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Going For Roommates – A Good Idea Or Not?

So many tenants who opt to split the rent sharing it with the roommates are of the opinion that they are just fine till the time they have to pay the share of their own every month. Actually, the roommates signing a lease agree that they’ll pay specific rent amount to the landlord every month. Only thing that your landlord would be interested in is to get the full amount every month – how the rent is split between you and your roommate is not his concern. For instance, say you have rented one of the mebane apartments with two bedrooms on $1400 rent per month. The settlement between you and your roommate is that you’ll pay $800 while the roommate will pay $600 of the total amount every month as you might be taking the bedroom with better view or the bigger one.

 

As your lease moves forward, the roommate informs you that he would not be share the rent for the next month. Whether you are paying full share on your part, both of you will be violating the lease if the landlord does not receive his $1400 rent by due date.

 

Even if an agreement has been signed between you and your roommate for splitting the total rent, both of you will still be accountable to your landlord for complete rent amount. Though, it is good to have an agreement in written form as you’ll be able to collect the money owed by the roommate if he misses certain payment, however, this agreement won’t have any kind of legal value on what is being owed by both of you to the landlord.

In above example, say the roommate pays $500 only from $600 that he owes and you pay your full share of $800. The roommate may agree on enclosing a specific note to your landlord clearing that $1300 received by the landlord contains your rent in full and partial rent of your roommate, i.e. $500.

However, you should not expect that such a note will make the landlord consider that you have paid your rent fully and look to the roommate only for the rest. Contrarily, you both will be considered liable by your landlord for remaining $100 amount.

The conclusion of the whole discussion can be that one major responsibility of being roommate of somebody is to know that both of you will have to face consequences if the total monthly rent falls short due to one of you. Considering the fact that you may be evicted due to bad financial habits of your roommate, it is important that you decide whether to have a roommate or not. Or, you should spend some time in finding the roommate who can be relied upon and is compatible with you.

Video shows North Carolina fair employee falling from Ferris wheel car carrying children

A tense moment was caught on camera at a North Carolina fair Friday night as a Ferris wheel malfunctioned, leaving two children clinging to each other inside a tilted carriage as a carnival worker fell from the ride while trying to help.

The accident occurred at the Central Carolina Fair in Greensboro at 9:45 p.m. after the Ferris wheel operator had to temporarily shut down the ride when one of the carriages "began to tilt out of its normal position." The operator "followed safety procedures to safely unload all passengers," the Central Carolina Fair said in a statement released on Saturday.

An employee with Michael’s Amusements sustained minor injuries while attempting to adjust the gondola car back into place. He was treated on scene before being transported to a local hospital and has since been released, according to fair officials.

The Greensboro Police Department said the worker sustained non-life threatening injuries when he fell from the malfunctioning ride.

Video of the incident taken by eyewitnesses shows the worker falling to the ground as he attempts to fix the malfunctioning carriage.

One eyewitness told ABC News that two little boys were on the Ferris wheel at the time of the incident.

Brittney Smith, 28, of High Point, North Carolina, was at the Central Carolina Fair with her family Friday night when the ride malfunctioned. Smith told ABC News the boys were riding in the same gondola car together when it suddenly tilted sideways.

Smith, who was watching the incident unfold from below, said the boys were holding on to each other, "trying to protect one another from falling out," while carnival workers climbed up the Ferris wheel to help.

As one of the workers climbed onto the tilted carriage the boys were in, the car suddenly flipped back into place and began swinging back and forth, causing the worker to fall off the ride. The other workers then pulled the Ferris wheel down so the boys could exit the ride, Smith said.

Smith said the employee who fell had a cut on his leg, but didn’t appear to have other injuries.

"Everyone was OK for the most part. I think maybe the little boys probably suffered from shock," Smith told ABC News in a telephone interview Saturday. "They were pretty shaken."

Central Carolina Fair spokesman Andrew Brown wouldn’t confirm whether any children were in the tilted gondola car at the time.

"We are waiting on the report from state officials with other details," Brown told ABC News in an email. "The worker was attempting to adjust that carriage so the wheel could be safely rotated to unload all the passengers safely."

The gondola car was restored to "proper working condition" Friday night and was re-inspected by officials from the North Carolina Department of Labor. State officials approved the Ferris wheel ride to return to use Saturday, according to the Central Carolina Fair.

ABC News’ Dominick Proto and Rex Sakamoto contributed to this report.

