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State Capitol Police chief's firing upheld

UPDATED:State Capitol Police acting Chief Tony Asion should never have allowed his subordinates to work off-duty at a crime-plagued Raleigh nightclub, according to a letter released Wednesday by Department of Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan upholding Asion’s firing.

Shanahan’s letter says Asion should have steered clear of Club B.E.D. because it had a bad reputation: Both the Wake County Sheriff’s Office and the Raleigh Police Department refused to allow their officers to work off-duty there because it was “too dangerous.”

Atkinson has a more festive night

June AtkinsonJune Atkinson is having a much better evening.

Four years ago, the state schools superintendent chose to skip the inaugural ball since her race was still undecided.

Instead, she went to yoga class, had lunch with a friend and went home to read a book about Ben Franklin. The dress she had bought from Enchanted Moments in Fuquay-Varina stayed in the closet. 

"I decided since my race was not ever, it was better to stay away," she said. 

But as though following the advice of Poor Richard's Almanack, Atkinson was persistent and ended up at Gov.-elect Beverly Perdue's inaugural ball tonight — wearing the dress.

As she recently told N&O fashion reporter Samantha Thompson Smith, Atkinson was determined.

"I told my husband I was wearing this dress even if I had wear it to buy milk at the Harris Teeter," she said. 

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