Friday, July 29, 2011

N.C. abortion law makes a hard decision, harder

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 10:48 AM

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Three years ago, a good friend of mine discovered that she was pregnant. She was also Ssngle, working a job that barely covered her living expenses and dealing with a man who had a less than stellar reputation of being dependable. A pregnancy, she’d said, was the last thing she needed. Sure, she could’ve gotten government assistance to take care of her child, but she wanted to have a stable life — like the one she had while growing up — and a father in the home.

She acknowledged that she made a mistake, slipping up with her birth control, getting caught up in the moment and not using protection properly. One thing she knew for sure: There was no way that she could afford to take care of herself while pregnant (her job didn’t offer adequate health insurance) and she definitely could not care for a child. She made the hard decision to have an abortion.

Watching as she struggled with that decision proved something that I’ve always thought: This is the hardest thing that a woman will ever have to decide.

But. It. Should. Be. That. Woman’s choice.

Thank you, North Carolina for injecting yourself where you don’t belong.

Governor Beverly Perdue used her veto power to try and put a stop to this law but Thursday, the Republican-led legislature voted to override the Governor's move.
Now women seeking abortions have to follow a checklist of steps first.
Both sides of the abortion issue in North Carolina weighing in.
"There is a victory for life today and I couldn't be happier," said David Hains with Catholic Voice North Carolina.
But pro-choice advocates said this is dark day for women across the state.
"This is a tragedy for women in North Carolina," said Melissa Reed, Vice-President of Development for Planned Parenthood North Carolina. "For a woman of very little means, she may have to take two or three days off work, find childcare for her other children."
The new law makes three major changes: there is now a 24 hour waiting period after women seek an abortion, they must receive state mandated counseling and view an ultrasound of the fetus beforehand. Even after viewing the sound, women will have to wait additional four hours before the procedure is performed.

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Today's Top(less) 5: Friday

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 6:30 AM

Here are the five best events to get you hot and bothered with or without a date going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, July 29, 2011 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

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• Black Light Weekend at The Estate

• Charlotte's Happiest Happy Hour at Uptown Cabaret

• School's Out for Summer party at Leather and Lace Southend

• After Hours Breakfast Buffet at The Men's Club

• Host With the Most at Whisky River

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Could law enforcement have saved domestic-homicide victim Ebony Taylor?

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 11:32 AM

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The death of a 24-year-old Charlotte mother seems to highlight a need for more domestic-dispute training in the law enforcement community.

According to The Charlotte Observer, Ebony Taylor, the stabbing victim, and Gregory Parker, the accused killer, had a documented history of violence.

Taylor accused Parker of pointing a knife at her and confining her against her will.
Last week, Taylor was jailed, accused of throwing bleach on Parker's head.
On Tuesday night, she was released from Mecklenburg jail. Four hours later, she was dead.


Also:

In the February incident involving Taylor, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested Parker and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment.

With charges that serious, why was he even allowed to bond out of jail? In Mecklenburg County, there were nine domestic violence homicides in 2010, two more than 2009. So far, there have been two domestic violence homicides in Mecklenburg County in 2011. Statewide, that number is 29.
Since Jan. 1, 2002 there have been 75 domestic violence related homicides in Mecklenburg County, according to the Women’s Commission.

There is help in the county, but it seems that many victims never hear about them.

More info: Mecklenburg County Community Support Services' Women's Commission: 704-336-3210. United Family Services' Shelter for Battered Women 24-hour hotline: 704-332-2513.

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Today's Top(less) 5: Thursday

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 6:30 AM

Here are the five best events to get you hot and bothered with or without a date going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, July 28, 2011 — as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

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• Sexy Soul Singer Bilal at Tempo

• Drink Specials at Uptown Cabaret

• Kick Ass Fillet at The Men's Club

• What The Buck Thursday at BarCharlotte

• VIP Dances at The Gold Club

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Today's Top(less) 5: Wednesday

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 6:30 AM

Here are the five best events to get you hot and bothered with or without a date going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, July 27, 2011 — as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

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• Wild Wednesday at Club Onyx

• The Wednesday Fabulous Feast at The Men's Club

• Pure Wednesday at Halo

• Ghost Walk tour of Davidson

• Wild Wednesday at Leather and Lace SouthEnd

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Karrine Steffans is back with SatisFaction

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 2:05 PM

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One thing you can't say about Karrine Steffans is that she doesn't know about sex. She's made a career of kissing and telling — and then moving to instructing women how to release their inner vixens. In between releasing books, Steffans was tabloid fodder because of her relationships with the likes of Bill Maher and Darius McCrary (aka Eddie Winslow).

This August, Steffans will release SatisFaction, a hybrid of erotic fiction and sexual advice for couples who want more than missionary sex. In a press release, she said:

"Unlike my previous books, SatisFaction is a work of "faction," fact and fiction, hence the title's double entendre. You will be whisked away, into each chapter's bawdy fiction, enlightened by the chapter's scintillating examples of have to make each fantasy a reality, and then instructed how to he assured these highly adventurous fantasies don't go awry!"

While the advice in the book is well-researched, she tells couples to seek therapy before practicing BDSM and the like. Also, the short erotic stories are boring and more porno than erotica. I need characters to have names or I'm just going to assume that Steffans — who has told the world all about her sex life — is the female character in all the story. Sorry, Zane or Rachel Kramer Bussel she is not.

SatisFaction hits stores on August 10.

View the book trailer:

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Today's Top(less) 5: Monday

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 6:30 AM

Here are the five best events to get you hot and bothered with or without a date going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, July 25, 2011 — as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

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• Monday Madness at Club Onyx

• The Blue Plate Special at The Men's Club

• Get Thru Monday at Tilt

• $25 VIP Dances at The Gentlemen's Club

• Monday Funday at Dixie's Tavern

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Today's Top(less) 5: Friday

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 6:30 AM

Here are the five best events to get you hot and bothered with or without a date going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, July 22, 2011 — as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

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• Ladies in Men's Shirts at The Estate

• After Hours Breakfast Buffet at The Men's Club

• $25 VIP dances at Twin Peeks

• Happy Hour at Howl at The Moon

Tempo's Six Year Anniversary Party

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Today's Top(less) 5: Thursday

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 6:30 AM

Here are the five best events to get you hot and bothered with or without a date going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, July 21, 2011 — as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

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• Bottle Popping Thursday at Club Onyx

• Kick Ass Fillet at The Men's Club

• BarKini Bull riding contest at BarCharlotte

• Diverse Thursday at Dharma Lounge

• $10 Table Dances at The Gentleman's Club

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Monroe Police officer suspended after being accused of touching a teen

Posted By on Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Charlotte had former officer Marcus Jackson and now Monroe, just a few miles down the road in Union County, is facing a police scandal of its own.

A Monroe Police officer, Sgt. Joe Pressley is accused of taking indecent liberties with a girl in early spring of this year while he was off duty, but he hasn't been charged.

"Police officers are not above the law and must be held accountable for his/her actions or non-actions," Monroe Police Chief Debra Duncan said in a statement. "However, it is important to remember that as with all persons accused of a crime, there is a presumption of innocence until proven guilty in a court of law."

Duncan said Pressley will remain on administrative leave with pay until the investigation is complete.

The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the allegations.

But didn't Roy Cooper say the SBI was struggling for money? Will this investigation be quick? Or swept away for lack of funding?

Looking at the Monroe office and remembering what happened in Charlotte with Jackson, it makes you wonder how many possible predators are walking around in blue uniforms.

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