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Many meanings of ‘Old South’ (access required)

Here’s a fact that will probably never come up in Jeopardy: The U.S. Patent Office has granted six different “Old South” trademarks. And the proud holders of those trademarks include a bourbon brand, a company that makes lawn furniture, an ...

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No bench puns allowed (access required)

Mecklenburg County Courthouse visitors were treated to the musical stylings of District Court Judge Donnie Hoover earlier this month. Hoover, who began taking piano lessons when he was in the fourth grade and hung with it until he reached high ...

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Taxing evasion (access required)

Defendant Teresa Beal was not pleased when Watauga County foreclosed upon and sold her rental property without, as she puts it, doing its due diligence to locate her and personally talk to her about her delinquent property taxes. Instead, Beal ...

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Great minds pun alike (access required)

This week’s edition of The Economist, a British news magazine, includes a column about a federal court decision earlier this year which may cause millions of dollars to change hands because of a comma that legislators in Maine declined to ...

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Speaking for the dead (access required)

Comments that an attorney made during a trial pitting two brothers against their late father’s lover came back to haunt the siblings on appeal. Earl and Henry Fortner argued at the Court of Appeals that a trial judge erred in ...

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On your mark, get set, SLOW! (access required)

Today’s street slang includes the popular phrase/piece of advice, “stay in your lane.” Laconically, it translates to “mind your business.” Well, a Henderson County motorist learned from the state Supreme Court that he could adhere to both the literal and ...

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A man’s gotta have his beer

In America, freedom is not only cherished and appreciated, but expected. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly — these are rights bestowed upon every American and they do not expire. But what good is freedom if a ...

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