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Archive for May, 2012

Baptist pastor lays out plan to do away with ‘lesbians, queers, homosexuals’

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

MAIDEN, NC (WSOC-TV) — “I figured a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers: build a great, big, large fence — 150 or 100 miles long — put all the lesbians in there. Do the same thing for the queers and the homosexuals and have that fence electrified so they can’t get out. And you know what, in a few years, they’ll die.”

These are the words of a Maiden pastor whose May 13 sermon was posted to YouTube.

Charles L. Worley, the pastor of Providence Road Baptist Church, made the comment as part of a sermon that slammed President Barack Obama’s support of gay marriage.

“God have mercy,” Worley said in the video. “It makes me puking sick to think about. I don’t even know whether or not to say this in the pulpit — can you imagine kissing some man?”

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Jury at Edwards trial deliberates for 3rd day

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — The jury at the trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards has resumed deliberating his fate for a third day.

The jurors ended their talks Monday shortly after requesting access to a second set of exhibits they wanted for a closer look, including a handwritten note from Rachel “Bunny” Mellon. The 101-year-old heiress provided most of the nearly $1 million in secret payments prosecutors say Edwards used to help hide his pregnant mistress as he sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.

The jury began its deliberations Friday after nearly four weeks of testimony in the case. Edwards has pleaded not guilty to six felony counts related to campaign-finance violations. He faces up to 30 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines if convicted on all counts.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NC school-choice group rally in Raleigh today

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A school-choice group that won major victories at the North Carolina General Assembly last year is rallying in Raleigh to seek help on another initiative.

Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina organized a rally scheduled for Tuesday near the Legislative Building to gather support for what’s called the North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship Program.

The program would offer tax credits to corporations that give to nonprofits, which in turn provide private-school scholarships to lower-income families. The group says eight states have such programs.

Parents for Educational Freedom scored successes in 2011 with legislation that lifted the cap on charter schools and provided tax credits to parents of children with disabilities for services they need outside the public schools.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Wilmington man accused of punching police officer

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A 24-year-old Wilmington man faces multiple charges after he was arrested for punching a police officer. It happened just before 2 a.m. Wednesday at a gas station at 4415 Market Street.

Investigators say Carl Wilkinson was at the store to purchase beer when he had a physical altercation with the store clerk. Wilkinson then returned to the gas station, where officers were waiting, and he proceeded to punch one of the officers.

Police tased Wilkinson as they tried to arrest him, and both he and the officer he punched were treated at New Hanover Regional Medical Center for minor injuries.

Police say Wilkinson is charged with assaulting the clerk, assaulting an officer, damaging property, and resisting arrest.

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Wilmington man punches police officer

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A 24-year-old Wilmington man is facing multiple charges after he was arrested for punching a police officer.

It happened just before 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning at a gas station at 4415 Market Street.

Carl Wilkinson was at the store to purchase beer when he had a physical altercation with the store clerk. Wilkinson then returned to the gas station, where officers were waiting, and he proceeded to punch one of the officers.

Wilkinson was tased as Wilmington Police tried to arrest him, and both he and the officer he punched were treated at New Hanover Regional Medical Center for minor injuries.

Police say Wilkinson is being charged with assaulting the clerk, assaulting an officer, damaging property, and resisting arrest.

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