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Justice gets a slapdown (access required)

As we endure the relentless pounding of political messages in this interminable election season, it’s easy to become discouraged by the general lack of civility and discourse. But take heart: The next generation may prove to be less swayed by the superficial trappings of politics and more intent on pressing candidates on the issues.

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Did I do that? (access required)

You’d think that a bankruptcy lawyer who owns a firm with half a dozen offices in North Carolina would be well-versed on the rules of collecting fees from clients.

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An issue for our times (access required)

Is it ever reasonable for school officials to ask every girl at their school to shake out their shirts and pull out their bras with their thumb, in the presence of at least two adult males, because they got a tip that some students might be carrying some pills? That’s basically the disagreement between the North Carolina Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals in the “bra lift” case out of Brunswick County.

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Real Men of Genius: Mr. Backseat Obstetrician (access required)

It happens all the time on television and in the movies, though few among us will ever deliver a baby in the back of a car. Gastonia solo Timothy T. Leach joined that elite and heroic club of backseat obstetricians on the afternoon of Oct. 5, while his three children and in-laws watched.

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Pantyhose: It’s (still) what to wear

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When the results of a LinkedIn survey regarding outdated office equipment and practices pinged around the internet last week, we at Sidebar quickly zeroed in on the most crucial item: 27 percent of 7,000 respondents predicted that formal business attire like suits, ties and pantyhose are likely to vanish from offices in the next five years. No more pantyhose? Could it be true?

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Not that Nancy (access required)

The other Nancy Grace. Photo by Christopher Halloran / Shutterstock.com

Having the same name as the cable news pundit and fiery former prosecutor Nancy Grace is by no means a blessing, but it makes life a little more interesting for a mild-mannered family law attorney in Raleigh.

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A $15,000 spelling lesson (access required)

When people spell conventional names in unconventional ways, it can be tough to get it right in print —trust us, we know. But two mortgage companies are on the hook for over $15,000 in attorneys’ fees and punitive damages because they couldn’t keep straight the unusual spelling of a debtor’s name.

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