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It’s true: There’s no free lunch (access required)

This isn’t a legal matter, but we just couldn’t resist noting it. We get press releases from the governor’s office on a near-daily basis, and one of them last week announced that Gov. Beverly Perdue would meet with Fuquay-Varina middle school student Sydney Brown.

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Well, give her credit for trying (access required)

After she was fired from the Guilford County Department of Social Services in 1999, Sandra Wilkins sued the agency, claiming that an increased dosage of Adderall for her attention deficit disorder had caused a drop-off in her performance and led to the firing. But the Court of Appeals found four years later that her performance didn’t decline with the new dosage; in fact, after a month on that dosage, Wilkins received the second-highest rating on a job performance evaluation.

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I’m here to surrender—aarrgghh! (access required)

Charles Boswell claims he was walking to his girlfriend’s apartment late one night when Oxford police officer Kenneth Bullock stopped him and asked him who he was and where he was going. Boswell didn’t respond well to being questioned, and Bullock attempted to place him under arrest for disturbing the peace. But Boswell made a run for it.

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On second thought, maybe a little mollycoddling is OK (access required)

As every political news junkie knows by now, North Carolina State Rep. Stephen LaRoque (R-Lenoir) resigned his position July 25 after being indicted by a federal grand jury. LaRoque faces four counts of theft from a program receiving federal funds and four counts of money laundering over his management of a non-profit group that administered loans to small businesses.

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Oh, for the want of an ‘L’ (access required)

A word of warning to attorneys who create their own websites: Be sure to proofread carefully. Otherwise, you might wind up with some highly unfortunate typos. Christopher Connelly, a criminal defense attorney in Charlotte, maintains a website that includes a number of FAQ pages. One of these is a page for “Public Masturbation FAQ,” which raises an obvious question—just how frequently are people asking attorneys for guidance in this matter?

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Having trouble with the word ‘leave’ (access required)

A North Carolina judge has bench-slapped two brothers who languish in jail because they refuse to walk away from land that has been in their family for more than a century. Carteret County Superior Court Judge Benjamin G. Alford hit Melvin Davis and Licurtis Reels with $11,000 in sanctions on June 12 for filing frivolous motions from behind bars. It’s just the latest in a series of setbacks for the stubborn pair.

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