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Archive for January, 2012

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Friday, January 13th, 2012

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NC mail gets through despite wreck

Friday, January 13th, 2012

BURLINGTON, NC (AP) — Neither rain, nor sleet, nor overturned tractor trailer.

Postal officials say most of the U.S. mail involved in a wreck when a tractor trailer drove off the side of Interstate 40/85 in Burlington made it to a processing center to be delivered on time.

The Times-News of Burlington reports the wreck happened Wednesday afternoon but the mail made it to a processing center in Richmond, Va., early Thursday in time for prompt delivery.

Postal Service spokesman Carl Walton says less than 10 percent of the mail being transported from Atlanta to Richmond was lost in the wreck.

Officials say the truck driver lost control of the rig after a sports utility vehicle hydroplaned in front of the mail truck.

Neither driver was seriously injured.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Charlotte man’s collection of Air Jordans stolen

Friday, January 13th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — A Charlotte man has reported that his collection of 30 pairs of Nike Air Jordan shoes has been stolen.

WCNC-TV reported reported that 22-year-old Bryant Toala had begun collecting the sneakers since he was in middle school.

Police say someone broke into a home Monday night and took all the shoes, which were all in boxes.

Toala says the shoes could be worth more than $10,000.

He says a collection of baseball hats that matched the shoes was also taken.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they have no suspects.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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MLK weekend for NC workers begins with observance

Friday, January 13th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina state workers will begin the Rev. Martin Luther King holiday weekend with the annual observance of the civil rights leader’s accomplishments and how public employees are living out a legacy of improving race and human relations.

A program observing King’s birthday was set for midday Friday at the predominantly white First Baptist Church in downtown Raleigh. The event alternates with the predominantly black First Baptist on the opposite corner of Capitol Square.

Featured guests include Gov. Beverly Perdue and James Joseph, a former U.S. ambassador to South Africa and professor emeritus at Duke University.

Members of the state’s King Commission will ring a replica Liberty Bell in Raleigh just before the event and urged other communities to hold similar bell tributes at noon Friday.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Jacksonville residents react to Marine web video

Friday, January 13th, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, NC (WWAY) — The recently surfaced web video reportedly shows Marines from Camp Lejeune urinating on dead Taliban bodies. A Marine Corps official said today the four men in the video were members of the Camp Lejeune-based third battalion second marines. The video was reportedly taken during a deployment to Afghanistan.

After showing it to folks in Jacksonville, where most either know a Marine or have previously served in the Corps, we got mixed reactions.

“After watching that video it kind of disgusted me because my whole family is retired military and I don’t think that’s a proper behavior,” said Bradley Cordle, a Jacksonville resident.

“It was disgusting, very disheartening,” said Christina Rampe, who also lives in Jacksonville. “I’m almost in awe that that was happening.”

That viewpoint seemed to be felt across the board with military and Washington officials However, some say the marines in the video should just be left alone.

“They are out there serving our country, which they volunteered for,” said Andrew Dill, of Jacksonville. “A lot of people don’t sign up for that and anyone giving them a hard time is basically un-American.”

Andrew dill says what the men did in the video is nothing compared to what the taliban have done to american troops.

“They’re the Taliban,” he said. “They would kill every one of us here if they had the chance.”

But some wonder if the video could give a black eye to the Corps and Camp Lejeune.

“I hope it doesn’t generalize what people think of service men and women,” said Rampe.

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