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Study: Teenage Smoking Down in North Carolina

Posted: 12/29/2008 - The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that the study by researchers shows the percentage of middle-school students who smoke dropped from 5.8 percent in 2005 to 4.5 percent in 2007. The number of high school students who smoke fell from 20.3 percent to 19 percent.

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Study: Murders Among Black Youths on Rise

Posted: 12/29/2008 - Last year, for example, the study from criminologists at Northeastern University says 426 black males between the ages of 14 and 17 were killed in gun crimes. That's a 40 percent increase from 2000.

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Bank Statements, Breakup Notes Get Year-End Shredding

Posted: 12/29/2008 - In an event that organizers hope will become a New Year's tradition, New Yorkers and tourists were invited to bring bad memories from 2008 to Times Square on Sunday and feed them to an industrial-strength shredder.

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Morris Brown rally raises $60,000 to pay bill

Posted: 12/27/2008 - Morris Brown College officials raised $60,000 during a four-hour rally Saturday to help pay a massive water bill that is threatening to shutter the embattled institution.

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Morris Brown plans rally to help pay water bill

Posted: 12/26/2008 - Organizers are planning a rally to raise funds to help Morris Brown College pay a $380,000 water bill that is threatening to shutter the embattled institution.

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Eartha Kitt, sultry singer and dancer, dies at 81

Posted: 12/25/2008 - A family friend says Eartha Kitt, a sultry singer, dancer and actress who rose from South Carolina cotton fields to become an international symbol of elegance and sensuality, has died. She was 81.

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Travel slow in West, better in Midwest

Updated: 12/25/2008 - Holiday travelers are getting a gift at Chicago's O'Hare International, where all flights are on time and no cancellations have been reported.

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SC band needs $20K for Obama's inauguration trip

Posted: 12/25/2008 - A South Carolina high school band has only raised about half the money it will take to travel to Washington, D.C., next month for President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration.

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Bush withdraws pardon

Posted: 12/24/2008 - President George W. Bush has taken the apparently unprecedented step of revoking the pardon of a man he has just pardoned.

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Church donations steady, Christmas Eve services should help

Posted: 12/24/2008 - A lot of you probably have plans to head out to a Christmas Eve service tonight. Churches are counting on it. In these tough times -- donations around the country are down this year but most churches around here haven't noticed the slip -- yet -- but worry, it's coming.

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Possible Extra Healthcare Fees

Posted: 12/24/2008 - Governor Perdue's plan would charge hospitals and health insurance companies to help with budget shortfall.

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