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Archive for December, 2011

Berger removed from DSS meeting

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Tuesday’s event was the latest in a highly public feud between Berger and the other four commissioners

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NC governor to call Legislature back Jan. 4

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Gov. Beverly Perdue will tell the North Carolina Legislature to return to Raleigh early next month to consider her veto of a bill to do away with a 2009 law that addressed racial bias in the death penalty.

Perdue’s office said Monday she’ll call lawmakers back Jan. 4 to consider her veto of a bill that would have essentially repealed the Racial Justice Act. The Legislature will have to decide whether to attempt to override the veto or let it stand.

The 2009 law creates a new method for death-row inmates to allege racial discrimination and seek life in prison without parole.

The state constitution required Perdue to return legislators by Jan. 8, or the veto would have been canceled.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Duke U disagrees with NC medical board

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

DURHAM, NC (AP) — Duke University is defending its investigation of a cancer researcher who resigned after questions were raised about his work.

The Herald-Sun of Durham reported the university wrote the North Carolina Medical Board about its evaluation of the school’s investigation of researcher Anil Potti.

Duke is concerned the medical board considered the school investigation found mostly carelessness and honest errors in Potti’s work. Duke says it found substantial problems with the work.

Potti came under scrutiny in 2010 after questions arose that he had falsely claimed to be a Rhodes Scholar and then about the scientific integrity of his research. He resigned several months later.

The medical board found Potti guilty of “unprofessional conduct.” Potti signed a consent order and agreed not to challenge its findings.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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2 NC high school wrestlers face hazing suspension

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

NEWTON, NC (AP) — Two high school wrestlers in North Carolina have been suspended after they were accused of hazing.

The Hickory Daily Record reported members of Newton-Conover High School were suspended late last week.

School superintendent Barry Redmond says several team members were in the practice room last Thursday when someone turned off the lights. A sophomore grabbed a freshman and put him in a wrestling hold. Another student then assaulted the freshman.

Redmond says the sophomore who held the freshman was suspended for three days because he didn’t know the younger student was going to be hit.

The other student was suspended for the rest of the semester and removed from the team.

The team canceled a trip to a wrestling tournament in Raleigh on Friday after the attack.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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New Hanover News & Notes – Eagle Scouts

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Grayson Jones and Carson Goslee achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

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