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Language in bullying policies stirs debate (access required)

Sara Preston remembers the three-year battle before the North Carolina General Assembly passed the School Violence Prevention Act in June of 2009. The law requires the state’s public schools to adopt policies banning students from bullying and harassing their classmates ...

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For people with disabilities, recession ups challenge of getting a job (access required)

For nearly a year in 2008, Edward Robinson looked for a job around his Huntersville home, applying everywhere from grocery stores and movie theaters to bowling alleys and home-improvement centers. He landed a few jobs, but they never worked out. ...

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Foreclosure fallout (access required)

Cheryl Littlefield’s ideal home was pulled right out from under her. Located near Revolution Park just west of Uptown Charlotte, the 1,200-square-foot, three-bedroom brick ranch-style home was just what Littlefield was looking for. And priced at $49,000, the foreclosed home was ...

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Charlotte firm turns to fancy cars, models to sell houses (access required)

Frank Arooji was about halfway through the multimillion-dollar project when he started having serious misgivings. “I thought, ‘Why did I do it?’” said Arooji, co-owner of Matthews-based Persis-Nova Builders, which builds custom homes throughout the Carolinas. Arooji and his partner, ...

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Foreclosure pause makes some fearful; others see bright side

As more of the country’s biggest financial institutions and mortgage lenders are pulled into the ongoing controversy involving questionable foreclosure processes, many predict the situation could have a chilling effect on the country’s already battered economy and real estate market. ...

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Losing speed (access required)

Morgan Ramsey’s longtime love affair with NASCAR ended badly. He grew up in Ridgeway, Va., just a few miles from the Martinsville Speedway and started going to races when he was 8. Family outings often consisted of traveling to regional ...

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Holiday job hunt could be hard work for teens (access required)

Having opened Dollar Plus in August, Doris Afam is excited about the upcoming holiday season and what will hopefully be a big boost in sales. But that excitement is tempered by the fact that she can’t afford to hire as ...

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