Originally created 11/05/06

Across the Southeast



Naked fight spills into nearby Waffle House

NASHVILLE, TENN. - No shirt, no service? What about no clothes at all?

A couple who began squabbling in a motel room Friday morning carried their dispute to an adjacent Waffle House in the nude, police said.

The woman, who was not identified, told officers she was staying in a room with Larry Boyd when he took a hit of cocaine, started trashing their room and choked her.

She ran - naked - to the nearby restaurant and locked herself in the bathroom. Mr. Boyd, also naked, followed her into the restaurant and then fled in a car.

He was arrested - still naked - after a short chase by police and was charged with driving under the influence and felony evading arrest, among other charges.

Struggling schools ask parents to pledge help

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Parents of children at four poor-performing high schools are being asked to sign a pledge that they will do their part to improve achievement by monitoring homework, encouraging good behavior and getting their kids to school on time.

The schools are among 17 high schools across the state that did not improve enough last year to meet the expectations of a Wake County judge who threatened sanctions against them unless more students passed end-of-course tests.

"We're looking for a commitment, and we're looking for (parents) joining the team with us," Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Peter Gorman said.

Google Earth helps group battle mining

VICCO, KY. - Benny Campbell experiences mountaintop mining day and night. His bed is rattled by the blasting. Gray dust blankets his porch and car if a few days go by without rain. His electricity goes out repeatedly when the miners accidentally knock down power lines.

But the worst, he says, is that the peaks that once loomed over his eastern Kentucky home have been flattened.

Now environmentalists have found a way to let the rest of the world see what mountaintop coal mining has done to Appalachia: They have started a Web site that uses the Google Earth database to enable people to see aerial reconnaissance photos of the scarred countryside.