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Ordinance: No single beers, dancing without permit

By William R. Toler I, myself, am often amused by life’s little quirks. Earlier this evening, Carlos Miller of Photography is Not a Crime posted a picture to his Facebook wall regarding the sale of beer. Miller, staying in Hazelwood, … Continue reading

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Court: No barber pole without license

By William R. Toler A recent decision by the N.C. Court of Appeals shows no signs of letting up on the protectionism levied by occupational licensing and the ridiculous waste of resources enforcement entails. In Kindsgrab v. State of North … Continue reading

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When pleasure turns to pain

By Heather K. Millis One evening I was indulging in another poor decision, sitting at the drive thru and noticed with perplexity after each sentence she uttered the phrase “my pleasure.” While I’m known for my eerie sense of perception … Continue reading

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Store owner speaks about January raid

By William R. Toler “Bullies. Complete bullies.” That’s how Mahmoud Salameh describes the law enforcement officers that raided his business last month to local televison station WCTI-12. Salameh’s store, KP Mini Mart, was one of 22 businesses in Pitt County … Continue reading

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Cash, property taken from Pitt County businesses in raid

By William R. Toler Earlier this month, heavily-armed gangs stormed nearly 30 Pitt County businesses in a calculated heist, stealing more than $30,000 in cash and other property. Sounds horrible, right? Mainstream news accounts read something more like this: Police … Continue reading

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Too many in the dark on sunshine laws

By Corey Friedman Leaders don’t always need legislative victories to sweep aside inconvenient laws. Sometimes, a misinformed majority is all it takes. From the governor’s mansion to a town hall in our own backyard, elected executives have decided they can … Continue reading

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Consumers, not stores, drive Black Friday creep

By Corey Friedman As more big-box retailers offer Black Friday bargains a day early, many Americans fear the Thanksgiving holiday is being co-opted and commercialized.  Online petitions implore superstores to “take the high road and save Thanksgiving,” More than 200,000 … Continue reading

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NC medical cannabis grower raided

By William R. Toler Last Thursday, men with guns broke into Todd Stimson’s home to steal plants. Stimson says he was brushing his teeth when he noticed police cars from the bathroom window. As he was going out to meet … Continue reading

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Sweepstakes halls face a catch-22

By Corey Friedman Video sweepstakes halls operating in the city of Wilson have the worst of both worlds. On one hand, city officials will charge the businesses $1,000 for each computer monitor, a nuisance fee of sorts for the high … Continue reading

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Lottery ‘reform’ could hurt stores, schools

By Corey Friedman Some lawmakers think North Carolina shoudn’t have a state lottery. Instead of calling for an outright repeal — a gamble they’d likely lose — critics want to weaken the lottery with a growing list of restrictions. The … Continue reading

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N.C. town to charge extra for public records

By Corey Friedman North Carolina law tells us that the records state and local government keeps — from city budgets to meeting minutes to business permits —are the public’s property. “The public records and public information compiled by the agencies … Continue reading

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Sweepstakes banned…again

By Corey Friedman Sweepstakes centers across North Carolina could be shuttered next year when authorities begin enforcing a law banning video sweepstakes games. Judges had blocked police and sheriff’s deputies from charging sweepstakes operators while a legal battle worked its … Continue reading

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NC lawmakers consider prescription for cold meds

By Corey Friedman The bottle of bleach in your laundry room can compromise a crime scene by destroying DNA, potentially setting a killer free. Freon, the refrigerant in home air conditioners, can be huffed as an intoxicant. And pseudoephedrine, the … Continue reading

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State licensing burdens businesses

By Corey Friedman Gov.-elect Pat McCrory wants to make North Carolina more business-friendly. Reducing corporate taxes, which are fifth-highest among 14 Southeastern states, was a key plank in his campaign platform. If McCrory and the Republican-led General Assembly are serious … Continue reading

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Rivers’ claims don’t hold water

By William R. Toler When a retail giant refused to carry her latest book, comedian Joan Rivers wasn’t laughing. Intead, she handcuffed herself to a shopping cart at a Costco in Burbank, Calif. in protest of the business decision which … Continue reading

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