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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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Court clerk makes commitment to openness

By Corey Friedman Jumbo shrimp, civil war and deafening silence are a few of our favorites. Clerk of Superior Court Andrew Whitley stepped in before “secret exhibit” became Wilson County’s unfortunate contribution to the English language’s long list of oxymorons. … 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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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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Bill threatens public’s right to know

By Corey Friedman It could qualify as a Freudian slip — in a moment of curt clarity, a North Carolina lawmaker apparently showed us how he really feels about the public he was elected to serve. “I am the senator. … Continue reading

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NC lawmakers consider prescription for cold meds

By Corey Friedman The bottle of bleach in your laundry room can compromise a crime scene by destroying DNA, potentially setting a killer free. Freon, the refrigerant in home air conditioners, can be huffed as an intoxicant. And pseudoephedrine, the … Continue reading

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County commissioners stifle speech

By Corey Friedman Wilson County commissioners will listen to what you have to say — as long as your words don’t cause them too much discomfort. That’s the upshot of a new code of conduct approved Monday evening. County leaders … Continue reading

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