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Re: “Sex trafficking survivor Jillian Mourning finds L.O.V.E.

She let a man record her having sex with him for fear of a another sex encounter being leaked out? He must have paid her too, but that is being left out because then it would be prostitution. She either has no values or has some mental problems for not coming forward in the first place and allowing herself to be coerced into this.

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Posted by Mel wein on 03/20/2016 at 9:56 PM

Re: “Sex trafficking survivor Jillian Mourning finds L.O.V.E.

Come on ...
She gets raped and then grudgingly goes back and gets raped again ...

Why didn't she do then what she is doing now ?

This is simple pride and too much of it.

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Posted by Steve Smith 1 on 03/20/2016 at 2:01 PM

Re: “Courts ordered an end to gerrymandering in N.C., but foul play continues

The Federal Appeals Court did not order an end to gerrymandering per the headline. It ruled three Congressional Districts violated some combination of the current legal state of the 14th Amendment, CRA, VRA. The NC Legislature responded to their ruling and produced new Congressional Districts that follow the Courts ruling on those three districts. This is a first good step to get rid of some demographic data (in this case race) however the goal should be to remove ALL demographic data and use an open source algorithm to redistrict. No people involved, no demographic data used, no gerrymandering. Here is an example...

http://rangevoting.org/GerryExec.html

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Posted by Richard Bunce on 03/12/2016 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Courts ordered an end to gerrymandering in N.C., but foul play continues

You list Independents but leave off Libertarians?

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Posted by Garth Vader on 03/09/2016 at 10:27 PM

Re: “Who Stole the Stratton Kids?

You're right that unless we have access to all the info we don't really know if there was a case of neglect/abuse or not. But what IS being documented all over the country and has been documented by a very reputable research org. - the National coalition For Child Welfare Reform -- is that it's very likely that the parent/s' side of the story NEVER got on the record.

http://nccpr.info/solutions-due-process/

This is because of what appears to be a systemic violation of a parent/s' and/or caretaker/custodian's right to due process -- In NC, under UCCJEA, the parent and/or the the person who has physical custody of a child has to be given notice and an opportunity to be heard -- on the record --- before the custody of a child changes. -- unless there is an emergency. Beginning with NCGS 7B-406, the statutes governing Juvenile Neglect/Abuse/dependency tell how CPS is SUPPOSED to proceed - part of due process.

NC GS 7B-302 says that after the Director does an assessment of a situation based on a report of neglect or abuse -" (d) If immediate removal seems necessary for the protection of the juvenile or other juveniles in the home, the director shall sign a petition that alleges the applicable facts to invoke the jurisdiction of the court. Where the assessment shows that it is warranted, a protective services worker may assume temporary custody of the juvenile for the juvenile's protection pursuant to Article 5 of this Chapter."

Now in order to just go in and take a child, there has to be imminent danger.

Otherwise there is a process to invoke jurisdiction of the court, beginning with 7B-406 - and that includes summoning the parents to court to have a hearing to discuss the concerns - BEFORE taking a child.

Also, even if there IS an - "immediate need" and the courthouse is open, the DIRECTOR is supposed to take a petition -- containing FACTS - NOT conclusions - that explains what the concern is to the COURTHOUSE - not the magistrate. Even if the Director feels there is an emergency -- he/she still has to go to the COURTHOUSE if it is open. (if the courthouse is closed AND there is an emergency, the magistrate can write a petition)

Also if it's a true Emergency - imminent danger to the child if CPS doesn't remove him/her immediately - then the law gives CPS the authority to take the CHILD - but only for TWELVE HOURS --And the parent has a right to be WITH THE CHILD during that time. Then, says NC DHHS, there is supposed to be a meeting with the parents, the child (if the child is old enough) and CPS asap to basically see what is going on. THEN if there is STILL evidence for concern, a petition can be taken TO THE COURTHOUSE -- to request nonsecure custody .

If that occurs, the parents are supposed to get a summons and a copy of the petition with the allegations and THEN a hearing must be held within 7 days - and according to 7b-506 -(b) the parents have a right to be heard, cross-examine witnesses - have their own witnesses heard, and present evidence.

