
    Two Political Analysts Say Gov. Perdue's Decision Doesn't Add UpWritten by Philip Jones 7:09 PM, Jan 30, 2012 Greensboro, NC -- We've had a few days to digest Gov. Bev Perdue's decision not to run for reelection, but there's still a bit of mystery surrounding her reasoning. **SNIP** "It's very difficult to see how her ... announcing she's stepping down increases the chances Republicans go back on their campaign promises from 2010 and say, 'OK, we're now open to a tax increase,'" Dinan said. Perdue said she believes she could've beat likely challenger Pat McCrory in this fall's election, but...
  • Perdue to stump for NC education (RAT calls decision not to run 'selfless' - what a sweetheart!)

    01/29/2012 5:31:33 AM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    New Bern SJ ^ | 1/28/12 | Sue Book
    Perdue to stump for NC educationSue Book January 28, 2012 6:42 PM North Carolina’s governor may not be running for re-election but she intends to actively campaign statewide in 2012 for education funding. “This is personal,” Gov. Bev Perdue said in New Bern Saturday. “This is about the future of North Carolina and I intend to lead the fight. “I care so deeply about kids and their future. I am going to go all over the state. I am going to use the bully pulpit. I am going to call out all North Carolinians and, at the end of the...
  • NC Democrats meet after Perdue nixes 2nd run (party upheaval - RAT perp still hosts convention)

    01/28/2012 1:29:06 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    WBTV ^ | 1/28/12
    NC Democrats meet after Perdue nixes 2nd runUpdated: Jan 28, 2012 5:24 AM EST GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Democrats are gathering for 1 of their seasonal dinners and fundraisers at a time of party upheaval after Gov. Beverly Perdue announced she wouldn't seek a second term. The North Carolina Democratic Party expected more than 500 people at Saturday evening's Sanford Hunt Frye dinner at a Greensboro hotel. The event takes on added significance as several Democrats consider whether to run in the party's gubernatorial primary.
  • North Carolina Democratic Bench Keeps Shuffling ( Gov Perdue, Rep. Miller retire)

    01/27/2012 2:31:44 AM PST · by SMGFan · 9 replies · 2+ views
    Roll Call ^ | January 26, 2012 | By Joshua Miller
    Will the last endangered Democratic official in North Carolina please turn out the lights? Rep. Brad Miller (D) announced his retirement this morning. Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue, facing the likely prospect of an epic defeat this November, announced her decision not to run for a second term this afternoon. Later, politically vulnerable Rep. Mike McIntyre (D) opened the door to running for governor of the Tar Heel State. And a local news report tonight said Rep. Heath Shuler (D) is eyeing a bid for governor as well. A Shuler spokeswoman had no comment.
  • NC Congressman Brad Miller not seeking another term - Breaking News Alert

    01/26/2012 3:50:23 AM PST · by rhoda_penmark · 8 replies
    WRAL ^ | 01/26/2012 | WRAL
    Breaking News: U.S. Rep. Brad Miller said Thursday in a statement released to his supporters that he will not seek another term in Congress. ...Miller said his decision comes in the wake of the voting map redistricting battle...
  • Mother shoots, kills son during bedroom assault(NC)

    01/17/2012 12:42:38 PM PST · by marktwain · 30 replies ^ | 16 January, 2012 | Justin Barger
    LONG VIEW, NC (WBTV) - A mother had to shoot and kill her own son in what investigators are calling self defense early Friday morning. Long View police responded to 1st Avenue Place in Long View around 1 a.m. in reference to a shots fired call. When officers arrived they found 21-year-old Justin Barger shot dead in floor. Barger's parents told investigators they had poured out all the alcohol in the house after Barger became drunk. When his parents went to bed, Barger went into their bedroom and started assaulting them by pulling them out of bed and beating them...
  • Man shot, killed after breaking into Chadbourn home(NC)

    01/14/2012 10:09:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies ^ | 12 January, 2012 | NA
    CHADBOURN, NC (WWAY) -- A Columbus County man is dead after being shot during an alleged home break-in. Investigators are trying to figure out if the man was shot by a resident of the home or his own partner in crime. Around 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning residents of this home on North Wilkes Street in Chadbourn say two men forced their way in. They kicked in the door, knocking the frame loose. On the other end a frightened resident who was willing to defend himself. A roommate, who does not want to be identified, said his friend shot at the...