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This bribe’s for you (access required)

Beer has been helping white guys dance and unfortunate-looking folks find romance since 1862, according to posters found in dorm rooms everywhere. But the world’s greatest beverage can also serve as an effective palm greaser. That’s one takeaway from the ...

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A bitter pill to swallow (access required)

Police chiefs are quite familiar with the concept of confidential informants, so it’s perhaps a bit surprising to see a former chief get taken down by one himself. But that was the fate of former Fair Bluff Police Chief Marty ...

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Not-so-brilliant deduction (access required)

Have you ever done something and just said to yourself, “Man, I’m getting too old for this [stuff]”? Well Sidebar wonders if Kings Mountain mayoral candidate Eugene “Sherlock” Holmes (That’s his nickname, we kid you not) is having such thoughts ...

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A burning ring of fire (access required)

Few things will attract more scrutiny than a suspicious fire that engulfs a lawyer’s office the night before the state bar is scheduled to drop by to perform a random audit. So when a law firm in Mocksville, a small ...

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Portrait of a chief justice (access required)

Retired state Supreme Court Chief Justice Jim Exum was closely acquainted with the life-size portrait that was unveiled in his honor earlier this month – and not just because it depicted his visage. The painting had been hanging on a ...

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Where we’re going, we need lawyers

Great Scott! “Back to the Future” is now officially Back to Past. Recently the world celebrated Oct. 21, 2015—the then-futuristic date that Marty McFly travels to in the 1989 sci-fi classic “Back to the Future Part II.” The occasion gave ...

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Chalk one up for InfiLaw (access required)

The oft-criticized InfiLaw System, corporate purveyor of bottom-tier legal education for debt-ridden students, doesn’t get many wins. But the pariah of academia recently scored a victory against a group of its own disenchanted alumni. The grads alleged in a federal ...

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