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Archive for December, 2011

NC park officials blamed for creating holiday spam

Friday, December 30th, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — North Carolina park officials are apologizing for mistakenly serving up a heaping helping of holiday spam.

The Charlotte Observer reports the state’s Parks and Recreation staff sent an electronic seasonal greeting that inadvertently allowed people to reply to all 47,000 people on the agency’s email list.

Assistant Director Don Reuter says the staff spent this week addressing the concerns of people who worried their individual email addresses or other personal data were compromised. Reuter says a sender could reach the whole group but did not have access to the list of addresses.

Reuter says the division won’t send any more group emails unless staffers are sure they can’t generate mass replies.

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

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Top 10 of 2011 – Weird, wacky weather

Friday, December 30th, 2011

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Trash for a cause

Friday, December 30th, 2011

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NC officials look into midwives at baby’s death

Friday, December 30th, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Prosecutors are waiting for a medical examiner’s report that could say whether delivery by unlicensed midwives contributed to the death of a baby born at home.

The Charlotte Observer reports two women are charged with practicing midwifery without a license after the child’s death in Charlotte two weeks ago.

One of the women charged is 45-year-old Jackie Proffit of Indian Trail. She calls the arrests “a witch hunt” and says the case was the kind of situation that can occur in any setting.

The death fuels a debate over whether North Carolina should promote or discourage access to midwives who deliver babies at home. North Carolina is one of a handful of states that requires midwives to be licensed nurses.

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

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NC firefighters face charges in stun gun incident

Friday, December 30th, 2011

EAST SPENCER, NC (AP) — Two Rowan County firefighters and a police officer are facing criminal charges over an incident in which an 18-year-old junior firefighter was shocked with a stun gun at a Christmas party.

County sheriff’s deputies say East Spencer Fire Chief Shane Cranfield and firefighter Allen Carlyle borrowed a Taser gun from on-duty police officer James Lambeth to shock an 18-year-old high school student earlier this month.

Investigators say the teenager ran into another room, but the two firefighters followed him and shocked him as many as nine times.

Lambeth has since resigned from the East Spencer Police Department. Investigators plan to charge him with failure to discharge his duty, a misdemeanor. Cranfield and Carlyle face assault charges.

None of the three could be immediately reached Friday.

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

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