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Archive for February, 2009

Leader of NC chapter of Ku Klux Klan dies

Friday, February 13th, 2009

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MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. — The man who became leader of a Ku Klux Klan sect in North Carolina that clashed with a Communist Workers Party march in 1979, has died.

Virgil Griffin’s son, James, said his 64-year-old father died Wednesday at Gaston Memorial Hospital. An employee at Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly said visitation was scheduled Friday night and Griffin’s funeral would be held Saturday.

Griffin was a member of the Klan for 40 years. He became known nationally when five communist marchers were killed in a clash in Greensboro with members of the Klan. Griffin was cleared of
wrongdoing in three trials, including state murder charges, federal civil rights conspiracy charges and a $48 million wrongful death lawsuit.

Griffin had maintained in interviews that the shooting in Greensboro weren’t planned.

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

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The man who became leader of a Ku Klux Klan sect in North Carolina that clashed with a Communist Workers Party march in 1979, has died.

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Car-theft suspect leads NC police on 25-mile chase

Friday, February 13th, 2009

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GREENSBORO — Police arrested a stolen car suspect after the driver led officers from five agencies on a 25-mile chase in North Carolina.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported Friday that the chase started Thursday in Greensboro when an officer saw a pickup truck with no license plate. A pickup matching its description had been reported stolen.

Highway Patrol Trooper C.D. Knox says the officer tried to stop the truck, but the driver sped away and headed out of Greensboro and Guilford County into Randolph County.

Officers punctured two of the truck’s tires at Randleman but it kept going into Asheboro where it crashed and the driver ran before officers caught him.

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

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Police arrested a stolen car suspect after the driver led officers from five agencies on a 25-mile chase in North Carolina.

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Former city worker sues Charlotte over sex change

Friday, February 13th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — A former city operations assistant at a Charlotte maintenance facility has sued the city, claiming she was fired because she had a sex change.

The Charlotte Observer reported Thursday that Anne Marie Clukey said she was fired because she did not conform to her supervisor’s “gender stereotype.” The 60-year-old Clukey worked for the city for nearly two years. Court documents said she had “gender reassignment” surgery in May 2001.

Clukey worked at a maintenance facility where police and other city vehicles are repaired. Co-workers at the facility referred questions about Clukey to city officials.

City attorney Mac McCarley said a legal response has not yet been filed, but that the city will deny any liability. He said transgendered individuals do not have any rights under the federal employment discrimination laws.

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

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A former city operations assistant at a Charlotte maintenance facility has sued the city, claiming she was fired because she had a sex change.

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Drought, abmornally dry conditions in all of NC

Friday, February 13th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Drought experts say all of North Carolina’s counties are suffering from drought or abnormally dry conditions for the first time in seven months.

The U.S. Drought Monitor released a map Thursday that shows drought in the western part of the state. Most of the region is under a moderate drought, which is the least severe among the four drought categories.

A pocket of counties along the western border with South Carolina is one tier higher at severe drought.

The eastern half of North Carolina is experiencing abnormally dry conditions, which means drought isn’t present but could return without adequate rainfall.

Woody Yonts, chairman of the state Drought Management Advisory Council, is asking residents to conserve water as rainfall amounts fall well-below average. Ground water levels are also dropping.

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

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Drought experts say all of North Carolina’s counties are suffering from drought or abnormally dry conditions for the first time in seven months.

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Some in Southport’s annexation area worry about crushing costs

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Southport is in the process of annexing about 170 acres and 112 properties. In the city’s sights are three residents along Dosher Cutoff who fear the annexation will bring increased taxes, higher fees and a change in their way of life.

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