Author Archives: EMERY P. DALESIO

‘Bathroom bill’ sponsor Bishop wins N. Carolina GOP primary

A state senator best known as the sponsor of a headline-grabbing “bathroom bill” that voided anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people won Tuesday’s Republican primary in a special election for a congressional seat vacant since last year’s electi… Continue reading

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Killer of 2 wives in 2 states considered for parole

A killer who strangled two of his wives in two states could be released from a North Carolina prison, potentially cutting short his life sentence after more than 22 years. Continue reading

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Top leaders at prison where 4 died demoted, took pay cuts

North Carolina prison officials slashed the pay of two top administrators who had leadership responsibilities at a lockup where four employees were killed last year during the deadliest breakout attempt in state history. Continue reading

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Citizens’ group wants prosecution over CIA rendition program

North Carolina state and local officials should prosecute participants in a CIA program that ferried terrorism suspects to secret sites where they were tortured, an advocacy group seeking to stir action over the former U.S. policy is demanding. Continue reading

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1 death during Florence: A hunter keeping watch on his dogs

Hurricane Florence was blowing across eastern North Carolina hours before making landfall, and Bennie Lee Sutton’s hunting beagles were howling in their backyard kennel. Continue reading

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Florence poses a new threat for rural, struggling towns

James Howell Jr. lost big two years when Hurricane Matthew swelled the Tar River less than a half mile from his home. Continue reading

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Florence could hit with punch not seen in more than 60 years

The last time the midsection of the East Coast stared down a hurricane like this, Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House and Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were newlyweds. Continue reading

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Utilities pivot from power plants to grid work for profits

Electric utilities are pouring billions of dollars into a race to prevent terrorists or enemy governments from shutting down the power grid and everything that depends on electricity in America’s hyper-connected society. Continue reading

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Decisions near for man charged with helping Syria radicals

Lawyers say a mentally ill North Carolina man who was forcibly medicated so he could be prosecuted on charges he tried to join terrorists fighting in Syria could reach a plea deal or go to trial in about a month. Continue reading

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Dozens of prison workers debilitated since NC escape attempt

North Carolina’s understaffed prisons remain a dangerous place for employees six months after the bloodiest escape attempt in state history left four workers dead. Continue reading

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North Carolina court considers if father’s paddling is crime

How far corporal punishment can go before parents are committing child abuse is on trial at North Carolina’s highest court. Continue reading

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Remains of US flier shot down over Laos in 1968 return home

The remains of an Air Force officer lost for almost 50 years at the height of the U.S. war in Southeast Asia are finally coming home to North Carolina. Continue reading

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Marine officer pleads guilty for failures in recruit death

A Marine Corps officer responsible for training recruits at a South Carolina base where a violently abused military volunteer committed suicide admits he’s guilty of dereliction of duty and other charges. Continue reading

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Man: Defending son from ‘hoodlums’ outside led to fatal shot

A white man who shot an unarmed black man after reporting “hoodlums” said he thought the loud, armed people in the street were friends of his own drug-taking son until he expressed fear about the unfamiliar crowd. Continue reading

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Report: Understaffing, corners cut at prison where 4 died

A federal report says understaffing was so bad at a North Carolina prison where four employees were killed during the deadliest breakout attempt in state history that workers cut corners in ways that created opportunities for mayhem. Continue reading

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Citizens’ group seeks US accountability for CIA renditions

Efforts to prosecute the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and four co-defendants are stalled in part over a lingering issue Americans haven’t yet resolved: torture. Continue reading

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US troops get freeze-dried plasma for battlefield bloodshed

All of the U.S. military’s special operations fighters now being sent to war zones have freeze-dried blood plasma, a crucial addition to first-aid kits that can prevent badly wounded troops from bleeding to death on the battlefield. Continue reading

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Marine drill instructor gets 10 years for abusing recruits

A Marine Corps drill instructor has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars after being convicted of tormenting and abusing young recruits, especially Muslim-Americans, including one who later killed himself. Continue reading

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Marine drill instructor convicted of abusing recruits

A Marine Corps drill instructor was convicted by a military jury of physically abusing young recruits, sometimes while drunk, and focusing his fury on three Muslim-American military volunteers. Continue reading

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Jury convicts Marine drill instructor of abusing recruits

A military jury begins deliberating Thursday on whether a Marine Corps drill instructor is guilty of beating, stomping and choking new recruits, or whether accounts of his abuse toward Muslim-American military hopefuls were overhyped by young troops. Continue reading

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