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Formal or formality? (access required)

A couple of days ago, the North Carolina Judicial Branch’s communications office posted on its Twitter and YouTube pages a nearly two-minute video full of fashion tips for those having “business at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse.” Whether showing up for ...

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War zero (access required)

For years now, 64-year-old Daniel Sullivan Jr. of Morganton has put himself out there to be Special Forces soldier, a Vietnam veteran wounded in combat when an enemy’s bullet pierced his neck. His wartime efforts earned him a Purple Heart ...

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Watch your mouth (access required)

The language of law is rich and varied. Anyone who goes to law school learns a whole new vocabulary. And words, especially in statutes, are open to different meanings and interpretations. But are they open to different pronunciations? Not so ...

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TAXHOVA’s Witness (access required)

If you’re going into the business of preparing tax returns for clients, the No. 1 rule is probably that you shouldn’t start churning out bogus tax returns for them. And you definitely shouldn’t call attention to your business by setting ...

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New era for escapees

Just weeks ago, when a Wilmington jailbird took flight, this Sidebar reporter made a comment to his coworkers wondering why prison inmates bother to escape. “They are always captured,” I wrote on the real-time messaging service our company uses so ...

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