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for Indy Week Vol. 30 Issue 22, May 2013
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By a 2008 state law, registered sex offenders are barred from using social networking sites. A Durham resident, Lester Gerard Packingham Jr., is a registered sex offender and recently challenged the law by opening a Facebook account under a pseudonym. Packingham is challenging the law based on its constitutionality of free speech and is now in the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
State Legislators are planning to remove any local control over for cities and counties to regulate hydrofracking within their districts. Erin Wynia, manager of the N.C. League of Municipalities, and others have been lobbying in support of local government control in decision-making about when and where to frack.
A Durham-based company is building a new green vehicle. The organic transit business is assembling a new vehicle called the ELF (Electric, Light, and Fun). An ELF is a hybrid bicycle and electric car powered either by pedaling or the solar panel on its roof.
Protestor Duncan Murrell was arrested after protesting at the Legislative Building in Raleigh as part of the Moral Monday demonstrations. He recounts the group's display of peaceful protest and his time spent in a Wake County Detention Center.