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McCrory to 'Rock the Ball' ahead of inauguration

The night before the Inaugural ball, Pat McCrory' will attend a concert aimed at the younger crowd. Hosted by the Junior League, the Rock the Ball concert at Lincoln Theater in Raleigh will feature bands American Aquarium, the Balsa Gliders and Big Daddy Love.

McCrory's nieces and nephews will serve as honorary hosts and introduce their uncle. The relatives participating: Mary Mac & Camp Jenkins of Chapel Hill, Katie & Greg Fader of Greenville,Patrick Sebastian of Raleigh, Chris McCrory of Charlotte, Katy & Matt Harvey of Charlotte, Molly McCrory of Charlotte, Wilson McCrory of Charlotte, Tripp & Stacie Winslow of Winston-Salem, Mac Winslow & Blythe Clifford of Raleigh and Will Bentley of Los Angeles.

Gov. Bev Perdue's sons attended the event four years ago but unlike McCrory she didn't attend.


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Shezanne Cassim, the American jailed in the United Arab Emirates after posting a video parody, was sentenced Monday to one year in prison and a fine of 10,000 UAE dirhams (approximately $2,700).
The young American living in the UAE has been imprisoned since April, his family says, for posting what was intended to be a funny video on the Internet.
He was accused of defaming the UAE's image abroad, according to The National, the country's main English-language newspaper.
The video in question is a 19-minute short that pokes fun at a clique of Dubai teens who are influenced by hip-hop culture. In the 1990s, the label "Satwa G" was coined for a group of suburban teens who were known to talk tougher than they really were.
The video depicts a look at a "combat school" in the suburb of Satwa, where these "gangsters" are trained. The training includes how to throw sandals at targets, using clothing accessories as whips, and how to call on the phone for backup.Cassim's family says the 29-year-old has been charged with endangering national security.The charges were not read out in court. UAE officials would only say "Mr. Cassim was charged under the UAE's penal code. Anyone charged with a crime under the laws of the UAE is entitled to the fair trial protections contained in the UAE's constitution."
Cassim, from Woodbury, Minnesota, moved to Dubai in 2006 after graduating from college to work for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
He and some friends made and posted the video online in 2012. He was arrested in April. He was interrogated and arrested in Dubai before being transferred to a maximum security prison in Abu Dhabi. His family says it was five months before he was notified of the charges against him.

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