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Profanity law’s repeal a good step toward reform

By Corey Friedman Those coarse words that escape many a driver’s lips in a traffic jam can no longer land you behind bars in North Carolina. The Regulatory Reform Act of 2015, a housecleaning bill designed to streamline the state’s … Continue reading

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William Toler: Profile of a news activist

By Hugh D. Fegely [Note: The following was written as an academic paper by Fegely, a former co-worker of Toler’s at WCTI-TV, for a news reporting and writing class at Ashford University in March. Some reformatting and editing was done … 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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Billyrock released, charges discovered

By William R. Toler After spending  nearly 12 hours in a cage, Amanda Billyrock  is free(r). Billyrock was arrested by police in Laconia, New Hampshire after a “routine traffic stop” for allegedly running a red light late Friday. At the … Continue reading

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Prohibition isn’t over…but it should be

By William R. Toler Eighty years ago, Congress decided to appeal a constitutional amendment with another constitutional amendment ending the nationwide ban on alcohol. The thirteen-year dry spell is known as and referred to as prohibition. And that ended. Well…sort … 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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Medical marijuana advocates support Stimson

By William R. Toler HENDERSONVILLE, NC– “Different strains for different pains.” That was one of the chants shouted outside the Henderson County Courthouse Friday as nearly two dozen people came out to support Todd Stimson and medical marijuana. Most supporters … Continue reading

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New York bill would make it a crime to ‘annoy’ police

By William R. Toler Those elected to allegedly serve the interests of “the people” in the State of New York, as usual are working on a bill to protect some of their own: the police. According to WIVB, legislators in … Continue reading

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Suspect of the official suspects

By William R. Toler [Note: This post was written the first week after the manhunt. More details have emereged, yet some questions remain unanswered.] As I sat in the newsroom watching the tragic events in Boston unfold last week, I … Continue reading

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Private college police reports should be public record

By Corey Friedman When a law is so hazy and imprecise that the state’s highest court can’t decide how to interpret it, all that’s left is for lawmakers to go back to the drawing board. Less than a month after … Continue reading

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PINAC founder ‘Not Guilty’

By William R. Toler What is a “real” journalist? According to Miami prosecutors, apparently a “real” journalist is one that doesn’t question the police. And apparently, police and prosecutors don’t think Carlos Miller is a real journalist, as he told … Continue reading

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Gun ownership an individual choice

By Corey Friedman Authorities in a Georgia city punished Wilson native John McNeil for using the gun they required him to own. McNeil is serving a life sentence after a Cobb County jury convicted him of murder in the 2006 … Continue reading

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Cop Blocker confronts officers on speeding

By William R. Toler While driving through the streets of Winston-Salem, a concerned individual noticed two police officers breaking the law. Clyde Voluntaryist, founder of Carolinas Cop Block and Never Take a Plea, followed the two cruisers until they parked. … Continue reading

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