Now, here's the rub. If you question every parent in NC who's has a child taken from them, my guess is that you will find not ONE who was given his/her rights under 7B-506 (b) -- which also says that the burden of proof is ON THE PETITIONER to provide CLEAR AND CONVINCING evidence that the child should remain in custody.


I am a victim of this system. There was NO emergency. An emergency was not even alleged - harm to the child was not alleged and CPS admitted the child was healthy and unharmed. The petition not even ALLEGING an emergency was taken to the magistrate when the courthouse was open (see 7B-404). The required Affidavit that MUST state who had physical custody of the child and with whom he had lived in the last 5 years - -was fraudulent and the caseworker swore to its accuracy. UCCJEA requirement that the person who has physical custody of the child be heard (a federal law) was ignored, possibly because the affidavit was fraudulent.

I was NOT given the right to speak before or AFTER my grandson was taken from my arms, and I have been systematically prevented from presenting evidence - AND no one ever even alleged that my grandson was harmed or unhealthy. Furthermore, the caseworker violated NUMEROUS nc laws in her attempt to invoke jurisdiction of the court -- the case was NEVER VALId -- AND THE TRUTH NEVER got on the record ---

Therefore you can read the record, and all the authorities in the world can read what's ON THE RECORDS -- but that will not give you the facts -- it will give you DSS/CPS side of the story.

Whatever you think about a case, you should ask at least this: Was accused's right to due process violated so egregiously that he/she was prevented from being heard or from presenting evidence. If so then how much of a case could CPS really have, if they have to shut up the accused - if they won't let the whole truth on the record. Wouldn't you want to know what CPS is hiding? or distorting?

One more thing, imagine a grief-stricken parent, who doesn't even know what it is they've done to cause the action taken against him/her -- and having SEVEN days to come up with a defense -- and find an attorney - IF they can even afford one --- which likely CPS would not even bother them if they could..

In my case, CPS didn't even give me a copy of the petition - I didn't even know WHAT the accusations were - and the hearing was held TWO DAYS after my grandson was taken from me.

Imagine coming up with a defense in that time without even knowing what the "charges" are!

Instead of being so glib about such an important and heart-wrenching subject, you might consider doing a little research!

http://www.nccpr.org/reports/12Financial.pdf

Posted by CPS Victim on 03/06/2016 at 10:46 PM

Re: “Youths found at the border fleeing violence are now being returned to the flames

They where ordered to leave they thumb their noses decided to go underground and got caught seems to me the actions committed by these illegals was criminal. Anyone who believes they should get special treatment should shoulder the cost's associated with it they had their day in court if they want to appeal the decision fine but the deportation order must be followed thru asap.

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Posted by John Lee on 03/05/2016 at 9:24 AM

Re: “The last days of Delvonte Tisdale

It does not matter if he was white,black,asian,hispanic or middle eastern he should have not done that. Why are you calling racism on people who are just pointing out he's to blame? Its dangerous to himself, he was trespassing his race has not part of that.

Posted by nerd3 on 02/28/2016 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Underground midwives flout N.C. law to give moms-to-be more choices

My daughter was born at home with a Certified Nurse Midwife who was in partnership with the doctors at UNC. It was an excellent experience! I had prenatal visits with the midwife AND drs at UNC - they wanted to make sure that I felt comfortable coming to their hospital in the event of an emergency. I even had an ECV performed by the residents at UNC when she wouldn't flip... several weeks later we had a baby girl in the comfort of our own home and I felt well taken care of.

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Posted by kelly on 02/27/2016 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Reason for the (Party) Season

LOL you forgot to mention my alma mater, Livingstone College, the CIAA champs for the past TWO years... I'm sure it was a mistake ;~)

Posted by Bobbie on 02/26/2016 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Rev. Robin Tanner hopes to reframe religion in the Bible Belt

Just curious. What do you mean by reframing religion? Interesting.

