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Archive for March, 2013

AP: UNC panel suspends honor charge over rape case

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s chancellor says the school’s student-led honor system has agreed to suspend proceedings against a sophomore it accuses of intimidating a man she says sexually assaulted her.

In an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press, Chancellor Holden Thorp said the charges are on hold while a separate federal investigation proceeds.

The attorney for sophomore Landen Gambill said Monday he filed a complaint with the US Department of Education, alleging the school is retaliating against her in part for her public criticisms of the way the school treats sexual violence survivors.

Gambill is accused of creating an intimidating environment for the man she says raped her. A university hearings board earlier cleared him of sexual assault charges but found him guilty of harassing her. He faces no criminal charges.

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Unclear if lawmakers will take on homeowners’ associations this session

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Lawmakers have been reluctant to act in earnest on reforming HOAs

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UPDATE: Video shows man pull gun in NC road rage fight

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Carteret County deputies say a man who fired several shots into a pickup truck after he was beaten in a road rage incident has turned himself in, along with his wife, who gave him the gun.

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Gay marriage arguments at Supreme Court spark debate in Wilmington

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Should gay couples be allowed to marry and and be afforded the same benefits as a man and a woman? Some of our country’s brightest legal minds are left to answer that question as the battle hit the United States Supreme Court this afternoon.

While the debate over Proposition 8 rages in the Supreme Court, students at UNCW find themselves arguing whether this is a debate over values or equality.

“Any kind of sin is bad, and gay marriage falls under a sin,” UNCW student Will Oaks said.

Gay rights advocate Djuro Raskovic has a much different view.

“There is no reason besides bigotry that people don’t support gay marriage,” Raskovic said.

Members of the gay community at UNCW gathered in the LGBTQIA Room Tuesday afternoon to discuss the arguments before the Supreme Court about California’s ban on same sex marriage.

“I support it because I support equality for everyone,” Raskovic said. “It doesn’t matter race, color, nationality, gender or sexual orientation. Just equality for every single human being, because we are all human. It says all men and women are created equal in the constitution. It doesn’t say that all straight men and women are created equal.”

Conservatives on campus say the Bible clearly establishes marriage as being a holy union between a man and a woman making homosexuality and gay marriage sins.

“I’m not saying that someone who is in a homosexual relationship or has homosexual intentions is any worse off than anybody, because it says that all sins are weighed equally, but I do look at it as a sin and against God’s will,” Oaks said.

“We have separation of church and state for a reason, and I don’t understand why what the Bible says should be used as an interpretation for what our laws and government should be,” Raskovic said.

Several Supreme Court justices raised doubts today that the case is properly before them. Justice Anthony Kennedy suggested the court could dismiss the case with no ruling at all.

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Review complete in school bus death of 8-year-old

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

As directed by state law, a Child Fatality Review Team looked at the facts surrounding the death of Jamiah Tigeria Batts

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