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Teenage evangelists and Facebook follies

Wake County middle school teacher suspended for venting about her bible-thumping students on Facebook:

"Today a student left a brand new bible on my desk with an anonymous card that said 'Merry Christmas; with 'Christ' underlined and bolded," Hussain wrote. "I can't believe the cruelty and ignorance of people sometimes."

Hussain later goes on to accuse her students of spreading rumors that she's a Jesus hater. She complains about the students wearing Jesus shirts, singing "Jesus Loves Me" and reading the Bible in class.

Former Miami slumlord behind Maggie Valley landslide

And he may not have to pay for his mistakes:

The 18 North Carolina families displaced by a landslide are still waiting for their road to be cleared and the ground above their homes to be stabilized before they can return.

Ghost Town in the Sky, the company that owns the top of the mountain, has declared bankruptcy and may not be able to pay for the stabilization work, The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Sunday.

Mel Watt challenged by Tea Partier

Mark Binker does the necessary:

Gillenwater was a Tea Party organizer and helped organize a “tax day” last year and helped with a couple of rallies elsewhere.

Gillenwater says the United States is "moving in the direction of socialism." I asked him to talk about that assertion: “We’re getting too much government involvement in people’s personal lives, too much bureaucracy, too many agencies being created. They’re getting too much control of our money…This is crazy. We need to restructure our tax system. The IRS needs to be eliminated because to me they’re nothing but a punitive arm the government anyway.”

Camden County landfill battle heats up

You don't often see the State of North Carolina and advocacy groups on the same side in legal disputes:

The N.C. Coastal Federation said in a press release Wednesday that it has asked to join the state and the N.C. State Conference of the NAACP in defending the state’s right to deny construction of the landfill by Waste Industries USA, Inc., and their subsidiary, Black Bear Disposal, LLC.

The press release says that forested wetlands, state parks, national wildlife refuges and state game lands should not be subjected to the threats that accompany mega-landfills because potentially dangerous contaminants can leach from landfills and migrate to groundwater or to streams.

Chamber of Commerce battles the EPA

over its proposed regulation of greenhouse gases:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced late Friday that it would challenge the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act, setting the stage for a protracted legal battle with the Obama administration over global warming.

An EPA spokeswoman said that although the agency had not seen the chamber's petition, the "EPA issued its endangerment finding as a result of a 2007 Supreme Court decision and after a thorough and transparent review of the soundest science available."

God calls another Republican

Insurance agent/pastor files to run against Randy Stewart:

Jeff Collins, a 54-year-old Rocky Mount financial consultant, filed to run in the Republican primary for the District 25 seat held by Stewart, D-Nash. Collins said his primary goal in seeking the office is to make North Carolina more attractive to prospective employers.

“When I was asked to consider running for the state house, it was similar to when I was asked to serve my church as interim pastor,” Collins said. “Rather than asking why I should do it, I asked, ‘Why shouldn’t I do it?’ I believe God prepares each of us to serve in particular ways at specific times in our lives.”

So...God wants to attract employers to North Carolina? God wants us to cut taxes? God wants insurance companies to have more leverage to raise premiums and deny claims? I'm confused...

Asgina ukadv etikaiele gadane Kituwah

Duke Energy is moving forward with the construction of a substation within sight of a 9,000 year old sacred Cherokee mound:

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is fighting construction of a Duke Energy electrical station next to a mound that marks the tribe's ancestral home.

The Swain County site, called Kituwah, sits in a field along the Tuckasegee River and is surrounded by mountains. After generations of farming, the mound is 170 feet wide and only 5 feet high.

But tradition says it once was the foundation of buildings that held the Cherokees' sacred flame, tended year-round at the tribe's "mother town." Archaeologists say Kituwah (KEE-to-wa) has been occupied for at least 9,000 years.

There might be blood

New revelations in the Greg Taylor case:

A jury convicted Greg Taylor of murder in 1993 after investigators said they found human blood on his SUV. An expert witness testified Wednesday, though, that there was no blood and that an agent for the State Bureau of Investigation ran the tests to prove it.

The SBI agent, Duane Deaver, did not disclose his negative tests in a report prepared for prosecutors after Taylor was charged with murdering Jacquetta Thomas, a prostitute from Southeast Raleigh.

NC Realtors try to evade disclosure

Proving, once again, that their only concern for clients is how much they can be milked:

The presidents of the state's three largest metro Realtor associations are protesting part of a 2008 rule that requires buyer's agents to provide a written disclosure of compensation they might receive from sellers when a home is sold.

Changing such disclosure, said North Carolina Real Estate Commission director of legal services Tom Miller, could once again leave some homebuyers unaware that agents have extra financial motivation - such as a hidden bonus - in showing them a home.

D'Annunzio loses what little cool he has

by waging war against dreadfully evil anonymous posters:

Hiding behind these web sites as "anonymous" is the same as hiding under a the white hood, COWARDS. You wouldn't dare say these things to my face, but I wouldn't have any trouble telling you this same thing to yours, if you dared.

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