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Two North Carolina ALE firearms unaccounted for

(09/13/09 11:58pm)

Two of the high-powered assault rifles belonging to the North Carolina Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement are missing, according to a story in The (Raleigh) News & Observer today. The ALE is the only state agency, including the State Highway Patrol, that provides every officer with an high-powered assault riffle, despite the relatively few situations ALE officers encounter where deadly force is needed.

Exclusive interview with journalist John Carroll

(02/10/09 7:50am)

Following his speech Monday evening, journalist John Carroll spoke with me about his professional career, which spans more than forty years. The former Los Angeles Times editor discussed the future of print media and the Internet, ethics and conflicts of interest as well as advice for aspiring journalists. Carroll also reflected on a personal conflict concerning his coverage of the 1969 death of Mary Jo Kopechne in a car accident with Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Exclusive interview with Mayor Cory Booker

(02/05/09 9:04am)

Newark Mayor Cory Booker spoke to a full Sanford crowd at Duke today. Afterward, Booker spoke to me in an exclusive interview. As we walked through a strong headwind along the Bryan Center Plaza, Booker discussed a wide range of subjects, including the direction he wants to lead Newark, criticism of him as a celebrity and the national notoriety of being an up-and-coming young, black politician featured in journalist Gwen Ifill's new book, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.

Airplane crashes on way to Charlotte

(01/16/09 2:44am)

US Airways flight 1549 from New York's LaGuardia airport crashed into the Hudson River approximately 20 minutes after taking off at 3:26 EST. The Airbus A320 plane, on it's way to Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, hit a flock of birds and experienced engine trouble soon after take-off. U.S. Coast Guard crews began rescue operations to remove the over 140 passengers and 5 crew members not long after the plane went down, according to FAA officials. It was below 20 degrees at the time of the crash. Stay tune for updates on this breaking news story.

Hoping for a Mayberry Miracle?

(11/04/08 7:19am)

In 2004, many political pundits believed that Democratic Gov. Michael Easely's endorsement from North Carolinian Andy Griffith helped the Democrat keep his office. Now with the 2008 race a statistical dead-heat between herself and Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, Lt. Gov. Bev Perdue has called on The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock star to help her by appearing in two ads. Can the sheriff secure a victory for Bev? Watch and decide.