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Belmont is a city located in Gaston County, North Carolina. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 8,705. Belmont is home to Belmont Abbey College. (More Info and Source) Belmont Real Estate

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Hornets player who pleaded guilty to domestic violence sentenced

A Hornets player who pleaded guilty to domestic violence was sentenced to probation and must complete a course on domestic violence, according to officials.
Jeffrey Taylor, 25, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of domestic assault and battery, and one count of destruction of property under $200 as part of a plea deal. Both are misdemeanor charges.

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Taylor admitted he assaulted his girlfriend and caused damage to a Marriot Hotel in East Lasing, Michigan, the night of his arrest in September 2014.
Taylor was sentenced Thursday to 18 months probation and he must report monthly. He must complete a 26-week batterers program in Charlotte called New Options for Violent Actions. Taylor must complete 80 hours of community service in 15 months. He can serve his probation in Charlotte.
The no contact order with the victim was canceled and he is not to have “assaultive contact” with the victim. He will not have jail time unless he violates his probation.
Taylor is to pay fines and penalties of $1,840 plus damages paid to the hotel.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:25:27 -0400

Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'

One of the most powerful men in the tech and U.S. business industry, Tim Cook has announced he's gay.

In a 10-paragraph op-ed for Businessweek published early Thursday morning, the Apple CEO wrote,"While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."

The reveal is hugely significant, evidenced if nothing else by the apparent crash of Businessweek's website and the article only minutes after it was posted.

When standing in the shadow of the most valuable company in the world, there's little ability to keep your entire personal life out of the public eye. Cook's sexual orientation has been the subject of rumor and discussion— as this Gawker headline from 2011 clearly shows.

And in June as CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" discussed the lack of openly gay CEOs in Fortune 500 companies. Co-host Simon Hobbs found out insider info doesn't always equal public knowledge.

Jim Stewart, The New York Times Columnist: "Not one would allow to be named."

Simon Hobbs, CNBC Anchor: "Well, I think Tim Cook is fairly open about the fact that he's gay at the head of Apple, isn't he? Oh, dear. Was that an error?"

Cook's leadership of Apple — which started in the unenviable position, by the way, of having to be Steve Jobs' successor — has been largely viewed as admirable. (Video via YouTube / Martin T)

The company continues to lead the tech industry on seemingly all relevant fronts. Cook, of course, unveiled Apple's latest iPhone models last month along with specs and a release date for Apple's venture into wearable tech with its smart watch. (Video via Bloomberg & Apple)

Cook finished his op-ed noting two pictures of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy greet him when he arrives to work each day, though he said his announcement certainly doesn't make him their equal.

"All it does is allow me to look at those pictures and know that I’m doing my part, however small, to help others. We pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick. This is my brick."You can see the full article on Businessweek.

This video includes images from Getty Images.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:05:30 -0400

Marine banned from daughter’s school after flap with administration over Islam-related assignment

Kevin Wood, a retired Marine corporal whose family resides in Maryland, wasn’t pleased when his daughter was told to write a paper about the Islamic faith in her eleventh grade history class.

According to WTTG-TV, when Wood asked the administration at La Plata High School if they would consider an alternative assignment, they refused, and now he’s in hot water.

“We’re not teaching religion, we’re teaching world history,” a spokesman for the school told the TV station.


“I told her straight up ‘you could take that Muslim-loving piece of paper and shove it up your white [expletive],’” Kevin Wood told SOMD News.

“If [students] can’t practice Christianity in school, they should not be allowed to practice Islam in school,” he said.

After a tense conversation with a school administrator, Wood has been told to stay off school property or else the school may call the police.

The Woods’ daughter will continue to take zeroes in the class until the school removes her from it.


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:35:46 -0400

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