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 another, … » 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 includes… » 2/17/13 11:30pm 2/17/13 11:30pm

Military Wife Says She Was Denied Entry to Spouses’ Club Because She’s …

Maybe you're thrilled with the progress made by the State of Washington in letting same-sex couples get married, as they damn well should. Maybe your heart fluttered last year to know that "Don't ask, Don't tell" had finally ended. That's great! Now here's something that'll darken your brow — a North Carolina woman named … » 12/13/12 5:25pm 12/13/12 5:25pm

North Carolina Mom Arrested for Tattooing a Tacky Heart-Shape on Her…

South Carolina may have had its summer fling with questionable-parenting news stories, but it's fall now, everyone's been home from vacation for a good long time, and it's high time we got back to recognizing North Carolina as the slightly colder, more sober questionable-parenting Carolina. According to police in… » 10/07/12 4:00pm 10/07/12 4:00pm

20-Year-Old Special Needs Woman Charged In Sex Ring Because North…

Alexandrea Berte, now 20, vanished from her Wilmington, North Carolina home in July. Since that time, Laura Berte had to implore police three times to place her on a national missing persons list, as Allie was 19 at the time. After officials acquiesced, Allie was pulled over for a traffic violation in a car full of… » 10/06/12 5:15pm 10/06/12 5:15pm

Forcibly Sterilized by the State of North Carolina? Too Bad, Say…

A plan to compensate some of the estimated 7,600 victims of the state of North Carolina's forced sterilization program has been stalled in the state's Senate by Republicans who are terribly, terribly sorry that it happened, but who just don't understand how money will help solve anything. There there, now. Please… » 6/21/12 4:40pm 6/21/12 4:40pm

Black Man Kicked Out of Racist Bar; Cops Don't Help, But Social Media…

After a Harvard-bound 21-year-old said police refused to help him when he was kicked out of a Raleigh, NC sports bar for being black, other spurned patrons came out of the woodwork to claim they had received the same racist treatment. Now their grassroots campaign to shut the bar down is gaining traction. Who needs the … » 6/19/12 3:15pm 6/19/12 3:15pm