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Archive for September, 2009

NC-based Marine guilty of shooting comrade in game

Friday, September 11th, 2009

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CAMP LEJEUNE — A North Carolina-based Marine has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter after shooting a fellow Marine to death in a game intended to show the comrades trusted each other.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reported Friday that Cpl. Mathew Nelson also pleaded guilty to seven counts of reckless endangerment for pointing his 9mm pistol at other Marines in the hut the unit shared in Iraq. Nelson was sentenced to eight years confinement during a court martial.

Lance Cpl. Patrick Malone died from a gunshot to the head.

Lance Cpl. David Skinner testified he’d often seen Marines point a gun and ask the target whether he trusted he wouldn’t be shot.

A Camp Lejeune spokeswoman said Friday she did not have ages and hometowns for Nelson and Malone.

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

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A North Carolina-based Marine has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter after shooting a fellow Marine to death in a game intended to show the comrades trusted each other.

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Report: Easleys got big discount on NC property

Friday, September 11th, 2009

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RALEIGH — A Raleigh newspaper is reporting that former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley and his wife accepted a $137,000 discount on a waterfront lot in 2005.

Closing documents made public by The News & Observer on Friday show the Easleys got a 25 percent “seller discount” for the property on Bogue Sound in Carteret County. The deed registered with the county doesn’t include the discount, recording the price as $549,880.

Easley spokesman Ace Smith told the newspaper that Easley received the same offer as everyone else and it would be “ridiculous” to suggest the discount was a gift. Several men involved in the subdivision project were Easley allies and campaign donors.

Federal authorities are investigating the Easleys in a wide-ranging probe.

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

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A Raleigh newspaper is reporting that former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley and his wife accepted a $137,000 discount on a waterfront lot in 2005.

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New rules could protect Masonboro Island

Friday, September 11th, 2009

By Patricia E. MatsonCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

Jim Gregson, director of the N.C. Division of Coastal Management, said the options might include rule changes such as banning alcohol on the island.

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NC DMV agrees to rehire fired whistle-blower

Friday, September 11th, 2009

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RALEIGH — A North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles whistle-blower who reported on agency wrongdoing is getting his job back under a legal settlement signed this week.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Friday that Ken Cassidy was fired from his job as an assistant supervisor in the DMV’s License and Theft Bureau in March 2008. He was accused of violating an order not to talk to any DMV employees in the emissions program.

Cassidy had told the newspaper months earlier about improper hiring and that some emissions staff had so little work to do that they finished by lunchtime.

Cassidy appealed his dismissal and under a settlement signed Wednesday he will get his job back along with more than $77,000 in back pay.

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

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A North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles whistle-blower who reported on agency wrongdoing is getting his job back under a legal settlement signed this week.

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Governor Perdue vetoes first bill

Friday, September 11th, 2009

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Governor Bev Perdue vetoed her first bill Thursday. House Bill 104 is “an act to clarify legislative confidentiality.” It would have made some public records private.

Perdue said the changes are not in line with her goals of transparency and accountability.

She must now call a special session by September 20th to give the legislature a chance to override the veto, unless a majority of each House says the session is unnecessary.

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Governor Bev Perdue vetoed her first bill Thursday. House Bill 104 is “an act to clarify legislative confidentiality.” It would have made some public records private.

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