May 29, 1988 |
It was a standard charity pitch: Callers representing the Fraternal Order of Police asked for donations a year ago to send underprivileged children to the circus. The residents of Raleigh responded generously, signing up for 5,000 tickets and spending $54,873. Little did they know that only $7,707 would be turned over to the police group. The rest--86% of the amount collected--went to WRG Enterprises of Sarasota, Fla.
April 20, 1997 |
Hoyle Martin doesn't like it, the steady creep, the constant surge and seep of sex into everyday life. He especially abhors "deviant sex." It's everywhere, he says. Just look at Ellen DeGeneres on the cover of Time magazine, he says with disgust. Why can't homosexuals keep their private lives private? That's what he wants to know. "People ask me if I have any gay friends," said Martin, 69. "I tell them that if I do, I don't know it. And that's the way it ought to be."
August 5, 2001 |
Gov. Mike Easley signed legislation that bans executions of the mentally retarded. Easley, a former prosecutor and state attorney general, agreed to sign the legislation because support from the state district attorney's association and state Atty. Gen. Roy Cooper were "compelling factors." Seventeen other states and the federal government already have some kind of ban on executions of the mentally retarded, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
July 21, 2006 |
A state judge has ruled that North Carolina's 201-year-old law barring unmarried couples from living together is unconstitutional. The American Civil Liberties Union sued last year to overturn the rarely enforced law on behalf of a former sheriff's dispatcher who says she had to quit her job because she wouldn't marry her live-in boyfriend.
October 20, 2013 |
RALEIGH, N.C. - Roy Cooper is in a very lonely place. He's a Democratic state attorney general surrounded by conservative Republicans who control North Carolina state government. Now those Republicans have put Cooper in an awkward spot. He has publicly condemned GOP-sponsored laws on voter identification and gay marriage, yet must defend those same laws in court. Further complicating matters, Cooper plans to run for governor in 2016. That has prompted Republican charges that he's more interested in being governor than upholding North Carolina's laws.
September 3, 2012 |
SANFORD, N.C. - Polls may show President Obama with a fighting chance of winning North Carolina for a second time, which would be a bad omen for Mitt Romney on election night. But sitting in his office in this county seat in central North Carolina, Charles C. Staley, chairman of the Republican Party in Lee County, sees signs of hope for the GOP. In 2008, Obama narrowly defeated Republican nominee John McCain in the state. But Lee County - where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans - went to McCain.