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Obituary Rips Great-Grandma: 'Her Presence Will Not Be Missed'

Son thinks one of his sisters placed scathing death notice in NC newspaper

(Newser) - In the Deep South, a predilection for proper manners often means the temptation to tell someone off is replaced with a "Bless your heart." But an obituary that appeared last month in a North Carolina newspaper flouted politeness, and at least one family member isn't happy, KDVR... More »

Cops Get Noise Complaint, End Up Slip-and-Sliding

Pretty cool

(Newser) - Two North Carolina police officers who investigated a noise complaint decided to let it slide—and then they slid down the street along with neighbors who were enjoying a makeshift water slide, the AP reports. The Asheville officers got national media attention, including nods from CNN and Good Morning America... More »

Photo Taken From Window Led to Missing NC Teen

Hailey Burns rescued hours after her parents got a message online

(Newser) - Shaunna and Anthony Burns awoke on May 23, 2016, to find their daughter missing and their front door unlocked. It is believed Hailey Burns, then 16, left the home in Charlotte, NC, and was picked up less than a mile away by a man she'd met online. A year... More »

Missing NC Teen Found Alive After a Year

Girl was kept captive in man's house, mom says

(Newser) - The mother of North Carolina teenager Hailey Burns says it's "a dream come true:" Her daughter has been found alive more than a year after she disappeared. Shaunna Burns tells WSOC that her daughter, who was 16 when she vanished and is now 17, had been held... More »

Beach Lovers in NC Get a Summer Surprise

A new island off Cape Point appeared this year in the Outer Banks

(Newser) - Beach lovers in the Outer Banks of North Carolina got a surprise treat this season when a new island surfaced at the tip of surfing and fishing hotspot Cape Point. According to the Virginian-Pilot , an 11-year-old boy dubbed it "Shelly Island" for the abundance of seashells found in the... More »

Sex Offenders Can Use Social Media: Supreme Court

SCOTUS strikes down North Carolina ban

(Newser) - The Supreme Court struck down a North Carolina law Monday that bars convicted sex offenders from Facebook, Twitter, and other popular sites, the AP reports. The justices ruled unanimously in favor of North Carolina resident Lester Packingham Jr. His Facebook boast about beating a traffic ticket led to his conviction... More »

Class Prez's Diploma Withheld Over Graduation Speech

Marvin Wright read his own speech instead of one written by school

(Newser) - A senior class president in North Carolina was "hurt and embarrassed" when the principal withheld his diploma because he refused to read a graduation speech written by administrators, the Washington Post reports. Marvin Wright, 18, spent weeks working on his commencement address. But when the big day came, Principal... More »

Sect Members to Be Tried for Trying to Expel 'Gay Demons'

Matthew Fenner says he was beaten for hours to expel his 'homosexual demons'

(Newser) - Trial may be imminent for members of a sect who've been accused of trying to beat "homosexual demons" out of a now-former member. Matthew Fenner says that he joined Word of Faith Fellowship in Spindale, NC, with his mother and brother in 2010, but that he fled on... More »

Man Accidentally Reveals $500M Opium Crop to Cops

'Unbelievable'

(Newser) - Authorities say they visited a North Carolina home this week after receiving a tip about a crime, but the crime they found wasn't the one resident Cody Xiong allegedly divulged. After a tip came into police last week—possibly related to a cockfighting operation, per the Charlotte Observer —... More »

Supreme Court Strikes Down 2 GOP-Drawn NC Districts

Says Republicans drew lines based on race to limit power of African-American voters

(Newser) - The Supreme Court struck down two North Carolina congressional districts Monday because race played too large a role in their creation, reports the AP . The justices ruled that Republicans who controlled the state legislature and governor's office in 2011 placed too many African-Americans in the districts, weakening African-American voting... More »

Senator Collapses During Charity Race

Thom Tillis, 56, of North Carolina was conscious when taken to hospital

(Newser) - Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina collapsed during a Washington, DC, race Wednesday morning and was taken away by ambulance, reports the AP . Tillis, 56, was seen on the ground being administered CPR by bystanders about 15 to 20 minutes into the race, which started at 8am. Tillis at... More »

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of NC Voter ID Law

Lower court's ruling scrapping the controversial law stands

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal to reinstate North Carolina's voter identification law, which a lower court said targeted African Americans "with almost surgical precision." The justices left in place the lower court ruling striking down the law's photo ID requirement and scaling back... More »

Veteran Accused of Executing Service Dog Found Dead

Cops suspect suicide in death of Marinna Rollins

(Newser) - A veteran in North Carolina accused of laughing as she executed her own service dog has been found dead in what police suspect was a suicide. The Fayetteville Police Department says 23-year-old Marinna Rollins was found dead in her apartment around 3am Sunday morning, the Fayetteville Observer reports. Rollins and... More »

Craft Brewer's Sale to Bud Owner Has Fans Hopping Mad

'Treachery' was one reaction to Anheuser-Busch acquisition of NC's Wicked Weed

(Newser) - To a craft beer aficionado, the only sin worse than drinking a Bud would be if your favorite brewery sold out to the company that owns it. That's the situation that has fans of the Wicked Weed brewery now crying "treachery," per the Washington Post , which reports... More »

9 Faculty Quitting After College Mandates Abortion Opposition

The private college is also mandating opposition to gay marriage

(Newser) - A private North Carolina Christian college is insisting that its faculty and staff sign a document that opposes same-sex marriage and abortion, the AP reports. One faculty member says she and eight of her colleagues have refused to sign it and are leaving the school. News media outlets report that... More »

Veteran Allegedly Executes Her Own Service Dog

Marinna Rollins, boyfriend Jarren Heng charged with animal cruelty, conspiracy

(Newser) - When volunteers appealed for someone to adopt a 2-year-old pit bull that had arrived at a North Carolina animal shelter, it was with the hope that the dog would find "a real loving forever home." Instead, the dog met a gruesome end last week when he was shot... More »

NC Lawmaker: Lincoln Was 'Same Sort of Tyrant' as Hitler

Rep. Larry Pittman lashed out after failure to restore gay marriage ban

(Newser) - A Republican lawmaker in North Carolina is taking a lot of flak for comparing the first Republican president to Adolf Hitler. State Rep. Larry Pittman of Cabarrus likened Abraham Lincoln to Hitler on Wednesday after a commenter on Facebook criticized a bill he'd introduced to ignore federal rulings and... More »

Man, 74, Confesses 'Out of the Blue' to 1993 Murder

He went to cops on 24th anniversary of NC killing

(Newser) - On the 24th anniversary of the crime, a 74-year-old Louisiana man confessed to killing his son-in-law in North Carolina, officials say. Maj. Tom Effler of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office in Goldsboro, NC, said that on Feb. 7, Allen Deaver told authorities he'd killed Sydney Maurice Gregory on... More »

NCAA Has Good News for North Carolina

It will again consider the state's bids to host events

(Newser) - The NCAA will consider North Carolina as a host for championship events again after the state rolled back a law that limited protections for LGBT people, reports the AP . The governing body said Tuesday its Board of Governors had reviewed moves to repeal the "bathroom bill" and replace it... More »

North Carolina Officially Rolls Back 'Bathroom Bill'

It's not clear whether the move will satisfy opponents, though

(Newser) - North Carolina rolled back its "bathroom bill" Thursday in a bid to end the yearlong backlash over transgender rights that has cost the state dearly in business projects, conventions, and basketball tournaments. The compromise plan, announced Wednesday night by the state's Democratic governor and leaders of the Republican-controlled... More »

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