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One-man wolf pack (access required)

Prominent Charlotte criminal defense lawyer Christopher Fialko is going solo. His current firm, Rudolf Widenhouse & Fialko, announced earlier this month that Fialko will be kicking off the New Year by separating from his longtime law partners and opening his ...

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Winter blitz (access required)

The sign read: “Ski Beech Caution! You are in a High Mountain Environment & May Encounter Snow & Ice on Stairs & Walkways. Be Aware and Watch Your Step.” It wasn’t the ice below plaintiff Rachel Palacino, though, that turned ...

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Good grief!

Charlie Brown is going to have a rough Christmas. Peter Robbins, the former child actor who gave a voice to Charlie Brown in the beloved“Peanuts” TV specials, has been sent to prison for nearly five years after pleading guilty to ...

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Annoyance beneath my wings (access required)

Whenever a judge begins an order by describing the case at hand as having a “protracted and sordid history,” it’s a safe bet that what follows is not going to be warm-and-fuzzy. After using the line quoted above to open ...

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That’s a lot of coin

HIALEAH, Fla — Talk about some loose change. A Miami-area mayor who is feuding with his local commission tried to use 360,000 pennies and nickels — that’s 28 buckets full of coins — to pay a $4,000 ethics fine. Instead ...

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Gouge away (access required)

A Mississippi lawyer who represents the families of inmates is raising a stink over sky-high prices in prison commissaries. Christi McCoy is drumming up national press over $4.80 boxes of generic Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal and copies of the Quran ...

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What is romance? (access required)

There is no pocket guide to love and romance; sometimes we just have to go through the fire to master these hard-learned lessons. For 57-year-old Dale Versher, finally discovering the meaning of romance meant another trip to the penitentiary. Versher, ...

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Robbery refined (access required)

Though Sidebar hasn’t personally been there, he’s always heard that Wilmington is a charming place. And apparently at least some of its crooks even have good manners. According to The Star-News, a man in mid-50s to mid-60s, wearing a motorcycle ...

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