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 Monday 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 someone… » 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

If You Hate Ladies & Are Scared of Muslims, You'll Love North Carolina

The latest state to hop on the nutty abortion law train is North Carolina, where the Senate just passed an anti-sharia law with a twist that not even the wiliest M. Night Shyamalan buff could have seen coming: an out-of-left field amendment that would basically ban abortion in the state. In the state legislature, it's… » 7/03/13 11:20am 7/03/13 11:20am

North Carolina Senate Wants to Give $250K to Crisis Pregnancy Centers

The Hyde amendment bans federal funding of abortion. But the North Carolina Senate sees no problem with bestowing $250,000 worth of state funding to an umbrella group of faith-based anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers that disseminate dubious medical information to vulnerable young women. Get ready for a deluge of… » 5/24/13 4:40pm 5/24/13 4:40pm

N.C. Democratic Chairman Compares GOP Efforts to Rape, Regrets Nothing

There are so many ways to describe something unpleasant happening that don’t involve alluding to sexual assault that one might think politicians, in their ongoing effort to ingratiate themselves to the voting public, would just leave the word “rape” out of their vocabulary when they’re not, you know, talking about… » 5/05/13 6:00pm 5/05/13 6:00pm

North Carolina Aims to Eradicate Uncovered Boobs

Heads-up, women who enjoy being topless in North Carolina, your (boobs') time (in the warm southern sun) may soon come to an end. A GOP-backed bill is headed to NC's House that would amend the current indecent exposure law to expand the definition of "private parts". Under the new bill, "private parts" explicitly… » 2/17/13 11:30pm 2/17/13 11:30pm