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FIRST ON 3: Montford Point Marine awarded Congressional Gold Medal months after ceremony

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — Though he’s not your typical Montford Pointer, Col. Anthony Caputo was just as much a piece of history as the men he trained. Wednesday, he was honored for his actions and his refusal to only look skin deep.

“I feel that I had a part in history,” Caputo says.

It has been 70 years since Caputo made history as one the first to train Montford Point Marines, who were the first black men to join the Marine Corps and not allowed to serve until 1942.

“I had the first company of recruits that came through the gate,” he says.

When the program started out of Camp Lejeune, all officers and drill instructors were white, eventually training the recruits to take over. Caputo, as a young white captain in the Corps, says the color of their skin was irrelevant. The rigorous training, he says, was just as tough as the white boot camps at Parris Island and San Diego.

“We treated them just as regular Marines,” Caputo says. “They came through the same kind of training program.”

In January of 1944 Caputo deployed overseas with his new Marines.

“We went into the Pacific with anti aircraft guns and went from island to island out there,” he says.

In June, nearly 400 Montford Pointers traveled from all over the country to Washington D.C. to receive the Congressional Gold Medal. Wednesday, a special ceremony was held for Caputo in Burgaw, where he was awarded with a bronze replica.

“I think it should have come earlier but now that it has, it has had quite the impact on these Marines that came through this training,” Caputo says.

The Montford Point Marines trained at a segregated camp in Jacksonville, what is now Camp Johnson.

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Jury seated for Belton jury

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Belton is charged with murdering his wife

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Perdue forms panel on NC business scofflaws

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Gov. Beverly Perdue wants state agencies to crack down on businesses that are skirting North Carolina law on workers’ compensation insurance or taxes and getting a competitive advantage to land work and earn profits.

Perdue issued an executive order Wednesday forming a task force comprised of representatives of state offices to look at the issue of employee misclassification. That’s when a business unlawfully labels workers as independent contractors to avoid the extra expenses associated with permanent employees.

The task force will identify potential legislation and easier methods for employees and the public to report potential violations.

The executive order follows a series of articles by The News & Observer of Raleigh that highlighted tax and insurance schemes, particularly in the construction, trucking and home health care industries.

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

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NC man charged after stolen stuffed animals found

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) – The arrest of a Lexington man has led Davidson County sheriff’s deputies to a menagerie of stuffed animals.

Authorities say they searched the home of Terry William Pitt Jr. and recovered stuffed bears, deer heads, bobcats, foxes, coyotes and a mountain lion. Deputies also found more than 60 racks of deer antlers.

The sheriff’s office said the items were reported stolen from four unidentified taxidermists in Davidson County in 2009 and 2010.

Pitt was arrested last month in connection with a series of break-ins. He was charged on Tuesday with felony breaking and entering, five counts of felony larceny after breaking and entering, three counts of felony larceny and one count of misdemeanor larceny.

Bond for Pitt is set at $40,000. His attorney wasn’t available for comment Wednesday afternoon.

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

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NY Times hails StarNews editor’s book

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

By Ben Steelman

WILMINGTON, NC (StarNewsOnline.com) — The New York Times (or at least one of its blogs) says that a new book co-authored by a StarNews staffer “promises to be one of the biggest books of the year, with the potential to affect the presidential campaign in the final weeks before the election.”

The book is “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden,” to be published Sept. 11 by Dutton. The co-author is StarNews local news editor Kevin Maurer, who before joining the newspaper was embedded six times with US Army Special Forces in Afghanistan.

Maurer isn’t the firsthand source; that’s a former team leader with US Navy Seal Team Six, who served in the operation that resulted in the death of the al-Qaida leader on May 2, 2011, in Abbottabad, Pakistan. According to the publisher, he was present at bin Laden’s death.

Click here to read more at the Bookmarks blog at StarNewsOnline.com.

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