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Nov 22, 2023

Name game can end up being blame game 

By Mark McGrath  What’s in a name? When Juliet queried whether a rose would smell as sweet if called by another name, she captured the notion that names are artificial and arbitrary constructs bearing little if any relevance to the essence of the thing so named.   If things were only as logical in North Carolina […]

Nov 22, 2023

Stericycle decision forces evaluation of policies, practices 

By Jessi Thaller-Moran and Erin Barker  The National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency charged with protecting employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act, recently issued a decision that has employers in the Carolinas and across the country taking a closer look at their workplace policies and practices.   In a case involving Stericycle Inc., […]

Nov 22, 2023

Federal lawsuit challenges state Senate districts

RALEIGH — A lawsuit filed Monday in North Carolina alleges newly adopted district boundaries for the state Senate divide a cluster of predominantly Black counties in the northeast corner of the state in a way that unfairly dilutes the voting power of Black residents. Two Black voters drawn into a majority-white district are asking a […]

Nov 22, 2023

4th Circuit strikes down Maryland gun law

BALTIMORE — A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down Maryland’s handgun licensing law, finding that its requirements, which include submitting fingerprints for a background check and taking a four-hour firearms safety course, are unconstitutionally restrictive. In a 2-1 ruling, judges on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond said they considered the […]

Nov 22, 2023

‘Sophisticated foreign cyberattack’ hobbles court system

MISSION, Kan. — Cybercriminals hacked into the Kansas court system, stole sensitive data and threatened to post it on the dark web in a ransomware attack that has hobbled access to records for more than five weeks, officials said Tuesday. The announcement of a “sophisticated foreign cyberattack” was confirmation of what computer security experts suspected […]

Nov 21, 2023

Are workplace DEI policies still legal after SCOTUS decisions? 

By Cara Crotty and Robin Shea  This summer, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the use of race in college admissions violated the Fourteenth Amendment and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. President & Fellows of Harvard and Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. University of […]

Nov 21, 2023

Encroaching wildfire prompts NC evacuations

PINNACLE — Wildfires have prompted campgrounds in North Carolina and Tennessee to evacuate starting Sunday while firefighters prepared for high winds and low humidity Monday, though officials hoped for some help from expected rain. The National Weather Service’s office in Morristown, Tennessee, issued a red flag warning through today in the East Tennessee mountains and […]

Nov 21, 2023

SCOTUS rejects Chauvin’s appeal in Floyd’s murder

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin ‘s appeal of his conviction for second-degree murder in the killing of George Floyd. The justices did not comment in leaving in place state court rulings affirming Chauvin’s conviction and 22½-year sentence. Chauvin’s lawyers argued that their client was denied a […]

Nov 21, 2023

Presidential pardon: Biden exercises traditional authority

WASHINGTON — Liberty and Bell can spread their wings without fear. The two Thanksgiving turkeys played their part Monday in an annual holiday tradition at the White House: A president spares them from becoming someone’s dinner. “I hereby pardon Liberty and Bell. Congratulations, birds,” Biden said after one of the national Thanksgiving turkeys was placed […]

Nov 20, 2023

Murder appeal unsuccessful despite counsel contradicting statements 

By Rasmus S. Jorgensen  [email protected]  A man who attempted to have his first-degree murder conviction overturned was unsuccessful in convincing the North Carolina Court of Appeals that his attorney and the Gates County Superior Court made significant errors.  Terrell Jermaine Parker was convicted in 2022 and sentenced to life without parole after fatally shooting Isaac […[...]

Nov 20, 2023

Expiring law launched over 2,500 abuse suits

ALBANY, N.Y. — For a year, a special New York law has cleared the way for a wave of headline-grabbing lawsuits against famous men accused of sexual misconduct, including former President Donald Trump, hip hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs and comedian-actor Russell Brand. But when the Adult Survivors Act expires after Thanksgiving, it also will […]

Nov 20, 2023

Appeals court to hear arguments on Trump gag order

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court is hearing arguments today on whether to reinstate a gag order against former President Donald Trump in the federal case charging him with plotting to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Prosecutors with special counsel Jack Smith’s team will urge a three-judge panel of the Washington-based appeals […]

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