Originally created 08/21/05

Across the southeast



Colleges reject more because of behavior

RALEIGH, N.C. - More than a dozen applicants to University of North Carolina schools have been rejected because of troubling behavior under guidelines developed in the year since two female students at UNC-Wilmington were killed by male students who stalked them.

The number of rejections is likely to grow as increased safety procedures lead to more detailed information collected and shared among the UNC system's 16 campuses.

University of North Carolina at Wilmington students Christen Marie Naujoks, 22, and Jessica Lee Faulkner, 19, were killed in spring 2004.

Student Curtis Dixon was charged with kidnapping Ms. Faulkner from her dorm and raping and killing her. He committed suicide while in custody.

Ms. Naujoks was shot to death, allegedly by former boyfriend John Brian Peck, who killed himself three days later as he fled from police.

Convicted killer gives apology in courtroom

RALEIGH, N.C. - A man convicted of murdering a Marine and his lifelong friend outside a North Carolina State University football game apologized through gasps to his victims' families and his own as a jury considered whether to sentence him to die.

Timothy Wayne Johnson, 23, was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder in the death of Kevin McCann and the second-degree murder of 2nd Lt. Brett Harman.

Second Lt. Harman, a native of Park Ridge, Ill., stationed at Camp Lejeune, and Mr. McCann, an insurance broker visiting from Chicago, tangled with Mr. Johnson and his younger brother, Tony, in a tailgating area outside the Wolfpack home opener Sept. 4, 2004.

Timothy Johnson admitted shooting the men but said during his trial that he did so in hopes of scaring them away.

Tony Johnson will face trial on first-degree murder charges.

Lottery supporters still far from jackpot

RALEIGH, N.C. - After two decades of losing, it finally looked like supporters of a lottery in North Carolina had themselves a winner. But the lottery now looks like a sure thing that started strong and faded down the stretch.

A vote shy in the state Senate, supporters are coming up short against a coalition that has yet to back down. So unless leaders can shake loose one more "yes" vote, North Carolina appears all but certain to remain the only state on the East Coast without a lottery for another year.

"I don't know if they're going to pass it or not," Loyd Ferrell said while scratching off instant-win tickets at a convenience store in Bracey, Va., about 65 miles north of his Raleigh home. "It's just a chance. You never know when you might get lucky."