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5-year-old child dead, parents injured at University of North Carolina family housing following domestic incident

A 5-year-old died and two others were injured after a domestic incident at Baity Hall at the University of North Carolina early Sunday, police said.

A domestic violence incident left a 5-year-old dead and the child’s parents injured at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill campus early Sunday, authorities said.

The incident happened around midnight at a single-family home at the school’s Baity Hill housing community, campus police said.

WNCN-TV reported that it received reports of a mother stabbing her child. Police did not confirm those details.

The father is a UNC graduate student and lived with his family in the campus residence, according to the station.

The injured parents were taken to a local hospital, and the suspect was receiving medical treatment, police said.

Police were investigating the murder as a homicide.

The Baity Hill community houses graduate students and student families, according to the school’s website.

Campus police said there were no ongoing threats.

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3 Reasons To Visit North Carolina

North Carolina is a popular state to visit and it’s no secret why. Although there are many popular things to do and visit while in the state, you will definitely want to pay it a visit and check out the below attractions. Read on to find out what they are and then you can book a trip to North Carolina as soon as possible.

1. The Blue Ridge Mountains- The state is home to the Blue Ridge Mountains, which includes Mount Mitchell. Mount Mitchell is the highest peak in North America (the mainland) and there are many state parks in the area. If you are a fan of hiking, then make sure you visit Mount Mitchell, as well as the surrounding area.

2. The Beaches- Some of the best beaches can be found in North Carolina, especially the beaches of the outer banks. If you want fun, sun and relaxation, then make sure you check out the beaches in the state. There are plenty of things to do, such as fishing, biking, kayaking, swimming, surfing and hang gliding. Of course you can just spend the day at one of the beaches laying around and soaking up the sun.

3. Lighthouses- If you’re a fan of lighthouses or would like to see some of the most gorgeous lighthouses in the country, then you’ll want to visit North Carolina. Many of them still shine their beacons. If you have the chance, make sure you check out Cape Lookout Lighthouse and Bodie Island Lighthouse. Those two are some of the most popular lighthouses in the state.

Do you want to check out amazing lighthouses or visit some of the best beaches in the country? Do you love hiking and being outdoors? If so, then you’ll want to book a trip to North Carolina today.

Gang Crimes: Will Black and Hispanic People Be Targeted by New North Carolina Law?

North Carolina has passed a law that sets harsher sentences for gang members convicted of crimes connected to organized crime, focusing attention on the issue at a time when President Donald Trump gives speeches calling gang members “animals.” The state legislators who sponsored the bill said the old gang laws weren’t working and needed to be updated in order to fight gang crime—but civil rights advocates and gang experts say it will disproportionately affect minorities and do little to cut crime.

The new law says a gang member convicted of a felony will be sentenced at a higher level than the crime of which he or she was found guilty. For example, a person convicted of shooting a gun into a house or car—a class E felony—could expect a sentence of less than two years in prison. But under the new law, a gang member convicted of the same crime would be sentenced as if it were a more serious class D felony and would likely receive a sentence of at least four years behind bars. (Sentences for the most serious crimes, like murder, are not upgraded under the new law.)

Civil rights groups have raised constitutional concerns about harsher sentences for gang members, and last year a Tennessee court struck down a state law allowing long sentences for gang members. The ACLU says the criteria in the North Carolina law for determining whether someone is a gang member are vague and could apply to ex-gang members or people who simply live in neighborhoods where gangs are active.

“There a lot of explanations for those behaviors that don’t necessarily have anything to do with gang membership, either previous or current,” Susanna Birdsong, policy counsel for the ACLU of North Carolina, tells Newsweek, naming criteria like hand signals, clothes, tattoos and language as examples. “They are casting a wider net than is necessary and it’s an invitation to racial profiling.”

Young black and brown men are disproportionately profiled as gang members, Birdsong said, so the new law could mean longer sentences for those minority groups as well as higher rates of recidivism that can follow longer sentences.

These men, alleged members of the Bloods gang in North Carolina, were indicted on May 16, 2017 on conspiracy charges for their roles in the gang and charges related to murder, violent assault and drugs and gun possession.

