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Cruel and unusual? (access required)

Once upon a time, in the eyes of many, driving under the influence was more of an infraction than a crime. These days, even first-offense DWI carries some pretty stiff penalties that include fines, suspensions, and even incarceration. (Prison gates ...

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North vs South (access required)

The sad state of driving in South Carolina has been underscored by yet another worst-of list. This time the Palmetto State was called out for being home to the sixth-worst drivers in the nation. How did North Carolina fare? Its ...

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Lawnmower men (access required)

Robert Baker has been The Lawnmower Medic since 1992, when he opened his small engine repair business in Stokes County. Now, he has a blade to grind with Timothy Bowden, who started a similar business in 2003 and gave it ...

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Friends in low places (access required)

Fake friends, like autumn leaves, are scattered everywhere, someone once said. As the foliage falls here in North Carolina (despite 80-degree weather), the subject of one state Court of Appeals opinion learned the true color of one of his ostensible ...

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Beats all you never saw (access required)

Senior U.S. District Court Judge James Fox has been on the bench for 34 years. And he began practicing law in 1957. So when Fox says he’s witnessing something in court for the first time it’s noteworthy. During what was ...

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Slippery when wet (access required)

There must be something in the water in Cary. Though if there is, it was impossible to tell when Christopher Miller, 41, was on duty. Miller was employed by the Town of Cary as a state-certified water system technician. In ...

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