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Spiders? Don’t be so scared of them

newsobserver.com — Catherine Scott explores amazing arachnids in her blog, SpiderBytes, ( http://spiderbytes.org) where she details the ways in which spiders serve as useful members of the ecosystem - and why we shouldn't be so scared of them. Q. What intrigues you about spiders? A.

North Carolina’s planned ‘religious freedom’ bills waste time, money on unfairness

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Jan 24, 2015

RT @ACLU_NC: North Carolina’s planned ‘religious freedom’ bills waste time, money on unfairness via @equalitync newsobserver.com/2015/01/22/449… #ncpol #ncga

Number of NC workers killed on the job nearly doubled last year

newsobserver.com — The number of workers killed on the job in North Carolina nearly doubled last year compared to the year before, according to preliminary data released by the state Department of Labor on Thursday. Forty-four people died in work-related accidents last year, up from 23 in 2013.

Sen. Burr is wrong to recall CIA torture report

newsobserver.com — It didn't take long for North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr to stir up his Democratic colleagues on the Senate Intelligence Committee he now chairs. He has sent the White House a letter, The New York Times reports, demanding that copies of an internal CIA report on torture be "returned immediately."
Jan 23, 2015

"Petty action." McClatchy's @theobserver editorial slams Sen Burr for demanding recall of #CIA torture report copies tinyurl.com/mwufqlk

Victims’ family doesn’t buy Joseph Sledge’s claim of innocence

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Jan 23, 2015

RT @MandyLockeNews: Stay tuned for developments in Joseph Sledge's innocence case. bit.ly/1t63oeu

Jan 23, 2015

RT @newsobserver: Follow @MandyLockeNews & @joshshaffer08 for LIVE tweets from the Joseph Sledge hearing bit.ly/1t63oeu - Will he …

Evidence stored away may prove Joseph Sledge’s innocence

newsobserver.com — As Joseph Sledge pleaded for his freedom this year, sheriff's deputies and prosecutors said whatever evidence they had from the 1976 double murder Sledge swore he didn't do had been lost or destroyed. In August, stored in lockers in the Bladen County Sheriff's office, investigators with the N.C.