A gang expert tells Newsweek he doesn’t think sentencing enhancements for gang members are effective in cutting gang crime. “Is that going to stop people from joining gangs? The answer is probably not,” says Jeffrey Wennar, a former gang prosecutor in Maryland who now is the legal counsel for the National Alliance of Gang Investigators Association. “They’re not saying, ‘Oh geez, Johnny just got 20 years because he’s a gang member, I’m not going to join a gang because of that.’”

Wennar also says gang sentencing enhancement laws have a potential to affect minorities disproportionately. He compares laws like the one North Carolina just passed to the harsher sentences for offenses involving crack cocaine (which is mostly used by black people) than for powder cocaine (which is mostly used by white people).

As an example, Wennar describes a young man hanging out with his cousin, who happens to be in a gang, and then getting arrested. “Some of the state statutes say association with known gang members is a valid criteria [for gang membership] when in fact you have no relationship to a gang,” Wennar says, adding that this is more likely to happen to black or Hispanic people. “I don’t want to see [such laws] applied unfairly,” Wennar says. “I don’t want people targeted because of their minority status or geographic status [or] because they live in an inner city.”

But the state legislators who sponsored the bill noted that it passed unanimously in the state Senate and by a vote of 109 to 5 in the House, and that the law needed to be updated.

“The old law was not working so I worked with many experts from across the state to write new legislation. I believe it will work and it is good legislation as witnessed by the broad bipartisan support. Time will tell,” Representative Allen McNeill, a sponsor of the bill, tells Newsweek in an email.

“The Gang Laws had not been changed in years. With the gang problem in most communities, we were asked to look at these and try to update them,” says Representative Pat Hurley, another bill sponsor. “In North Carolina, we have a gang problem in our schools, our communities and in our jails and prisons. Something needed to be done and I feel this was a good beginning to address this issue.”

The new law is even harsher on gang leaders than it is on rank-and-file gang members. (North Carolina is about 70 percent white, 20 percent black and 10 percent Hispanic.) If someone “is found to be a criminal gang leader or organizer, the person shall be sentenced at a felony class level two classes higher than the principal felony for which the person was convicted,” states the bill, which was signed into law late last month.

In order for a defendant to be judged a gang member and sentenced at a higher felony class, the law, which was sponsored by eight white Republicans, says the individual must meet three or more criteria from a list that includes being previously involved in gang activity, having tattoos linked to a gang or using language or slang associated with a gang.

The new sentencing guidelines and criteria are amendments to a state law passed in 2008 that targeted gang members, but that was criticized by prosecutors and police as vague and ineffective. The old law established separate charges for gang activity, even making it a class H felony to “conduct or participate in a pattern of criminal street gang activity,” whereas the new law instead sets stricter sentences for crimes committed by gang members.

Local law enforcement leaders praised the new law, which was sparked by testimony at legislative hearings last year about an imprisoned gang member who orchestrated the kidnapping of the father of the prosecutor who got him locked up for life.

“I support the enhanced sentencing components of HB138 as a method to alleviate our communities of the most violent gang members,” Rocky Mount Police Chief James Moore told the local newspaper. “There are a multitude of gangs operating in North Carolina and our region of the state. There are traditional street gangs, outlaw motorcycle gangs and white supremacist gangs.”

The move by North Carolina follows a precedent set by 30 other states across the country in mandating harsher sentences for gang members, according to a database maintained by the National Gang Center. In some states, gang membership can make for a much harsher sentence. In Indiana, for example, a defendant who is convicted of a felony and found to be a gang member can be sentenced to an additional prison term equal to the sentence for the felony—effectively doubling the time to be spent behind bars.

Other states that enhance sentences for gang members increase the punishment by smaller amounts. Montana law, for example, says: “A person who is convicted of a felony that the person committed for the benefit of [a] criminal street gang…shall, in addition to the punishment provided for the commission of the underlying offense, be sentenced to a term of imprisonment in a state prison of not less than 1 year or more than 3 years.”

The day after North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed the gang bill into law, Trump gave a speech in his home state of New York promising to “dismantle, decimate and eradicate” gangs. “Together, we’re going to restore safety to our streets and peace to our communities, and we’re going to destroy the vile criminal cartel, MS-13, and many other gangs,” said Trump, who also spoke about gangs and “American carnage” in his inauguration speech.

The new law takes effect on December 1 and applies to crimes committed on or after that date.

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Thousands of tourists evacuate North Carolina island after power outage

Vacationers head north on NC 12 on Hatteras Island, N.C., on Friday. (Steve Earley/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

A "steady stream" of tourists left a North Carolina island Saturday under evacuation orders prompted by a widespread power outage, wiping out a significant chunk of the lucrative summer months for local businesses.

