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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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Random thoughts of a borderline anarchist Part 1: Roots of a radical

By William R. Toler It’s sort of a running joke around the office that I’m the “free speech, anti-government guy.” In fact, that’s often how the executive producer introduces me to newcomers. (Despite the fact that there are at least … 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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The Failure Presidency

By Zac Goldstein History does not unfold in a vacuum, and neither do presidential terms. Nearly four years have passed since Barack Obama was elected, and in order to evaluate his tenure in the Oval Office, one must examine the … Continue reading

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Updates: Raub released, Ademo appeals

By William R. Toler One week after being detained, a former Marine can return to his Virginia home. Thursday, a judge ordered the release of Brandon Raub, who had been shuffled between two psychiatric wards since his “arrest” Aug. 16 … Continue reading

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Former Marine detained, held for mental evaluation over Facebook posts

By William R. Toler In a move that would have only seemed possible to some during the Bush Administration, a Virginia man has been taken into custody and is being held against his will, without criminal charges. Former Marine Brandon Raub … 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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Six years gone and the dream lives on

It’s now been six years since the first issue of the Independent Register rolled off the presses and was distributed across CravenCounty. A dream of three budding journalists fulfilled after three days of writing, editing and designing. The product of … Continue reading

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Fourth Amendment flushed in court decisions

By William R. Toler “I’d like to get some sleep before I travel. But if you’ve got a warrant, I guess you’re gonna come in.” The late Jerry Garcia would be disappointed–as are many civil libertarians–that his line from “Truckin’” … Continue reading

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First Amendment vs. Second Amendment

By William R. Toler Similar bills in several states could have civil libertarians scratching their heads, trying to decide what side to stand on. Three southern states, including North Carolina, currently have legislation in the works that would prohibit doctors … 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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NC DNA Bill: Collection before conviction

By William R. Toler With a few strokes of a pen, Gov. Bev Perdue signed away the Fourth Amendment rights of anyone charged with a violent crime. Not convicted, mind you, but charged. So much for presumption of innocence. At … Continue reading

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