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Archive for August, 2012

Inmates convicted of gun crimes could be released

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A federal judge has overturned the conviction of a North Carolina man sent to prison after he was wrongly charged as a felon for possessing firearms. It was the first of what could be as many as 3,000 inmates with similar convictions set aside.

Federal law makes it a crime for anyone with a felony record to have a gun. But federal prosecutors wrongly interpreted North Carolina’s sentencing laws and charged people with firearms possession – even if their past offenses weren’t serious enough to qualify them as felons under federal law.

U.S. District Judge James Fox on Thursday overturned the 2009 firearms conviction of Terrell McCullum of Elizabethtown, N.C., declaring him innocent.

McCullum had already been released from prison last month after serving his full sentence.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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‘Go for the Gold’ winners go for diamonds

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Our country took home the most gold at the summer Olympics, and thanks to WWAY’s partnership with Perry’s Emporium, some of our viewers got some gold of their own.

Robert Harris was the big winner in our ‘Go for the Gold’ contest… Or maybe you could say his wife Shirley was the real winner. The Harrises spent their $3,333 on a pair of diamond earrings and a diamond ring. Robert and Shirley say they still can’t hardly believe they won.

“Shocked,” Robert said.

“Surprised. We didn’t imagine that he would win,” Shirley said.

“We got in on the last call-in which was that night,” Robert said. “Just surprised. It was fun.”

The Harrises sure had fun buying their bling.

The second and third place contest winners went home with pieces of actual gold.

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Sides gear up for vote on minor league stadium project

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

For the next 12 weeks, be prepared to hear messages trumpeting the value of having a minor league team in the Port City or casting the $37 million stadium as a potential boondoggle the government has no business funding.

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Here Now – Winter Park Elementary set to mark its 100th birthday

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

The school board had planned to close Winter Park when Holly Tree Elementary opened in 1997. But population growth in the area made that plan impossible.

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Asheville allowing 2nd annual topless rally

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – An Alabama man is organizing a topless rally in Asheville later this month after obtaining city permits.

The Citizen-Times of Asheville reports that Jeff Johnson of Huntsville, Ala., paid a $325 fee this week for a special events permit and temporary street closure permit.

He is organizing a Go Topless rally Aug. 26. His group believes laws and social stigmas against women going topless in public are unfair. North Carolina law allows it.

Opponents include former city councilman Carl Mumpower. He calls the rally a public sexual performance that degrades women. Opponents are sponsoring a contest for photos that capture the most degrading acts, hoping that will inhibit participants.

It is the second such rally. Last summer’s Go Topless rally attracted about 2,000 people, mostly spectators.

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

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