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North Carolina legislature reconvenes on amendment titles
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina lawmakers once expecting to be done legislating for months when they adjourned their session in June are back at work less than four weeks later.
The General Assembly is starting a special session Tuesday for the purpose of approving ballot titles for six proposed constitutional amendments on November ballots.
That job is supposed to be done by a three-member panel that includes Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and Attorney General Josh Stein, both Democrats. Republican legislative leaders say they decided to call themselves back into session because they worry the commission will succumb to outside pressure and create negative titles that would discourage amendments passing.
But Cooper and other Democrats say Republicans want nice-sounding names for the amendments that will hide the GOP’s attempted power grab with them.
Billionaire, former UNC System president dies at age 86
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – Billionaire philanthropist C.D. Spangler Jr., who led North Carolina’s university system for more than a decade, has died. He was 86.
The University of North Carolina System announced that Spangler died Sunday.
Spangler became president of the system in 1986 and led it for 11 years. The Charlotte native attended the University of North Carolina and later Harvard Business School.
He was one of the wealthiest men in North Carolina. According to Forbes magazine, Spangler was estimated to have a fortune of approximately $4 billion through family companies and his leadership of National Gypsum.
The university system said that Spangler sought to keep tuition low throughout the system and championed its role as an economic driver for the state.
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Developer’s mysterious dog-leash death ruled a homicide
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – A real-estate developer’s death has been ruled a homicide by strangulation weeks after his son said he found his father with a dog leash around his neck.
The North Carolina Office of Chief Medical Examiner issued a report Friday saying 59-year-old William Bishop died from oxygen deprivation to the brain due to strangulation. The report classified the death as homicide.
According to the autopsy, one of Bishop’s teenage sons called authorities on April 18 and said he found his father unresponsive with the leash around his neck. The boy told authorities the leash handle was in his father’s hand and the dog was nearby, the report says. Authorities said the leash wasn’t around Bishop’s neck when they arrived.
The Herald-Sun first reported the autopsy release. No charges have been filed.
Man’s arrest in Virginia sparks march over excessive force
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) – Relatives of a North Carolina man have held a march in a Virginia city, saying police officers used excessive force in his arrest.
Lynchburg police told news outlets 31-year-old Larry Anthony Booker of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was arrested during a traffic stop last Wednesday and charged with multiple criminal offenses and traffic offenses.
Police said Booker rolled over on an officer, kicked a police dog and tried to escape. According to police, a baton was used to get Booker to stop resisting and to stop him from kicking the dog.
Booker’s mother, Nida McQueen, told WSET-TV that police went too far.
About 30 people marched about a mile through the rain Sunday. Outlets report that Booker was treated at a hospital after his arrest.
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Virginia group seeks return to free parking along NC beach
CURRITUCK, N.C. (AP) – A system to charge non-residents for parking on some beaches of a North Carolina county is being challenged in court.
The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reports the Virginia Four Wheel Drive Association has sued in Currituck County Superior Court. The lawsuit seeks a court order ending enforcement of the new parking system along with monetary damages.
Under the system, people who aren’t residents of Currituck County must buy passes to park on a 13-mile stretch of the county’s northern beaches. The system requires non-Currituck residents to pay $50 for a 10-day pass or $150 for a seasonal pass.
County attorney Ike McCree said Monday that he has filed a motion for a 30-day extension to give the county more time to respond to the lawsuit.
North Carolina man charged in abduction of mother, child
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man has been charged by authorities in the kidnapping of a mother and her 3-month-old child.
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office says in a news release 18-year-old Delano R. McLean is charged with first-degree kidnapping, second-degree kidnapping, assault by strangulation, breaking and entering to terrorize and violation of a domestic violence protection order.
The sheriff’s office said the woman and her child are reported to be in good physical condition.
According to investigators, McLean entered a home through a window Sunday, forced the mother and child into her car and left with them.
Authorities have not released a motive.
2 men arrested in shooting that injured off-duty officer
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Police in Buffalo have charged two men in connection with a weekend shooting that injured an off-duty police officer and another man.
Buffalo Police Department spokesman Mike DeGeorge says the shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Authorities say a 29-year-old off-duty Buffalo Police Officer Christopher Bridgett and 28-year-old Darnell Davis were leaving the Groove Lounge when a man approached them. Police say both men were shot after an altercation.
Bridgett and Davis were taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment. Police say Monday both men have been released.
Police say two men were later taken into custody. A 41-year-old Buffalo man was charged with multiple offenses including two counts of first-degree assault. Police charged a 40-year-old Charlotte, North Carolina man with criminal possession of a loaded weapon.
Police continue to investigate the shooting.
Calls for Dem to leave NC race grow over anti-Mexican blog
(Information from: Times-News, http://www.thetimesnews.com)
BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Hispanic leaders have called for a Democratic candidate for a North Carolina House seat to drop out over a 2006 blog post that contains incendiary remarks about Mexican immigrants.
Cathy von Hassel-Davies tells the Times-News of Burlington she’s mulling her political future following Saturday’s meeting with the Hispanic American Democrat Caucus of Alamance County. She’s challenging the incumbent Republican, Dennis Riddell, for the 64th District seat.
Caucus president Yvette Gaboury says the candidate’s remarks were full of “arrogance.”
An expletive-laden post on her blog, “Cat’s Craft Corner: Rantings and Ravings of Perhaps a Lunatic,” suggested Mexican immigrants were “illegal” and castigated the U.S. for accommodating Spanish speakers. Von Hassel-Davies has apologized, saying her words were “indefensible” but inspired by her German father’s precarious employment.