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Any Volunteers? (access required)

When Fred New contracted with his soon-to-be-ex-wife in 2002 to help cover the “ordinary and necessary” future college expenses for the pair’s two young children, he might not have known what he was volunteering for. Fast forward more than a ...

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A biscuit by any other name (access required)

U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn of Charlotte is no flake when it comes to biscuits. But Cogburn, who recently confessed to being something of a fast food connoisseur given all the time he spends commuting to and from court, might ...

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Come fly the windy skies (access required)

A story involving an airline passenger who was said to have released such a fetid stinker while aboard a plane that the jet had to be evacuated at Raleigh-Durham International Airport last week has morphed into a viral unsolved mystery. ...

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No brunch in New Bern (access required)

While cities and towns across North Carolina are jumping on the “brunch bill” booze bandwagon and passing local ordinances that allow alcohol sales before noon on Sundays, teetotaling leaders in New Bern are having none of it. Apparently, the aldermen ...

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Bring on the mimosa

A running “funny” in this Sidebar reporter’s household is calling mimosas — the wonderful concoction of champagne and citrus juice — “mimosos.” The colloquialism spawned from an episode of “Bridezillas” in which the nettled wife-to-be exclaimed that while she didn’t ...

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Disgruntled ‘employee’ (access required)

Thomas Matherly doesn’t feel valued as an employee. It’s unclear what his job at the Butner Federal Correctional Institution, located in Butner, North Carolina, actually entails, but among myriad qualms he has with his supervisors is pay. Matherly, who has ...

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It’s a wonderful opinion (access required)

Justice Paul Newby is receiving some well-deserved praise for an entertaining and thoughtful concurring opinion he wrote in the case of State v. Keyshawn Jones. Newby agreed with the majority that the state had presented enough evidence against Jones to ...

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