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Archive for July, 2009

NC immigration officer accused of blackmail

Friday, July 17th, 2009

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RALEIGH — An immigration services officer in North Carolina is free on bond after being accused of threatening to have a Salvadoran woman deported unless she spent the night with him.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that 48-year-old Bedri Kulla was arrested Wednesday on a blackmail charge. A federal judge in Greensboro released him on $1,000 bail.

Kulla works at the Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Durham, which handles applications and petitions for citizenship, work visas and other immigration matters.

In April, 23-year-old Xiomara Blanco accused Kulla of harassing her after they met through a personals section on a Web site. A federal affidavit says Kulla demanded that Blanco date him and spend the night with him.

Kulla said Thursday that “the truth will come out,” without elaborating.

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

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An immigration services officer in North Carolina is free on bond after being accused of threatening to have a Salvadoran woman deported unless she spent the night with him.

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Homelessness strikes some as economy staggers

Friday, July 17th, 2009

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They call each other brothers and sisters. They look out for and help one another. They are some of Wilmington’s homeless.

“I got my tent, my bed, my rugs and my water,” said Nigel Hanna. “We get water from here, we take showers and we cook on the grill.”

Hanna lives at a camp she and some friends and relatives made behind a warehouse. She said she is a certified nursing assistant who lost her job a few months ago, followed by her and her husband losing their house. Now, they live at the camp. “You could be right here. Nobody is no better than anybody else,” she said.

They all have their own pasts that brought them to this point. Al White said he was severely injured on a job site and has since had little luck finding employment. “That is what pretty much put me in this position – except for small, unskilled jobs,” he said. “I served three years in the service, I was in Vietnam for 13 months and I’ve applied for disability, but they’ve turned me down.”

They said they are pounding the pavement looking for work, but it’s not as simple as some may think. “A lot of people seem to think people are out here, people just don’t want to work, and that’s not true,” White added.

White said he has met very intelligent people in the homeless community. “People who were school teachers, were engineers, and they’ve had trauma in their lives and things have happened to them and this is where you end up sometimes.”

“I would have never thought I’d be in this situation. No, but see, that’s why you never say never,” said Hanna.

We have received calls from neighbors concerned about this homeless camp. And in fact, code enforcement has issued notices to the property owners to clean up the area.

We will have that part of the story Friday night.

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videoThe state of the economy is forcing people to make life changes they never thought they would have to make; in some cases, losing their jobs and their homes. Meghan Packer met a group who is trying to make ends meet – after trading in a house for a tent.

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NC gang member files for Greensboro City Council

Friday, July 17th, 2009

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GREENSBORO — A man who says he’s a member of a gang called North Carolina Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation has filed to run for an at-large seat on Greensboro’s City Council.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported Friday that 32-year-old Jorge Cornell filed Thursday.

Last year, Cornell held a news conference where he called for peace among local gangs. He also has asked blacks and Latinos to work together against racism.

Last month, Cornell called for Greensboro’s police gang unit to be dismantled, citing what he called ongoing harassment against the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation.

Cornell’s candidacy paperwork indicates he has been convicted of a felony. The newspaper didn’t specify the charge but Brenda Wallace of the Guilford County Board of Elections said a conviction does not disqualify a candidate.

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

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A man who says he’s a member of a gang called North Carolina Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation has filed to run for an at-large seat on Greensboro’s City Council.

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Coastal Christian High School set for expansion

Friday, July 17th, 2009

By Amanda GreeneAmanda.Greene@StarNewsOnline.com

With 130 students coming this year, Coastal Christian is nearing capacity at its current location. By Sept. 1, the area’s newest high school is hoping to break ground on a new building that will accommodate 400 students.

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NC watchdog group seeks hearing on Easley campaign

Friday, July 17th, 2009

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RALEIGH — A watchdog group has asked the North Carolina Board of Elections to hold a hearing about the campaign activities of former Gov. Mike Easley.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Friday that Democracy North Carolina wants an open hearing of what it calls questions about how the campaign handled contributions. The head of the Durham group sent a letter to the chairman of the elections board this week.

Easley spokesman Ace Smith says hearings aren’t needed. Smith says The News & Observer is fueling the issue with inaccurate stories or stories that contain innuendo.

The newspaper said elections board Chairman Larry Leake of Mars Hill couldn’t be reached Thursday. Elections officials are investigating Easley’s campaign but haven’t given a status report. The board meets next week.

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

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A watchdog group has asked the North Carolina Board of Elections to hold a hearing about the campaign activities of former Gov. Mike Easley.

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