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Man protests web cam on tranquil N.C. harbor


ORIENTAL, N.C. (AP) -- You can see what goes on in Oriental if you're on the Web, but one man considers that an invasion of privacy and he's protesting it.

Two cameras stream pictures of the docks and a waterfront park. Viewers can see weather conditions and other happenings around town.

Former newspaper editor Tony Tharp says people can go to the most tranquil place in town and, in his words, "you're forced to be on their crass reality TV show."

Tharp wants the town board to post signs telling visitors the cameras are watching. He's organized a protest march for Saturday, complete with a soapbox for speeches. It can be seen on the Web cameras.

The cameras' keepers respect Tharp's right to protest but believe he is misguided. Keith Smith says the site is popular in and outside Oriental, which is about 115 miles east of Raleigh. He says when a camera was damaged three years ago, donations for a new one came in from across the country.

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