Beware: Enjoy state parks, but watch your step

State parks in North Carolina had 15 million visitors last year. As outdoor season kicks in, officials are reminding people that deaths from falling are rare. But they still caution people to be aware of their surroundings in hopes of preventing another death like that of Stephanie Anderson on Saturday at Crowders Mountain State Park.


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UNC-Duke prep for women’s lacrosse final four

Area fans have eagerly anticipated a Duke-North Carolina meeting in a final four for years, but as it turns out it won’t be in basketball. The third-seeded Blue Devils (16-4) and second-seeded Tar Heels (17-3) will play in the national semifinals of the NCAA women’s lacrosse tournament at 5 pm Friday in PPL Park in Chester, Pa., a Philadelphia suburb.


As key hearing on Chandra Levy killing looms, tensions rise

The testimony of Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Haines, and especially her cross-examination by defense attorneys, could go a long ways toward determining whether Judge Gerald Fisher orders a new trial for Ingmar Guandique, who was convicted of first-degree murder for the 2001 killing of Levy.

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