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COMtech to look elsewhere

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PEMBROKE — Although disappointed that the Robeson Community College board of trustees turned down COMtech Park’s request to sell or trade property the college owns at the park’s entrance so that a Business Support Center can be built, the park’s executive director vows that the center will eventually become reality.“I’m disappointed, but not discouraged,” Ryan Nance said Wednesday. ” … We’re looking at the alternatives to keep the project going. The politics may eventually play out, but our focus is on jobs and progress for our communities. I’d like to thank the commissioners, COMtech board members and others who are supporting our mission. In many respects, this is only the beginning.”

 

The racist threat from the right

Another U.S. shooting spree has left bullet-riddled bodies in its wake, and refocused attention on violent, right-wing extremists. Frazier Glenn Miller, a former leader of a wing of the Ku Klux Klan, is accused of killing three people outside two Jewish community centers outside Kansas City, Kan. As he was hauled away in a police car, he shouted “Heil Hitler!” Unlike Islamic groups that U.S. agencies spend tens of billions of dollars targeting, domestic white supremacist groups en...

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Sampson slams the door on Richmond, Pirates move into first-place tie

LUMBERTON — If last week’s shutout loss at Pinecrest was stomach-turning for the Lumberton Pirates, then Thursday’s 3-1 win over Richmond was the ideal remedy heading down the stretch in the Southeastern Conference championship race this season.Nursing a three-run lead in the sixth, Justice Sampson relieved Lumberton starter Evan Odum and was able to get out of a no-out, bases-loaded jam nearly unscathed as the Pirates pulled into a tie for first with the Raiders ...

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McGirt ties for lead at Hilton Head

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — There were no major letdowns for Masters contenders Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth at the RBC Heritage on Thursday.Kuchar, who tied for fifth at Augusta National, shot a bogey-free 5-under 66 to share the first-round lead with Scott Langley and William McGirt.The 20-year-old Spieth tied for second behind Bubba Watson last Sunday and continued his strong play with a 69, part of a large group tied for fifth at Harbour Town Golf Links....

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Duke’s Parker headed for NBA draft

DURHAM — Duke freshman Jabari Parker is entering the NBA draft, and there’s a strong chance he’ll be the No. 1 pick.The 6-foot-8 All-American forward was the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history. He was also the first freshman to lead the Blue Devils in scoring and rebounding and the first freshman in three decades to be selected team MVP.Coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement Thursday it was “an honor for us to have him in our program.R...

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Playing games with the numbers

The irony seemed to completely escape Gov. Pat McCrory Wednesday as he took the podium at a Tax Day event to heap praise on last year’s tax package that gave huge breaks to millionaires and large corporations while asking many small businesses and most North Carolina families to pay more.McCrory hailed the tax changes as a boon to the state’s future just two days after a legislative committee charged with coming up with a way to increase teacher pay acknowledged there w...

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Crime report

TheftsKenneth Tuthill, of Washington Street, Lumberton, reported Wednesday that the keys, valued at $16, to his Harley Davidson motorcycle were stolen at the Robeson County Public Library on Chestnut Street, according to a police report.Mearlene Seals, of Oak Street, Lumberton, reported Thursday that someone stole her debit card, valued at $20, from her apartment, according to a police report.Richard Geybert reported Thursday that someone brok...

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Gunmen rob delivery man of pizza, wallet, cash, iPad

LUMBERTON — A Domino’s employee delivering pies on Wednesday night did not get the tip he worked for, but instead had one for Lumberton police — that three men had robbed him at gunpoint.Christopher Zacarias, 23, was taking pizza to a home on Jerome Street between E Avenue and Dresden Avenue at about 11 p.m. when he was approached by the men, according to a police report.One, a black male with medium-length dreadlocks wearing dark clothing, pointed a ha...

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