It could take days or weeks to repair an underground transmission line damaged early Thursday by construction crews working on a new bridge between islands. The construction company drove a steel casing into an underground transmission line, causing blackouts on Ocracoke and Hatteras islands.

Cars lined up Friday to get on ferries, the only way off Ocracoke Island, after about 10,000 tourists were ordered Thursday evening to evacuate. A second order for visitors to Hatteras Island, south of Oregon Inlet, meant up to 60,000 additional people had to evacuate starting Saturday, primarily north over the inlet bridge.

As of 2 p.m. Saturday, North Carolina ferries had evacuated about 3,800 people and 1,500 cars from both islands, according to Gov. Roy Cooper’s office.

Cooper said he called local officials to pledge state help.

Aaron Howe cooks in the dark kitchen at the Island Convenience Store in Rodanthe on Hatteras Island, N.C., on Friday.

"We’ll do all we can to get repairs moving," he said in a release.

Excavation at the site revealed Saturday that one of three underground transmission cables that supply the islands’ power is missing a 2-foot section. A timetable for repairs won’t be known until crews determine whether either of the other cables, still buried as of Saturday afternoon, was damaged, according to Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative.

Dare County spokeswoman Dorothy Hester had no estimate for how many people still needed to leave Hatteras Island.

"We realize people are disappointed. They brought a lot of stuff here. They’re packing up and moving out," she said. "While disappointed, they’re going to make their way home."

Roughly 80 percent of the islands’ tourism stems from vacation rentals, and the order coincides with the customary Saturday turnover for weekly home rentals, so those people would be leaving anyway. The big question is when visitors can get to homes already rented for upcoming weeks in the height of tourism season, said Lee Nettles, director of the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.

While villages north of the bridge may benefit from some displaced tourists, others "got the message and are staying home," he said.

The order barring inbound tourists did not apply to Hatteras Island’s roughly 6,000 year-round residents or to other property owners.

The ferry back from Ocracoke to Hatteras is full Friday

"Residents are fine. We all know how to pull together," said Angela Conner Tawes, manager of Conner’s Supermarket, a third-generation grocery store in Buxton, which delivered about 90 barbeque sandwiches to utility workers for lunch. "But financially for us, losing time in August is a big deal. This is when we make our money for the year. We’re just holding our breath and waiting."

As of Saturday afternoon, tourists were still shopping at the store, which has kept regular hours thanks to its two large generators. One unknown is whether the store will get its Tuesday scheduled delivery, Tawes said.

"Until we know something, we’re trying not to fret too much," she said.

The island’s regular summer fish fry remained on schedule for Saturday evening since organizers ordered the fish before the evacuation call was made Friday. Now they’re just hoping to recoup their costs. They’re foregoing the normal plate fees, feeding whoever shows up with whatever they want to pay, if anything.

"It’s better for it to be eaten than go to waste," said Mary Ellon Ballance, president of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of Hatteras Village Volunteer Fire Department, one of four groups that hold the weekly fundraiser. "This is like a dry hurricane for us — the aftermath of a hurricane without the destruction."

The utility is supplying temporary power to residents, businesses and emergency services with diesel and portable generators.

But conservation measures were still mandatory, which include barring the running of air conditioners and hot tubs, Hester said.

Business owners were upset that the disaster was caused by human error, not Mother Nature.

"It’s a hard pill to swallow that someone forgot where the power cable was," said Jason Wells, owner of Jason’s Restaurant on Ocracoke Island. "How do you forget where the power cable is?"

Wells said his restaurant, closed by the outage, is missing out on at least $5,000 a day in sales. He said many seasonal businesses close for one-third of the year, making the summer months essential to their bottom lines. His 25 workers typically make between $75 and $250 a day.

"So when you take this hit in July and factor in that you’re only open eight months out of the year, it’s big," he said. "It’s a lot more than people even realize."

He estimated that total losses for shops, hotels and restaurants on the island could easily top $100,000 per day.

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Why North Carolina should embrace low preseason ranking

During head football coach Larry Fedora’s five-year tenure thus far at North Carolina, preseason rankings didn’t mean a whole lot.

In those first five years, the media picked the Tar Heels to finish at various spots in the Coastal Division standings. However, the prognostications rarely proved accurate.

