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Friday News: Undeserved trust

SECURITY GUARD CHARGED WITH STATUTORY RAPE OF 14 YEAR-OLD: On Monday, an on-duty private security officer was assigned to drive a 14-year-old in need of psychological treatment to a Charlotte hospital. Along the way, police say, he pulled over and had sex with the girl. Now, David Logan Marsh of Waxhaw faces an array of criminal charges, including statutory rape of a child and two counts each of indecent liberties with a child and sexual activity by a custodian. G4S is a British security company with offices in Charlotte and across the country. Its area clients include health care facilities and the Charlotte Area Transit System. The company’s website highlights its handling of behavioral-health patients, saying its staff provides “a dignified, empathetic and respectful transportation service for mental health patients in order to decrease law enforcement involvement and further patient trauma.” Some in the General Assembly think she's old enough to get married, especially if she gets pregnant.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/crime/article254100903.html

Thursday News: Virgil, quick come see...

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LEE STATUE IN RICHMOND BROUGHT DOWN, CUT INTO PIECES: One of America’s largest monuments to the Confederacy, the equestrian statue was lifted down to the ground just before 9 a.m., after a construction worker who strapped harnesses around Lee and his horse lifted his arms in the air and counted down, “Three, two, one!” to jubilant shouts from a crowd of hundreds. A work crew then began cutting it into pieces. “This was a long time coming, part of the healing process so Virginia can move forward and be a welcoming state with inclusiveness and diversity,” said Gov. Ralph Northam, who was there to witness the event. The Democrat said it represents “more than 400 years of history that we should not be proud of,” and congratulated Virginians for supporting its removal. Not only was he a failure, he was a traitor as well. Good riddance.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/towering-robert-e-lee-statue-richmond-virginia-come-down-n1278669

Wednesday News: Tell Gerry what you think

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PUBLIC HEARINGS COMMENCE ON REDISTRICTING PROCESS: Wednesday: Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, 6 p.m. Sept. 14: Forsyth Technical Community College, 4 p.m. Sept. 14: Elizabeth City State University, 5 p.m. Sept. 15: Nash Community College, 5 p.m. Sept. 15: Durham Technical Community College, 6 p.m. Sept. 16: Pitt Community College, 3 p.m. Sept. 16: Alamance Community College, 5 p.m. Sept. 21: Western Carolina University, 5 p.m. Sept. 22: Central Piedmont Community College, 3 p.m. Sept. 23: Mitchell Community College (Iredell County campus), 3 p.m. Sept. 28: UNC-Pembroke, 4 p.m. Sept. 29: UNC-Wilmington, 5 p.m. Sept. 30: Fayetteville Technical Community College, 6 p.m. Those who can’t make it in person can go online to the legislature’s redistricting page and leave a written comment instead.
https://www.wral.com/want-some-say-in-how-nc-lawmakers-redraw-voting-maps-here-s-your-chance/19863059/

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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STOP LEGISLATIVE SIDESHOWS, GET DOWN TO BUSINESS AND ADDRESS REAL ISSUES: Why are legislative leaders focused on promoting rumor, inuendo and anonymous accusations in their amateurish Fairness and Accountability in the Classroom for Teachers and Students” task force – rather than making sure every teacher has the resources to deliver quality instruction to every student? This flim-flam has cost North Carolinians dearly. The deception and political slight of hand is neither entertaining nor productive as the legislature starts is third month in overtime. It is not too much to ask, at $50,000-a-day, to have a legislature that finally gets down to business, focuses on the real issues and needs of North Carolina and stops with the inflated rhetoric, side shows and gimmicks. It's Kabuki theatre, plain and simple. Exaggerated gestures and painted-on smiles, and campaigning 24/7/365. Substance just gets in the way.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-stop-legislative-sideshows-get-down-to-business-address-real-issues/1...

