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N.C. law gives student groups more leeway in leadership selection

By William R. Toler [Note: the following was written as an article for the Richmond County Daily Journal.] HAMLET — Student groups at Richmond Community College and public colleges throughout the state now have more autonomy to select their leadership. … Continue reading

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Activists on tour promoting freedom

By William R. Toler With today marking the 50th anniversary of one of the country’s most well-known speeches from of its most well-known activists, I thought it appropriate to do this piece on several activists that are on tour promoting … Continue reading

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Read our words: No new laws

By Corey Friedman When the North Carolina General Assembly reconvenes later this month, a flurry of new bills will flood House and Senate committees. Some would add pages to the state’s already voluminous lawbooks, and we’re not convinced that’s a … Continue reading

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Rosary ban tied to ‘safety’

By William R. Toler A 12-year-old girl could be a gang member according to a Nebraska school system. Sixth-grader Elizabeth Carey has been banned from expressing her faith by Fremont Public Schools. The forbidden gang symbol: rosary beads. “The principal … Continue reading

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Jefferson and nose rings

By William R. Toler What does Thomas Jefferson have in common with nose rings? They’re both the subject of tonight’s updates. Monday, Johnston County Schools announced that it would drop it’s appeal for a dress code “violator” after a settlement … Continue reading

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Surveillance Society

By William R. Toler As technology increases, both in the government and private sector, it seems that our right to privacy continues to decrease. Recently, Popular Mechanics reported that the Michigan State Police may have been using forensic analyzers on … Continue reading

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Johnston County pierces through teen’s religious rights

By Joanna Carter Officials in Johnston County need a refresher course in the First Amendment. Ariana Iacono, a 15 year old student at Clayton High School, was suspended for having a nose ring that violated the school’s dress code. When … 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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In Cary, a sign of struggle

By Corey Friedman David Bowden would rather get screwed than be silenced. The Cary resident had a painter scrawl “Screwed by the Town of Cary” on his home during a drainage dispute with the town, the Raleigh News & Observer … Continue reading

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Upside down flag flap prompts ACLU action

By William R. Toler Police in Wisconsin went against two constitutional amendments on our nation’s birthday, taking down and seizing an American Flag which was displayed upside down. Vito Congine Jr. says police trespassed and stole his property before a Fourth … Continue reading

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Supreme Court: School violated rights

By William R. Toler In an assertion of the Fourth Amendment, the high court ruled 8-1 Thursday that school officials violated the privacy rights of Savana Redding when she was strip searched for ibuprofen. The search took place in 2003 after a fellow student … Continue reading

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School strip-search in Supreme Court

By William R. Toler The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday for a case involving a strip-search of a student. In 2003, Savana Redding was forced to take off all her clothes by school officials at Safford Middle School. The reason…400 mg … Continue reading

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State apologizes for profiling

By William R. Toler Missouri officials apologized Monday for linking Ron Paul supporters to militia members and domestic terrorists, according to a release from the state’s Libertarian Party. Last week, a report from the Missouri Information Analysis Center drummed up … Continue reading

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Police state precursor?

Could the paranoid ramblings of radio talk show host Alex Jones be coming true? Are we heading toward the era of martial law? One could draw that conclusion following the events in Helena-West Helena, Ark. where the city council has … Continue reading

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