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Archive for January, 2010

Liquor company marketer says he bought meals for ABC officials

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

By Chris Mazzolini and Veronica GonzalezChris.Mazzolini@StarNewsOnline.com

A sales representative for one of the world’s largest liquor companies told state alcohol investigators that he bought meals for officials with New Hanover County Alcoholic Beverage Control, which would be a violation of state laws.

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Man gets 10 years for role in $70M Ponzi scheme

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A 63-year-old man has been sentenced in North Carolina to 10 years in prison for his role in a $70 million Ponzi scheme and for skipping out on for his criminal trial.

U.S. Attorney George Holding announced Wednesday that Michael Young also must pay more than $45 million in restitution after pleading guilty to conspiring to commit mail fraud. Young was in Dubai when his trial was to begin in 2008.

Young was president of Mobile Billboard of America and the last of six defendants to be sentenced.

Prosecutors said the operation promised investors guaranteed monthly checks from advertising revenue on traveling billboards.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued the company in 2004. Investigators found no billboards on sides of trucks.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A 63-year-old man has been sentenced in North Carolina to 10 years in prison for his role in a $70 million Ponzi scheme and for skipping out on for his criminal trial.

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Panthers’ tailgaters recycle 30 tons of waste

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tailgaters at Carolina Panthers’ games recycled 30 tons of cans and bottles throughout the NFL season, topping organizers’ goal by 50 percent.

The Charlotte Observer reports Wednesday that tailgaters recycled the waste during 10 preseason and regular season Panthers games, plus the Meineke Car Care Bowl. The goal had been 20 tons.

Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful coordinated the effort, while Bojangles’ donated recycling bags handed out by volunteers.

Organizers say tailgaters recycled more as the season progressed.

Information from: The Charlotte Observer

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Tailgaters at Carolina Panthers’ games recycled 30 tons of cans and bottles throughout the NFL season, topping organizers’ goal by 50 percent.

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Oak Island, St. James mayors sketch out annexation truce

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

By Amanda WilsonCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

A proposed truce between the towns of St. James and Oak Island could put an end to the towns’ annexation court battle, but only if new mayors in both municipalities get their way.

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Sea turtles strand themselves along Outer Banks

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

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Volunteers are scrambling to save endangered sea turtles that are stranded off the Outer Banks – the victims of storms and cold.

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