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Archive for September, 2012

Prescription pain pill epidemic plows path to street drugs

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

The number of people seeking treatment for dependence on opium derivatives is surging statewide.

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UNC sends information on Hansbrough trips to NCAA

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina has provided information to the NCAA about the hiring of the mother of former basketball star Tyler Hansbrough as a fundraiser and her travels.

In documents faxed to the NCAA on Sept. 13, the school included summaries of Tami Hansbrough’s trips in March 2009 that coincided with her son’s games in the Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA tournaments.

School officials reviewed those trips and determined no violations took place. Athletics spokesman Steve Kirschner said Saturday the fax was meant to brief the NCAA following media reports.

Hansbrough raised about $5 million for the dental school foundation before moving to another university fundraising job in 2011.

She resigned this month after questions arose about spending on trips she took with top UNC fundraiser Matt Kupec, who also has resigned.

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Police believe they found missing teen’s remains

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Goldsboro police say remains believed to be those of a kidnapped teenager have been unearthed, and four men are in custody, charged with murder.

Police said Saturday that they believe authorities found the remains of 16-year-old Kennedy Fitzgerald McLaurin Jr. on Saturday in the Seven Springs area. The remains were sent to the state medical examiner in Chapel Hill for identification.

Also Saturday, a fourth person was charged with murder in McLaurin’s death. All four are being held without bond in the Wayne County Jail, awaiting first appearance hearings.

Police say McLaurin was kidnapped Sept. 9 by at least three men.

Sgt. Dwayne Dean said Friday that investigators believe McLaurin was killed and that the crime was neither gang-related nor random.

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Cape Fear Museum welcomes mollusk mania

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Wilmington, NC (WWAY) — Seashell enthusiast from all over North Carolina flocked to the Cape Fear Museum for the 2012 North Carolina Shell Show.

Attendees were able to see the remnants of bivalves and gastropods as well as learn about the various aspects of each shell.

Shell Club members say that shelling is something anyone in the Cape Fear region can do.

“Anybody can do this,” said John Timmerman of the North Carolina Shell Club. “A lot of people coming in have never suspected anything like this. I have spoken to people today that are just getting started off and they want to get all of the big books and make a big hobby out of this.”

Proceeds from the event are going towards a scholarship for a UNCW student majoring in marine sciences.

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ASU changes handling sex assault allegations

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

BOONE, N.C. (AP) – Appalachian State University is changing how it handles sexual assault allegations as part of school officials’ promises of reform after problems arose when two female students said football players raped them.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that one change is the university no longer allows students to judge whether another student sexually assaulted someone.

One woman said two players raped her in the spring of 2011 at an off-campus party, and the other woman said the same two players raped her at an off-campus party in the fall of 2011.

A university conduct review board, which includes students, heard the cases.

After one of the women complained to the U.S. Department of Education, the school agreed to change its handling of such allegations, including setting up a task force.

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