Not once has North Carolina’s final spot in the standings reflected where it was projected to land in the preseason. In fact, UNC’s two first-place finishes came during years in which it was predicted to finish third (2012) and fifth (2015).

So it’s difficult to imagine that Fedora will lose any sleep over his squad landing at No. 5 in the 2017 preseason standings. In fact, the low ranking just might set his team up to surprise onlookers this fall.

At this point, the losses from last season’s offense are well-documented. Quarterback Mitch Trubisky, running backs Elijah Hood and T.J. Logan, wide receivers Ryan Switzer, Mack Hollins and Bug Howard, and offensive linemen Lucas Crowley, Jon Heck and Caleb Peterson are gone. Virtually every star from the 2016 offense has departed, leaving little experience on that side of the ball.

But this season’s schedule stacks up favorably for a group looking to break in new talent. The Tar Heels open at home against Cal, potentially the worst team in the Pac-12. After that, Louisville will travel to Chapel Hill, and while the storylines will inevitably shift the spotlight on reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, the Cardinals’ abysmal offensive line opens the door for North Carolina to score an early season upset.

A trip to Old Dominion and a home date with Duke follow; by the time Carolina faces a legitimately difficult road matchup (Georgia Tech on Sept. 30), its newer contributors will have had four games to adjust to bigger roles.

Five of North Carolina’s first seven contests will take place in the friendly confines of Kenan Stadium. That provides a major opportunity for the Tar Heels to make an immediate statement and gain confidence before the most challenging part of the schedule.

Also working in North Carolina’s favor is the fact that no other team in its division can feel completely comfortable at this point. Unlike the Atlantic Division, where the Florida State Seminoles can talk about national championship aspirations without snickers in the background and Clemson possesses the pieces necessary to defeat anyone, every member of the Coastal has significant questions to answer. That includes Miami, the preseason favorite, which has uncertainty at quarterback and on the offensive line.

UNC, of course, is not without its own concerns. The coaching staff is banking on graduate transfers to make seamless transitions at important positions, while hoping that young players grow up quickly and make plays right off the bat.

Fedora and Co. will have a better idea of what they have when camp begins in a couple of weeks. By their Sept. 2 opener, the Heels will get a shot to show whether they deserved to be tabbed fifth in the division.

They’ll be looking to prove the voters wrong once again.

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North Carolina budget agreement raises salaries, delays tax cuts

RALEIGH — Republicans at the North Carolina General Assembly have announced a two-year state budget deal that gives raises to teachers, state employees and retirees next year but puts off income tax breaks until 2019.

Senate and House leaders unveiled details of their spending plan Monday, two weeks after negotiations between the two chambers officially opened.

The two chambers will vote later this week on the compromise measure, which would then go to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. His spokesman says it looks like the proposal doesn’t do enough for education, economic development and the middle class. But Senate leader Phil Berger says the plan includes many of Cooper’s priorities.

The agreement also would end the practice of automatically sending 16- and 17-year-olds charged with crimes to adult court.

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The City of Mebane

Mebane is a city in North Carolina. It is situated in two counties. The majority of the city is located in Alamance County and the remainder of it is located in Orange County. Originally, the city was named Mebanesville and it was incorporated in 1881 and then again as a town in 1883. It became a city in the year 1987.

It was named after a Revolutionary War General and US Congressman, Alexander Mebane. Today, there are over 11,300 residents as per a 2010 census report and more people are moving there every day.

This southern city has a lot of charm and plenty of parks for people to enjoy the outdoors. There are plenty of things to do for residents as well as visitors all year long. Mebane has hundreds of acres of parks and some have excellent hiking trails. Visit Lake Michael to go fishing or paddle boating. For those who enjoy golfing, there are two golf courses in the city.

There are events and parades to attend from the yearly Dogwood Festival to the Fourth of July Parade. There are also a few 5K runs as well as concerts at Clay Street After work. There is a choice of accommodations for visitors including quaint bed and breakfasts.

Mebane has lots of dining and shopping available. There are antique stores, furniture stores, art galleries and outlet shops. There is a mall nearby with many major stores and there are also clothing stores that offer boutique atmospheres with trendy clothing options. Downtown has been rated one of the best places to shop in all of North Carolina.

There are delis, coffee shops, and great restaurants to go to which will round out any visit. Visit Mebane and find out why it is called a Positively Charming city.