Saturday News: Club For Grift

TRUMP ENDORSEMENT TRUMPETED IN TV ADS FOR TED BUDD: President Donald Trump endorsed Ted Budd three months ago in North Carolina’s 2022 U.S. Senate race. Now one of Budd’s biggest political backers is spending $3 million to make sure Republicans in the state are aware of Trump’s endorsement. Club For Growth Action, which backed Budd in his first congressional bid in 2016 and has lined up behind his Senate campaign, will run a television ad promoting Trump’s endorsement for the next eight weeks in the Raleigh, Charlotte and Greensboro markets and statewide on Fox News. In June, Club for Growth Action President David McIntosh announced his group had raised more than $5 million — and planned to raise more — to support Budd’s Senate run. Maybe when enough of his "endorsed" candidates lose he'll have a Trumper tantrum and quit politics altogether.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/election/article253939118.html

Friday News: Guns in the classroom

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STUDENT AT MT. TABOR HIGH SCHOOL DIES FROM GUNSHOT WOUND: One student is dead and a suspect has been arrested after a shooting Wednesday at a North Carolina high school, according to local officials. Law enforcement responded to Mount Tabor High School in Winston-Salem at 12:07 p.m. after the school resource officer reported a student was shot, Winston-Salem Police Chief Catrina Thompson said in a news conference. About 1,500 students attend the high school, which is in a residential neighborhood about 83 miles northeast of Charlotte. The school immediately went into lockdown, Thompson said. Law enforcement subsequently located one student, William Chavis Raynard Miller Jr., with a gunshot wound. Holding back tears, Thompson told reporters Miller was taken to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, where he later died.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article253918658.html

Thursday News: Power trip

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NC REPUBLICANS ARE NOW TARGETING AG JOSH STEIN: Tucked into this year’s state budget bill is a proposal that would give Republican legislative leaders veto power over legal settlements that involve challenges to a state law or part of the state constitution — allowing them to override the attorney general or individual state agencies on details the lawmakers oppose, even if they aren’t a party in the lawsuit. This year’s proposed budget would also cut $3 million from Stein’s office, the continuation of a $10 million cut lawmakers approved in 2017 just months after Stein was sworn in. Republican Senate leader Phil Berger explained those cuts, The N&O reported, by saying he was unhappy with Stein for doing “whatever he thinks is appropriate.” Apparently the voters think those things were appropriate, too. Quit acting like 7th graders, FFS.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article253883033.html

Wednesday News: Nice try, but no

CAWTHORN'S SPOKESIDIOT SEZ MADDY DIDN'T ADVOCATE BLOODSHED: Luke Ball, a spokesman for Cawthorn, said in a statement to the Washington Post that the lawmaker’s remarks Sunday were “in no way supporting or advocating for any form of violence.” Cawthorn’s office did not respond to a request for comment from the Observer. “In his comments, Congressman Cawthorn is CLEARLY advocating for violence not to occur over election integrity questions,” Ball told the Post in a statement. “He fears others would erroneously choose that route and strongly states that election integrity issues should be resolved peacefully and never through violence.” When Cawthorn won the 2020 election at 25, he became the youngest Republican ever elected to Congress. And by far the most immature, and that's saying a mouthful.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article253881613.html

Monday News: Fourteen thousand, three hundred nineteen

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COVID HOSPITALIZATIONS IN NC HIT 3,651 UNDER DELTA VARIANT: At least 1,189,296 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and at least 14,319 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday reported 8,105 new COVID-19 cases, down from 8,620 on Thursday. At least 3,651 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Friday, up from 3,552 the day before. Health officials reported Friday that 912 adults were being treated in intensive care units — the highest count since the pandemic began. As of Wednesday, the latest date with available information, 12.8% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. People who haven’t gotten COVID-19 vaccines are over 15 times more likely to die from the disease than those who are vaccinated, North Carolina officials said.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article253787728.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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GLADYS ROBINSON ON THE FOLLY OF ANTI-ANTI-RACISM: And if you don't want to teach anti-racism, what are we teaching? We ought to be teaching anti-racism. Because the concept is that you are no better than me. And our Children have to learn that because we messed up. We've screwed this place up, to make little children who see the hearts of teachers who care about them rather than their skin color. They see teachers who care about them. These teachers aren't indoctrinating them. That's a bunch of political lies. Even the News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer says there is no fact to what the lieutenant governor says. He can't document it. These children don't have healthcare. Yet in this budget you refused to fund what Leandro demands. You refuse to give them health professionals, counselors, nurses. Give them the resources, build the buildings. All the kids don't go to air-conditioned buildings. Let's build the facilities, let's do what we're here to do. The General Assembly is supposed to be the great equalizer, the entity that pulls up the poorer school districts to give them parity with wealthy ones. It most certainly is not supposed to perpetuate White Supremacist beliefs.
https://www.wral.com/sen-gladys-robinson-stop-nonsense-and-lies-enable-teachers-to-teach-so-our-chil...

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