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Protect the public, not polluters

By Corey Friedman [Note: the following editorial was written for the June 26 edition of the Richmond County Daily Journal. It was read aloud on the N.C. Senate floor by Sen. Gene McLaurin, D-Richmond, the following day.] Any farmer knows … 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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N.C. develops plan to regulate drones, including photography limits

By Corey Friedman If loose lips can sink ships, loose language can crash a statewide plan to regulate drones before the first unmanned flying machines even get off the ground. Lawmakers on a special state panel approved a working draft … Continue reading

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Onslow Sheriff’s shenanigans could cost his badge

By William R. Toler Poor wording, Freudian slip or blatant declaration? A campaign ad for Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown contains a line that is disturbing to those who are conscious of the growing police state. The controversial section reads: … Continue reading

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N.C. men fighting for patients’ rights to medical marijuana

By William R. Toler Two men. Two cases. One plant. One cause. Although separated by 140 miles, Todd Stimson and Robert Dorr are fighting the same fight in the courts: the right of all people to use cannabis as a … Continue reading

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Chickens killed following chargeless cockfighting suspicion

By William R. Toler Terril Byrd’s feathers are ruffled…and for good reason. Back in December, New Bern police seized nearly 60 chickens (hens and roosters) from Byrd’s property on suspicion of cockfighting, according to NewsChannel 12. The station reports officers … Continue reading

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Amanda Billyrock takes a plea

By William R. Toler The trial of Amanda Billyrock didn’t exactly go as planned Monday morning. Instead of making the state prove her guilt in court, she decided it was in her best interest to take a deal and plead … Continue reading

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N.C. town imposes yard sale restrictions

By William R. Toler Yard sales are a common occurrence across the fruited plain, however one North Carolina town wants them to occur less commonly. Earlier this month, the town of Newton decided to impose several restrictions regarding how and … Continue reading

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Student suspended for simple mistake

By William R. Toler A Tennessee high school student has been suspended and faces criminal charges for a mistake made by his father. David Duren-Sanner, a senior at Northeast High School in Clarksville, received a 10-day suspension after a knife … Continue reading

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Don’t play politics with the people’s records

By Corey Friedman It’s not an choice between right or left, but a simple matter of right and wrong. A showdown between Attorney General Roy Cooper — a likely Democratic gubernatorial candidate in 2016 — and Republican Gov. Pat McCrory … Continue reading

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Snow curfews an abuse of power

By Corey Friedman [Note: This post was originally written as an editorial for The Wilson Times following the storm that blanketed eastern North Carolina with snow and ice the last week of January.] Wilson County officials told residents to use … 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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Two out of five ain’t bad: Some charges dropped in Billyrock case

By William R. Toler Two of the five charges against Amanda Billyrock have been dropped, according to the “adorable anarchist” herself. Friday afternoon, she posted an update on her Facebook page “on the false crusade against me by a few … Continue reading

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A look back at 2013

Another year is in the can and another begins. That means it’s time for another obligatory year-in-review story, or as Contributing Editor Corey Friedman says: “It’s time to do this thing we do infrequently.” [We haven’t done one the past … Continue reading

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