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Archive for November, 2012

APP A DAY: Fun and safe app for your kids for holiday travels

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Zoodles Kids Mode is an app for several kinds of smartphones and tablets that puts a lot of safe games and activities for your kids in one place.

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NC DA says probe at UNC-CH has months to go

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) — A district attorney says criminal investigators will need until at least next year to pore over emails and financial documents in the academic scandal at North Carolina’s flagship public university.

Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall told The News & Observer of Raleigh the investigation is focused on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s the African-American studies department, where athletes were enrolled in no-show classes.

Woodall said one State Bureau of Investigation agent is assigned to the case full time. The DA says the investigation is looking for potential fraud, forgery, misuse of state property and putting false information on state documents.

The university’s two-year scandal has led to sidelined football players, NCAA penalties, the end of a big-name football coach and resignation of Chancellor Holden Thorp.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NC Latin Kings gang head convicted by feds

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP) — The head of a North Carolina Latin gang who twice ran for Greensboro’s City Council faces a long prison sentence after his conviction on federal racketeering charges.

Jorge Cornell was convicted Wednesday in Winston-Salem of conspiracy to commit racketeering, committing a violent crime in aid of racketeering, and use of a firearm in a violent crime. Cornell’s brother and another man were convicted of conspiring to commit racketeering. Another Cornell brother and two other defendants were acquitted.

Cornell leads the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation in North Carolina. Federal prosecutors accused the men of conspiring to commit murder, kidnapping, arson and extortion since 2005.

Cornell kept a high profile with news conferences calling for peace among Greensboro gangs and for dismantling the police gang unit.

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

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Families sue NC county fair over E.coli outbreak

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

GASTONIA, NC (AP) — The first lawsuits seeking to establish liability for a fatal outbreak of E. coli bacteria at the Cleveland County Fair are in the courts.

The families of 5-year-old Hannah Roberts of Gastonia and 18-month-old Isaac Dover of Cherokee County, S.C., are suing the event’s operator. The civil complaint was filed this week in Gaston County.

The lawsuit states that both children became ill a few days after attending the fair last month and developed a potentially life-threatening condition that can cause kidney failure.

The fair’s lawyers had no comment.

North Carolina health officials said a petting zoo was the center of the E.coli outbreak, and rainy weather helped spread the bacteria to areas away from the animals.

More than 100 people became sick and a 2-year-old from Gastonia died.

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

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‘Train and Light Spectacular’ begins in Wilmington

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Train and Light Spectacular is sure to be a big hit with children and adults alike this year. The Wilmington Railroad Museum Executive Director Mark Koenig said this year there will be even more lights and attractions than last year.

In addition to seeing the beautiful light and train displays, children can meet Santa and everyone can enjoy cider and cookies. Members of the WWAY news team will also be on hand throughout the next month to read The Polar Express to children.

You can get all the information on tickets and times at the Wilmington Railroad Museum website after you watch Koenig’s interview with Good Morning Carolina anchor Ashley Jacobs.

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