CHARLOTTE GAS STATION REFUSES TO SERVE GREEN CARD HOLDERS: Emilio Zepeda Cordova and Walter Montano Lopez — who are Salvadoran but living in the country legally — are suing Sam’s Mart LLC after they said a Charlotte-area clerk refused to serve them until they provided “proof of legal citizenship.” In response, Zepeda Cordova and Montano Lopez said they handed her a Central American passport, a North Carolina license, a green card and a Social Security card. “The Sam’s Mart employees working refused to serve plaintiffs and stated, ‘this is not legal,’” according to the complaint. “When plaintiffs persisted, the Sam’s Mart cashier repeatedly yelled, ‘I want to see United States ID’ and then instructed plaintiffs to leave.” A representative for Sam’s Mart did not immediately respond to McClatchy news group’s request for comment Wednesday.
MEDIA GROUP FILES SUIT FOR NC STATE RECORDS ON ATHLETIC PAYOFFS: A group of media organizations, including WRAL, the News & Observer and The New York Times, filed suit on Wednesday to ask North Carolina State University be required to produce records related to the FBI's investigation of "pay-to-play" allegations in high-level college basketball. In the national investigation which led to prison time for a former Adidas executive and two others, prosecutors said the trio and others were part of a scheme to trade hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to influence star athletes' choice of schools, shoe sponsors, agents and even tailors. Those athletes included former NC State player Dennis Smith Jr., now in the NBA with the New York Knicks. Court papers say Gatto helped facilitate payments to Smith's family in the fall of 2015 to make sure the top prospect remained committed to play for the Wolfpack. They also allege that a coach at NC State helped get money from Gatto's company to Smith's family.
COURT OF APPEALS OUTLAWS VIDEO SWEEPSTAKES GAMES (AGAIN): The N.C. Court of Appeals has slapped down some of the latest efforts by the video game sweepstakes industry — in which customers play video sweepstakes games to win money or other items of value — to continue operating in this state. Such games have been available to the public over the years in convenience stores, bars and in standalone locations known as sweepstakes cafes. And over the years, the North Carolina legislature has passed laws to try to ban them on the premise they are a form of gambling. Every time the legislature changed the law to prohibit the machines, the vendors adjusted how the games work and asserted that the games’ new rules and operations met the letter of the law. Litigation typically followed to have the courts decide whether the games violated the law.
CONGRESSMAN ELIJAH CUMMINGS' FIGHT FOR JUSTICE AND FAIRNESS IS OVER: After undergoing an unspecified medical procedure, the Democratic leader did not return to his office this week, the Baltimore Sun reported. A statement from his office said that he had passed away due to “complications concerning longstanding health challenges.” Mr. Cummings was chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee and a leading figure in the Trump impeachment inquiry. The first two years of the Trump administration, 2017 and 2018, were agonizing for Mr. Cummings, who was battling ill health, including complications of heart surgery, as well as political frustration. Mr. Cummings said his efforts to work with Trump and members of the GOP majority in the House were fruitless. He said that at the luncheon after Trump’s inauguration and during other encounters, he urged the president to pursue policies that could unite the country and burnish his legacy. The congressman said that after a few promising meetings, he stopped hearing from Trump. “Perhaps if I knew then what I know now, I wouldn’t have had a lot of hope,” Mr. Cummings later remarked. “He is a man who quite often calls the truth a lie and calls a lie the truth.”
TRUMP'S EFFORTS TO BLOCK TESTIMONY RE UKRAINE ARE FAILING: The White House has had more success blocking the release of documents tied to the case. But the president and his lawyers had hoped to use the power of his office to muzzle current and former diplomats and White House aides, arguing in presidential tweets and a lengthy letter to Democratic lawmakers on Oct. 8 that their subpoenas are invalid and unenforceable. “President Trump cannot permit his administration to participate in this partisan inquiry under these circumstances,” wrote Pat Cipollone, the White House counsel. And yet the president has been unable to prevent it. Just since Mr. Trump declared war on the impeachment effort, three current and former senior State Department officials and a former top White House aide have testified for nearly 36 total hours, delivering to lawmakers a consistent narrative of how they were effectively pushed aside by allies of the president operating outside America’s usual foreign policy channels. “It’s partly because this shadow foreign policy that the president was running was so deeply offensive to people in his own administration who took pride in overseeing a professionally run and arguably exemplary policy in support of Ukraine,” said Representative Tom Malinowski, Democrat of New Jersey and a former State Department official involved in the inquiry. Referring to Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, he added, “And then to see the official policy undermined by this clownishly corrupt effort led by Rudy Giuliani on behalf of the president was just more than many people apparently could bear.”