Posted by sensetalk54 on 02/23/2016 at 1:33 AM

Re: “Rev. Robin Tanner hopes to reframe religion in the Bible Belt

2 Tim. 3: 1-5,7,13 : "This know also, that in the last days perilous times will come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud,blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce,, despisers of those who are good, traitors, highminded, lovers of pleasures, more than lovers of God. Having a form of Godliness(is that you?) but denying the power thereof, from such turn away. Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

2 Tim.3:16-17 ALL SCRIPTURE IS GIVEN BY INSPIRATION OF GOD, AND IS PROFITABLE FOR DOCTRINE, FOR REPROOF, FOR CORRECTION, FOR INSTRUCTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS; THAT THE MAN OF GOD MAY BE PERFECT, THOROUGHLY FURNISHED UNTO ALL GOOD WORKS.

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Posted by sensetalk54 on 02/23/2016 at 1:32 AM

Re: “Rev. Robin Tanner hopes to reframe religion in the Bible Belt

It is good that you want to help people. But in order to help them, you must be truthful with them. Just curious, Are you doing ministry or counseling? Were you called to be a clergy? You studied buddhism, so do you really think that there is a reincarnation of a human being returning as an animal or plant? What doctrine are you preaching? Do you not realize that every human being will stand before God one day? Do you not know that so called pastors, preachers and reverends will be judged more strictly than everybody else. Are you prepared to take what you are spreading and place it before a loving and just God, who must punish sin, after he sent his son to die, and his son is rejected? Are you really prepared for that? What are you doing with Jesus? yes preach in the name of God's love, but also preach that there will be a judgement one day and that judgement is based on what God's word says, not what man thinks. Please do not use the phrase haTERS, FEARMONGERS. You yield yourself to the Holy Spirit. Do not be the group of people that 2 Tim. 4: 1-4 in the Bible talks about. Share the sin breaking message of Jesus Christ.

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Posted by sensetalk54 on 02/23/2016 at 1:19 AM

Re: “What does a casino in the Charlotte area mean for the community?

Atlantic City can trace is decline more to bad government management than to the casinos...

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Posted by Eagle 1 on 02/21/2016 at 6:27 PM

Re: “What does a casino in the Charlotte area mean for the community?

If the casinos target the poor then why are they so many well dress people in them with flashy clothes and a lot of jewelry. With the job that will be coming to the area, maybe the poor want be poor any longer. I say lets go with it. I would rather travel an hour to King Mountain than 3 hours to Cherokee. If people rice or poor want to gamble they will find a way to get to a casino. Just save us some money on the gas.

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Posted by Timandjean Freeze on 02/21/2016 at 3:15 PM

Re: “The HRC North Carolina Gala gives staff, volunteers a chance to reflect on progress, raise funds and party

Thanks to you, Crystal, and to all the hard workers at the HRC for continuing to fight for the rights of LBGT citizens. We've come so far in my lifetime; I can't believe the strides we have made in acceptance, visibility, and normalcy allowing me and others to live free.

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Posted by Sheryl Manning on 02/18/2016 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Feds step in at crime-ridden strip mall in Charlotte

They just need me to come out there and cut a fart, then they all be gone.

Posted by yunannamus on 02/14/2016 at 10:30 PM

Re: “Muslims in Charlotte: Islam is here, and it would like to be your neighbor.

rakim,public enemy are not muslim but 5 percenters and no there have been very few wars in name of christianity

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Posted by James on 02/07/2016 at 3:16 PM

Re: “How a syringe exchange program could help make addicts, residents and police officers safer

Thank you CL for covering this important issue, and thank you Brent Tate for advocating for the health of your community!!

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Posted by Loftin Gregory Wilson on 02/04/2016 at 5:11 PM

Re: “How a syringe exchange program could help make addicts, residents and police officers safer

Great job Brent! So glad to see this information published!

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Posted by Melissa Epps on 02/04/2016 at 2:43 PM

Re: “How a syringe exchange program could help make addicts, residents and police officers safer

Thanks for fixing the Heroin exchange error in your article

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Posted by Robert Childs on 02/04/2016 at 10:20 AM

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