A Johnston County judge has convicted three people of trespassing. But he dismissed charges against five others who were arrested after trying to serve citizens’ arrest warrants against pilots for a private air transport company based at the County Airport in Smithfield. Aero Contractors has been accused by the German government of flying terrorism suspects to countries where they face torture. Lorne Matalon reports the case raises questions about alleged acts that the US government doesn’t want to be formally responsible for.
Each year, the city of Fayetteville, N.C., celebrates All-American Week to honor the military service members who serve at nearby Fort Bragg.
Organizers canceled this year’s event because so many soldiers are deployed overseas, and many Bragg-based personnel have died in Iraq and Afghanistan in the past few months.
But one event would not be canceled — a memorial for recently fallen members of the 82nd Airborne Division. Even as the service took place Wednesday, other 82nd Airborne paratroopers were getting ready for imminent deployment.
Duke University’s men’s lacrosse team begins a new season Saturday. The 2006 season was suspended after rape allegations and a case plagued by conflicting testimony. Lorne Matalon of North Carolina Public Radio reports on the team’s efforts to press ahead.
National Park Service biologist Sunny Bass tracks signals from a radio collar on one of the panthers.
One of the world’s largest wetlands, the Florida Everglades, is threatened by development. It provides South Florida’s water supply, and it’s also a refuge for numerous species of plants and animals. As part of an effort to restore the everglades, biologists have introduced mountain lions from Texas to a threatened population of Florida panthers, the apex predator in the Everglades terrestrial ecosystem. Biologists say the panthers’ health is a barometer of overall environmental health. Scientists say the news so far is encouraging.
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A former CIA contractor from North Carolina was found guilty on charges he beat an Afghan detainee who later died while in custody. David Passaro was found guilty on three counts of simple assault and one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. He was the first American civilian charged with prisoner abuse since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began. Lorne Matalon reports.
North Carolina’s commercial fishermen and women are facing severe economic challenges right now. There are fewer fish to harvest, and developers are buying up the waterfront land where fisherman dock their boats and unload their catch. So fewer people are making their living in a profession that has been a hallmark of the state’s maritime heritage. North Carolina Public Radio’s Lorne Matalon reports.
The coastal town Washington, N.C. is mourning the death of Army Spc. Kevin Jones, who was killed by a roadside bomb while serving on his second tour in Iraq. Friends and family say the 21-year-old was as a thoughtful, sensitive soldier who was concerned that anti-war protests were undermining the effort in Iraq. Lorne Matalon of North Carolina Public Radio has a remembrance.
RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
The coastal North Carolina town of Washington is mourning the death of Army Specialist Kevin Jones. He was killed by a roadside bomb while serving on his second tour in Iraq. Friends recall the 21-year-old as a sensitive man deeply affected by the ongoing debate over US operations in Iraq. North Carolina Public Radio’s Lorne Matalon has this remembrance.
LORNE MATALON reporting:
Friends say Kevin McCray Jones was a rambunctious child, one who loved to roam and discover, a Boy Scout who once nurtured a wayward turtle before returning it to the sea. The path he followed to the Army began in ROTC class at Washington High School. Tom Meeks was Jones’ ROTC instructor. He’s teaching a new class how to move in unison as his students get ready for a parade.