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Archive for February, 2009

Denny’s apologizes for NC breast-feeding incident

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

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ASHEVILLE — An official with the Denny’s restaurants has met with a North Carolina woman who says she was harassed when she was approached about breast-feeding her child in an Asheville restaurant.

Twenty-eight-year-old Crystal Everitt met with Rick Pate, regional director of operations for Denny’s, on Sunday.

Everitt says she was doing nothing wrong on Feb. 8 when she was asked to conceal herself or move to a more private area while nursing her 1-year-old son.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported about 30 people gathered to show support for Everitt.

Pate said Denny’s tries to provide a non-offensive environment for their patrons and breast-feeding mothers are welcome.

Everitt says she wants Denny’s to have an official policy on breast-feeding, and Pate said he’d send her concerns along to his supervisors.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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An official with the Denny’s restaurants has met with a North Carolina woman who says she was harassed when she was approached about breast-feeding her child in an Asheville restaurant.

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State Highway Patrol to monitor teenage driving

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

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RALEIGH — The state Highway Patrol is launching a campaign aimed at reducing the number of teenage related traffic accidents in North Carolina.

Operation Drive to Live 2009 will be conducted from 6 a.m. Monday through 5 p.m. Friday. Troopers will be enforcing all traffic laws around the state’s schools and conducting traffic
safety education programs at high schools.

Officials will kick off the campaign on Monday at Clayton High School.

Traffic collisions are the leading cause of teenage deaths in North Carolina as well as nationwide. In the last four years, 554 teenagers have been killed in crashes investigated by the state Highway Patrol.

Authorities say some collisions involving teenage drivers occur during their commute to and from high school. In 2004, North Carolina ranked fifth in the nation in total teenage deaths.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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The state Highway Patrol is launching a campaign aimed at reducing the number of teenage related traffic accidents in North Carolina.

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New Hanover deputies arrest man after prank 911 call

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

New Hanover County sheriff’s deputies were responding to a reported domestic disturbance at 1420 Spaniel Court when they learned it was a false report, Deputy Charles Smith said.

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Phone scam attempts to get your credit card information

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

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We have received several calls and e-mails about a suspicious text message circulating around Wilmington. The text cites fraudulent activity on bank accounts, but consumers should beware.

“The number you have called is not a working number. Please check the number and dial again.”

That is what you will hear now, but this was not the case Saturday. Several people called the same toll free number in response to a text message they received warning them of suspicious activity on their Visa card. The automated voice asked for your credit card information, then disconnected.

The texts clogged up many people’s inbox; Michael Coburn is one of them. He called the number knowing it was a scam and entered bogus information. “I responded to it because I knew it was a scam. I was actually hoping to talk to somebody about it on the phone, so I could give them a piece of my mind. I just entered in a whole bunch of ones and responded to it, and just kind of laughed it off. If somebody did enter their information, they’re probably looking for trouble.”

Michael got the same text message twice, but from different senders. Many friends he talked to said they got the same message, but knew it was phony. “It’s kind of sad that they have to resort to that, and hopefully it’s nobody locally around here. But it’s kind of sad, I guess the way the economy is, if people can’t make it legit, they’ll steal.”

Other people we spoke to said they received the same text message from jennifer@hydrox.com and Jason@amestoy.com. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, banking institutions will never alert you about problems via text message.

If you receive a text about suspicious activity on your credit card, contact your credit card company, not the number in the message.

The Wilmington Police Department said if you feel that you have been a victim of a scam, call the Attorney General’s Office at 800-5-NO-SCAM.

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Some at UNC don’t want ex-Bush official speaking

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

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CHAPEL HILL — Some faculty and students at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill don’t want former Attorney General Michael Mukasey as the law school graduation speaker this
year.

Mukasey served as attorney general for President Bush from 2007 until earlier this year.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that opponents are circulating a petition, saying Mukasey shouldn’t speak at the school because he refused to condemn waterboarding as torture.

They say Mukasey doesn’t represent the values of those at the UNC law school.

The UNC Student Bar Association chose Mukasey. Association president Matt Modell said politics was not a factor in the decision. Modell said Mukasey has had a long career in law and public service.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Some faculty and students at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill don’t want former Attorney General Michael Mukasey as the law school graduation speaker this
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