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That’s my dog (access required)

  A bitter custody battle is playing out in New Hanover County over a photogenic Pomeranian named Macs. The 6-year-old pooch is caught between Alexandra DeRita and her ex-husband Ryan Cantor. The two split in 2015 after about three years ...

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Wright is wrong (access required)

Regis Wright stood accused of robbing four convenience store clerks while brandishing a pistol. According to the court, he walked into the stores — weapon in hand — and demanded money. Donning ski masks and other face coverings, Wright ordered ...

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Not a cinderella story (access required)

The great Al Czervik, played by Rodney Dangerfield, observed in “Caddyshack” that “Country clubs and cemeteries are the biggest wasters of prime real estate.” Now, country clubs have suffered another insult, this time at the hands of the state Court ...

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Let’s say too-da-loo to too many 2s (access required)

The big story coming out of Jones Street on March 30 was the legislature’s unexpected, sudden success in passing a fake-repeal of the state’s notorious House Bill 2. The lukewarm legislative compromise was hurried along like a stinky fish in ...

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Here today, gone tomorrow (access required)

Devrie Burris scored a very short-lived victory at the North Carolina Court of Appeals, which mysteriously yanked an opinion granting him a new trial the day after it was published. Burris’ appellate attorney, Andrew Yu of Carrboro, said he had ...

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Comma chameleon (access required)

In what could be viewed as a victory for the humble Oxford comma, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this month ruled in favor of a group of dairy drivers in Maine seeking overtime pay. The Oxford comma refers ...

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Pants on fire (access required)

The other day in Miami, a criminal defense lawyer was starting his closing argument when his trousers began smoking, then burst into flames. He was defending an arson case. Stephen Gutierrez ran out of the courtroom, then returned to finish ...

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Stuck in the middle with you (access required)

North Carolina is a middling state, according to the U.S. News & World Report. The rankings giant has the Tar Heel State in the 25th position on its new list of the best states based on crime and corrections, economy, ...

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What if I told you…

At halftime of the Feb. 28 basketball game between Duke and North Carolina, Michael Jordan announced that beginning next year, UNC’s football team will outfit itself in uniforms bearing his Jumpman logo. For the 2017 squad, he proclaimed, the sky’s ...

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Zhou, you speak English? (access required)

A defendant named Heng Zhou has failed to convince the North Carolina Court of Appeals to overturn a trial judge’s contempt finding, after arguing that he doesn’t speak English and should not be expected to comply with court orders he ...

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