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Archive for October, 2014

9 UNC employees fired or disciplined in scandal

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

AARON BEARD
Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) — University of North Carolina chancellor Carol Folt says the school has fired or begun disciplinary procedures against nine employees after an investigation of an academic fraud scandal dating back nearly two decades.

Folt took questions from reporters Wednesday after the release of the report by former U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein. Folt says four people are being terminated. She wouldn’t say who they were.

Wainstein’s probe found more than 3,100 students – nearly half of them athletes – enrolled in classes they didn’t have to show up for and received artificially inflated grades for research papers. The report called it a “shadow curriculum” that ran from 1993 to 2011 in the former African and Afro-American Studies department.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Police close to making arrest in 2 unsolved murders

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Investigators are having a difficult time finding witnesses willing to come forward, officials said Wednesday.

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UPDATE: NHCS employee arrested for sex crimes with a minor makes first court appearance

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

A mechanic working for the New Hanover County School System was arrested Tuesday in connection to sexual exploitation of a minor.

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Probe reveals scope of academic fraud at UNC

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

AARON BEARD
Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) — An academic fraud investigation at the University of North Carolina has found that more than 3,100 students were involved in a “shadow” curriculum” that occurred over nearly two decades.

The investigation reveals a wider scope of academic fraud than previous probes by the school and the NCAA. The investigation found that the students – nearly half of them athletes – took classes that they didn’t have to show up for and required only a research paper that was often given an A or B regardless of the quality of work.

Former US Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein released his findings Wednesday.

The NCAA reopened an academic-misconduct probe at UNC in June because new information was available. The new investigation said it was done in cooperation with the NCAA.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Carolina Beach Boardwalk extension denied

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Carolina Beach Boardwalk extension project is at a halt — again.

At the Coastal Resources Commission meeting Wednesday, officials denied the town’s request for permission to work on the project. The project would extend the boardwalk north, from Harper Avenue to Pelican Lane. The distance is about 875 feet.

This is not the first time the town has requested a variance to extend the boardwalk. They made their first request back in February. That request was also denied. Town officials said, however, it’s not over yet.

“We’re disappointed. We’ve worked hard on it. We’ve worked in good faith with the property owners to try and bring a betterment to the town and our visitors. We would have liked to see it approved, but the message I think we’re hearing is take it back and make some revisions, so at least there is some life left in it,” Mayor Dan Wilcox said.

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