That One Time I Left My Fiancé and Fled to the Appalachian Trail

The Park Ranger parks his truck and steps over to my tent as gingerly as he could in his heavy boots. “Hello? Hey.” I poke my head out and look up to see him sporting the beige uniform of woodsy authority. The light behind him, dappled through the trees, is fading from gold to dark blue. » 5/20/15 3:45pm 5/20/15 3:45pm

Meth Lab Found in Home Of Elementary School Teacher

A third-grade teacher from North Carolina was arrested after a meth lab was found inside of her home. Police discovered meth-making equipment during a search warrant at the residence of Lori Riley Whitley and her husband, Gary. The couple will face a combined total of a dozen charges, including manufacturing… » 5/17/15 4:30pm 5/17/15 4:30pm

Noose Found Hanging from Tree on Duke University Campus

A noose made with yellow rope was found hanging from a tree on the Duke University campus in Durham, North Carolina around 3 a.m. today. In an email to students, Larry Moneta, the school’s Vice President for Student Affairs, wrote, “I can’t begin to describe the disgust and anger I felt, and still feel.” » 4/01/15 9:30am 4/01/15 9:30am

North Carolina Frat Suspended for Notebook of Rape and Lynching Jokes

North Carolina State University's Pi Kappa Phi has been suspended by its national leadership after a waitress at a university near campus discovered a pledge book allegedly authored by the fraternity's members. The book was filled with jokes about rape, lynching, and racial slurs. According to local news station WRAL,… » 3/23/15 11:30am 3/23/15 11:30am

Appeals Court Strikes Down North Carolina Ultrasound Law 

A federal appeals court has permanently blocked a North Carolina law that would have forced women to undergo an ultrasound and hear a detailed description before being allowed to have an abortion. In their decision, the appeals judges called the law "ideological in intent and in kind" and said it "risks the infliction… » 12/22/14 4:15pm 12/22/14 4:15pm

DMV Makes Teen Remove Makeup Because He Didn't Look 'Like a Boy'

Chase Culpepper, a 16-year-old resident of South Carolina, was allegedly told by the DMV that he had to remove his makeup to take a driver's license photo. Because, according to a DMV employee, Chase (who considers himself "gender non-conforming" and reportedly prefers male pronouns) didn't look "like a boy should." » 6/18/14 4:45pm 6/18/14 4:45pm

Woman Killed in Car Crash While Facebooking Lyrics to 'Happy'

32-year-old Courtney Sanford was driving on Business 85 in High Point, North Carolina when her car crossed the median and collided with an on-coming truck. Sanford's car burst into flames. Emergency services were called to the scene at 8:34 AM. Investigators confirm that at 8:33 AM, seconds before Sanford collided… » 4/26/14 12:07pm 4/26/14 12:07pm

Boy's My Little Pony Lunchbox Is a 'Trigger for Bullying,' Says School

Grayson Bruce, a 9-year-old boy from North Carolina, says he was bullied by his classmates for bringing a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic lunchbox to school. Instead of doing the sensible thing — like, oh, I don't know, teaching elementary schoolers that it's never acceptable to harm and harass one's peers (or to… » 3/17/14 5:20pm 3/17/14 5:20pm

This 12-Year-Old Girl Is Already President In An Alternate Universe

North Carolinian Madison Kimrey is 12 years old and already more articulate and fabulous than 95% of the members of the United States Congress. Case in point: this speech she gave on Monday in protest of the state's idiotic new voting restrictions. And her outfit! If I wasn't so damn impressed by her poise, I'd be… » 10/30/13 3:20pm 10/30/13 3:20pm

School Terrifies Kids With Fake Masked Gunman as Part of a Lesson

Have you ever heard of a bad idea so sublimely tasteless and terrible that you fall to the ground and mutely curse the gods who have forsook you and all of your wretched mortal companions? No? Here's one! A North Carolina public school decided to provide its sixth-graders with an "enrichment lesson" by having… » 10/16/13 3:20pm 10/16/13 3:20pm

North Carolina Agency Suspends Abortion Clinic's License

North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services has suspended the license of an Asheville abortion clinic, citing 23 rule violations discovered in a recent inspection. It's certainly suspicious that this happened just two days after Governor Pat McCrory broke his campaign promise by signing the "motorcycle… » 7/31/13 10:30pm 7/31/13 10:30pm

North Carolina Lawmakers Pass ‘Motorycle Safety’ Abortion Bill

Women all over North Carolina slept soundly last night, knowing just how protected they are, after the state Senate gave final approval to a prohibitive anti-abortion bill that could close 15 of the state's 16 abortion service providers because women need to be protected from their own...what? Manipulative vaginas? » 7/26/13 1:20pm 7/26/13 1:20pm

Crazy Abortion Law-Pimping Governor Sees Huge Approval Rating Drop

North Carolina, shoo-in for the 2013 Most Improved Player Award in red states' unofficial League of Whackadoodlery (perennial champions: Arizona and Florida, natch), has a bit of a PR problem on its hands. You see, the state's Republican-run state government got a little carried away recently; one thing led to… » 7/16/13 7:45pm 7/16/13 7:45pm