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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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The jaded few

By Sarah Snider It seems to me that with all the changes happening in our world, you come across folks who are either really passionate about one side or the other, or those who can’t seem to muster up the … Continue reading

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ENC to get its first Bearcat

By William R. Toler Jacksonville residents beware: the police are getting a tank. Jacksonville city council members unanimously voted to approve the police department’s purchase of a Lenco Bearcat. According to some attendees of Tuesday night’s meeting, the decision had … Continue reading

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Bearcats on the prowl in ENC

By William R. Toler Eastern North Carolina could see a few Bearcats roaming the streets in the near future. No, it’s not a panther on steroids. It’s a military-style assault vehicle, a species which is multiplying in cities and small … Continue reading

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Grounding drones a win for privacy

By Corey Friedman North Carolinians will largely be free from spying eyes high above their heads — at least for the next two years. State lawmakers included a provision in the 2013 Appropriations Act that prevents state and local authorities … 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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A modern-day poll tax for public notices

By Corey Friedman In the Jim Crow days of the early 1900s, state officials imposed a poll tax to prevent African-Americans and poor whites from voting. It took a decades-long civil rights struggle and a Supreme Court verdict to reverse … Continue reading

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Lenoir County: Stealing and spending

By William R. Toler In an effort to steal more money…I mean…raise revenue, Lenoir County Commissioners are going straight to the state. A bill proposed earlier this week would allow a slight increase (.25 percent) in the local sales tax, … Continue reading

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Internet speech endangered by authoritarians

By Corey Friedman International Internet regulators could have broad powers to censor online speech if nations like Russia, China and Saudi Arabia have their way. A little-known United Nations body called the International Telecommunication Union is meeting this week to … Continue reading

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NC Sex Offender Registry should offer more info

By Corey Friedman Want to know if your neighbor’s a registered sex offender? North Carolina law makes it easy to find out. But when it comes to checking on a classmate or store clerk, state residents are largely left in … Continue reading

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Student fights back against tracking

By William R. Toler Andrea Hernandez may get kicked out of school. Not for fighting. Not for bringing a gun to school. Not for drugs. The reason: refusing to accept an ID card with an RFID tracking chip in it. … Continue reading

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Under the thumb of Big Brother

By William R. Toler A story out of the United Kingdom caught the eyes of liberty-concious Americans this week. Students in Manchester, England are having to have their thumbprints scanned to check out library books, according to the Telegraph. The article, … Continue reading

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Man marries video game character

By Nicole Navarro It looked like a traditional wedding. Friends and family attended, speeches were given and a slideshow of the bride and groom played. But the “I do’s” were far from traditional. The groom, referring to himself by only … Continue reading

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Power grid power grab

By William R. Toler A former government official announced today that power grids across the country have been infiltrated by hackers. Intelligence officials are saying these cyberspies are from Russia and China among other places.  Officials also claim that programs installed … Continue reading

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Government takes aim at ammo

By William R. Toler The popular pro-gun phrase “You can have my gun…bullets first” may be the first step to severely dismantling the Second Amendment. The Ammunition Accountabiltity Act is being introduced in 18 states, including North Carolina neighbors South Carolina … Continue reading

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