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Lesson: Lose more next time (access required)

No executives at AIG or Lehman Brothers spent even a day in jail for their roles in causing worldwide financial panic, but one Nash County man received a five-year sentence after losing over $100,000 of his aunt and uncle’s money ...

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Oh, that damnum road (access required)

When you pull out of your driveway every morning, do you ever stop to consider whether the road will be there? Of course you don’t – and neither did Mark White and Tanis Duffie of Henderson County. Both men learned ...

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UNC Law embraces the masses (access required)

Until recently, those of us with neither the money nor the SAT scores required for admission could dream of dropping by an Ivy League school to hear a professor lecture. But the creation of MOOCs — massive open online courses — allows anyone with an internet connection to do precisely that. Now, the unwashed masses — even journalists — can sit in, via video, on lectures at brainy schools like Yale University. And best of all, they’re free.

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Letting moons shine (access required)

A committee discussion last week in the N.C. House revealed an interesting distinction in state law. Even if pending legislation to ban females from going topless in public is approved, it still would remain legal for both sexes to bare ...

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No honor among the untrustworthy (access required)

Here’s an argument we rarely see work: “Well, of course you shouldn’t have trusted me. I’m a known scoundrel!” The board of directions of SmartFlow is countersuing the company’s founders, Henry B. Kopf and Henry Kopf III, over the Kopfs’ ...

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Living in the dream (access required)

After learning about adverse possession on TV, an Asheville woman figured she could legally break into her million-dollar dream home and live happily ever after. Once she’d moved into the wealthy neighborhood overlooking Enka Lake in Candler, Charlayne A. Crawford ...

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What’s that saying about pots and kettles? (access required)

One of the few benefits of the country’s lingering economic doldrums is reduced child-support payments if you can’t find a job – or so a recent North Carolina Court of Appeals decision seems to indicate. Warren Ludlam and Leslie Knox Miller recently had their divorce settlement appealed to the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Among the numerous complaints Miller expressed to the court regarding the divorce agreement was the decision by the family court to lower Ludlam’s monthly child support to $156 a month from the original $1,000.

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