If you drive west from Raleigh for an hour and a half on US 64, you will come to Randolph County. That is where a North Carolina man is being held on several charges related to possession and distribution of child pornography.
Although the holiday season is here, North Carolina's college students can be forgiven for acting like Dr. Seuss's Grinch. A glance at any academic calendar quickly reveals their reason for a dour demeanor: first semester finals. Anyone familiar with the grind of finals week remembers the intense cramming sessions, exhaustion associated with pulling all-nighters and last-minute panic attacks that hit at the very worst time. It's no surprise, then, that students may attempt to erase the stress at the end of final examinations with drug or booze-fuelled revelry.
It's a two and a half hour drive west of Raleigh to Stanly County, North Carolina. The county near Charlotte is home to a retired pharmacist who has been giving advice to state senator Tom McInnis on how to address the opioid addiction problem plaguing North Carolina.
There are criminal defense attorneys and legal scholars who make the argument that in its search for criminals, the nation's top federal law enforcement agency broke more crimes than those who were arrested at the conclusion of its investigation.
Everyone understands that prisons are harsh places. A recent newspaper article sheds light on just how harsh North Carolina prisons can be.