Male cop dresses as Amish woman to stop flasher

PITTSBURGH — A western Pennsylvania police officer says he spent much of December and January dressed as an Amish woman in hopes of scaring off a man suspected of exposing himself to Amish children.

  • South Koreans crave Asia’s smelliest fish

    MOKPO, South Korea — The aroma of one of South Korea’s most popular delicacies is regularly compared to rotting garbage and filthy bathrooms.

  • Search for Chinese relics ends near Boston College campus

    BOSTON — While in Shanghai last year, Boston College professor Jeremy Clarke heard a strange tale that could have sprung from the pages of a classic mystery novel: Nearly 100 scale models of historic Buddhist pagodas, exquisitely crafted by Chinese orphans a century ago, had seemingly vanished.

  • Pakistan judge dismisses 9-month-old boy's murder case

    ISLAMABAD — A Pakistani judge dismissed an attempted murder charge Saturday that police lodged against a 9-month-old boy, ending a bizarre case that drew new criticism to the country’s troubled criminal justice system.

  • Jar of French mountain air fetches $860

    BEIJING — Beijing artist Liang Kegang returned from a business trip in southern France with well-rested lungs and a small item of protest against his home city’s choking pollution: a glass jar of clean, Provence air.

  • Crocodile caught wandering around California mall

    ROSEVILLE, Calif. — Don’t shed any tears for a crocodile that was captured wandering outside a pet store at a Northern California shopping mall.

N.C. Wesleyan student receives special education scholarship

Amanda Paige Pritchett, a senior education major at N.C. Wesleyan College, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Taunja Cox Scholarship.

Stolen shoes lead to arrest of store owner on multiple charges

A local business owner who is a convicted felon on federal probation recently was arrested for gun- and drug-related charges.

Supremacist faces murder charges in Kansas deaths

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A white supremacist charged in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City was brought into a video conference room in a wheelchair Tuesday to make his first court appearance.

  • McCrory, tax overhaul opponents differ on result

    RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory and his fiscal allies used Tuesday’s tax-filing deadline to highlight a tax overhaul passed last summer that they say will benefit most North Carolina residents — either by leaving more money in their wallets or providing them with new jobs.

  • USDA says N.C. health agency met food stamp deadline

    RALEIGH — The federal government says it’s satisfied that North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services has met the final deadline to whittle down its backlog of food stamp applications at local social service offices.

  • Charlotte man pleads to stealing from employer

    CHARLOTTE — Federal prosecutors say a Charlotte man who was controller and later chief financial officer of a Mint Hill business has admitted to stealing about $4 million from his employer.

  • New charges for Winston-Salem woman in hit-and-run

    WINSTON-SALEM — Additional charges have been filed against a Winston-Salem woman whose vehicle struck and dragged a man more than two miles.

  • Two die near finish line of Raleigh half marathon

    RALEIGH — Authorities say two runners have died near the finish line of a half marathon near Raleigh.

Harrell to stay at Louisville

Tarboro native Montrezl Harrell will wait at least another season to pursue the NBA.Harrell, a 6-foot-8 forward at Louisville, announced that he will return to campus next fall for his junior year.

  • Local players choose schools

    A handful of Twin Counties football players weren’t the first to sign National Letters of Intent, but just a few months removed from National Signing Day, they know where they’ll continue their studies and their football careers.

  • Hurricanes enter uncertain offseason

    RALEIGH – The Carolina Hurricanes have entered perhaps their most uncertain offseason since they moved to North Carolina.

  • Hendrick succeeds in early season

    DARLINGTON, S.C. – One thing’s crystal clear as NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series heads into its annual Easter break – Hendrick Motorsports looks as strong as ever.

  • Watson’s takes next step after winning second Masters

    AUGUSTA, Ga. – For all the crazy stunts Bubba Watson does for fun, the green jacket was off limits.

  • Haas to field an F1 team

    CONCORD – NASCAR team owner Gene Haas is out to prove that an American-based team can succeed in the Formula One racing series.“I think we can beat the Europeans at their own game,” Haas said Monday at a news conference.

Business owner adds two new stores

Rocky Mount native Sharif Elsayed is adding to the list of local businesses that he owns.

  • Retail sales surge in March

    WASHINGTON — U.S. retail sales in March rose by the largest amount in 18 months, led by strong gains in sales of autos, furniture and a number of other products.

  • Manning’s effort has sweet reward

    Dena Manning and her family always have loved the homemade candy produced by Butterfields Candy Co.

  • Once-soaring tech stocks continue to plunge

    SAN FRANCISCO — The stock market’s laws of gravity are ravaging its highest fliers.

  • Jobless rate declines, but fewer looking for work

    The Twin Counties unemployment rate plunged in February of this year compared to the same month last year, but it’s not because the job market has improved, officials said.

  • Family Dollar to cut jobs, close stores

    MATTHEWS ­— Family Dollar plans to cut some jobs and close about 370 underperforming stores as it tries to reverse sagging sales and earnings.

Deen hits taste, calorie balance

ATLANTA – Bobby Deen grew up on rich, yummy Southern comfort food.It was all good until about 13 years ago when Deen turned 30. He found himself 25 pounds overweight and feeling sluggish.

  • Efforts ease access to anti-overdose drug

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Slowly and trembling, she inserted the needle into a sponge and continued rescue breathing on the plastic mannequin.  This could be her son.

  • Costumed mascots build fervor for causes

    Within this country, there exists a group of masked individuals who show up at large gatherings of people wearing colorful costumes.

  • Family turns farm into wedding venue

    LINWOOD – Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote, “In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.”That is what Debbie and Michael Phillips were banking on when they started using their 65-acre farm as a nature-themed wedding and special events venue.

  • Pilgrims feel loss of beloved retreat

    SAN ANTONIO –
 For three or more months, pilgrims have arrived at the historic Little Chapel of Miracles on the outskirts of downtown to pray – only to face chain-locked entrances.

  • Morehouse group honors Walker

    Longtime minister Dr. Thomas L. Walker recently was inducted into a civil rights organization that honors the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Our Views

Telegram editorial writers weigh in on local, state and national issues.

  • Dropout rates improve in Twin Counties

    Dropout rates at area schools fell last year – welcome news for students, parents and educators.

  • Kansas shootings have sad ties to N.C.

    As horrible and tragic as the weekend shootings outside two Jewish centers in Kansas City proved to be, a suspect charged in connection with the murders left a different brand of misery in North Carolina three decades ago.

  • Students’ exposure to STEM in schools is critical

    Last week, students at Englewood Elementary School engaged in a variety of activities designed to expose them to science, technology, engineering, art and math in a fun way.

  • Too soon to celebrate drop in jobless rate

    Anyone seeking to celebrate the declining unemployment rate in North Carolina or the Twin Counties should take a second look at the numbers, and what they actually show.

  • Census shows troubling signs locally

    New numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau underline a trend that few of us in the Twin Counties want to see.We’re losing people.Not a lot.