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Archive for January, 2012

Charlotte police order protesters to remove tents

Monday, January 30th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Police are ordering members of the Occupy Charlotte movement to remove their tents from the lawn of the old city hall.

Officers arrived early Monday to begin enforcing new rules approved last week giving police the authority to evict or arrest people who are camping, living or sleeping on the property.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Capt. J.W. Estes says officers are giving the protesters plenty of time to remove the tents. Estes says the protesters can stay on the property but cannot have tents at the site.

There were about two dozen tents at the site early Monday. Some people were taking their tents down after officers arrived, others were not.

Protesters have been camping at the old city hall site since last fall.

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

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Drugmakers, others jointly battling tropical ills

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Thirteen major pharmaceutical companies, government groups and health charities will work together in a push to eliminate or control by 2020 10 tropical diseases that affect more than a billion people in poor countries.

The partners, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, call it the largest coordinated effort ever to combat neglected tropical diseases, with more than $785 million in new or previous commitments.

The drugmakers will donate existing medicines and work together to speed up development of new treatments. The partners also will work on improving drug delivery and treatment programs, including prevention and education.

The diseases include leprosy, sleeping sickness, Guinea worm disease and river blindness.

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

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No delay in NC’s 1st Racial Justice Act case

Monday, January 30th, 2012

By MARTHA WAGGONER
Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) — A judge says a hearing involving a killer who’s the first on North Carolina’s death row to use a new law to try to prove that race played a role in his sentence will continue as scheduled.

Superior Court Judge Greg Weeks denied a motion by prosecutors who wanted the defense to start presenting the case Monday. Prosecutors then wanted a delay in presenting their case.

Marcus Robinson is using the Racial Justice Act to try to get a sentence of life in prison without parole instead of the death penalty.

Death penalty opponents say the prosecutors who won Robinson’s conviction dismissed qualified black jurors more than three times the rate of white jurors.

Robinson was sentenced to death in Cumberland County for the 1991 death of Erik Tornblom.

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

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New measures in place for teachers

Monday, January 30th, 2012

This year, all districts released data from 2010-11 on the effectiveness of teachers.

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Adam Baker deported with Zahra’s remains

Monday, January 30th, 2012

CATAWBA COUNTY, NC (WSOC) — Adam Baker has been deported to Australia and he took his daughter Zahra’s remains with him, Baker’s lawyer said Monday morning.

According to his attorney, Zahra’s remains will be buried in a family plot.

Officials have not said when Baker was deported, but said it was some time last week. Attorneys reportedly did not know Baker had been deported until he was on his way back to Australia.

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