The State of Things
12:03 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Death Rides The Rails

A train carrying crude oil derailed causing a massive explosion in the Canadian town of Lac-Mégantic in July 2013.


Railroads across America carry hundreds of billions of dollars of toxic materials every year. 

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The State of Things
12:25 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Bladenboro Hanging Death Leaves Unanswered Questions

Bladenboro, N.C.
Credit Gary Dincher / Flickr Creative Commons


In August, 17-year-old Lennon Lacy was found dead in the small town of Bladenboro, N.C, hanging by his neck from a swing set.

Local police say Lacy killed himself, but Lacy's family says suspicious circumstances have raised questions about whether Lacy's death was a suicide or a lynching.

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8:51 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Durham Police Department Investigates Fabrication of 911 Calls To Enter Residences

A Durham Police officer admitted lying about receiving a 911 call as a pretense to enter a residence and serve a warrant. He told a judge is was a common practice in the department.
Credit Durham Police Department

The Durham Police Department is investigating an incident in which an officer lied about receiving a 911 call from a residence to gain access to the home and serve a warrant.

The officer told a District Court judge in May that it was a common practice within Durham's police department.

Police Chief Jose Lopez issued a memo to the department stating that fabricating 911 calls is not a policy.

City Manager Tom Bonfield says he assumes this is an isolated incident, but that it's unacceptable and bears investigation.

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